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MARTIN SAMUEL: There is little about Newcastle that impresses these days, but Mike Ashley's bloody-mindedness does. There are few owners willing to resist an angry mob in the age of social media.
Chelsea have former favourite son Joe Cole to thank for talisman Eden Hazard strutting his stuff in blue. The pair played together at Lille and Cole urged Hazard to move to Stamford Bridge.
Roberto Martinez is excited about the prospect of leading Everton into European football, and believes he has a strong enough squad to compete in several competitions.
Manchester City and Bayern Munich are no stranger to one another in the Champions League group stage. They meet at the Allianz Arena for the fifth time in the past three years.
Pep Guardiola has revamped his Bayern Munich tactics after Real Madrid revealed a soft underbelly in the German's defensive make-up last season.
Alastair Cook is not looking for sympathy but in a year there has been a 5-0 Ashes defeat, Kevin Pietersen's axing and a series loss to Sri Lanka before redemption in victory over India.
Atletico Madrid were beaten in Greece while Juventus enjoyed a winning start. Sportsmail brings you Champions League results from around Europe.
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST: French newspaper L'Equipe has mocked up an image of Zlatan Ibrahimovic lifting the Champions League trophy for PSG, with the caption 'if only it were true'.
ROB DRAPER EXCLUSIVE: Only once he was away from the carnival of Rio de Janeiro did Manuel Neuer quite realise the magnitude of what he achieved this summer.
MARTIN SAMUEL AT THE WESTFALENSTADION: Arsenal were outclassed in Germany, outplayed, torn apart. Dortmund were on a different plane to the Gunners.
Sportsmail's nostalgic picture series this week ventures into a new area, and a person that figures prominently in every match, the referee. Nick Metcalfe has again been searching the archives.
IAN LADYMAN IN MUNICH: Vincent Kompany has revealed that Champions League success has become an expectation at the home of the Barclays Premier League champions.
Jack Harper is a name that may well be cropping up weekly in the coming years. If you don't know him, you soon will. Real Madrid's 18-year-old Scot could be a Galactico in waiting.
Arsene Wenger accused his Arsenal team of failing to perform as they slumped in Dortmund and returned home with Jack Wilshere at the centre of another injury scare.
MATT BARLOW AT WESTFALENSTADION: Arsenal ace Mesut Ozil again failed to show his true quality for Arsene Wenger's side in their match against Borussia Dortmund.
It seems nobody has a kind word to say about Mesut Ozil these days - not even those in his home country. The Arsenal playmaker scored low ratings for his performance in Dortmund.
NEIL ASHTON: Mike Ashley cannot be faulted for prudence and he won’t blow his brains out paying super-sized salaries when Newcastle don't have the income to sustain them.
Brendan Rodgers hailed Liverpool’s fighting qualities after they overcame a huge fright to make a winning Champions League return.
Athletic Bilbao are virtually impossible to negotiate with. Just ask Manchester United and the beleaguered Ed Woodward after their acquisition of midfielder Ander Herrera.
Enner Valencia's 70mph missile for West Ham in their 2-2 draw with Hull City on Monday night left us all in amazement. But who is the Ecuadorian striker?
Louis van Gaal's expensively-assembled Manchester United have come together for the team's official photograph on the back of their first Premier League win of the season. 
England Under-21 coach Gareth Southgate hopes the earlier 5:45pm kick-off for the first leg of their Euro play-off against Croatia will not impact on fans being able to get to Molineux.
The 18-year-old injured his hamstring on international duty with England Under-20s last week and scan results have now revealed the severity of the problem.
Manchester United supporters are still adapting to the idea that they are not playing Champions League football.The internet was more than happy to remind them of this fact.
Real Madrid scored became the first team to score 1,000 goals in European football when Karim Benzema found the net against Basle on Tuesday night.
DOMINIC KING AT ANFIELD: Big occasions at Anfield always mean The Kop is fully decorated and Liverpool's return to Champions League combat was no exception.
Former Arsenal forward Gervinho has signed a new deal with Italian club AS Roma which will keep him in Italy until June 2018.
Laughter and jokes seemed to surround Lukas Podolski's trip to Borussia Dortmund for Arsenal's Champions League clash.
West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster has played down surgery fears after suffering a fractured thumb. Foster was forced to return from England duty during the recent international break
The Premier League face the Bundesliga four times in Europe this week, but who comes out on top? After Arsenal's defeat to Dortmund, can Man City and Chelsea balance things up?
Manchester United trio Radamel Falcao, Juan Mata and Marcos Rojo were given a freestyling lesson by a mystery trickster who goes by the name of the Red Samurai.
The Rugby Football Union has been criticised for its use of the Victoria Cross emblem on new England kits launched this week.
