Twenty days ago, on the eve of a world championship match that would prove more gruelling and arduous than many observers had expected, Magnus Carlsen described his forthcoming title defence against Russia’s Sergey Karjakin in pugilistic terms.
When I read that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will not allow his abysmal 3-13 basketball team to succumb to the darkness and tank for better odds in the draft lottery, I clutched my imaginary pearls in horror.
In terms of extracting the most from himself, Nico Rosberg.
The ugliest word in boxing is “quit”.
Alastair Cook has soaked up some tough days during his record 57 Tests as England captain but Monday in Mohali – which ended with him out for 12, his opening partner unable to bat, his side four down and 56 runs adrift with hopes of a series win close to blown – was quite some challenge to his fortitude.
Usain Bolt has admitted he struggled to motivate himself to train before the Olympic Games in Rio but says the pressure is off as he approaches his final season on the track.
Perhaps it was the embarrassment of being the first Australian coach to lose a home series to England that did it, or possibly it was being mocked up as a clown last month.
Mark Warburton’s Glasgow Rangers will face Old Firm rivals Celtic at Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership later this month.
Mark Warburton's Rangers are without Niko Kranjcar for the rest of the campaign - could Fabbrini replace him at Ibrox?
The Liverpool defender joined Red Bull Salzburg on-loan in the summer, but is yet to start a league game in Austria this season.
Former manager says he is surprised Southampton faced so little opposition for Celtic defender.
Everton and Manchester United will face each other in the Premier League this weekend.
Leeds United could have wrapped up a deal for Pontus Jansson ahead of the transfer window.
Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack has never scored against Leeds United since leaving them.
West Ham United were beaten 4-1 by Manchester United in the EFL Cup yesterday evening.
Manchester United beat West Ham 4-1.
The Arsenal midfielder joined the Cherries on loan over the summer in a bid to recapture his form and fitness.
The most exciting driver in Formula One and almost certainly a future world champion.
The acrimonious buildup to England’s final autumn Test against Australia looks set to spill over on to the pitch after Eddie Jones warned the Wallabies his side would look to “break them mentally and physically”. The lock George Kruis indicated the home team would be looking to “target their puppet masters” and extend their unbeaten run to a record-equalling 14 Tests.
Nico Rosberg has announced his shock retirement from Formula One five days after becoming world champion, saying that by winning the title he has “climbed my mountain” and is going out at the peak.