The first Ryder Cup since the death of Seve Ballesteros could have no more fitting European captain.
Laura Robson has set her sights on breaking into the top 50 by the end of the year after narrowly missing out on winning a first WTA Tour title.
Along with many other members of his party, Jon Rogers watched the footage of his leader's apology over the Lib Dem U-turn on tuition fees last week in a mood of apprehension, fascination and mild irritation.
Nick Clegg faced a double blow on Saturday night as one of his closest advisers admitted that the coalition's spending cuts had been too deep and a new poll showed the Liberal Democrats were now the fourth party in British politics behind Ukip.
One bad result was all it took. A defeat at West Brom and the press release from Ladbrokes was short and to the point. "Brendan Rodgers is already under threat," it announced. "It's early days but Rodgers is already walking a tightrope."
It is the little things that make a profound difference.
Nigel Adkins received a standing ovation in injury time during Southampton's first victory of the season, a fitting way to end a week in which his position as manager had come into question, despite guiding the club from League One to the Premier League in just two years.
Thomas Ince has emerged as the brightest young star from Blackpool this season but is his rise in profile a good or a bad thing for the hungry Championship club?
The popular song that could be sung to the tune of the Dick van Dyke Mary Poppins classic Chim Chimney at The Emirates very soon, as the German teenager continues to turn heads in Arsenal's youth and reserve teams.
Liverpool v Manchester United at Anfield is one of the biggest matches of the Premier League season, possibly the biggest in the eyes of Sir Alex Ferguson. Here are five key battles which will go a long way to deciding this match.