Leicester are the big game in the Premiership, never mind Tuesday's events at Twickenham, and the Tigers confirmed with a bonus point victory over Worcester that they have recovered from a torrid start to the season.
Kauto Star established himself as the finest performer in the history of the King George VI Chase, and perhaps as the best steeplechaser that National Hunt racing has seen, when he won the feature event on the Boxing Day card here for the fifth time on Monday.
Australia were twice left to curse India's opposition to the umpire decision review system as the hosts reached 277 for six on day one of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
A full week before New Year's Eve, it appears horse racing will be wrestling with a hefty hangover as it enters 2012, the result of one bad story too many over the past 12 months.
He died doing what he loved.
There was a time – before many of those reading this were born – when live boxing on free-to-air television (although the phrase did not exist then) entertained a generation of Americans two or three times a week.
The stormy gale rifling through Belfast outside was as a zephyr compared with the whirlwind Carl Frampton delivered to his challenger, Chris Avalos, at the Odyssey Arena night.