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Amir Khan denied visa to visit USA for fight

Khan was hoping to watch Floyd Mayweather's fight in Las Vegas. Credit: PA

Amir Khan's plans to travel to America this weekend have been halted after his visa application was declined.

The 27-year-old was due to fly to Las Vegas to attend Floyd Mayweather's fight with Marcos Maidana on Saturday, and had used his Twitter account to advertise promotional duties he would be carrying out while there.

His bid to do so was thwarted, though, with the welterweight saying his visa application had been declined.

It was reported that Khan had asked Prime Minister David Cameron for assistance.

Khan has had difficulties travelling to America before. In 2010 he had to train in Canada after visa delays, while in 2011 he claimed he was held in Los Angeles customs for over two hours because he is a Muslim.

The Bolton fighter is eager to be present at Mayweather's rematch with Maidana, as he attempts to persuade the world's number-one pound-for-pounder boxer to give him a 2015 fight.

The first Invictus Games kicks off

Wounded servicemen and women are set to compete for the first set of medals in track and field events at the inaugural Invictus Game today.

Prince Harry officially opened the Games last night. Credit: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Declaring the Games open, Prince Harry praised competitors, many still serving soldiers, from around the globe for their stories that "move, inspire and humble" as he launched the event last night.

The Prince was introduced by US First Lady Michelle Obama in a video message which was broadcast to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium in east London.

Michelle Obama told the competitors they were "incredible". Credit: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

The Games is inspired by the US Warrior Games, which the Prince vowed to bring to the UK.

Teams from 13 nations are now set to compete over the next four days in a range of sports.

The competition will begin at Lee Valley Athletics Centre with athletics, culminating in the 4x100m relay, before other sports such as wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and swimming follow later in the week.

Ferrari chairman set for £21.5 million payout

Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo will leave in October. Credit: PA Wire

Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo will receive a staggering payoff of nearly £27 million euros (£21.5 million) after he leaves the sports car manufacturer.

Montezemolo clashed with Marchionne over strategy and the F1 team's poor results Credit: PA Wire

Montezemolo will be replaced by Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne after the pair clashed over strategy and the Ferrari F1 team's poor results.

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Royals attend Invictus Games launch ceremony

Prince Harry has launched the Invictus Games, which celebrates the sacrifices of servicemen and women from around the world.

More than 400 wounded soldiers who will be competing in the Paralympic-style games paraded in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London.

The Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales and Prince Harry during the opening ceremony of The Invictus Games. Credit: PA

Veterans from around the world will go head to head in nine adaptive sports competitions, inspired by the US Warrior Games, which will take place over the next four days.

Harry was joined at the moving, military-themed ceremony by Charles, Camilla and William as well as 6,500 others including Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Missing was the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge who is still suffering from morning sickness and will be absent from tomorrow's opening athletics events.

Suarez set to make Barcelona debut in El Clasico

Suarez moved to Barcelona in a mammoth £75m deal this summer. Credit: PA

Luis Suarez's debut for Barcelona is likely to come on Saturday October 25th against fierce rivals Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

The striker - who switched to the Nou Camp from Liverpool earlier in the summer for £75million - is currently the subject of a worldwide ban after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini while playing for Uruguay at the World Cup.

His four-month ban, which started on June 25th, expires on Friday October 24th and today La Liga officials confirmed that Barca's trip to the Spanish capital looks set for the Saturday, with a 1700 kick-off time (British time).

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