The former Rabobank rider Michael Boogerd has been banned from cycling for two years for historical doping offences.
Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard has acquired the veteran eSports organiser Major League Gaming (MLG) in a deal worth $46m.
Newmarket is at risk of losing more TV exposure than any other racecourse when the rights to screen racing move from Channel 4 to ITV next year.
“I’ve done my back in again lifting that trophy,” joked Gary Anderson upon being asked for his first thoughts after retaining the enormous Sid Waddell World Championship prize.
Magnus Carlsen’s bold decision to play in an open tournament, the first reigning world champion to do so since Boris Spassky in 1971, paid off handsomely this week at Qatar when the 25-year-old Norwegian won first prize unbeaten on 7/9 with one of his best performances. He tied with Yu Yangyi, then crushed his Chinese rival 2-0 in the speed tie-break.
Horse racing will have a new home on terrestrial television from next year, ITV having won the rights from Channel 4 in a new four-year deal to be announced imminently.
Another alarming loss of audience has been recorded by Channel 4 Racing, whose broadcast of a thrilling King George VI Chase on Boxing Day reached an average of just 475,000 people. That compares with 651,000 for the previous year and means a third of the audience has been lost since 2012, when 746,000 tuned in.
2015 had a fair number of predictable results but overall it must go down as a year of surprises.
Sweden’s Robin Soderling, the player best known for being the first man to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open, has retired from professional tennis because of a long-running illness.
Data released on the double Tour de France winner Chris Froome in answer to insinuations of doping during this year’s race showed that his success can be put down to a massive loss in weight, helping to explain his improvement from also-ran to Tour de France winner.
The IAAF president, Sebastian Coe, is facing a fresh crisis after an email was leaked showing that his right-hand man knew about a number of Russian doping cases in 2013, and discussed a secret plan to delay naming those involved before the World Championships in Moscow that year.
‘The Tour is finished,” wrote its founder Henri Desgrange in 1904 after the second edition of the race was wrecked by cheating and crowds intervening violently to manipulate the race in favour of their local heroes.
The Russian marathon runner Liliya Shobukhova, who blew the whistle on corruption between senior figures in the IAAF and Russian athletics after being banned for doping offences, has been ordered to pay back £377,961.62 plus costs to the London Marathon.
The International Olympic Committee received an urgent letter from more than a dozen national anti-doping organisations on Wednesday night urging it to immediately suspend the Russian Olympic Committee and provisionally ban all Russian athletes from the Rio Olympics.
Mont Ventoux is often described as a mountain with a personality and a particularly malevolent one at that, so the bizarre Bastille Day finish at Chalet Reynard seemed somehow in character for a mountain which has ended dreams, careers and lives when the Tour de France has scaled its heights.
No amount of sentiment could carry the wholehearted Liverpool veteran Derry Mathews to a fairytale high point of a long, hard career here on Saturday night but, in front of his own fans, he gave the world lightweight champion Terry Flanagan all the trouble he could handle over 12 absorbing rounds.
From his palatial suite on the 60th floor of the Mandalay Bay, Amir Khan can see his own face half a mile away, blown up to Hollywood proportions at the other great boxing casino in this town, the MGM Grand. He likes the view. Who wouldn’t?
Another must-see UFC fight will be broadcast this weekend…
On Saturday, Floyd Mayweather called a fight with Conor McGregor “possible”. As far as fights go it would be the ultimate made-for-TV sideshow, almost like a Fear Factor meets the Kardashians. It would offer little in athletic value, even less in benefit to society as well as hurting the legitimacy of the fighters’ chosen disciplines. But it would make millions. And a huge number of people would watch.
Mark Cavendish will compete in the 2016 Tour of Britain in September in his first appearance since winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics.
Wladimir Klitschko says he has been forced to take Tyson Fury to court following a disagreement over negotiations about their world heavyweight championship rematch.
All the way to the bitter end, and it is bitter, the fans want A-Rod.