Even when judged against the inglorious and grubby scandals of the past 25 years this will go down as a dark day for athletics.
Manuel Pellegrini is accustomed to local hostility.
Wayne Rooney has been left in no doubt regarding his position at Manchester United with David Moyes, the manager, issuing a stark message that the striker is considered vital only if "we had an injury to Robin van Persie".
Arsène Wenger is determined to test Liverpool's resolve over Luis Suárez with an improved £35m bid.
For some, it's Ascot time; for others, it's time for Glyndebourne.
On July 4th, The Exceptional Sale auctioned off the Maharaja of Patiala’s banqueting service. This has set a world record price for an English dinner service sold at auction.
Did David Moyes do everything he could to persuade Thiago Alcantara to sign for Manchester United?