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.
A film of maverick snooker star Ronnie O’Sullivan is in the works, with Hunger Games studio Lionsgate named as possible producers.
Andy Murray heads an expanded 16-strong shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, which is predictably dominated by Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic stars.
Nico Rosberg’s first Formula One championship was a classic victory for the diligent, dogged competitor over a more gifted opponent. It was the triumph of the retriever over the greyhound, the tortoise over the hare.
The last time South Africa lost all their autumn Tests they at least went down swinging.
Sometimes sport is at its most tense when it is at its most still – in those micro‑lulls before world title fights as the protagonists coil in their corners, awaiting the bell, and adrenaline and testosterone races through the crowd like white water; between the purse of a referee’s lips and the first step in a shootout; before the starter’s pistol shatters the hush of an Olympic 100m final; and, yes, when the world chess champion is hunched over the board, brain scurrying back and forth through innumerable tunnels of calculation looking for a clear path to victory.
Odd little memories stand out crystal clear from the great mêlée of Saturday’s match, which was otherwise one long blur of flying bodies, boots and balls, reset scrums, rolling substitutions, red and yellow cards.
One more rose-tinted victory against Australia on Saturday will make this, statistically, the most impressive calendar year in English rugby history.
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 will finally return to the Premier League according to Football Manager 2017, but fans at Elland Road may have to wait a while.
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 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.
The New England Patriots are likely to be without Rob Gronkowski for the rest of the season.