The England fast bowling coach, David Saker, has been told he is surplus to requirements for next month’s tour of the Caribbean and Ottis Gibson is expected to return for a second spell in the job.
Rafael Nadal will make his first appearance at Queen’s Club in four years when he plays the Aegon Championships in June.
Fernando Alonso’s McLaren will be fitted with a special sensor when he makes his first appearance of the season in Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
Perhaps the strongest hint that Tiger Woods will return to compete at the Masters has arrived from his sponsors. On Monday, Nike revealed the clothing Woods is scheduled to wear during the first major of the season, which starts on 9 April.
South Africa and co-hosts New Zealand will contest the first semi-final of the cricket World Cup from 0100 GMT tomorrow in Auckland.
Matt Every’s successful defence of the Arnold Palmer Invitational was immediately overshadowed by Henrik Stenson, who vented deep frustration at what he believed to be unnecessary influence from a PGA Tour rules official on the denouement of the event.
The New Zealand pace bowler Adam Milne will be missing from the squad for the semi-final against South Africa in Auckland and indeed the remainder of their Cricket World Cup campaign should they reach next Sunday’s final in Melbourne.
Fernando Alonso will learn on Sunday whether he has a chance of making his first appearance of the season in Malaysia next Sunday.
Even at this, one of the highest-profile events on the PGA Tour, discussion – or occasional whisper – relating to a man who is not playing has seemed relentless. There is good reason.
Rory McIlroy has achieved his aim of finding himself at the heart of a tournament chase, albeit more prematurely than he would have preferred, in his last event before the Masters.
Normal service was resumed from Jos Buttler in a new role as England chalked up another victory in Sri Lanka’s last match on tour. They needed only 141 for victory but on a surface that did not allow constant, free-flowing strokeplay they needed Buttler, the opening batsman, to be at his most ruthlessly clinical.
It would be fair to say that Steve Eskinazi has enjoyed an eventful start to his first class career. Last September, he made his debut for Middlesex against Yorkshire at Lord’s, batted at five and found himself walking to the crease at the end of the first over of the match as Ryan Sidebottom disposed of Paul Stirling, Nick Compton and Dawid Malan.
There are no plans for players to be handed more control over stoppages in play because of bad light or adverse weather during grand slams, despite several matches at Wimbledon featuring disputes with umpires about the conditions.