Serena Williams lost for only the fourth time this year when her closest rival, Victoria Azarenka, broke her 14-match streak to win the Cincinnati Open on Sunday over three compelling sets, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 in just under two and a half hours.
What the IAAF jury of appeal take away with one hand they give with the other.
In picking the young Lancashire left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan in an unusually expansive 14-man squad for the final Test at The Oval, England are either drawing a line under the Test career of Monty Panesar or, in keeping him out of the limelight, showing some understanding and duty of care to a troubled cricketer going through a tough patch in his personal life.
As the new NFL season approaches it is time for me to make some predictions, come February you can all laugh at how wrong I was but here they are, this is how the NFL season will pan out in my view:
Andrew Bynum, Jrue Holiday and Andrea Bargnani feature...
There's no more controversial subject in the NFL than player safety. Obviously it is a dangerous game and there is a large risk or serious injury when you have players colliding with the force of a car crash at 30mph.
Rory McIlroy has revealed he will skip the traditional par-three competition at the Masters this year, with the aim of summoning some of the spirit of 2011.
The British title fight that left Nick Blackwell in an induced coma should have been stopped three rounds earlier, according to a leading neurosurgeon who has operated on boxers with life-threatening head injuries.