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Queens Park Rangers sign Poland international Ariel Borysiuk

Ariel Borysiuk has joined Queens Park Rangers on a three-year contract.

Poland international midfielder Ariel Borysiuk has become Queens Park Rangers' first signing of the summer.

Borysiuk, 24, has signed a three-year deal with the Loftus Road club and joins from Legia Warsaw an undisclosed fee.

Rangers manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, hoping to challenge for promotion from the Championship next season, said Borysiuk was "built for English football."

He told the official QPR website: "He likes to get stuck in and stamp his authority on games. He's young, committed and...

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Championship fixtures 2016-17

Championship fixtures for the 2016-17 season. All fixtures subject to change for television coverage.


- Premier League
- League Championship
- League One
- League Two

Friday, Aug. 5, 2016
Fulham v Newcastle United

Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016
Birmingham City v Cardiff City
Blackburn Rovers v Norwich City
Bristol City v Wigan Athletic
Derby County v Brighton
Huddersfield Town v Brentford
Ipswich Town v Barnsley
Nottingham Forest v Burton Albion
Reading v Preston North End
Rotherham United v Wolverhampton

Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016
Queens Park Rangers v Leeds United

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Rafa Benitez's Newcastle to start Championship campaign at Fulham

Newcastle United signed off from the Premier League with a resounding 5-1 win over Tottenham.

Rafa Benitez's Newcastle United will begin life in the Championship by playing the new season's curtain-raiser at Fulham following the announcement of fixtures for the rebranded English Football League.

Newcastle, relegated from the Premier League last season, head to Craven Cottage on Friday, Aug. 5 to kick off the new EFL campaign.

Aston Villa, also relegated to the Championship and under the new management of Roberto Di Matteo, face a tough trip to playoff runners-up Sheffield Wednesday on the...

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Reading academy manager Eamonn Dolan dies aged 48 after cancer fight

Reading caretaker manager Eamonn Dolan at Old Trafford
Eamonn Dolan brought many players through the Reading ranks.

Reading have announced the death of their academy manager Eamonn Dolan at the age of 48 after a battle with cancer.

Dolan's work at the academy spanned more than a decade, with players he brought through including striker Shane Long, now at Southampton, and midfielder Steve Sidwell, who moved from Reading to Chelsea.

The Irishman, who began his playing career at West Ham, also played for Birmingham and Exeter.

He underwent chemotherapy last August following an operation to remove a tumour from his...

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Bournemouth defender Tommy Elphick completes move to Aston Villa

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner discusses which club will be the better platform for Paul Pogba and who Juventus should look to if they're unable to hold onto Alvaro Morata.

Aston Villa have announced that they have wrapped up the signing of Bournemouth defender Tommy Elphick.

Elphhick, 28, moves to the Championship club for a fee reported to be around £3 million, and has signed a three-year deal.

He becomes Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo's first signing as the Italian manager looks to reshape his squad and challenge for a return to the Premier League.