What started out as another quiet day in paradise turned into a rolling parade of shocks and minor surprises: Novak Djokovic beaten for only the second time in 30 matches this year, and Aljaz Bedene targeting Rafael Nadal’s once-feared forehand on clay, before losing anyway.
The complex and multifaceted sides of Tyson Fury were again on display in London on Wednesday.
Kobe Bryant will bow out from the NBA in front of a packed house in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, and the Lakers legend admits “it means everything” to finish his career at home.
A Portuguese mixed martial arts fighter has died following a Total Extreme Fighting event in Dublin at the weekend.
When Andy Murray returned to the playground of the rich, loud and tipsy for the first time in three years, he was pleasantly surprised to leave the ochre bear pit that is Court Rainier III with applause acclaiming a victory rather than the whistles and boos that fell upon him on previous visits.
What an incredible week for Trevor Story. On Sunday, the Colorado Rockies rookie slammed his seventh home run in six games, a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth that helped the Rockies to a 6-3 victory over the Padres.
Tennis doesn’t do grand farewells, with trumpets blazing to announce the conclusion of one era and the beginning of another; change is usually more dignified, with measured, almost imperceptible abdications allowing space for the next princeling.
Everyone wants a piece of Anthony Joshua. Ideally, they’d like a bit of Tyson Fury at the same time but while we still don’t know who is the best heavyweight in the world – and whether or not the best of British beef will collide this year or next – we do know who is the most marketable, and he is not from Manchester.
Early Monday morning in Augusta. On Washington Road, which runs out from downtown to the golf club, workmen are already packing away cones and pulling down signs. The police who spent the past week directing traffic are gone, so are the scalpers offering spare tickets and the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who have quit their quiet roadside vigil.
When the red mist descended on Jody Cundy in London four years ago, his eruption was volcanic.
When Stan Wawrinka won his first major title at the 2014 Australian Open against an injury hampered Rafael Nadal to become the oldest first-time grand slam champion in 13 years, it might have been written off as a fluke. When he backed it up at last year’s French Open, the veteran baseliner’s place among the finest big-match players of his generation was beyond dispute.