U.S. Open ticket prices have seen a big boost this year, thanks in large part to Serena Williams' shot at the first grand slam sweep since 1988.
For a man whose international rock and roll lifestyle would have been the envy of the Sybarites there was a strange wistfulness and sense of loss around Lewis Hamilton as he prepared for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.
Bernie Ecclestone has prevented Formula One drivers from criticising the tyre suppliers Pirelli. F1’s chief executive held a meeting on Friday with leading drivers Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel and told them that in future they should make their points behind closed doors.
Novak Djokovic still has not lost a set at the 2015 US Open but he admitted after a stuttering, wheezing win over Andreas Seppi on day five there is room for improvement – although no cause for concern about his health.
New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady defeated the National Football League. A judge nullified the league's four-game suspension.
Andy Murray dragged himself from the court to his ice bath to the obligatory press conference and, in a voice as husky as an old crooner, revealed that a cold had hampered him during his epic five-set win over the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the second round of the US Open.
If this were a fight, it might have been called off before a blow had been landed. But Kiki Bertens, a smiling, 23-year-old Dutch qualifier who looked pleased just to be here, made a decent fist of her impossible assignment in dappled light on Arthur Ashe and pushed Serena Williams at least to the lower slopes of anxiety on day three of the 2015 US Open.
Andy Murray goes through, Nick Kyrgios goes down – but their hugely anticipated encounter on the second evening of the 2015 US Open, won in four don’t-look-away sets by the Scot, was more than a tennis match. It was a public examination of a tender psyche (Kyrgios’s, by the way), an entity wholly separate from the rest of the sport.
Neil Black has high hopes for the Rio Olympics after a host of younger British athletes proved they were “going global” and have genuine medal potential next summer.
Serena Williams, as befits the grand dame of tennis, began the pursuit of a calendar grand slam with a regal swat on the first evening of the 2015 US Open.
Chris Froome is unconcerned about recovering from the brutal road race on Saturday for his tilt at gold in the time trial, while Geraint Thomas waits to hear whether he will be able to take part on Wednesday as a late addition.
Inside a little house on Omaha Street, not far from the border of Washington DC, a father still clutches his Olympic dream. Gary Russell is a boxing man who wanted a family of boxing men who would win a pile of Olympic medals.
There was a moment on Saturday night where the US’s basketball game against China was actually something resembling a competition.