Rafael Benítez is nothing if not ambitious.
Roberto Mancini took what may have been his last chance on Mario Balotellion Sunday.
It's still four years to go until the next US presidential election, but already the Republicans are having cold sweats over the prospect of facing Hillary Clinton at the ballot box, judging by the comments of Newt Gingrich.
President Barack Obama and the leader of the Republicans in the House of Representatives have met in the latest attempt to break the stalemate in the fiscal crisis negotiations that could propel the US back into recession if no deal is secured by 1 January.
The coalition has attempted to play down a warning by the business secretary, Vince Cable, that Britain faces the risk of a triple-dip recession.
It was the hangar which incubated Howard Hughes's aviation dreams, each aircraft model more fanciful than the last, and half a century later it is the launchpad for another striking ambition: a new generation of slicker, better YouTube videos.
The Dallas Cowboys held a moment of silence ahead of kick-off Sunday for linebacker Jerry Brown, as "devastated" team-mate Josh Brent remained in custody on charges relating to his colleague's death.
Manchester City issued a "wholehearted apology" to Rio Ferdinand after the defender was struck by a coin thrown from the crowd when celebrating Robin van Persie's late winning goal in the Manchester derby.
"Unexpected" is right, for a couple of reasons. Peter Jackson, the man who brought Lord Of The Rings to the big screen to eardrum-shattering acclaim 10 years ago, is now taking just the same approach to Tolkien's much slighter, slimmer children's book The Hobbit. It's getting expanded into three movie episodes of which this whoppingly long film is the opener.