Tottenham Hotspur must sign Fernando Llorente when he leaves Athletic Bilbao.
By 10.15am on another hazy Kolkota morning the job was done and England's captain, Alastair Cook – a phrase that now trips so automatically off the tongue – was receiving the man-of-the-match award.
It looked like the end, but, this being boxing, it could just be the start of something new: for Manny Pacquiao, even though devastatingly knocked out, for Juan Manuel Márquez, who destroyed him in front of a disbelieving audience at the MGM Grand, and for the man who is never far from the epicentre of the business, Floyd Mayweather Jnr.
Too much about Chelsea's campaign has felt depressingly familiar, from a prolonged slump as winter sets in to the brutal sacking of the manager, so there might be something refreshing about a step into the unknown. At around six o'clock local time on Sunday, Rafael Benítez and his players will touch down at Narita airport outside Tokyo seeking respite from recent toils, the week ahead offering the ailing European Cup winners the chance of world domination. The mid-season fillip has to be seized.
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has insisted the Blues can win the Club World Cup championships in Japan.
The club's chairman Huw Jenkins has talked about the plans to add up to 12,000 seats to the Liberty, as demand continues to grow with Swansea's success on the pitch.
Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez says he won’t recall Romelu Lukaku from his loan deal at West Brom. He’s made the wrong choice for a number of reasons.
Celtic have pulled off the unexpected by going through with Barcelona to the last 16 of the Champions League. What’s the best they can hope for?
Manchester City could be set to poach 18-year-old winger Gerard Deulofeu from Spanish giants Barcelona.
When Juan Manuel Marquez drilled a foot-long right of brain-numbing power on to the unprotected chin of Manny Pacquiao in the penultimate second of the sixth round of their fourth contest, leaving him sprawled face first in a twitching heap, he surely levelled the ledger between them – although there might be more life in this rivalry yet.