So there we have it. The Olympics are all done, and what a resounding success they've been. The main stadium didn't fall to bits, the flame didn't go out, the plug to the TV camera didn't fuse during the 100m, nobody kidnapped the Queen, and what's more the British team won 29 gold medals. Well done, us! What a glorious nation! Twenty nine gold medals, though!
Perhaps this time Roberto Mancini was genuinely being serious when he said Manchester United had to be considered as title favourites and it was not, as most of us suspected on previous occasions, a message to his board or a ploy to shift the pressure on to Sir Alex Ferguson's team.
Ahead of City's opening match of the season, against Southampton on Sunday, Roberto Mancini has had a frustrating start to his quest to retain the title.
The match was billed locally as Craig Bellamy's Second Coming but it was the player who replaced him as captain when he left for Liverpool, Mark Hudson, who got Cardiff's renewed pursuit of promotion off to a winning start, stabbing home the winner at close range as a largely mundane scrap went into added time.
Today Arsenal formally sold Robin Van Persie to Manchester United. The sale means the club have sold four captains in just seven years but here we take a look at how the Arsenal fans can draw some optimism from the departure of their influential now former number 10.
A look at the injury records of all the teams in the Premier League last term, including the interesting comparison between Manchester United and Manchester City.
All the news and gossip relating to Liverpool FC in the past 24 hours.
A round-up of news and gossip relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
A round-up of news and gossip relating to Manchester United over the past 24 hours.
Judge Marina Syrova's tone remained soft and monotonous throughout the three hours it took her to read the state's case against the three Pussy Riot members. But her message was steely and unyielding. "What they did was offensive to believers," Syrova said. "It was a crude violation of the social order."