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Jan 19

‘How do you sleep at night?’ Olympic duo Wieber and Raisman confront Larry Nassar in court

Jordyn Wieber fourth member of Fierce Five to break silenceAly Raisman lauds ‘army of survivors’ in impact statementAttorney general to investigate university’s handling of allegationsOlympic gold medalists Jordyn Wieber and Aly Raisman said in court o…

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Jan 05

Manchester United v Derby County: FA Cup third round – as it happened

United leave things late in FA Cup third-round win at Old TraffordRead Jamie Jackson’s match report here 10.00pm GMT That’s all for now. Thanks as always for following along with us and be sure check out Jamie Jackson’s full match report from Old Traff…

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Nov 22

Juventus v Barcelona: Champions League – as it happened

Barça clinch top spot in group with scoreless draw in TurinScoreboard: all the Champions League and Championship goals 9.56pm GMT That’s all for now. Thanks as always for following with us and be sure to check out the match report. Related: Barcelona’…

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Nov 21

Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham Hotspur: Champions League – as it happened

Son Heung-min scored the winning goal as Tottenham Hotspur clinched top spot in Group H after a 2-1 victory in DortmundRead Jacob Steinberg’s match report 9.48pm GMT That’s all for now. Do have a read of Jacob Steinberg’s match report and thanks as alw…

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Nov 18

David Goffin rocks Roger Federer to reach ATP World Tour Finals final – as it happened

Goffin wins 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 for first win over Federer in seven meetingsAndy Murray splits with coach Ivan Lendl for second time 6.04pm GMT Related: Roger Federer goes out after suffering shock defeat against David Goffin 4.09pm GMT That’s all for now….

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Sep 27

Tiger Woods admits he may never play golf again after back surgery

• The 41-year-old’s last appearance on course was in February
• ‘We’re taking one step at a time. It’s a process and I’m in no hurry’

Tiger Woods admitted on Wednesday that he may never play competitive golf again owing to his well-publicised back problems. The 14-times major champion was back in the public eye for the first time since pleading guilty to a reckless driving charge last month, as a USa vice-captain to Steve Stricker at the Presidents Cup. “I don’t know what my future holds,” Woods said. “We’re taking one step at a time, it’s a process and I’m in no hurry. My timetable is basically what my surgeon says. I’m hitting 60-yard shots, very straight right now.”

The 41-year-old last played in early February at the Dubai Desert Classic, where he shot a first-round 77 before having to withdraw owing to back spasms. Woods subsequently underwent back surgery in April, the fourth such procedure he has undergone since 2014.

Related: Golf unlikely to follow NFL so expect a protest-free Presidents Cup | Ewan Murray

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Sep 21

Andre Ward, boxing’s pound-for-pound world No1, announces shock retirement

  • Undefeated pound-for-pound king announces his retirement at 33
  • Ward says ‘my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport’
  • Olympic champion had not lost as a pro or amateur since he was 13

Andre Ward, the unified light heavyweight champion widely recognized as the world’s top pound-for-pound boxer, announced his retirement from the sport on Thursday.

The Olympic champion attributed a physical toll and waning desire to his decision to walk away at the relatively young age of 33.

Related: Nobody won at the Golovkin-Álvarez fight – and boxing was the biggest loser

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Sep 20

Jake LaMotta, former boxer whose life was subject of Raging Bull, dies aged 95

  • Bronx boxer captured world middleweight championship in 1949
  • ‘He had eyes that danced, all the way to the very end’

Jake LaMotta, the Bronx boxer who captured the world middleweight championship in 1949 and whose life was later the subject of the 1980 film Raging Bull, died on Tuesday because of complications from pneumonia. He was 95.

LaMotta’s wife, Denise Baker, said the longtime professional boxer died on Tuesday at Palm Garden of Aventura nursing home in Florida.

