Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla failed to offer up a display to match his moniker as the Manchester fighter lost his WBA lightweight title to Jorge Linares, the 31-year-old Venezuelan, whose triumph gave him a fourth world crown across three different divisions, nine years after his first.
The identity of the man looking to halt a Dustin Johnson procession to the FedEx Cup and $10m prize is more fascinating than the fact a battle has ensued in the first place. Rory McIlroy’s third round of 66 at the Tour Championship, combined with an unforeseen late stumble by Johnson, has set up a thrilling finale on the outskirts of Atlanta.
No sooner had Davis Love III issued his strongest Ryder Cup war cry yet than Lee Westwood endorsed his status as Europe’s agent provocateur. If the event matches the preamble, there may be a need to stand back from the Hazeltine fireworks.
The first blow of the phoney war which always precedes a Ryder Cup has been landed by Lee Westwood, who has pointed towards the potentially “adverse” influence of Tiger Woods as a vice-captain of the USA.
More plans for West Ham's London Stadium.
The murmurings in relation to Paul Casey’s refusal to make himself eligible for the Ryder Cup could take the form of an epic storyline within days.
The man in the Hampshire tie in the Robin Smith Bar had a quizzical air about him. “The thing is,” he confided in subdued tones, as if addressing his physician, “I have never seen Ben Stokes bat. So I want to see him do well, but not too well, if you get my drift.”
Northampton have responded bitterly to Chris Ashton’s 13-match ban for biting their prop Alex Waller, upset the Saracens wing was allowed to remain on the field throughout last Saturday’s match. Saints believe the incident should have been referred immediately to the television match official and say the failure to do so cost them a potential victory.
Mo Farah is the latest British athlete to face scrutiny over his use of so-called therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) after his confidential medical data was leaked online. Farah, the double gold medallist at the 2016 Olympics, is one of eight more British athletes who competed in Rio de Janeiro whose records were released on Monday by the Fancy Bears hacking group, believed to have links to Russia.
The Italian is being linked with heading back to his homeland.
Tottenham Hotspur managed to pick up a 1-1 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
The Newcastle United midfielder has been speaking about his future at the Championship leaders.
Veteran West Ham United defender James Collins has made a worrying admission about the club's controversial new home.
The midfielder is all set to be released by Rangers after a difficult time in Glasgow.
Leeds United are only one big injury away from seeing their superb campaign go up in smoke.
Leeds United are going strong in the Championship at the moment.
Morgan Schneiderlin joined Manchester United from Southampton in the summer of 2015.
Zulte Waregem's Bryan Verboom has commented on Leeds United's summer interest in him.
Former Newcastle United midfielder is pleased his old club are doing well.
Back at the start of the month, South Africa’s head coach, Allister Coetzee, was asked about the “aura” of his side.
Lewis Hamilton insisted he could still become world champion for a fourth time after fulfilling a lifetime ambition by winning the Brazilian Grand Prix to cut Nico Rosberg’s lead to 12 points going into the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.
Imagine if this had been the opening game of a World Cup, rather than the first weekend of the 2016 autumn series. A year ago England were hopeful but slightly uncertain of their best way forward.