The Bouras Bulletin

The curtain finally came down on a brilliant month of sport in London with the closing ceremony of the Paralympics.

Paralympics GB finished third in the medals table behind China and Russia, smashing their medals target to finish on 34 golds and 120 medals in total.

Ellie Simmonds came close to a third gold medal of the games but had to settle for silver behind Victoria Arlen in the S6 100m freestyle.

David Weir was able to add another gold medal to his collection over the weekend, winning the T54 marathon. Weir rode along the Mall ahead of Switzerland’s Marcel Hug to complete his set of gold medals having already won the 800m, 1500m and 5000m titles.

England’s footballers got their World Cup qualifying campaign off to the perfect start with a 5-0 win against Moldova in Chisinau.

Frank Lampard netted a penalty as early as the fourth minute and he scored another before half time along with Jermain Defoe to put England in control.

James Milner and Leighton Baines finished things off in the second half ahead of the match with Ukraine at Wembley on Tuesday.

Scotland were only able to muster a draw with Serbia at Hampden Park and must look to get three points against Macedonia on Tuesday to kickstart their campaign in what is a tough group.

Wales were let down by a poor decision to send off James Collins and ended up losing 2-0 to Belgium. Northern Ireland were dominated by Russia and lost 2-0 in Moscow.

Serena Williams overcame Victoria Azarenka to win a fourth US Open title last night, winning 6-2 2-6 7-5. She managed to win the final set having been despite her opponent serving for the match.

Andy Murray beat Tomas Berdych 5-7 6-2 6-1 7-6 (9-7) and will meet Novak Djokovic in the men’s final on this evening.

South Africa comfortably beat England in the first Twenty20 match of the series, reaching their target of 119 with an over to spare and seven wickets in hand.

Jacques Kallis and JP Duminy starred with the bat, scoring 48 and 47 not out respectively, and Dale Steyn was the most impressive of the South African bowlers, finishing with figures of 1-13 from his four overs.

Lewis Hamilton closed the gap at the top of the Formula One drivers’ championship with a straightforward win in Italy.

Hamilton lead from start to finish – save for a short while after a pit-stop – ahead of Sergio Perez, who outmuscled Fernando Alonso into third.

Alonso’s lead ahead of Hamilton at the top of the championship standings has been cut to 37 points.

Defending champions Harlequins lead the Aviva Premiership table at this early stage after picking up another bonus-point win, this time thrashing London Welsh 40-3.

Leicester have also scored maximum points in the opening two games; this weekend’s victory came at home to Worcester 34-26.

Rory McIlroy carded a final-round 67 to win the BMW Championship by two shots ahead of Phil Michelson and Lee Westwood.