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Sep 20

How boxing won the lottery but lost the ticket once again

The sport took a step forward with Saturday’s gripping fight between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Álvarez – and two steps back with more dubious judging

George Foreman once said boxing is the sport to which all other sports aspire, and for 47 electrifying minutes on Saturday night that maxim rang as true as the middleweights Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Álvarez, two of the finest pure fighters of their generation, met in a contest of extreme physical and psychological intensity, holding a sold-out arena and a worldwide audience of millions in their thrall. It was that rarest of unicorns: a main event that managed to exceed the years of hype that preceded it. The sport could have scarcely dreamt of a better advertisement. Until, that is, the decision.

Whenever boxing asks the broader public to lean forward and pay attention, it seems a self-defeating blow is never too far ahead, reminding everyone why they abandoned the sport in the first place.

Here’s the official scorecard for tonight’s #CaneloGGG fight.

Related: Canelo Álvarez v Gennady Golovkin – in pictures

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Sep 11

The US Open showed black women have made American tennis great again

It’s not hyperbolic to say the game in the States is alive because of African American players like the Williams sisters and Sloane Stephens

There’s been no shortage of anxiety over the future of American tennis over the last decade.

Andy Roddick’s abrupt retirement during the 2012 US Open left the United States without an active men’s grand slam champion for the first time in 129 years, since the inception of what then was called the US National Championships. And while Venus and Serena Williams have combined for 30 major singles championship, 121 WTA titles and 173 finals appearances – and counting – the hand-wringing over their successor on the women’s side persisted.

Related: Sloane Stephens’ win over Madison Keys warms hearts after poor US Open final | Kevin Mitchell

Related: Sloane Stephens 2.0: positivity pays off in unlikely US Open run

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Aug 19

Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace: Premier League – as it happened

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Related: Sadio Mané makes vital breakthrough for Liverpool against Crystal Palace

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That’s all for now. Thanks as always for following along with us and be sure to check back later for a full match report.

5.00pm BST

Liverpool outshot Palace by a margin of 18 to four. They were more accurate in their passing, created more chances and had a two-to-one advantage in possession. But they were still made to sweat before Mané’s late winner, which prompted a collective sigh of relief on Merseyside.

4.53pm BST

There’s the final whistle and Liverpool have their first win of the season, snapping Crystal Palace’s improbable streak of three straight victories at Anfield.

4.52pm BST

90 min+1: Liverpool continue to probe for the all-important insurance goal. And Saleh is denied a golazo toward the far post by a fully extended Hennessey!

4.49pm BST

90 min: There will be four minutes of stoppage time. Get ready for a nervy finish after last week’s final-reel flop.

4.48pm BST

89 min: Back-to-back chances for Liverpool through Solanke and Robertson but it’s still 1-0. Now the hosts make their final switch as Lovren comes on for Firmino.

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84 min: Palace making their final switch with Jeffrey Schlupp coming on for Patrick van Aanholt.

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81 min: Mo Salah heads on target from a cross but it’s a bit too on target, hit directly at the keeper who easily makes the save.

4.39pm BST

79 min: Two straight corners for Palace, their first and second of the day, and both of them are played short. Mystifying, really, given Liverpool’s seemingly institutional struggles on set pieces.

4.39pm BST

76 min: An attack-minded substitution for Palace as Sullay Kaikai replaces Luka Milivojevic.

4.34pm BST

And finally the breakthrough for Liverpool as Mane pokes home the opener when the ball deflects off a Palace defender to his foot. Persistence pays off!

4.32pm BST

71 min: Dominic Solanke replaces Georginio Wijnaldum, Liverpool’s second sub.

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70 min: Liverpool’s best chance of the second half. Chaos in front of the goal with Wijnaldum and Mane both missing chances.

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69 min: Henderson showed yellow for a foul on Cheek.

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67 min: Liverpool continue to struggle to break Palace down. A nervous energy grows in the crowd. Could Solanke, who looks as if he’s about to come on, offer a spark?

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63 min: Palace’s Patrick van Aanholt is shown a yellow card for time wasting.

4.20pm BST

61 min: An hour gone and Jordan Henderson has just seen his low show handled by Hennessey. A first substitution now as Mo Saleh is coming on for his Anfield debut, replacing Daniel Sturridge.

