Martyn Rooney had to display grit in spades just to reach these European Championships – so when he felt the hot breath of the chasing pack he was always going to dig even deeper and be stubbornness personified.
The reported Manchester United target seems to be a fan of the Arsenal star.
In the past week the ground has twice shifted beneath Andy Murray’s feet.
There is a moment in the documentary, “Serena”, which was shown on the BBC on Sunday, that gave an interesting insight into the mentality of the world No1, who on Saturday will be aiming to win her 22nd grand slam title, something that would equal the open-era record held by Steffi Graf.
It has been a strange fortnight for Heather Watson. Having begun with a whimper, it could end up with a first Wimbledon title.
It is mid-afternoon on the south coast. For the first time, the brooding clouds that have covered the south coast have dispersed and the sun has broken through, glinting on the ear stud of the strapping young pace bowler striding up the hill from the sea end.
Mark Clattenburg has been chosen to referee Sunday’s Euro 2016 final between Portugal and France, completing a unique treble of showpiece fixtures in one season.
Tennis fans have questioned the BBC for allowing John McEnroe to commentate on the Wimbledon semi-final between Roger Federer and Milos Raonic while working as Raonic’s coach.
The Germany general manager, Oliver Bierhoff, has suggested his compatriot Jürgen Klinsmann is in discussions with the Football Association over the vacant England head coach role and would be a good choice.
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.