TOTTENHAM 0-0 SWANSEA - ROB DRAPER AT WEMBLEY: After the excitement of Borussia Dortmund, the brutal comedown of Swansea City. Tottenham can look swashbuckling against Europeans elite; not so much against Wales’ finest team. And it was a compliment to Paul Clement that the first half was so uneventful. He brought them survival last season with exceptional organisation and he isn’t about to tear up those foundations now. With Federico Frenandez cajoling and Alfie Mawson and Mike Van Der Hoorn responding, with superb positional play, Tottenham exited at half time gnawing their knuckles in frustration. Swansea don’t look the best team on paper; under Clement though they can be exceptionally hard to break down. Admittedly they have lost 4-0 to Manchester United this season; but on that occasion they were still in the game until they tired in the final ten minutes.
Redknapp sacked by Birmingham after fifth consecutive defeat as Carsley takes over as caretaker manager
Birmingham sacked Harry Redknapp on Saturday shortly after suffering their fifth consecutive defeat. Redknapp was appointed at St Andrews in May and was tasked with leading a promotion charge. But the Blues currently sit 23rd in the Championship after eight fixtures, making relegation look like a more realistic method of leaving the division.
SAM CUNNINGHAM AT VICARAGE ROAD:Sergio Aguero proved he is as undroppable as Manchester City are unstoppable right now. The striker scored three of City’s six goals as they crushed Watford under a purple rampage of pure football to move to the top of the Premier League table. Aguero underlined his class and his quality with the hat-trick and an assist for Gabriel Jesus, while Nicolas Otamendi and Raheem Sterling added the rest. To think he could have left City if they signed Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.
Pep meets Sir Elton ahead of Watford clash... and then watches City's rocket men blast their way clear at top of table
Sir Elton John was pictured with Pep Guardiola on Saturday ahead of Watford's home Premier League encounter with Manchester City, and he may well have been seeking answers in the sky after the Hornets were swept away.
GETAFE 1-2 BARCELONA - PETE JENSON: Barca had to come from behind to keep up their 100 per cent record so far this season but substitutes Denis Suarez and Paulinho got the goals as the ran out 2-1 winners. Things did not go according to the script early on when Gaku Shibasaki got a spectacular opener. The ball dropped to the Getafe number ten on the edge of the area; he drew back his left foot and cracked it like a whip to send and an unstoppable volley swerving into the roof of the net. It was worthy of Lionel Messi but it had been Getafe’s number 10 and not Barça’s who had opened the scoring.
'He embarrassed himself, the fans and the club...' Pardew on Liverpool target Van Dijk as he's named in Saints squad for first time this season
Virgil van Dijk 'embarrassed himself, Southampton fans and the club' in his summer-long transfer saga over a prospective move to Liverpool, says Alan Pardew. The Holland international handed in a transfer request and trained alone throughout pre-season amid interest from Liverpool, who were forced to publicly end their pursuit of the him amid claims of tapping up. Van Dijk was named on the substitute bench for the match against Crystal Palace on Saturday, the first time he has been involved with the first team since the transfer window closed.
CRYSTAL PALACE 0-1 SOUTHAMPTON- OLIVER HOLT AT SELHURST PARK: Before kick-off, it seemed there could be no better place for Roy Hodgson to begin his rehabilitation after the humiliation of that defeat by Iceland in Nice during Euro 2016. He is England’s best travelled manager but this is as close to home as it gets for Hodgson. Two hours later, a big, baggy coat covered his suit and his hair was flattened by rain as he walked back towards the tunnel. Cheers had turned to groans.
BAYERN MUNICH 4-0 MAINZ: Bayern Munich shrugged off a couple of lackluster performances to start their traditional Oktoberfest celebrations with a 4-0 rout of Mainz in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Robert Lewandowski marked his 100th league appearance for Bayern with his 81st and 82nd goals, which came on the first day of the 184th beer festival. Bayern players traditionally go on an annual team visit to Oktoberfest.
Liverpool have another day for nostalgia before Burnley with 125th anniversary - but Klopp needs to get the class of 2017 firing
DOMINIC KING AT ANFIELD: It was another day for nostalgia at Anfield, a chance to press rewind and remember how it all began. This year marks Liverpool's 125th anniversary and the visit of Burnley fell closest to the date of their first ever game at this venue, when they beat Rotherham Town 7-1 in a friendly. The Liverpool Mercury reported that particular game was played in front of a 'modest attendance' but the team 'would get better with practice'. There was nothing so modest about the number of the crowd that had assembled for this Premier League game – once again there were more 53,000 in attendance. And to mark the occasion, some of the greats from the past paraded before kick-off to remind the new generation of what Liverpool used to be.
MILLWALL 1-0 LEEDS: As the teams filed out at the start and the Millwall fans belted out their raucous 'Let 'Em Come' anthem, some of the home fans waved a banner towards the away end. 'Have You Missed Us?' it read. Everyone knew the answer. They have learned to savour their notoriety in these parts and they were up for this one.
'I'm going to knock you out': Canelo ramps up war of words with Golovkin as duo hit the scales on middleweight limit of 160lbs
JEFF POWELL IN LAS VEGAS: Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin both hit the scales exactly on the middleweight limit of 160 lbs for their huge fight. Canelo defied doubts about whether he might struggle to make the weight but he looked heftier than multiple world middleweight champion. He said to Govolkin: 'I'm going to knock you out.' Golovkin replied: 'see you tomorrow night.'