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57 min: Firmino works himself into a tight angle but still manages to put a shot on goal. Alas, it sails over Hennessey’s crossbar. The pace has picked up over the past few minutes.

4.15pm BST

55 min: Van Aanholt cuts back and Benteke has a sitter but he’s missed it! Oh dear! A golden opportunity there.

4.10pm BST

52 min: Milner’s free kick sails over the wall and over the goal entirely. Goal kick to Palace.

4.09pm BST

50 min: An incisive run by Joek Matip and he’s hacked down on the edge of the box. A free kick for Liverpool from a highly promising position forthcoming.

4.06pm BST

47 min: And they’re off in the second half … and it doesn’t take long for Liverpool to press the issue. Firmino surges into the area and see his shot turned away for a Liverpool corner, the first for either side on the day. Nothing comes of it, but a promising start for the hosts.

4.02pm BST

The teams have emerged from the tunnel and we should be under way for the second half momentarily.

3.51pm BST

We’re goalless through 45 minutes in the first match of the season at Anfield. Not much to speak of, save for the inspired debut of the young left back Robertson.

3.47pm BST

45 min: The fourth official signals for one minute of stoppage time.

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40 min: Firmino with an excellent chance for Liverpool, but it’s stopped by the keeper. Then a quick counter by Palace and less than a half-minute later Puncheon puts a shot on goal that Mignolet parries away.

3.41pm BST

38 min: Another set piece for Liverpool right on the edge of the box, this one from an even more direct angle. Sturridge takes it but cracks it directly into the wall.

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35 min: Another set piece for Liverpool, this one from a dangerous spot right on the edge of the area. Robertson takes it and swings it onto the onrushing Sadio Mane, who can’t quite take advantage. That’s Liverpool’s third solid chance today and Roberton has been involved in all three. Otherwise, it’s been a bit dire for the Reds.

3.35pm BST

33 min: Ward wins a free kick for Palace, but moments later he tries to put Dann through but it’s mistimed and he’s caught offside.

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28 min: A chance for Liverpool as Firmino finds Sturridge, whose left-footed shot from outside the area is wide and high of the target.

3.27pm BST

22 min: Dann tries to put Benteke through but the offside flag goes up. An observation from HP Tinker, via email:

I think the entire Liverpool back four may have cost less than a Jonny Evans.

3.25pm BST

20 min: Twenty minutes down and the standout on the Liverpool side has been Andy Robertson, who shown promise and industry in his competitive debut for the club.

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17 min: Christian Benteke wins a foul in the attacking half, but the ensuing free kick smashes into the Liverpool wall and back toward the halfway line.

3.17pm BST

14 min: An even start for both sides. Robertson surges down the left flank for Liverpool and swings it in to Matip, who can’t connect with it. And too bad. A gorgeous cross and he really should have done better with it.

3.12pm BST

10 min: Liverpool attacking up the left side. Milner makes an overlapping run on to a through ball and breaks free through the Crystal Palace defense before uncorking a low shot at Hennessey, who falls on to it for an easy save.

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8 min: Milner commits a foul on Andros Townsend as he attacks down the right flank and now Crystal Palace will have their first good opportunity of the game. The free kick is swung into James Tomkins, whose header is close but off the mark.

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4 min: Georginio Wijnaldum is fouled by Luka Milivojevic and wins a free kick in the defensive half. Liverpool move into attack down the left side and the ball is crossed into Sturridge, but he can’t quite reach it and now Crystal Palace are on the counter.

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3.04pm BST

2 min: A speculative shot from Jordan Henderson from about 25 yards, but it’s easily corralled by the keeper.

3.04pm BST

1 min: And they’re off! Crystal Palace attacking from left to right in black away kits, Liverpool from right to left in all-red strips.

2.48pm BST

Here’s a look at today’s teams. Klopp has made five changes from the side who beat Hoffenheim on Tuesday. Daniel Sturridge, Ragnar Klavan, Joe Gomez, James Milner and debutant Andrew Robertson come into the team, replacing Mohamed Salah, Alberto Moreno, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren and Emre Can.

Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer makes two changes: James Tomkins and Andros Townsend, replacing Jairo Riedewald and Wilfried Zaha.

2.25pm BST

Hello and welcome to Anfield for today’s Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace. Jürgen Klopp’s men are out to rebound from last week’s season-opening draw at Watford, where a moment of defensive negligence in injury time cost them points. A mid-week win over Hoffenheim in the first leg of their Champions League play-off lifted the move somewhat and now they’ll look to notch their first league win against a side who’s had their number in recent years. Indeed, Crystal Palace have taken three straight at Anfield including a 2-1 scalp in April, but they enter on a down note after dropping their league opener 3-0 to newly promoted Huddersfield Town last week.

Plenty more to come with kick-off just over a half hour away. We’ll be back with the teams in short order.

10.30pm BST

Bryan will be here shortly, in the meantime here’s the team news:

Liverpool: Mignolet, Gomez, Klavan, Matip, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Firmino, Sturridge, Mane. Subs: Karius, Lovren, Salah, Can, Origi, Solanke, Flanagan.

Related: Liverpool reject £119m Barcelona offer for Philippe Coutinho

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Aug 19

Will McGregor v Mayweather save American boxing – or bury it?

What does it say about the sport’s long-term health that a one-off stunt will be boxing’s biggest event in the US for years?

Jimmy’s Corner is a classic dive on 44th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues in Manhattan, a half-block east from the neon marquees and flashing Jumbotrons of Times Square. The bar is warmly lit and slender, hardly wider than a walk-in closet, open seven days a week from 11.30am to 4am. The booze is cheap, the jukebox is loaded with Stax classics and the walls are a dense assemblage of posters, memorabilia and photographs culled from owner Jimmy Glenn’s panoramic life in boxing.

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Aug 12

Chelsea v Burnley: Premier League – as it happened

  • Burnley weather fightback to shock nine-man Chelsea in London
  • Clarets score first league victory over Blues since 23 April 1983

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That’s all for now. Thanks as always for following along with us and do check back later for a full match report.

5.04pm BST

A stirring fightback from the undermanned league champions falls short, but leaves a far better aftertaste for Chelsea supporters than what might have been if they’d bowed 3-nil. A note from reader David Rathborne, via email:

That wasn’t the sound of Chelsea being booed by their own fans at half time, that was the sound of the home fans booing the referee. With good reason. And that’s the sound of Chelsea fans applauding their team off at the final whistle, despite having lost, followed by booing of the referee.

4.56pm BST

There’s the whistle and Burnley have completed a famous victory at Stamford Bridge and only their second win over Chelsea in the league in more than 40 years. Gripping theater, this Premier League!

4.55pm BST

90 min+4: Burnley aren’t just sitting back and running out the clock. Just now Heaton tries to pick out Vokes with a through pass, but the timing is just off and Vokes is ruled offside.

4.52pm BST

90 min+2: David Luiz goes down near the halfway line and it’s a free kick to Chelsea. Charly Musonda replaces Andreas Christensen, Chelsea’s third and final substitution.

4.51pm BST

90 min: The Burnley free kick is cleared and Chelsea are on the counter once more. The fourth official signals for four minutes of added time.

4.50pm BST

89 min: Rudiger shown yellow for a foul on Vokes and Burnley will have a free kick from a dangerous position.

4.49pm BST

And David Luiz runs onto a flick from Morata and pounds it into the back of the goal. Chelsea are down to nine men with only a few minutes left but they’re not done yet!

4.47pm BST

87 min: Alonso goes down in the area, a bit too easily to be honest. Nothing from the referee, correctly.

4.45pm BST

85 min: Morata has a go from outside the box but the shot, while on target, doesn’t have the power required to challenge the keeper.

4.42pm BST

81 min: And Chelsea are down to nine men after Fabregas is sent off for a challenge on Cork with a second yellow. He was booked in the first half for dissent.

4.39pm BST

78 min: Kantes shot from the right side of the area is blocked. Moments later David Luiz is shown yellow, apparently for protesting to the referee.

