It took years of defiant rejection of his critics, recovery from cancer, seven now-discredited Tour de France victories and a position at the heart of the "most sophisticated doping programme sport has ever seen".
Rory McIlroy has floated the possibility of not playing in the 2016 Olympic Games, so as to avoid conflict over which country he chooses to represent.
Phil Taylor defeated Michael Van Gerwen to lift the Sid Waddell trophy and become 16-time champion of the world on New Years Day. But is the sport often maligned for its athletic aptitude becoming more the peoples game than football?
Phil Taylor regained his PDC world championship crown at Alexandra Palace in front of a boisterously unbound New Year's Day crowd, a 16th title confirming Taylor's status as the definitive champion not just in the modern pay-TV era but in the history of competitive darts.
Oh sure, everybody says "it's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game". But nobody really believes it.
Far from suffering from an Olympic hangover, Britons are closing 2012 in a mood of fond nostalgia for the London Games, according to a Guardian/ICM poll.
It was, says the man who played Eliot Ness to US Postal's mobsters, his lowest ebb.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency chief executive responsible for pursuing Lance Armstrong has said he is "very concerned" about the zero-tolerance approach taken by Team Sky to drugs, fearing it could be counterproductive.
Some of the sports held up as the biggest crowd-pleasers and legacy drivers during the London Olympics have had their funding cut altogether ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
Team Sky will keep their options open over whether Chris Froome or Bradley Wiggins leads the squad at the 2013 Tour de France, the team principal, Dave Brailsford, said on Monday.
Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard has acquired the veteran eSports organiser Major League Gaming (MLG) in a deal worth $46m.
Newmarket is at risk of losing more TV exposure than any other racecourse when the rights to screen racing move from Channel 4 to ITV next year.
“I’ve done my back in again lifting that trophy,” joked Gary Anderson upon being asked for his first thoughts after retaining the enormous Sid Waddell World Championship prize.