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Castleford haven’t been to Wembley for 22 years, so when the coach carrying players and staff left their ground on Thursday, it was as if half of the West Yorkshire town had come along to wave them off.
Sami Khedira arrived in Germany on Friday to watch his brother Rani play for Leipzig, sparking suggestions that he is about to join Bayern Munich, and leave current club Real Madrid.
Rory McIlroy has put himself in touch with the leaders at Ridgewood CC after a superb second round of 65.
Diego Simeone had to watch his Atletico Madrid team conquer their neighbours Real in the Spanish Super Cup from the stands after patting the fourth official on the back of the head.
Carlo Ancelotti confirmed Manchester United target Angel Di Maria was dropped from Friday’s Spanish Super Cup defeat against Atletico.
Wadi Al Hattawi (York, 3.50) could be the one to spoil the Pallasator party and lift Saturday’s Betfred Ebor. Pallasator has the credentials to win, but his odds don't appeal.
Real Madrid’s noisy neighbours were at it again. Last season Diego Simeone’s side pipped Real Madrid to the league title, now they have beaten them in the Spanish Super Cup.
Even at this level, this is a fixture that nobody wants to lose, where neither side will give an inch. This was no exception, the two teams going toe-to-toe to share the spoils in a cagey draw.
David Rudisha is such a perennial winner that his own coach mocked him when he only got silver at the Commonwealth Games. Now he is hoping to bounce back at the Birmingham Grand Prix.
MATT LAWTON - CHIEF SPORTS REPORTER: There might now have to be an acknowledgement from the League Managers Association that they were misguided in defending Malky Mackay.
Cardiff City are angry with the League Managers Association for their dismal statement which described two racist texts sent by Malky Mackay as ‘friendly text message banter’.
Former Aston Villa and Rangers manager Alex McLeish has been named the new boss of Belgian club Racing Genk.
Liverpool have offered Mario Balotelli huge financial incentives in the hope they will help the controversial striker fulfil his potential at Anfield.
Wolfsburg's Junior Malanda produced one of the biggest misses you are ever likely to see on Friday night.
Sportmsmail's Chief Sports Reporter Matt Lawton broke the story of Malky Mackay and Iain Moody's text exchange. Here's how the news rocked the football world...
The LMA’s crass statement trying to defend Malky Mackay continued to cause outrage in the football world on Friday. Here are some reactions...
MATT LAWTON: Sportsmail can reveal a further tranche of offensive texts and emails between former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay and club official Iain Moody.
From the 11 years he spent at the Professional Cricketers’ Association to his six at the helm of the League Managers Association, not many speak of his mistakes as there aren’t many.
Even during the glory days, Paul Gascoigne’s Rangers team-mates occasionally wondered what would become of the mercurial, mixed-up, magical man-child footballer.
JAMIE CARRAGHER: So Mario Balotelli is on the brink of joining Liverpool. £16million for a 24-year-old who is Italy’s No 1 striker looks a great deal.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has challenged summer signing Remy Cabella to take over Yohan Cabaye's mantle as a match-winner.
British No 2 James Ward fell in the final round of qualifying at the US Open for the second straight year.
The single most important thing for any player is to be a first-team regular. Above winning trophies or gaining individual accolades, you want to be playing football.
Andy Murray heads into the US Open next week unperturbed by the fact that he has yet to win a title of any sort since Wimbledon in 2013, and has struggled for form all year.
MATT BARLOW: When Juan Mata slipped through the Chelsea exit, Eden Hazard was quick to assess the situation, spot the opening and explode into action, much as he does on the pitch.
The 22-year-old Tom Ince, however, is thrilled with his new surrounds, rejecting the Italian giants to swap the west coast of Blackpool for the east of Humberside.
It was a performance that offered a tantalising glimpse of what Chelsea might achieve this season and proved why Jose Mourinho wanted to sign him.
They have both managed Southampton and Tottenham but that is not all Mauricio Pochettino and Harry Redknapp have in common. 
Jose Mourinho insists he will not afford Petr Cech any preferential treatment after he was axed as Chelsea's No 1.
Erik Lamela is painfully aware of the disaster that was his first year in English football. He does not try to hide from it.
Champions Bayern Munich made a winning start in the Bundesliga, beating Wolfsburg 2-1 with Arjen Robben scoring one goal and setting up the other for World Cup winner Thomas Muller.
Nigel Pearson says he has no qualms parking the bus at Stamford Bridge but insists his Leicester City side will go for the jugular in attack.
Uninspired Paris Saint-Germain sorely missed star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the defending champion drew 0-0 with lowly Evian in the French league on Friday.
Malky Mackay has finally personally apologised for his part in the astonishing text scandal to have engulfed football this week but reiterated that he is not racist, sexist, homophobic or anti-Semitic.