Real Madrid moved straight to the top of Group B with a win over woeful Basle and Cristiano Ronaldo moved to within three goals of Raul’s all-time Champions League scoring record.
With Manchester United not involved in European football this season, Louis van Gaal's players have plenty of mid-week down-time to fill this season. 
Rio Ferdinand has accused Fabio Capello of having a ‘prison-camp mentality’ during the Italian’s four-year spell as England manager.
NEIL ASHTON AT ANFIELD: Step forward Steven Gerrard, the man for the big occasion. No messing, no mistake. Not when it really mattered.
Cricket fans are used to seeing Jonny Bairstow on their television screens in the past week after the wicketkeeper helped Yorkshire to the County Championship.
Minnesota Vikings have announced that running back Adrian Peterson has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities amid his child abuse case.
Newcastle and Argentina midfielder Jonas Gutierrez is being treated for testicular cancer, the player revealed on Tuesday
BBC Sport’s desire to use commentators across TV and radio led to Alan Green’s highly surprising Match of the Day debut at West Bromwich on Saturday.
Avram Grant has followed in the footsteps of Sven-Goran Eriksson by becoming technical director at Thai club BEC Tero Sasana.
A key figure in the last Parkhead side to reach a European final in 2003, Sutton claimed the champions can afford to drop points in the Premiership – and still win the title.
Unable to play his way into the side, overlooked for a place among Paul McGinley’s elite corps of vice-captains, Paul Lawrie will still be contributing to the Team Europe cause at Gleneagles.
Birmingham City's poor record of late continued Sheffield Wednesday scored twice at St Andrews to take all three points back to Hillsborough. 
A first victory for Rangers over Premiership opposition in two years was secured thanks to a deflected drive from youngster Lewis Macleod in the Scottish League Cup.
JAMES ANDREW AT GRIFFIN PARK: Cameron Jerome sent Norwich top of the Championship with two second half goals - but they had John Ruddy to thank for keeping them in the game.
Wayne Rooney has buried the hatchet with Sir Alex Ferguson over the fallout that almost led to him quitting Manchester United a year ago. Their relationship deteriorated in the Scot's final season.
The 25-year-old is yet to play for the French club after a summer move, as he continues to struggle with a groin problem. Toulon fear that he could need another operation and may release him.
Leeds United are still on the hunt for a manager, but caretaker boss Neil Redfearn is staking his claim after beating Bournemouth to remain unbeaten in his three games in charge.
If Lee Cattermole gets through this weekend’s trip to Burnley without seeing red, it will mark 30 matches since his last dismissal. The England hopeful says he has settled down and is ready to kick on.
The England captain is back in the ranks at his club, after the decision was made by Conor O’Shea to relieve him of the leadership job, so he could concentrate on his own game this season.
Simon Cox bundled home a late winner for Reading as they triumphed in a pulsating clash with Millwall.
Nouha Dicko was clearly fired up when he clambered off the bench to ignite Wolves from their slumber. Not starting for only the second time this season, the striker had a point to prove.
IAN LADYMAN IN MUNICH: Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has warned Manchester United they can't afford his best players and claimed they do not want to leave the club.
Schalke boss Jens Keller faces a defensive injury crisis for the Champions League Group G opener at Chelsea with Germany defender and captain Benedikt Howedes joining a lengthy list of absentees.
I’m so happy to be leading Great Britain at the World Gymnastics Championships next month! 
Premier League duo Chelsea and Liverpool earned more money from selling players during the summer transfer window than all but two clubs in Europe.
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Hampden's status as the venue for one of the greatest ever European Cup finals should make it a leading candidate to become a Euro 2020 host.
Arjen Robben missed training on Sunday with a knee problem and fellow winger Franck Ribery has only just returned from injury, playing against Stuttgart on Saturday.
A Swiss football club says it will investigate reports that some of its fans urinated in a water bottle that a rival goalkeeper then drank from.
Former Germany goalkeeper Tim Wiese is on the verge of a sensational career change, after being offered the chance to become a professional wrestler with the WWE. 
Manchester United new boy Daley Blind has revealed that Louis van Gaal can be so honest to his players that it's 'frightening'.
Theo Walcott is closing in on a return to the Arsenal fold and will look a touch different when he dons the red shirt again after getting a bowman tattoo.
The right-back had appeared destined to be shown the door by Paul Lambert after a series of indiscretions, injuries and lack of form. 
Former QPR sponsors Cargiant hold a 30-acre plot on the Old Oak site where the west London club hope to build a new 40,000-seater stadium and are refusing to do business.
Barcelona warmed up for their Champions League tie against Apoel Nicosia at their Ciutat Esportiva training ground on Tuesday, which will be renamed in honour of Tito Vilanova.
