Glancing at the cover of the match programme during Australia’s recent tour game at Essex, one could see the increasing absurdity of Michael Clarke being nicknamed Pup.
When Ivo Karlovic, always the tallest and now the oldest player left in the tournament, launches one of his service bombs from its maximum height on Centre Court at Wimbledon on Monday afternoon, with his feet off the ground and his strong right arm stretched to the skies, the ball will start its 135mph journey towards Andy Murray roughly at the eye level of the chair umpire.
Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix in a race that was like a transfusion of fresh blood for the much-criticised sport.
Back in the bad old days of British tennis, the crowd at Wimbledon had one job: to cheer for their lucky loser with the kind of optimism that defied all known laws of reality. But these days, being a home fan at the championships requires a greater level of nuance.
Here we go again. From the frequency with which Ashes series come around you might think that this entertainment has been commissioned by the same people who bring us Strictly, MasterChef or Downton Abbey. Find a winning formula and squeeze it dry.
Two days in the Wimbledon sun, two heroic failures, two British players with a lot more credit in the bank than they arrived with.
Well, this just about settles it!
You can’t miss Dustin Brown, but you can, apparently, mistake him. As he made his way to practice court No4 at lunchtime, a little boy lifted up a tennis ball for him to sign, and his mum, momentarily confused, said: “Thank you, Gaël.” When someone nearby pointed out her mistake, she was mortified: “I’m so sorry, Dan.”
The second of the two press conferences held at a Formula One race weekend tends to be the drier. With the glamour boys going first on Thursday, Friday heralds the team principals and chief engineers.
When Novak Djokovic arrived here this year without a warm-up event and with the wounds of another near miss at the French Open still fresh, the consensus was that it would take something special for him to bounce back by successfully defending his Wimbledon title.
Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green will avoid jail time after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors following his arrest for slapping an MSU football player in East Lansing, Michigan earlier this month.
The scene was idyllic at the Russian track and field championships in this leafy Moscow suburb on Thursday as young hopefuls and world champions competed in the sun.