Lewis Hamilton did not trash his room and he did not lie about his relationship with his team-mate, Nico Rosberg, Mercedes claimed on Wednesday.
This was the death of a dream, but not a reason to wallow or curse at the thought of what might have been.
Gareth Bale had made the point that Wales’s historic run to the Euro 2016 semi-final had somehow not felt real. “In a way it doesn’t,” he said earlier in the week. As the madness swirled on the outside and the national fervour pulsed back at home, they had gone game by game, living inside their bubble.
Amazon is planning to hire 1,000 more people than previously expected in the UK this year as the online retailer rolls out its one-hour delivery operation and extends its web services.
Mark Warburton has added eight new faces to Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers, and Kenny Miller likes the look of one of them so far.
The striker was Brendan Rodgers first signing as Celtic manager.
Southampton are ready to make a move for Nicolae Stanciu.
The Arsenal manager is reportedly being considered as the next England boss.
Perhaps the best way to sum up the potential dangers for Roy Hodgson and his team is to imagine the reaction if Iceland – a country, we have learned in the past few days, with more volcanoes than professional footballers – were to produce the most unexpected result so far of Euro 2016 and where it would rank in the list of ignominious results England will never be allowed to live down.
When James Ward heard he was to play Novak Djokovic on Centre Court in the first round at Wimbledon on Monday, he reacted as any son of a London taxi driver might. “Oh fuck,” he said, when Pierre‑Hugues Herbert showed him the draw on his mobile phone at the All England Club.
Adam Gemili described it as the “best feeling in the world” after straining to a narrow victory in the men’s 200m at the UK trials. There were smiles, too, for Danny Talbot, a hair’s breadth behind in second, who also secured his Olympic place. But at least one top British sprinter will shortly find his Rio ambitions shattered after a day of intrigue and drama in Birmingham.