One slip, one little twist, as Michael O’Neill put it, and a hush descended over Parc de Montchervet when Kyle Lafferty clutched his groin in pain before hobbling out of Northern Ireland’s open training session on Tuesday.
In a quiet spot at L’Avenue, one of the pavement cafes on Avenue du Maréchal Joffre, Roy Hodgson could be seen pouring a glass of red with his assistant, Ray Lewington, and going over their first few days in a town where even the lingerie shop, La Rose Noire, has St George flags in the windows.
This was a 7-1 scoreline Brazil could enjoy. Two years after their World Cup capitulation against Germany, Brazil crushed Haiti to move top of Copa América Group B, thanks to a brilliant hat-trick from Philippe Coutinho – his first for the national team.
Tom Hiddleston has said doesn’t believe he will be the next James Bond. The actor is the popular favourite to take over from Daniel Craig, who starred in the last film, Sceptre.
The England captain, Alastair Cook, has joined his Australian counterpart Steve Smith in rejecting the idea of Test matches in future Ashes series being played under floodlights.
Leaving the European Union risks the “fragmentation of the western world”, the former foreign secretary William Hague has said.
Tony Blair has launched his strongest attack yet on Jeremy Corbyn, for condemning the war in Iraq but standing by while the Syrian people were barrel-bombed.
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has been accused of breaking one of his key election pledges after he announced that his fares freeze on public transport would apply only to single journeys.
These were the NBA finals that the Golden State Warriors were losing last year, and yet they acted as if the whole thing was a joke. They were supposed to be practising in Cleveland’s arena, trailing the Cavaliers 2-1 in the series, but this hardly looked like basketball practice.
Roy Hodgson said England will play with style in Euro 2016 and insisted it was a “good problem”, only a week before their opening game of the tournament, that he was still trying to find a system where Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy could flourish in the same team.
Jürgen Klinsmann is still in search of a coherent style for the US men’s national team and, after defeat to Colombia in the Copa America opener, he’s also in search of a point.
When Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner set off for exile in a space-capable quinjet at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, long-term fans of the Marvel comics always wondered if they were being fed a giant Planet Hulk-shaped easter egg.