Where will it all go right for your club this season?

With the new football season just weeks away, we’d like to hear your optimistic predictions of what lies in store for your football team this year

Fans of underachieving football clubs will hopefully have dusted off the misery of last season by now. If you were one of the lucky few and your team had a successful 2015/16 campaign, the potential for more memorable moments this season might be a real reason for late summer optimism. You told us what went wrong last year, and now we’d like to know what will (hopefully!) go right for your football club this season.

Having had a chance to look at the state of your team during pre-season friendlies and summer tours, what causes for optimism do you have for the season ahead? Maybe your club is preparing for life in the different division, or there’s been an exciting managerial change that has resulted in an influx of new hungry players? Or is an already genius-declared manager busy building your team to hit more dizzying heights this season?

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Tennis – Djokovic focused on Rogers Cup success

World number one Novak Djokovic says he is over his shock Wimbledon defeat to Sam Querrey.

The Serbian returns to action this week for the first time since his third-round loss at SW19 when he is involved in the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
Djokovic has wo…


Fifa hands one-year ban to former DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach

• Niersbach was also vice-president of 2006 World Cup organising committee
• Fifa investigators had sought a two-year ban

Fifa’s ethics committee has announced a one-year ban from all football-related activities for Wolfgang Niersbach, former German Football Association (DFB) president and vice-president of the 2006 World Cup local organising committee and current Fifa executive committee member.

Related: Fifa president Gianni Infantino set for interview over alleged ethics breaches

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Soccer – Pochettino insists he’s happy at Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino has reiterated that he is happy at Tottenham amid rumours linking him with the Argentina manager’s job.

Gerardo Martino resigned earlier this month following Argentina’s defeat to Chile in the Copa America final and Pochettino is …


Golf – Day aims to build on solid round

Jason Day hopes his improved form in the closing stages of the RBC Canadian Open will hold him in good stead for this week’s USPGA Championship.

The world number one carded a final-round 67 at Glen Abbey Golf Club on Sunday although his struggles ear…


England and Eddie Jones boosted by new deal between RFU and Premiership

• Eight-year deal will be worth more than £200m
• Jones’ benefits will include greater access to player and later selection deadline

England’s aim of becoming the dominant force in the global game has been strengthened by a new agreement signed by the Rugby Football Union and Premiership Rugby Limited.

The eight-year partnership between Twickenham and the Premiership clubs, worth over £200million, will give head coach Eddie Jones greater access to players, a later deadline for selection, two additional training camps and more rest periods for his Grand Slam winners.

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Patrick Vieira psyched out by Marsch, and time runs short for Sigi Schmid

The NYCFC manager was rattled in his side’s latest derby disappointment, while it’s time for Seattle’s longtime manager to relinquish his post

Patrick Vieira is unshakeable. That has been his defining characteristic, first as a player and now, as a manager.

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Lewis Hamilton in no mood to let up after gaining lead over Nico Rosberg

• Hamilton has overturned 43-point deficit against his rival
• ‘I’m still in the mentality of chasing, says reigning F1 world champion

Lewis Hamilton has stressed that, despite the win in Hungary on Sunday that gave him the lead in the Formula One world championship for the first time this season, he cannot afford to let up in the pressure he has exerted over his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. However, both he and his team have made it clear they believe the title fight is far from over- – especially given that he will have to take grid penalties for an engine change later in the season, a scenario they are considering how best to manage.

Related: Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg still at odds over Hungary qualifying

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Sam Allardyce: I want to enjoy being England manager – video

Newly appointed England manager Sam Allardyce says he will help players enjoy themselves and improve their skills. Speaking at St George’s Park on Monday, Allardyce says the bonding of the team is crucial

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Joe Allen: Liverpool midfielder to have medical at Stoke City

Joe Allen

Wales midfielder Joe Allen will have a medical at Stoke City on Monday before a proposed £13m move from Liverpool.

The Reds have accepted the offer as Allen only has one year left on his contract at Anfield.

The 26-year-old is also a target for the Potters’ Premier League rivals Swansea City, whom he left to move to Anfield in 2012.

Despite starting only eight league games last season, Allen was named in the Euro 2016 team of the tournament.

Liverpool rejected an £8m offer from Swansea in June and Allen is believed to be keen on a return to Swansea.

But he now appears to be on the verge of joining Stoke following discussions with their manager and fellow Welshman Mark Hughes.

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Dafne Schippers: ‘Doping questions are hard but clean sport is more important’

The world 200m champion has found her achievements put under a harsh spotlight but says she has nothing to hide and is ready for a tilt at gold in Rio

“Did you hear that?” Dafne Schippers says with a grimace after her knees make a loud cracking sound when she sinks down onto her haunches to have her photograph taken. In the serene and rolling grounds of the Netherlands’ National Sports Centre in Papendal – just outside Arnhem and an hour from Amsterdam – Schippers smiles. “I must be getting old.”

The Dutch sprinter has just turned 24 and, preparing for next month’s Olympic Games in Rio, she exudes strength and power. Schippers clearly just has noisy knees rather than any concerns about ageing for, alongside Usain Bolt in the men’s sprint and Caster Semenya in the women’s 800m, she promises to provide one of the most dramatic stories on the Olympic track.

