Andy Murray had a lot of friends at Queen’s on Saturday, none more loyal than the green stuff on which he teased Marin Cilic for just under two hours to reach the final of the Aegon Championships, where he will face Milos Raonic, who defeated Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4 in the other semi-final.
Even in context of the dramatic narrative which encapsulates Rory McIlroy as standard, events on Saturday at Oakmont stood out.
Rickie Fowler has become the latest high-profile golfer to cast doubt on his participation in the Olympic Games. Fowler, speaking immediately after a missed cut at the US Open, cited security and the Zika virus as ongoing concerns.
Eddie Jones has challenged his record-breaking England team to complete a 3-0 whitewash of Australia following their series-clinching 23-7 victory in the second Test in Melbourne.
Perhaps the golfing gods will smile upon the honest man.
The marginalia of US Open lore is scrawled thick with surprise first-round leaders who burst from obscurity only to vanish as quickly as they appeared. The roll of names reads like the answer key to a pub quiz – Lee Mackey Jr, Bob Gadja, Mike Nicolette, Olin Browne, Justin Hicks – improbable opening-round leaders all, each of whom plummeted back into relative anonymity.
The French economy minister, Emmanuel Macron, has warned that if the UK leaves the EU, it risks isolating itself as a tiny trading post on the edge of Europe, akin to the Channel island Guernsey.
Only a handful of multi-academy trusts are up to the job of improving England’s schools, Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has told MPs, before accusing the Department for Education of being too slow to intervene in struggling schools.
Tony Blair and two former deputy prime ministers, Lord Heseltine and Nick Clegg, have launched a late plea to voters to reject “division, isolationism and blame” and vote on Thursday to stay in the EU.
The tumultuous and often bitter EU referendum campaign has left the two rival camps – Remain and Leave – locked in a dramatic dead heat with just four days to go before the British people decide their European future.
Tottenham Hotspur are currently one point behind Arsenal in the Premier League table.
The Welsh international is the type of player Leeds need.
Reaping the rewards of a sound strategy.
Manchester United failed to win against Liverpool in the Premier League on Monday.
Tottenham Hotspur's Dutch striker had his heart set on a move to Spurs.
Not only has Crystal Palace's Selhurst Park become a happy hunting ground for West Ham United, it has also become a birthplace of new chants.
Kenny Jackett suggested that Leeds United should make the top six in the Championship this season.
Did you know, four England capped midfielders all joined Leeds on loan in recent years? Not that any of them impressed to a great degree.
Liverpool and Manchester United played out a goalless draw in the Premier League on Monday.
Glasgow Rangers midfielder Joey Barton was not impressed with the football on show at Anfield between Liverpool and Manchester United.