2015 had a fair number of predictable results but overall it must go down as a year of surprises.
Sweden’s Robin Soderling, the player best known for being the first man to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open, has retired from professional tennis because of a long-running illness.
The Illinois attorney general on Wednesday deemed daily fantasy sports to be illegal gambling under state law in another blow to embattled companies DraftKings and FanDuel.
The downhill skiing champion Marcel Hirscher escaped unharmed after a drone carrying a camera fell from the sky and narrowly missed him on his way down the slope during a race in Italy.
Sebastian Coe’s closest aide Nick Davies has stepped aside from his position at athletics’ governing body and submitting himself to an investigation by the IAAF’s ethics commission.
The IAAF president, Sebastian Coe, is facing a fresh crisis after an email was leaked showing that his right-hand man knew about a number of Russian doping cases in 2013, and discussed a secret plan to delay naming those involved before the World Championships in Moscow that year.
Jessica Ennis-Hill is everywhere.
Respect filled the air in Manchester on Saturday night – too much of it for many of the 7,000-plus customers, probably – but Billy Joe Saunders, the new champion, and Andy Lee, the departing king, brought a good deal of honour to their sport and their community during 12 tense rounds for the WBO middleweight title.
The former football player and Match of the Day presenter Jimmy Hill has died aged 87, his agent has announced.
Tony McCoy is to receive the lifetime achievement award at this year’s Sports Personality of the Year show on Sunday.
Another must-see UFC fight will be broadcast this weekend…
On Saturday, Floyd Mayweather called a fight with Conor McGregor “possible”. As far as fights go it would be the ultimate made-for-TV sideshow, almost like a Fear Factor meets the Kardashians. It would offer little in athletic value, even less in benefit to society as well as hurting the legitimacy of the fighters’ chosen disciplines. But it would make millions. And a huge number of people would watch.
Chris Froome will again be supported by the Welshman Geraint Thomas when he launches his attempt to win a third Tour de France title this summer.
In the first week of the Tour de France, Adam Yates’s philosophy was simple – “stay invisible and stay out of trouble” – but once the race hit the mountains this weekend, his mind turned to his objective for the race: winning at least one stage, which is his priority in his second Tour de France before his attentions turn to an assault on the overall standings in future years.
Roger Federer, who has just overtaken Andy Murray as world No2 despite injury worries that have restricted him to three matches since the Australian Open in January, could pull out of his third tournament of the season here in Rome on Wednesday.
Tyson Fury has announced his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko has been rescheduled for 29 October in Manchester.
There are many stories about Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay in 1942 in segregated Louisville, Kentucky, the son of a domestic and a man who painted billboards. Born at the hinge of the south, he was spurred on to fight when his bicycle was stolen as a young man. His desire to “whup” the perpetrator led to him learning how to fight.
A spider in the road is not usually an issue at the Tour de France but, when it is the “kilometre-to-go spider” – as the red inflatable arch is nicknamed – that is a rather different matter.
Parramatta Eels player Corey Norman has pleaded guilty to charges of drug possession following an investigation into a night out at Sydney’s Star Casino in May.
Mark Cavendish has his sights on Eddy Merckx’s all-time record of 34 career stage wins in the Tour de France after landing his third stage win in six days here, lifting his victory tally to 29 stages, one clear of the five-times overall winner Bernard Hinault.
All the way to the bitter end, and it is bitter, the fans want A-Rod.
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.