4.37pm BST

77 min: Arfield is shown yellow for a rough challenge on Alonso.

4.36pm BST

75 min: It’s going to be a double substitution for Burnley. Scott Arfield comes on for Johann Berg Gudmundsson, while Jonathan Walters replaces Steven Defour.

4.35pm BST

73 min: Christensen appears to score for Chelsea … but the flag is up! Upon further review, it looks as if Morata was offside when he took the final touch before the ball went over the line, which it would have done anyway. Had he left it, it would be Chelsea 2-3 Burnley with more than 15 minutes to play.

4.30pm BST

The Blues pull one back as Burnley are caught sleeping a bit. Willian floats a cross across the area toward Morata, who sneaks behind his marker and heads it into the goal.

4.23pm BST

63 min: Another chance for Chelsea, this time by Alonso, whose left-footed shot is blocked. Moments later Ben Mee is given a yellow for an overzealous challenge on Morata.

4.22pm BST

61 min: Signs of life for Chelsea! Marcos Alonso takes the free kick and pounds a left-footet bolt toward the top-right corner. It’s saved by a fully extended Heaton, but only just. Corner for Chelsea.

4.21pm BST

60 min: Robbie Brady is shown the yellow card for a hard foul at the hour mark, Burnley’s first booking of the year.

4.19pm BST

58 min: Chelsea make their second substitution of the match as Alvaro Morata comes on for Michy Batshuayi.

4.17pm BST

55 min: Hendrick wins a free kick off a hard challenge by Fabregas, who’s already on a yellow. The referee sprints up and the crowd swells nervously. Fortunately, he’s spared a sending off and Chelsea will continue with 10 men.

4.14pm BST

51 min: Chelsea win a corner, only their second of the day, but nothing comes of it. They’re on the attack again moments later as Alonso carries it into the area from the left side. He looks to cross but it caroms off a Burnley defender back toward him. The crowd and Alonso cry for a handball and the replay does confirm it struck the lower-shoulder area. Alas, no call.

4.11pm BST

49 min: Rudiger has a go but misses the target. Moments later Fabregas finds Alonso, whose left-footed shot from outside the area is parried away. Surely that was Chelsea’s best chance of the match.

4.10pm BST

46 min: We’re off and running again in the second half with no changes for either side. Almost immediately, Kanté wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4.07pm BST

A sampling of your thoughts from an interesting first half at the Bridge.

Alix, via email:

Must disagree with Prateek Chada. The champions being humiliated at home on opening day by a mid-table team shows “the system” is working perfectly.

No matter how you spend you still can’t be sure of buying a title, even in this day and age.

Just had an image flash up in my mind of Mourinho sitting in a lotus position in front of his TV having just found his Nirvana…

What’s Neymar’s buy-out clause?

3.56pm BST

That’s the sound of the defending champions being booed off the pitch by their home fans at half-time of the season opener. Chelsea won 19 of 21 matches across all competitions at Stamford Bridge last year while Burnley took a scant seven points away from Turf Moor all season. So naturally the Clarets lead 3-0 in this one. Bear in mind: Burnley have only beaten Chelsea in league play once in the last 40 years: back on 23 April 1983 when both sides were in the second division.

3.52pm BST

45 min+2: Vokes wins a free kick on a David Luiz foul. A subsequent shot misses the mark and that should be the last kick of the half.

3.51pm BST

45 min: Chelsea finally win their first corner of the match. Nothing comes of it. The fourth official signals for three minutes of injury time.

3.46pm BST

A surreal opening here at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea go three down inside the first 45 minutes. This one started with Jeff Hendrick winning a free kick on the right flank. Defour took the kick and found Vokes in the center of the area, who made no mistake in heading it past the keeper.

3.42pm BST

Cork picks out Ward on the left side of the area, who carries it toward the goal before uncorking a left-footed shot from a tight angle past the keeper. A peach of a strike and Chelsea find themselves two goals down and a man down at home against a side that finished in the bottom five last year.