SAMI MOKBEL: Samuel Eto'o is on standby to complete a shock move to Liverpool. Mario Balotelli arrived on Merseyside to try to complete a £16million move to Anfield.
Arsene Wenger has called on Arsenal to prove they are not bully victims at Everton on Saturday. The Gunners lost 3-0 at Goodison Park last season.
Jason Roy was one of Tom Maynard’s best friends so it was perhaps not surprising he went to a ‘weird’ place last season following the tragic death of one of English cricket’s brightest lights.
Jamie Donaldson remained on course to secure his European Ryder Cup team place with a 69 in the second round of the D+D REAL Czech Masters at the Albatross Golf Resort.
JONATHAN MCEVOY IN SPA: Lewis Hamilton came to the oil-and-rags track at Spa-Francorchamps via the glitziest address in Washington DC.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed he never feared Liverpool would beat his side to the Barclays Premier League title last season.
Tim Howard was congratulated by Barack Obama over the phone after his performances for the USA at the World Cup, and he hopes to continue his form in the Premier League this season.
Cardiff's South Korean midfielder Kim Bo-Kyung and agents Carly Barnes and Phil Smith were all allegedly discussed in the text message exchange between Malky Mackay and Iain Moody.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has claimed last weeks defeat by Swansea in the Barclays Premier League should not turn him in to the devil in the eyes of the club's fans.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will try to kickstart his club’s season without new signings Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera at Sunderland on Sunday.
Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid may rule La Liga, but cast your eyes away from the glitz, glamour and silverware and head north to the Basque Country and SD Eibar.
As the Premier League season gets going, Sportsmail take a look at players new to the top flight with the potential to light up England's top tier over the coming campaign.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is the latest big name to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness and funds for ALS and MND charities.
They say there's no place quite like home and Chelsea certainly are believers of that as they trained at Stamford Bridge ahead of their home game against newly-promoted Leicester City on Saturday.
Dutch winger Memphis Depay has ended talk of a summer move by signing a contract extension to 2018 with PSV Eindhoven.
IAN LADYMAN: Difficult footballers — Suarez, for example — are often worth the trouble if they contribute on the field. If they don’t then they just become an expensive waste of time.
DOMINIC KING AND MATT BARLOW: Liverpool will lay down the law to Mario Balotelli over what they expect from him as he closes in on a £16million move to Anfield.
Andrea Atzeni will be the new first jockey to Qatar Racing next year after replacing Jamie Spencer, who retires at the end of the season.
Kell Brook returned to a hero's welcome in Sheffield on Friday following his stunning IBF welterweight world title win.
The first weekend of the Premier League season served up all the ingredients that make us love the game so much - thrilling play, sensational goals and late drama.
Lewis Hamilton ended Friday practice in ominous form after clocking a time over half-a-second quicker than title rival Nico Rosberg.
Manchester United have been in contact with Cruzeiro about the possible transfer of Brazilian Under 21 international midfielder Lucas Silva.
Five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather claims his fight with Amir Khan can still happen and dismissed Khan's Manny Pacquiao claims.
The Glazer family's two assets, Manchester United and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, are sending out similar and distressing smoke signals.
Dermot Drummy is a name not many fans of Crystal Palace will recognise but the 53-year-old is as low as 5/1 with some bookmakers to become the next manager at Selhurst Park.
AC Milan are eyeing up a move for Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado as the Serie A side prepare for life without Mario Balotelli who looks set to seal a £16million move to for Liverpool this week.
Ahead of another weekend of the Barclays Premier League, Sportsmail brings you the latest squad news, odds and stats on every top flight fixture as it breaks.
Paul Gascoigne is believed to have been admitted to hospital. It has been claimed England legend Gascoigne was found slumped outside his penthouse apartment clutching a bottle of gin.
Harry Redknapp has backed Malky Mackay to make a return to football, insisting: ‘He's not a rapist he's not a paedophile. He's made a mistake and it shouldn't end his football career.'
Former Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis could be in line for a remarkable return to Selhurst Park, with bookmakers Coral dropping his price to just 6/1 to be the next manager.
Georgios Samaras has completed his move to West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer to boost Alan Irvine’s attacking options.
Arsene Wenger is confident Jack Wilshere can fulfil his potential to have a 'huge career' - and has told the England midfielder to block out any criticism of his game.
England are optimistic a fourth FIFA Women's World Cup campaign can be their most successful yet, as Mark Sampson's team made sure of qualification in ruthless fashion.
When Rio Ferdinand completes his coaching badges, the former England defender has it all mapped out. He wants the biggest job of the lot.