CELTIC 4-0 ROSS COUNTY: The returning Moussa Dembele scored his first goal of the season as Celtic reaffirmed their domestic dominance with a crushing 4-0 win over Ross County. Brendan Rodgers' side were beaten 5-0 at home by Paris St Germain in their Champions League opener on Tuesday night but they were more at ease in this Ladbrokes Premiership encounter. Australia midfielder Tom Rogic drove them ahead in 13th minutes.
Arsene Wenger's side have come out on top in the last two outings between the clubs — the FA Cup final and the Community Shield last month — but knows this will be a different encounter altogether. Chelsea have hit a rich vein of form, returning to the Premier League this weekend following a 6-0 drubbing of Champions League newcomers Qarabag on Tuesday.
Durant and Co launch Nike NBA kits with chip that allows fans to watch courtside footage and listen to the stars' playlists... is this be the future for the Premier League?
CHRIS YOUNG IN LOS ANGELES: Inside a jet black Los Angeles film studio, a leading player from each of the NBA's 30 clubs lines up to show off the swanky new season's kit. Basketball's big-hitters have made the journey to this launch party - Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Paul George - to whet the appetites of the 500 or so in attendance and the millions more following every image on social media. Once the posing has finished, rapper and singer Travis Scott, bedecked in a Houston Rockets jersey, entertains the younger members of the audience with a brief four-track set.
'Imagine not going because you're worried about someone you don't even know. That's not toughness.' MVP Durant on beating the boo boys after leaving Oklahoma
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY CHRIS YOUNG: It took a full off-season for Kevin Durant to appreciate the magnitude of a campaign which had seen him enjoy the loudest of last laughs. All the vitriol which spewed forth on social media, the flak on the court from former team-mate Russell Westbrook and a hate-fuelled return to Oklahoma City Thunder, was eventually confined to meagre white noise.
Alvarez v Golovkin predictions: Joshua, Mayweather and more reveal who they think will win Las Vegas mega fight
For Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin, the time for talking is almost over. The two pound-for-pound stars collide under the lights of Las Vegas on Saturday in one of the most hotly-anticipated fights of the past decade. Figures from the world of boxing are divided in who they think will win the battle for middleweight supremacy. Here, Sportsmail rounds-up some of their predictions...
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Gareth Barry equaled the Premier League appearance record on Saturday after starting for West Brom against West Ham. The 36-year-old drew level with Ryan Giggs on 632 games at kick-off at The Hawthorns having made his top-flight debut in 1998. He is in line to break Giggs' record when the Baggies go to Arsenal on September 25.
Butland welcomes Manchester United speculation 'as that means I’m playing well' but insists he is happy at Stoke
INTERVIEW BY LUKE AUGUSTUS: He’s one of Stoke City’s standout performers but Jack Butland admits it’s ‘always nice’ to be linked with other clubs as it means his displays are being acknowledged. The Potters and England goalkeeper is highly-rated by club and country – with his heroics against Arsenal and Manchester United this season only further enhancing his reputation. Butland has been linked with a move to United in the past with some reports earmarking him as David de Gea’s replacement should the Spaniard ever leave Old Trafford.
Summer Manchester United target Perisic and Skriniar score late goals to maintain Inter's perfect start in Serie A
CROTONE 0-2 INTER MILAN: Inter Milan scored twice in the last 10 minutes to claim a fortuitous 2-0 win at lowly Crotone on Saturday and extend their perfect start to the Serie A season. Milan Skriniar and Ivan Perisic were on target for Inter, who finished a modest seventh last season, as Luciano Spalletti's side survived a difficult second half in torrid conditions to make it four wins out of four.
Jason's shot of the Day! Aussie earns $100,000 for charity with hole in one as Leishman's form continues at BMW
Marc Leishman has put in another fine performance during the second round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms. The Australian, who finished day one as clubhouse leader, held on to top spot with a seven-under 64 at the penultimate play-off event for the season-ending tournament. After claiming 10 birdies during round one, the 33-year-old shot eight on Friday, again just dropping one shot on the 17th hole of the Chicago course.
NEW ZEALAND 57-0 SOUTH AFRICA: Winger Nehe Milner-Skudder scored two of the All Blacks' eight tries as they destroyed South Africa at North Harbour Stadium on Saturday to post a record points margin against the Springboks. The All Blacks were ruthless in their execution of their opportunities to post 50 points for the second successive test against their traditional foes, with their 57-15 win last year in Durban the previous largest margin. Rieko Ioane, Milner-Skudder, Brodie Retallick and Scott Barrett all crossed in the first half to give the All Blacks a 31-0 lead at the break, before the right winger, Ofa Tu'ungafasi Lima Sopoaga and Codie Taylor all scored in the second half.
'I don't care if it bobbles in off my knee or goes in off my a***!': Morata on moving to Chelsea and how Ronaldo inspired his heading heroics
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY ADAM CRAFTON: His smile broadening, Alvaro Morata reels off some of his managerial influences. ‘Last week I saw a photograph from the FIFA coaches’ conference and as I scanned across, I’m thinking, “I’ve played under Zinedine Zidane, Carlo Ancelotti, and Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.” Then there was Max Allegri at Juventus,' he says. 'Now I am with Antonio Conte, who originally signed me for Juve. I am only missing a Guardiola or a Klopp!'