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Football: THE AGENDA: THIS WEEK'S ...

July 20, 2014



ANNIVERSARY ACTION . . .

It's almost two years since London's Olympics and one year from the sellout Anniversary Games at the stadium. With the builders working away in Stratford, this year's anniversary event is more low-key, with exhibition track and field events taking place today on the Mall and at an arena on Horse Guards Parade (successful home of the beach volleyball in 2012). Greg Rutherford, Jonnie Peacock, David Weir, Hannah Cockcroft (above), Richard Kilty, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Tiffany Porter are due to compete - and you can watch events on the two-mile track on the Mall for free. Coverage on Channel 4 begins at 1.30pm.

eGuards THEME TUNE FUN . . .

The first BBC Sport Prom is on at the Royal Albert Hall this morning as the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Rebecca Miller, and Crouch End Festival Chorus perform "classical favourites" and the theme tunes for programmes such as Match of the Day, Test Match Special and Wimbledon. Gabby Logan (below) hosts the Prom, with appearances by her husband, Kenny Logan, Robin Cousins, Phil Tufnell and Anna Watkins. Those in the hall (as with all Proms, pounds 5 tickets are available for those who turn up on the day) can see sporting moments on the big screen. Those listening from afar should tune in to Radio 3 or Radio 5 Live from 10.30am.

FURY IN THE RING . . .

The traditional sound of trash talking can only mean one thing: Tyson Fury is fighting Dereck Chisora in a world title eliminator on Saturday night. The fighters have shaken hands on a pounds 10,000 bet for the Manchester fight, which comes with the greater prize of a fight against the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Sample Fury quote: "I'm going to annihilate him. There's no doubt in my mind. I'm flattening his big, ugly, fat face." Sample Chisora quote: "You can't take a dog to a dinner table can you? He can't intimidate me. I'm laughing at this." Fury beat Chisora on points in 2011; the rematch is on BoxNation.

NEW BEGINNINGS . . .

A fresh name enters cricket this week when the new domestic 50-over competition, sponsored by Royal London, starts on Saturday. Gone is the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition (taking Scotland, the Netherlands, Unicorns and 40-over cricket with it) as two groups of nine counties vie to finish in the top four and qualify for the quarter-finals. Lancashire v Yorkshire is the tasty opening-day televised tie, on Sky Sports 2 from 1.30pm. Also, what's this? The third Test starts next Sunday? Yes, in order for England and India to proceed through a five-Test series in a breakneck 42 days they're coming thick and fast. The Rose Bowl has the "honour" of England's first weekend start.

HIGH-SPEED ART. . .

Dunlop's 90-year association with the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race is marked in the Art of Motorsport Exhibition this week. The works, by award-winning illustrators Telegramme, Timba Smits and Raid 71, can be seen at the 71A Gallery in Shoreditch from 11am-8pm on Wednesday.



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Source: Observer (UK)


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