Liverpool beat Hoffenheim in Champions League first leg

Liverpool will take a one-goal advantage back to Anfield for the second leg of their Champions League play-off tie with Hoffenheim after Trent Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick and an own goal earned them a hard-fought victory in Germany. Rookie full-back Alexander-Arnold demonstrated a cutting edge lacking in some of his more experienced team-mates with an expertly taken…

Premier League opening weekend: Lawro's predictions v Cram and Foster

The Premier League is back – but who will come out on top in the opening round of fixtures? BBC Sport’s football expert Mark Lawrenson has made his predictions for the first 10 games of the new campaign, which include Arsenal hosting Leicester on Friday night, champions Chelsea against Burnley on Saturday and last season’s…

1,477 red cards, 25,769 goals, 9,746 games – 25 years of the Premier League

Thirteen players from outside the UK and Ireland, a crowd of 20,699 at Chelsea, defeats for Manchester United and Arsenal, wins for Coventry City and Sheffield United. The Premier League landscape looks very different to the one on the opening weekend a quarter of a century ago, which also featured Oldham Athletic and Wimbledon. After…

Neymar Paris St-Germain French league debut delayed

Media playback is unsupported on your device Brazil forward Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, will not play in Paris St-Germain’s first French league match of the season after his documents failed to be lodged in time. His international transfer certificate missed a midnight deadline, so he will watch Saturday’s match against Amiens from the…

Antonio Conte questions Tottenham's Premier League title ambitions

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has questioned Tottenham’s ambitions – suggesting Spurs have lower expectations than their Premier League title rivals. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy criticised unsustainable transfer spending and defended his club’s lack of signings. Italian Conte agreed that the market was “very difficult”. But Conte, who led Chelsea to the title last season, added:…

Usain Bolt runs 9.95 seconds to win Monaco Diamond League 100m

World Athletics Championships on the BBC Venue: London Stadium Dates: 4-13 August Coverage: Live across BBC One and Two, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online Eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt ran his first sub-10-second time of the year to win the 100m at the Diamond League in Monaco. The…