England suffered on day one of the first Test against India with Virender Sehwag making a century and Cheteshwar Pujara ending the day on 98 not out as India racked up a score of 323-4. Here is a review of day one.
England's new captain looked relaxed: he admitted to being "excited and a little bit nervous" and then added that his overwhelming feeling was one of pride.
How has it come to this? Just a month ago, Frankie Dettori was the highest-paid jockey in the world, one of the most respected and admired of his profession.
In cricket, some are born to the captaincy, some achieve it, and others have it thrust upon them.
Novak Djokovic finished the year as he began it, a champion, and, with only the quietest protestation from his nearest rivals, perhaps, he is once more ruler of the tennis jungle.
England start their Test campaign in India this week ahead of a New Year series with New Zealand and back-to-back Ashes contests next year.
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England begin their Test tour of India next week with the first Test on Thursday.
England face an extremely tricky Test series away in India which starts next week.
If Dillian Whyte fights like he talks then Anthony Joshua has been forewarned: there will be plenty of low-handed potshots scudding violently towards him on Saturday night.
The IBF has stripped Tyson Fury of his world heavyweight title on account of his failure to defend the belt against the mandatory challenger, Vyacheslav Glazkov, instead choosing a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, whom the Briton beat on 28 November.