All Sports - 24/7: Sluggish Arsenal struggle against buoyant Villa

A day's worth of news in seven minutes, with Arsenal’s lack of summer transfer activity looking costly as they slump to an opening day defeat.

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Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor is fouled by Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny leading to a penalty (PA Photos)

ARSENAL STAKE EARLY CLAIM FOR ‘CRISIS CLUB’ TAG

A rudderless Arsenal made a disastrous start to the new Premier League season as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa. In contrast, David Moyes’s tenure at Manchester United was a far more comfortable affair as his new charges made light work of a tricky trip to Wales as they overcame Swansea 4-1.

Elsewhere, Liverpool were indebted to the reflexes of Simon Mignolet as he saved a late penalty to ensure that Brendan Rodgers’ season began with a 1-0 over Stoke. There were also wins for West Ham United, Fulham, and Southampton while Norwich and Everton shared the spoils at Carrow Road.

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NADAL, WILLIAMS THROUGH TO CINCINNATI FINALS

In a career that has generated 54 singles titles including 16 Grand Slams, Serena Williams has won just about everything there is to win in her sport but Cincinnati, one of the WTA Tour's most prestigious tournaments, is not among them.

She will, however, have the opportunity to fill that gap on her CV after reaching her first Cincinnati final courtesy of a 7-5 7-5 win over defending champion Li Na. She will face Victoria Azarenka, who was a 4-6 6-2 6-3 winner over 2009 champion Jelena Jankovic of Serbia.

Rafa Nadal continued his perfect run on the North American hard-courts, taming Tomas Berdych 7-5 7-6 (4) at the Western and Southern Open to set up a final showdown with big-hitting American John Isner.

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MIXED NIGHT FOR BRITISH BOXING

The loss of Nathan Cleverly’s unbeaten record and world title was somewhat tempered by a fine Darren Barker win.    

Russian Sergey Kovalev became the first man to beat Cleverly with a fourth-round KO to take his WBO light-heavyweight title in Cardiff - the Russian’s 20th knockout victory in 23 fights.

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In Atlantic City, Barker survived a sixth round knockdown to take a thrilling split decision over Daniel Geale to snare the IBF middleweight title.  

Elsewhere, Enzo Maccarinelli claimed the Commonwealth light-heavyweight title back from Ovill McKenzie.

OHURUOGU CLAIMS ANOTHER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MEDAL

Christine Ohuruogu took her second medal of the World Championships after Britain's women claimed bronze in the 4x400m relay in Moscow.

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While with a heavily weakened field, Usain Bolt romped to the 200m gold in Moscow as Britain’s Adam Gemili came off the bend in third but faded to finish fifth.  

THIS VIDEO MADE US LAUGH

It might be a bit old, but this clip of Usain Bolt's 100m world record in 2009 still has good value.

MOST VIEWED - Athletes who don’t dip at the line are throwing medals away

Our investigation into why athletes aren't dipping at the line - a move which can win or lose a medal in a sport that is decided by such fine margins - proved very popular indeed.

As many as 195,748 had a read - so why don't you?

THE AGENDA - WHAT'S ON TODAY

The Premier League is back in full swing and there is coverage from two games – first up it is Crystal Palace against Tottenham at 13:30 followed by Chelsea against Hull City at 16:00. There’s also coverage from around Europe with Barcelona against Levante (18:00), Madrid against Betis (20:00) and PSG against Ajaccio (20:00) all being given the minute-by-minute treatment.   

They’ll also be live coverage of the finals from Cincinnati and we’ll also have coverage from Moscow of the final day of the World Athletics Championships.

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