If part of Rory McIlroy’s low-key preparation plan included the par-three-competition invite to the One Direction singer Niall Horan, it represented a smart move by the world No1.
It is perhaps apt that the final “match” of the Paul Downton era at the England & Wales Cricket Board is this farce of a non-event.
England are set for a change of leadership after their managing director, Paul Downton, was sacked on Wednesday evening by the new England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive, Tom Harrison, after only 14 months in the job.
Suryakumar Yadav hit the winning runs to complete a swashbuckling 46 from 20 balls as Kolkata Knight Riders beat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets to open the 2015 edition of the Indian Premier League.
England v West Indies : The series no-one is talking about.
The launch of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack typically signifies the start of summer and it usually manages to sum up the state of the game in its 'Notes by the editor' section.
As illogical, as incredible, as inconceivable as a Tiger Woods victory at the Masters may appear, the man himself has left onlookers with no doubt as to his aspirations.
Last December Bubba Watson released a song for Christmas.
Niall Horan? Who’s he? The press room at Augusta National is one of those rare places where the name elicits only upturned palms and empty looks. So Rory McIlroy quickly added the qualifier “from One Direction”.
One of Britain’s most successful poker players, who was influential in helping the game to cross into mainstream culture, has died after a battle with bowel and colon cancer.
There is a moment in the documentary, “Serena”, which was shown on the BBC on Sunday, that gave an interesting insight into the mentality of the world No1, who on Saturday will be aiming to win her 22nd grand slam title, something that would equal the open-era record held by Steffi Graf.
It has been a strange fortnight for Heather Watson. Having begun with a whimper, it could end up with a first Wimbledon title.
It is mid-afternoon on the south coast. For the first time, the brooding clouds that have covered the south coast have dispersed and the sun has broken through, glinting on the ear stud of the strapping young pace bowler striding up the hill from the sea end.