Matt Prior is close to walking again after discovering a potential career-ending injury. The wicketkeeper underwent an achilles operation that became altogether more serious. 
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has described Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg as 'almost like...enemies' in their head-to-head battle for this year's Formula One world title.
Sam Allardyce believes West Ham's fans and owners will only be satisfied with a more attacking style of football if it is accompanied by an improvement at the back.
Gordon D'Arcy could prove Ireland boss Joe Schmidt's surprise choice to succeed Brian O'Driscoll at outside centre, according to David Wallace.
Tom Youngs has admitted it was a 'relief' when Stuart Lancaster confirmed missing England's New Zealand tour would not affect his Rugby World Cup chances.
Swansea centre back Jordi Amat has been ruled out for six weeks after suffering knee ligament damage. The Spaniard sustained the injury during the 4-2 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.
Sandy Busby - the son of legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby - has died, aged 76.
If Martin Demichelis had asked for a new contract six months ago, you would have heard the groans from Manchester City fans all the way down to his native Cordoba in Argentina.
Gary Neville believes Manchester United's summer spending makes a swoop for Cristiano Ronaldo 'more possible', especially with the Portuguese star frustrated with life at Real Madrid.
Rio Ferdinand has recalled how Sir Alex Ferguson would hammer Cristiano Ronaldo and other of Manchester United’s main men to get the best out of them..
ADRIAN DURHAM: Did Mario Balotelli really get a standing ovation from Liverpool fans after doing the square root of nothing for 71 minutes against Aston Villa on Saturday evening?
ADRIAN DURHAM: Lazy Mesut Ozil is being carried along by his Arsenal team-mates at present. Yet Arsene Wenger hasn't got the bottle to take the £42m man out of his team.
Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev faces a two-week wait to find out whether the SFA will charge him after being accused of racially abusing Aberdeen defender Shay Logan.
Jamie Carragher believes Arsenal will not win the Premier League title and can’t see games out after losing their lead to Manchester City on Saturday.
At Manchester United this summer, the £150million question is: just which of his stars will Louis van Gaal drop when they are all fit to start?
Jamie Carragher has labelled Newcastle’s players a disgrace following their 4-0 defeat to Southampton while Gary Neville has described the Magpies squad as ‘letdowns’.
NEIL ASHTON: Mike Ashley has backed Alan Pardew after clear-the-air talks with the Newcastle manager over his future.
Tiger Woods is 'in no hurry' to hire a new swing coach - as he has yet to swing a club during his latest injury lay-off.
There is one vote of immense significance going on in Scotland on Thursday where nearly all of us can surely agree it would be best to hear a ‘yes’ verdict.
Everton have identified Walton Hall Park as the intended site of a new stadium to replace Goodison Park.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has laid the blame of his failure to deliver the Champions League for Real Madrid at the feet of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Two-time major winner Greg Norman is expected to make a 'full, speedy recovery' after injuring his left arm in a chainsaw accident over the weekend.
England striker Andy Carroll has resumed training with West Ham United, according to co-owner David Gold. But the forward has not been given a time-frame for a playing return yet.
MARTIN SAMUEL - CHIEF SPORTS WRITER: If Daniel Levy is so sharp, how come Tottenham Hotspur could end up playing at Milton Keynes?
Floyd Mayweather revealed he could set up a mouthwatering superfight against Manny Pacquiao - but only on his terms. 
MARK WEBSTER: I’ll be honest with you. It’s an unlikely story. But then again, so was coming back from 3-0 down against AC Milan, with three goals in six minutes.
EXCLUSIVE: Kell Brook is in his parents’ house in Sheffield, feet up on the living-room couch as he picks at his bandages. He's about to explain everything that happened the night he got stabbed.
Across Europe, the holding midfielder is for artists who effortlessly set the tone. In England, however, it has been more about breaking up play and protecting the defence.
Vernon Kay looks ahead to the Chicago Bears’ visit to the San Francisco 49ers, which will be shown live on Channel 4 on Sunday night.
MARTIN SAMUEL - THE DEBATE: It's the England inquest this week, with plenty to discuss following Monday's 2-0 win over Switzerland.
ASH WEDNESDAY: Manchester United's proud history of producing and promoting youth players is not in danger yet, but a return to the days of the Class of 92 are long gone.
THE TOP SPIN: Asked by Nasser Hussain to sum up India's tour after their Twenty20 defeat at Edgbaston on Sunday, MS Dhoni settled for: ‘Overall, good.’ And, if you ignore the bad bits, he was spot on.
As US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson beavers away on his potential Ryder Cup pairings, it is the combination of bad luck and bad judgement that is threatening to undermine his prospects.