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GB Boccia and Goalball teams play at Olympic Park for National Paralympic Day

GB's Boccia and Goalball teams are set to shine under the spotlight on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park today as part of the celebrations for National Paralympic Day. They will be featuring in the Mayor of London's Liberty Festival which celebrates the contribution of disabled people to London culture. In the Boccia competition, a fierce competitive rivalry will come to the fore as GB take on Greece. GB will be represented in the BC3 Pairs by current European bronze medallists Jacob Thomas, Scott McCowan and Patrick Wilson. London 2012 gold medallists Greece, who currently sit at the top of the world rankings in the event, have named star player and European silver medallist Grigorios Polychronidis among their athletes, hoping to avenge their narrow defeat to GB at last year's event.

"It's really exciting to showcase Boccia at National Paralympic Day and I'm really looking forward to the event. It should be a tough match, but hopefully the home crowd will get behind us and we'll get the result we've been training for."

– Jacob Thomas

Following the conclusion of the Boccia, Goalball will take centre stage as the GB women's team take on Belgium. Anna Tipton and Georgie Bullen will return to the scene of their success at the home Games, when they took the first win for Britain in any team sport at London 2012 in front of a home crowd at the Copper Box Arena, while newcomers Laura Perry, Shamaila Kauser, Sarah Leiter and Andrea Logan are also named on the team sheet.


Fulham confident ahead of Cardiff clash

Fulham Manager Felix Magath has revealed the Brentford victory has put the players in a confident frame of mind heading into the Cardiff clash.

Mohamed Al Fayed has also hit back at the Fulham manager after he blamed the club's former owner for their recent demise.

The Cottagers were relegated from the Premier League in May after 13 seasons.

He accused Al Fayed of "not spending money", despite injecting around £200 million into the club over 16 years.

Fulham sold the best players and brought in average players. You cannot go on doing that for a long time.

– Felix Magath, Fulham Manager

Al Fayed has described suggestions he is to blame as "absurd."

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Al Fayed says Felix Magath is an odd man. Credit: PA

Chelsea Football Club to honour Lord Attenborough

Lord Attenborough
Players will hold a minute's silence on Saturday Credit: Chelsea F.C.

The passing of our much-loved Life President Lord Attenborough has greatly affected everyone, and Chelsea Football Club fully appreciates our supporters’ emotions at this time and your wish to pay tribute to the important part he played in our history.

At our next home game, against Swansea City on Saturday 13th September, there will be a minute’s appreciation prior to kick-off in honour of a great Chelsea fan who also served as a club director for 13 years. There will be tributes on the big screens and in the matchday programme.

A lasting memorial to Lord Attenborough’s support of Chelsea is also appropriate. In consultation with Lord Attenborough's family, the club will carefully consider the possibilities and suggestions for this to ensure the most suitable option is taken.

– Chelsea Football Club

Tottenham to play Besiktas in Europa League group stage

Andros Townsend scores Tottenham's third goal against AEL Limassol last night.
Andros Townsend scores Tottenham's third goal against AEL Limassol last night. Credit: Reuters

Tottenham have been drawn in the same group as Besiktas in the Europa League. The Turkish side were beaten by Arsenal in the Champions League qualifiers this week. Spurs have been drawn in Group C after reaching the group stage with a 3-0 victory over AEL Limassol last night:

  • Tottenham
  • Besiktas
  • Partizan Belgrade
  • Asteras Tripolis


QPR sign England Under-21 Jack Robinson from Liverpool

Jack Robinson in action for the England Under-21 side.
Jack Robinson in action for the England Under-21 side. Credit: PA

Queens Park Rangers have signed the England Under-21 international defender Jack Robinson from Liverpool on a four-year deal. However, he will spend the first season on loan at Huddersfield Town.

Harry Redknapp has decided that the 20 year-old would develop better at the Championship club. Robinson said he hopes to establish himself as a Premier League player in the future.

Zaha tweets then deletes about return to Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha appears to have confirmed that he's on his way back to Crystal Palace. In a tweet, which later disappeared from his feed, the 21-year-old Manchester United player said: "Back !! #CPFC"

Zaha is heavily tipped to be joining Crystal Palace on a season-long loan, after making only four appearances for United since he signed with them for £15 million in January last year. He spent the last part of last season on loan to Cardiff City.

Wilfried Zaha
Did Zaha jump the gun when he tweeted return to CPFC? Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Invictus Games to feature a drumhead service

The inaugural Invictus Games for injured servicemen is to feature a drumhead service to remember those who have been killed or injured in conflict.

Prince Harry and Invictus Games athletes
Prince Harry poses for photographs during the announcement of the130-strong British team for the Invictus Games Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The event will take place on September 11, the anniversary of the 2001 terror attacks in the United States, and also comes in the centenary of the start of the First World War, organisers said. The multi-faith service will take place at London's Lee Valley Athletics Centre, which hosts the track and field events that afternoon, and will be conducted by senior chaplains from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force, with attendees representing 13 nations that have served alongside each other in recent conflicts and now face one another in the sporting arena.

A drumhead service at Edinburgh Castle
Drums are used in place of an altar to replicate services held on the front-line 100 years ago, during the drumhead service, to commemorate the centenary of the First World War at Edinburgh Castle. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Drumhead services date back hundreds of years to when regimental drums were used to communicate orders on the battlefield. Soldiers would make a pile of drums to provide a makeshift altar, often draped with the standards or colours of the regiment, so a religious service could be held on the field of battle.

Invictus Games medals
The Invictus Games medals (top) and participant medallion (bottom, front and back) being unveiled at the Garrard jewellers in central London. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

The Invictus Games' service will start at 12.30pm on September 11 when the buglers of the band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, HMS Collingwood will build the drumhead as the choir from the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, Suffolk, lead the opening hymn.

"This is a timely opportunity for competitors and spectators alike to show their support and gratitude for all those who gave, and give, so much."

– Sir Keith Mills, chairman of the Invictus Games
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