So much for a meaningless event. The theory that Rory McIlroy's claiming of the European Tour's money list before he arrived at the Dubai World Championship would render this tournament irrelevant was unpicked by the man himself. The world No1 carded a first round 66 to lie one shot adrift of the leader, Luke Donald.
Not long after 6.30 on pretty much any weekend morning in Mumbai during the cricket season, as another dusty dawn lightens the sky and the city starts to wake, the great Maidans are already buzzing with the game.
Ian Poulter must not want 2012 to end.
Carl Froch is quickly becoming British boxing’s poster boy, despite being the grand old sporting age of 35.
Against an opponent who would have looked more at home in an octopus tank, Carl Froch kept his IBF world super-middleweight title in front of friends and family in Nottingham with a knockout of the unconvincing American challenger Yusaf Mack.
It is reasonable to assume that one of the few people among the 20,000 packed into the MEN Arena next Saturday night who will wish Ricky Hatton even the most temporary harm will be the one who can spell Vyacheslav Senchenko without looking it up.
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.