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Gonzalo Higuaín lends weight to dreams of repeat Juventus glory in Serie A — Psychologists will tell you that delaying gratification can be a powerful thing. Famously, the Stanford marshmallow experiment found that children who could resist eating a sweet treat in return for the promise of a greater reward at a later point went on to achieve better exam results at school.

Leicester pleased with Arsenal draw but Jamie Vardy misses the target again — A point and clean sheet against Arsenal was a sensational result for Leicester City. If the Foxes weren't defending Premier League champions, Saturday's 0-0 draw would feel like a win. The stalemate was every bit as intense and entertaining as last season's 5-2 loss to the Gunners, as Claudio Ranieri's men got their first point of the new season on the board.

Leicester under pressure against Arsenal as Mahrez and Vardy target return to form — As fate would have it Leicester City's first home game of the season is against Arsenal -- the side who did the double over the Foxes last season, finished second to them and perhaps most pertinently, spent the summer hotly pursuing Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.

Mixed fortunes for Shane Duffy and Sergio Agüero - Football Weekly Extra — Max Rushden continues in the hot-seat for this edition of Football Weekly Extra, and he's got James Horncastle , Paolo Bandini and Nick Miller for company. We begin by discussing Manchester City's marvellous win in Romania, featuring as it did a hat-trick and two missed penalties from Sergio Agüero.

Juventus to dominate Serie A title race but there will be plenty of drama — In the five years since Germany overtook Italy in Uefa's rankings, stealing a Champions League berth away from clubs on the peninsula, pundits have pontificated at length on the lessons that Serie A might learn from the Bundesliga.

Premier League: Bournemouth vs. Man United, Arsenal vs. Liverpool live — Jose Mourinho takes charge of Manchester United in the Premier League for the first time at Bournemouth, while Arsenal and Liverpool meet.

Leicester served a reality check by Hull — Leicester City were quite simply out-foxed by newly promoted Hull City on Saturday. The 2-1 loss will serve as a reality check. The suspended Robert Huth was missed with City looking brittle at the back while, at the other end, Jamie Vardy was uncharacteristically goal-shy.

Gary Lineker keeps Match of the Day underwear promise — While it seems like ages ago now, Gary Lineker made a promise back in December 2015. Indeed, with Leicester City sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League, Lineker made the audacious pledge to present the first Match of the Day programme of the 2016-17 season in his underwear, safe in the knowledge that there was absolutely no chance his beloved Foxes would actually go on to win the thing.

Premier League live: Manchester City vs. Sunderland commentary — The Premier League is back in action as Pep Guardiola makes his debut as Manchester City manager at home to Sunderland. Please refresh for latest updates. 17.30 BST: Sunderland kick off shooting right to left, both teams in their home strips. 17.27 BST: The teams are out, the handshakes are done and we're just moments from kick-off.

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri: We didn't fight as a team against Hull — Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri was magnanimous in defeat, conceding that the better team won as Hull beat the Foxes 2-1. Robert Snodgrass' strike in the 57th minute grabbed all three points for the Tigers despite having only 13 fit senior players for the game and meant Leicester became the first Premier League champions to lose the opening game of their title defence.
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