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Manly end South Sydney’s NRL finals hopes amid more bunker controversy

  • South Sydney Rabbitohs 12-20 Manly Sea Eagles
  • Souths miss finals for first time under Michael Maguire

Tom Trbojevic and another bunker howler have officially put South Sydney’s finals hopes to bed, after the Rabbitohs went down 20-12 to Manly at Allianz Stadium on Monday night. The defeat was Souths’ seventh in a row and means they will miss the finals for the first time under coach Michael Maguire.

The Rabbitohs were poor in a first half dominated by Trbojevic and trailed 18-0 at the break. They surged back into the contest in the second stanza through tries to Adam Reynolds and Cody Walker before the bunker controversially disallowed a Joe Burgess try in the 59th minute before 8,273 fans.

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England v Pakistan: second Test, day four – live!

12.02pm BST

2nd over: Pakistan 4-0 (Hafeez 4, Masood 0) Broad opens up from the Brian Statham End and delivers a maiden to Masood. Admittedly the type here he didn’t have to play, so he didn’t. Good batting. The left hander was pretty good on the second evening, finding a way to survive when his colleagues weren’t able to.

Janet is writing in from France, so I’ll give her the final word on follow on as I’m heading to Paris for some R&R the day after this match ends. Maybe OBO regular Robert Wilson will show me around? I wonder if he’s reading? Hi Bob.

11.55am BST

1st over: Pakistan 4-0 (Hafeez 4, Masood 0) Jimmy has the struggling opener Hafeez defending with his hand off the bat first up. The ball looks so dark out there; the type that bowlers always believe will swing plenty. That’s proven by the third ball, moving away from the right hander in the most beautiful fashion. Way too good to nick. Then he does it again, because he’s wonderful like that. Third time around the edge is won, but it runs along the ground to third man.

It’s a very good way to start from Anderson. Swinging it as much as Derek Pringle in this clip, who I’m sitting next to at the moment, so it feels only right to share.

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Sam Allardyce: ‘far too early’ to say if Wayne Rooney will remain England captain

• England manager says he needs to meet players and staff first
• Allardyce describes his management style as ‘pragmatic’

Sam Allardyce has yet to decide if he will retain Wayne Rooney as England’s captain.

Related: Sam Allardyce unveiled as England manager – live!

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England job is Allardyce's 'greatest challenge'

New England manager Sam Allardyce says the job will be the “greatest challenge” of his career.In his first news conference since taking charge of the n…


Who will challenge Chris Froome at the 2017 Tour de France?

There was a lack of suspense this year but here are five challengers, led by Romain Bardet, who could upset things next time around

Suspenseful it may not have been, but the 2016 Tour de France was nip and tuck in one way: the time gaps behind the winner. Chris Froome’s victory margin was 3min more than in 2015 ahead of Nairo Quintana, but the gap to the rider in 10th was only 7min compared with 17min last year; 21min in 2014 for Vincenzo Nibali and 17min again in 2013. Incredibly, after 89 hours of racing, a mere 180 seconds spanned the riders between second and 10th. What this says is that Froome may be a decisive winner but he is not as dominant as, say, Miguel Indurain or Lance Armstrong who would pulverise the race. This points to a levelling of the playing field within cycling, given that only one team – Movistar – placed more than one rider in the top 10 overall.

Related: Chris Froome’s Tour de France win puts him among greats | William Fotheringham

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Ruthless Swifts set up grand final rematch with Firebirds after win over Magic

  • Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 45-64 NSW Swifts
  • Swifts will have chance to avenge last season’s grand final defeat

NSW Swifts set up a rematch of last year’s trans-Tasman netball league final with a 64-45 semi-final win over the Magic in Hamilton on Monday.

The comprehensive win showcased the Swifts at their best – gritty defence melding with a driving midcourt and finished off by superbly accurate shooting.

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Is it time for the Cleveland Indians to retire Chief Wahoo?

Critics say the Indians logo is insensitive to Native Americans, but the team’s owner, Paul Dolan, has announced that it will stay – at least for the time being

Overshadowed in town by a mismatched trio of celebrities – Johnny Manziel, LeBron James and Donald J Trump – the Cleveland Indians rolled into first place in their division and have stayed there. Fans are talking, again, about their team, The Tribe, winning its first World Series in 68 years.

With success comes more attention, and the Indians, led by the former Boston Red Sox manager Terrence John “Terry” “Tito” Francona, are becoming centerpieces as the Major League Baseball drags on. That part has changed. But their look has not, even though it was supposed to.

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Steve Bruce: Former Hull City manager thanks fans for 'unwavering' support

Steve Bruce has thanked Hull City fans for their “unwavering” support and says he resigned as manager on Friday “for the sake of the club”.Bruce joined…


Japanese Buddhist priest sets sights on canoe gold at 2016 Rio Olympics

• Kazuki Yazawa prays in the morning then trains each afternoon
• ‘I never had the intention of balancing the two,’ says canoeist

When he’s not chanting and living the austere life of a Buddhist priest, Kazuki Yazawa contemplates Olympic gold.

The 27-year-old Yazawa will represent Japan in canoe slalom at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics where he hopes to use his mental toughness and skill to bring home a medal.

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