It’s been almost four weeks since the last race in Hungary and during the summer break I have been able to reflect on the season so far.
Alan Pardew fears losing Cheick Tiote this month having been scarred by the sales of Andy Carroll and Yohan Cabaye.
Porto are showing an interest in Manchester United misfit Anderson. The 26-year-old is one of a host of players made available for transfer by new United boss Louis van Gaal.
Phil Jones is set to be offered an improved contract at Manchester United. The 22-year-old defender has two years remaining on his contract.
Joe Cole is in contention to make his Aston Villa debut against Newcastle on Saturday after recovering from a thigh injury picked up in pre-season.
MARTIN SAMUEL: Why do English footbal's brightest young minds prefer the sofa to the touchline? That was Wednesday's column  topic after Jamie Redknapp said he'd go into management one day.
QPR have strengthened their forward line with the signing of highly-rated Napoli striker Eduardo Vargas.
Christian Benteke is closing in on an Aston Villa return as he continues his quick recovery from an achilles injury. It is thought he could return to action by the end of next month.
Leicester CIty are the latest club to show interest in Portugal striker Hugo Almeida. The 30-year-old Portugal international left Besiktas last month.
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg last night accomplished a task that proved beyond them in the previous 25 days — talk to one another.
Bastia striker Brandao has been temporarily suspended by the French league after he headbutted Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta at the end of last weekend's match.
Siem de Jong is set to make his Newcastle United debut at Aston Villa on Saturday after recovering from a calf injury.
Barry Davies will make a one-off return as a Match Of The Day commentator as part of the show's 50th anniversary celebrations.. Davies, 76, will commentate on Crystal Palace and West Ham.
Roy Hodgson believes future generations of England players could benefit from pursuing their club careers abroad and has encouraged youngsters to make the leap.
To be compared to an England international would please any up and coming youngster. However, 18-year-old Jack Whatmough isn't too impressed.
Sam Allardyce has been through an incredible 18 strikers during his time at West Ham, that equates to one every 9.3 weeks.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists he has no regrets over not re-signing Cesc Fabregas despite the Spanish midfielder's dazzling performance for Chelsea at Burnley.
SIMON JONES: Manchester United are due to hold talks with Danny Welbeck over his future in the coming days. The England forward is unsure how much of a role he will play.
Usain Bolt says he intends to call Louis van Gaal if Manchester United lose again at the weekend against Sunderland.
Sunderland have enquired about Peru striker Paolo Guerrero after his club Corinthians rejected a similar approach from West Ham.
Napoli have signed Holland midfielder Jonathan De Guzman on a permanent transfer from Spanish side Villarreal for an undisclosed fee.
Burnley have revived their bid for Wigan midfielder James McArthur. The Premier League club had a £4m offer rejected last week.
Valencia are interested in signing Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo even though he is out with a broken metatarsal until the end of September. 
Dutch midfielder Leroy Fer has completed his move to QPR from Championship side Norwich. The former FC Twente man has signed a three-year contract.
Javier Mascherano believes Barcelona have given their youngsters 'the best quality of life' after the club's transfer ban for signing underage players was upheld.
Ricky Burns is aiming to win a world title at a third weight. The former WBO super featherweight and lightweight champion is stepping up to light-welterweight.
Aston Villa left-back Joe Bennett has joined Brighton on a season-long loan move from Aston Villa, after passing his medical on Wednesday.
NEIL ASHTON: Now that Thibaut Courtois has returned to Chelsea after three years on loan at Atletico Madrid, Petr Cech’s prospects at Stamford Bridge look bleak.
Lance Armstrong has admitted that he would still be lying about doping if a federal investigation had never found him out.
Roma have stepped up interest in Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic as they search for a replacement for Mehdi Benatia.
Marco Reus turned down a lucrative  move to Manchester United this summer, according to Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo.
ADRIAN DURHAM picks out 10 things he learned from the opening weekend of the Barclays Premier League season, including why Wayne Rooney is the perfect captain for Manchester United.
Manchester United were all over the place against Swansea. They could play any system they want but it would make no difference — the players are just not good enough.
For 40 years, the wonderful, mesmeric James Alexander Gordon would deliver football scores with that distinctive use of inflection that meant you knew the result before he had finished.
Just what is handball? That must be the question for players, managers and fans after the first games of the new Premier League season.
As the clock ticked towards its 92nd minute and with no reason to suggest that Arsenal would come away with anything more than a point against Crystal Palace, up popped Aaron Ramsey.
Before I left for the summer holiday I wrote a column considering Randy Lerner’s failure to find a buyer for Aston Villa this summer, and the role played in this stagnation by financial fair play.
The Premier League is back and Sportsmail columnist Martin Keown answered your questions ahead of the big kick off.