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Music stars line up for Invictus closing ceremony

Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs performing during V Festival at Weston Park in Staffordshire earlier this year Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Acts including the Foo Fighters and the Kaiser Chiefs will take to the stage tonight for the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in London.

The competition was organised by Prince Harry after he was inspired by a similar event in America.

The Vamps, Rizzle Kicks, James Blunt, Ellie Goulding, Ryan Adams and Military Wives Choirs are among the other acts to feature on the bill.


Danny Welbeck "not up to standard" at Manchester United

Danny Welbeck joined Arsenal on the last day of the transfer window. Credit: PA

The Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has said the club agreed to sell the England striker Danny Welbeck to Arsenal because he did not have the goalscoring record of other strikers at the club.

Welbeck joined the Gunners right at the end of the transfer window after United brought in Colombian striker Radamel Falcao. He scored ten times for United last season.

"With Danny Welbeck, yes, he was here from when he was nine. After coming back from Sunderland he has played three seasons for Manchester United. But he doesn't have the record of Van Persie or Rooney, and that is the standard."

– Louis Van Gaal, Manchester United Manager

Welbeck could get his first game in an Arsenal shirt against Manchester City on Saturday.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois signs new contract

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has signed a new five-year contract, the club confirms.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois Credit: PA

I'm very happy with this new deal, it's really nice to have signed this new contract for five years. My future was already sorted but it's nice to know I'm going to be here for another five years and now I can just concentrate on playing games.

– Thibaut Courtois

The news brings into doubt Cech's future at Stamford Bridge, with manager Jose Mourinho preferring Courtois at the start of the campaign. The 32-year-old Czech Republic goalkeeper has faced unfamiliar circumstances this season, beginning the season on the substitutes' bench.


Invictus Games open at Olympic Park

Prince Harry's Invictus Games have opened at the Olympic Park tonight. He was joined by Prince Charles, Camilla and Prince William at the opening ceremony, along with 6,500 spectators. The Duchess of Cambridge has missed the ceremony due to morning sickness.

Prince Harry was joined by the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales at the opening ceremony. Credit: PA

The Games take place over four days and will see wounded servicemen and women from 13 countries take part.

The opening ceremony of the Invictus Games Credit: PA

Prince Harry took to the stage to praised the wounded warriors from around the globe for their stories that "move, inspire and humble"

"No longer are these inspirational men and women defined by their injury but as athletes, competitors and team mates. "Over the next four days we will see some truly remarkable achievements. For some of those taking part, this will be a stepping stone to elite sport but for others it will mark the end of a chapter in their recovery, and the beginning of a new one."

Prince Harry on stage during his speech. Credit: PA

The ceremony has had a distinct military theme with a fly past from The Red Arrows, a display by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and performances by bands from the Royal Marines, Army and RAF.

The ceremony has had a military theme. Credit: PA

Boat club tries to change elitist image of the sport

Rowing is often seen as an elitist sport, drawing in talent from public schools and 'Oxbridge'. In fact, more than half of the rowing medals at London 2012 were won by athletes who went to independent schools.

But a new club in West London is trying to change that. Fulham Reach Boat Club is joining up with local state schools to give opportunities that might not have existed in the past. Martin Stew went out on the river to see if it's working.

Plan to build a 56,250-capacity stadium next to the existing White Hart Lane ground

  • Spurs plan to build a 56,250-capacity stadium next to the existing White Hart Lane ground, which holds around 36,240.
  • In July Spurs overcame a major hurdle after the government approved a compulsory purchase order allowing building work to begin.
  • However, seven years of negotiations with one landowner are still to reach a satisfactory conclusion
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