Ricky Hatton has every right to fight again. Boxing is in his blood and in his bank account. He says he has an obligation to do so, an obligation to his fans. But no amount of money or spurious attachment to sentiment can disguise the dangers involved in his latest enterprise.
They call Neil Black "the wolf", a reference to the character who disposes of dead bodies played by Harvey Keitel in Pulp Fiction, and it is under his watch as the newly appointed performance director that athletics in the UK will move forward to Rio 2016 and beyond.
The Stoke stage was where the Tour of Britain went pear-shaped for Team Sky in 2010 and in this year's edition something similar happened as the elite British squad's domination of the race came to an abrupt and unexpected halt after three stage wins in the first four days.
Sometimes it takes only a few moments to transform a mongrel dog of an evening into a Cruft's Best in Show.
Loathe it, hate it or just feel annually irritated by it, the BBC Sport Personality of the Year award has continued to exercise its own tenaciously parochial fascination.
For touring sides India represents the final frontier.
Two days into the Tour of Britain, and more setbacks for the world champion Mark Cavendish.
The bibulous lunches and fearless gambles which gave Sir Peter O’Sullevan so much pleasure have been recalled at a memorial service for the much-admired horse racing commentator, who died in July.
Just days ago, the Lone Star State stood to become the exclusive home of the American League Championship Series.