What a curious tournament this Australian Open could turn out to be.
Petra Kvitova would like the world to think she is a nerveless tennis machine whose free-wheeling spirit is an antidote to the pressures of the game at the highest level.
Thanks to the vests visible beneath the shirts of all the England players, which look like sports bras but contain GPS tracking devices, Monty Panesar could provide a precise figure for the effort he had expended in taking five for 57 from 29 overs to press his claims for a place alongside Graeme Swann as a second spinner in next week's first Test against Pakistan.
Taken at face value it looks a gamble.
Denver Broncos' Tim Tebow has mastered the art of fourth quarter comebacks, but the Miami Heat's LeBron James still has to learn to close out games.
It is impossible to overstate the gale of fresh Pennines air which has begun to blow through English rugby.
Britain's male gymnasts qualified in style for the London 2012 Olympics in the arena in which they will compete this summer, confirming a full quota of places at the Games.
A lingering shadow hangs over Floyd Mayweather. As hundreds of journalists from around the world descend on Las Vegas this week to pour over every detail of his fight against Manny Pacquiao, the best boxer of his generation stands accused of making light of his troubling history of abusing women.
When Amir Khan sits alongside the cream of American sporting royalty at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night, in a ringside seat worth around $100,000 (about £66,000) on the black market, he will be there as a guest of Al Haymon, the adviser he shares with Floyd Mayweather.
Fittingly, for a man whose epic achievements in the saddle have more than a whiff of Hollywood about them, the greatest jump jockey of all time, AP McCoy, yesterday rode off into the sunset on a horse called Box Office.