Even a week before midsummer, the sun had barely crept past the horizon when Black Caviar cantered around the Al Bahathri gallop here early on Thursday morning.
After the premature exit of Andy Murray on Wednesday, the Aegon Championships lost its remaining draw card when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the runner-up to the Scot last year, went out in round three to the unheralded Croat Ivan Dodig.
Lance Armstrong could be stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after the US Anti-Doping Agency charged him and five associates over alleged doping violations.
The German Tommy Haas received a wildcard into Wimbledon on Tuesday, a generous offer on the part of the All England Club.
The second game of three in one of the most fiercely contested sporting competitions in the world takes place tomorrow when New South Wales take on Queensland in the State of Origin series in Sydney looking to put an end to one of the most depressing runs in NSW rugby league history.
England are poised to name three players aged 21 or younger in their starting backline to face South Africa in the second Test at Ellis Park this Saturday.
Distance does not always lend enchantment.
A nine year-old bat boy has died after being hit in the head during a National Baseball Congress World Series game in Kansas on Saturday.
Two weeks after his lucky escape from a shark attack, Mick Fanning has donated a $75,000 television appearance fee to Mathew Lee, the surfer who was mauled by a great white in Ballina early last month.
Ronda Rousey wanted to knockout Bethe Correia. So she did.