Four years ago, the world track championships in Manchester provided a springboard to the British cycling triumph in Beijing.
If you've set foot in London in the past few weeks, you'll have seen them: a beautifully glittering one covered in coins in Mount Street, a gorgeously painted one in St James Park, Fabergé styles in Piccadilly and Oxford Street. There are eggs, eggs, everywhere.
It's difficult to see who will actually pay good money (and a salary) for a young man who has now surely have run out of second chances.
He kicked the turf, he kicked a goalpost, he kicked opponents. He kicked everything except, in any meaningful sense, the ball. Mario Balotelli was a catastrophe waiting to happen all afternoon and, when he was finally expelled from the pitch, he took Manchester City's remaining hopes of staying in the title race with him.
Mark Hughes believes a large number of Premier League managers have "lost faith" with officials after a weekend dominated by high-profile mistakes from referees and their assistants.
Roberto Mancini suggested on Sunday night that Mario Balotelli has played his last game for Manchester City after their 1–0 defeat at Arsenal left his side eight points from the top of the Premier League and effectively curtailed the club's pursuit of a first league title in 44 years.
Crisis, what crisis ?
Manchester United have won 10 of their past 11 league games and drawn the other, not only displaying the sort of precisely timed acceleration that defines champions but giving their rivals an object lesson in team unity and professional focus.
Liverpool needed to stop the rot after losing five of their last six league matches, and a late comeback just about did that.