The Rock made a surprise appearance at a live WWE event in Boston on Saturday.
As French sportsmen like to say, the truth of today is not that of tomorrow. In August 2012 Mark Cavendish had landed 23 stage wins in five Tours, a rate more prolific than any sprinter’s in the race’s history.
Mo Farah, fighting for his reputation after his coach, Alberto Salazar, became embroiled in doping allegations, has insisted he is “100% clean” and challenged his doubters to prove otherwise.
No doubt the game of rugby league has become increasingly sanitised.
College basketball loves itself the cranky old man.
Mo Farah has been warned by a tearful former team-mate that more revelations about Alberto Salazar are in the pipeline and he risks tarnishing his reputation if he stays with the coach.
Novak Djokovic has denied on the eve of Wimbledon that he and his coach, Boris Becker, are cheating when exchanging glances during play, although the laws of tennis specifically forbid any communication.
Rafael Nadal has launched a withering broadside at the Spanish tennis federation after its president was suspended pending a financial investigation, adding to the sense of disarray enveloping the organisation as a result of the controversy surrounding Gala León’s appointment as the country’s first female Davis Cup captain.
Earlier this year, the story goes, Sir Dave Brailsford was watching the time-trial stage of a World Tour race on television, witnessed one of the 22-year-old Yates brothers riding out of his skin to a high overall placing and muttered something like: “Ouch, we should have signed that one.”
The prospect of Mo Farah being questioned by the US Anti-Doping Agency appeared to move closer after Treniere Moser, his fellow Nike Oregon Project athlete, revealed that Usada officials had spoken to her in the past week.
A spokesman for Muhammad Ali said the former heavyweight champion is being treated in hospital for a respiratory problem.
It will come as little surprise to New South Wales but Cooper Cronk will play the 2016 State of Origin series opener in Sydney after the Queensland halfback shrugged off the ankle injury that had threatened his participation in Wednesday night’s match – and sparked accusations of mind games from the opposition camp.
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.