If anyone can light up Wimbledon on a grey day, it is Maria Sharapova, yet there will always be a hint of Russian melancholy about her, as if life some times is too good to be true and therefore should be treated with suspicion
Ascot has been generous to Frankie Dettori throughout his quarter-century in the saddle but the grand stage, the moment and the script have rarely combined with such sympathy as in the closing stages of Thursday's Gold Cup.
Aidan O'Brien can maintain his winning momentum by sending out Fame And Glory to a second victory in the Gold Cup, highlight of Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot.
Alastair Cook had said at the toss that his England team, though still shaken by the news of the loss of Tom Maynard they had received before a sombre practice session 24 hours earlier, were determined to put in a good performance at the ground the young Welshman had come to call home, to honour his memory.
Carlton House can fulfil his potential against a vulnerable favourite in So You Think and supply a memorable Royal success in the Prince of Wales's Stakes, the highlight of the second day of Royal Ascot.
There’s a reason they call boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. 'Money'.
What a tragic waste of a life.
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No athlete in history has earned as much per second as Usain Bolt but the long line of punters queueing out of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for last-minute tickets on a grotty, sodden Friday night suggested he was worth his fee, whatever it was (the whispers on the athletics circuit, where everyone is paid in dollars, start at $100,000 and rise steeply thereafter).
Chris Froome has successfully negotiated the formality of a procession from Sèvres into Paris to win his second Tour de France in three years.
Jessica Ennis-Hill will decide whether to compete in next month’s world championships in Beijing after testing herself in the long jump and 200m at the Anniversary Games on Saturday.