Timothy Bradley was outboxed and outpowered by Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night, yet was somehow awarded a split decision that again shocked the boxing world.
This is now, suddenly, a very serious series.
Rory McIlroy is a stranger to adversity, a feted protege who became a gilded teenager who blossomed into a hugely successful professional.
England's team to face South Africa in the first Test on Saturday should encourage junior club players everywhere.
It took a while for Andrew Strauss to focus on the Test, not just because it is a "dead" game; in fact it feels more like a drowned one, so bad is the forecast for Thursday.