3.38pm BST

36 min: Ten minutes from half-time and Chelsea are still looking for their first shot on target.

3.35pm BST

33 min: A good spell of possession now for the Blues but they aren’t able to generate a shot from it before it’s given away and Burnley are on the counter.

3.32pm BST

28 min: Burnley keeping the pressure on after their surprise opener, winning a corner. Nothing comes of it and moments later the goal-scorer Vokes is whistles for a foul on Fabregas in the Chelsea half.

3.29pm BST

Lowton crosses into Vokes, who pounds a right-footed shot from the middle of the area into the bottom-left corner for the opener! Welly welly well!

3.27pm BST

21 min: Prateek Chadha checks in via email.

This game is the perfect illustration of how “there is no value” in the transfer market and how FFP is a joke. Surely there is something wrong with a system thay lets Chelsea spend 70 million pounds to buy Morata to warm the bench and that too while not needing to even move Costa out. (And lets be clear that he has been benched as Batshuayi has been preferred after a full pre-season).

3.20pm BST

18 min: A first substitution for Chelsea as Andreas Christensen replaces Jeremie Boga.

3.20pm BST

16 min: Now Fabregas has been shown a yellow for what appears to be sarcastic applause to the referee, who’s lost control of proceedings a bit early on.

3.17pm BST

14 min: And Gary Cahill is sent off for a reckless studs-up challenge of Steven Defour directly in front of the referee. Chelsea are down to 10 men with less than 15 minutes on the clock! Looked a bit harsh to be fair.

3.14pm BST

11 min: Rudiger has a go from outside the area and it’s deflected away.

3.12pm BST

10 min: Willian surges up the right side into the area and chips a cross toward Boga, but the Ivorian is whistled for a foul.

3.08pm BST

6 min: A bit of a slow start for the Blues but they’ve kept possession for a spell here, building up slowly from the back before a long ball over the top winds up in the hands of the Burnley keeper.

3.04pm BST

3 min: Burnley win a free kick. It’s floated toward the far post in the general vicinity of Ben Mee, but he’s unable to get a head on it. Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso is shown yellow for a hard challenge.

3.02pm BST

1 min: And they’re off! Burnley attacking from left to right in white shirts and claret shorts, Chelsea from right to left in traditional all-blue strips.

3.00pm BST

The teams have taken the field at Stamford Bridge and we’re moments from kick-off. We’ll take it over with minute-by-minute coverage from here.

2.32pm BST

Hello and welcome to today’s match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte’s men are out to open their title defense on the right foot and will be favored to do so against a Burnley side in the top flight for a second straight season for the first time since the 1970s.

Kick-off is just under a half hour from now. Here’s a look at today’s teams.

4.20pm BST

Bryan will be here shortly, in the meantime here’s what Gary Cahill had to say about the Blues’ title defence:

Gary Cahill has suggested Chelsea will have to rely on keeping players fit this season if they do not add to their depleted ranks.

Antonio Conte’s side, deprived of the injured Eden Hazard and with new signing Tiemoué Bakayoko sidelined after knee surgery, looked short of resources during their Community Shield defeat to Arsenal on Sunday and Cahill was not the only person to notice the squads listed in the Wembley programme showed Chelsea could potentially select from 17 fewer players than their opponents.

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Jul 30

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester rivals whet US appetite for elite game | Bryan Armen Graham

American fans flock to the International Champions Cup but there is concern that while enriching top European clubs it may not be helping the US domestic game

On Saturday night a sellout crowd of 66,014 spectators footed between $240 (£183) and $3,500 (£2,665) to watch a pre-season friendly between Real Madrid and Barcelona at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, the pièce de résistance of the two-week summer exhibition tour featuring high-profile European clubs known as the International Champions Cup. The rights holder ESPN delivered the type of blanket coverage more typical of a Super Bowl or World Cup final, committing no fewer than 25 on-air personalities to south Florida and broadcasting live on location throughout the week.

This is to say nothing of the 35,728 fans who paid $20 to $30 – plus parking – to watch both clubs’ training sessions on Friday night.

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