If Andy Murray had a birthday wish as he turned 25 on Tuesday, it is probably a fair bet that it was along the lines of a straightforward, convincing passage through his first test here at the Rome Masters.
For more than a decade Brian Lara shouldered the burden of leading, and often carrying, the West Indies batting lineup, mostly from the pivotal No3 position and hardly ever from lower than four.
When Jonny Bairstow made an early trip to Lord's to look ahead to a probable Test debut against West Indies on Thursday, one question was left hanging in the air.
Frank Warren has warned the British Boxing Board of Control he will take legal action if they do not withdraw a threat to revoke his licence for promoting the fight between Dereck Chisora and David Haye at Upton Park on 14 July.
Any more of this and Rickie Fowler might have to change his name by deed poll to The Future of American Golf.
One week you are the cock of the walk, the next you are on the next flight out of town.
Golf is a game of confidence.
Stuart Lancaster has warned his new-look England tour squad to behave on and off the field in South Africa next month if they wish to remain in the national squad.
Chris Froome has admitted missing a drugs test while on holiday earlier this year, in what the 2013 Tour de France winner described as “a hugely frustrating situation”.
Gareth Thomas, the Labour MP and London Mayoral hopeful, has begun attempting to co-ordinate support behind a bid for London to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games.
Mo Farah took a hiding from the media over the past week, especially when it was revealed that he had missed two drugs tests before London 2012.