As Novak Djokovic’s glorious reign of 122 weeks as the king of tennis edged towards a conclusion with a shock defeat in Paris on Friday, Andy Murray, the heir apparent for 76 weeks stretched over seven years, put one undoubtedly trembling hand on the crown.
A knockout machine in the ring, Anthony Joshua has developed a reputation as one of boxing’s more genial figures out of it. So it came as a surprise to hear the heavyweight express his desire to make the Mexican American Eric Molina “look like shit” when the pair square up next month.
Theresa May’s government has been accused of failing to restrain the furious backlash against this week’s high court judgment about article 50, as one of her own MPs resigned, stepping up the political pressure as she battles to stick to her Brexit timetable.
Jeremy Corbyn will use a speech on Saturday to accuse tax dodgers of being unpatriotic and pledge that a future Labour government would bring about an economic renaissance.
Ronald Koeman has said Everton’s most important move of the summer was convincing Romelu Lukaku to stay but believes the striker will be coveted by European heavyweights such as Bayern Munich and Real Madrid should the 23-year-old continue to improve.
Others might regard his position as unfortunate but David Moyes believes he is a lucky man. Despite presiding over the worst start to a Premier League season, which has involved the collection of two points from 10 games, Sunderland’s manager accepts that, in some ways, he is in an enviable position.
West Ham United host Stoke City in the Premier League this afternoon.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has praised Emilio Izaguirre.
Queens Park Rangers travel to Nottingham Forest in need of three points from a clash of two of the Championship's strugglers. We preview QPR's predicted line-up.