It is true there were caveats and legitimate excuses but the bald facts should still sting: Great Britain will fly home from Portland later on Monday without a gold medal having endured their worst performance at a world indoor championships in a decade.
Seb Coe says that he is saddened by Russia’s absence from the World Indoor Championships and insists that many athletes want the country to return in time for the Olympics.
The Australian Rugby League Commission rolled the dice when they appointed Welsh banker David Smith as the unlikely boss of the NRL in 2012; a more conservative tack was taken with his successor.
The five-time world snooker champion is willing Leicester on... but fancies Tottenham.
More than 550 greyhounds were injured and 14 deaths resulted from racing in Queensland in the first two months of 2016 despite sweeping reforms of the industry ordered following a national live baiting scandal.
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.
David Haye’s sharp eye for an opening could be leading him to an unexpectedly early shot at his old world heavyweight title, against the new Australian champion, Lucas Browne, at the O2 Arena in London on 21 May.
A new sponsor with no previous involvement in racing and a long-term deal are the latest signs that the Grand National’s status has achieved a kind of stability that seemed most unlikely less than four years ago.
When it comes to sports, there are a great athletes and famous athletes and then there is Muhammad Ali, the greatest and most famous of them all.
As Sir Bradley Wiggins discovered in June when he took the world hour record, you can be pedalling around an indoor velodrome in dry, warm conditions, yet fall foul of the British weather.
Greg Rutherford has told his critics to finally recognise him as a “half-decent athlete” after becoming only the fifth Briton to hold Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth gold medals at the same time.
Frankie Dettori was fortunate to avoid injury just days before he is due to ride the Derby favourite when his mount slipped and fell shortly after crossing the line at Leicester on Tuesday. Riding Magillen, the Italian had been beaten a nose in a driving finish to the six-furlong contest and was still travelling at speed a few strides later when the two-year-old beneath him lost his footing.
Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74, a family spokesman has said.
The South African would happily walk to the ring with the Leeds boxer.
Sebastian Coe, the president of world athletics’ embattled governing body, will be under further pressure on Thursday as fresh allegations are outlined of widespread corruption at the heart of the sport.
Tradition demands that Royal Ascot should maintain some composure at all times but the sangfroid slipped on Thursday afternoon as the Queen became the first reigning monarch in the 207-year history of the Gold Cup to win the Royal meeting's most famous race.
Chisora’s victory over Scott was the turning point for his career claims trainer Don Charles as the Finchley boxer prepares for his Copper Box return.
Ronnie O'Sullivan's 10-4 win over Mark Selby on Sunday secured his fifth Masters title. Is he now officially snooker's greatest ever player?
With the Rugby League World Cup looming on the horizon, preparation for the England side gets underway in earnest on Friday when they take on the Exiles at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington.
Let’s start with the obvious: nobody – not renowned surgeon Dr James Andrews, not agent Scott Boras, not Washington Nationals and New York Mets general managers Mike Rizzo and Sandy Alderson, not Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz – knows the right path when it comes to protecting young arms.
Surely Carl Frampton knew what he was getting into when he surrendered his super-bantamweight titles and immediately targeted the biggest, baddest opponent at 126lb: the undefeated three-division champion Léo Santa Cruz.
You cannot help but feel for Christian Prudhomme. In his 10 years at the head of the Tour de France the amiable Frenchman has set himself the mission of livening up the event, making it less predictable and processional, and, as far as possible, ensuring suspense is maintained to the end.