The American ritual of celebrity confession and redemption is an exercise in having your cake and eating it too.
Agnieszka Radwanska clearly is a special player, not that losing to her again in straight sets in a slam did much to ease Heather Watson's pain on her way out of the Australian Open in the third round.
In the end, the NBA's city break to London was scripted so perfectly it could have been sports entertainment.
Mohamed Mohamed examines the problems at the LA Lakers and how they are defying pre-season expectations in a wholly negative way.
As the UK gets ready for tonight's visit of the Knicks and the Pistons at the O2, America is gearing up for something slightly different.
The NBA circus was in town and so were the clowns, Dictaphones cocked like hooters, bodies six deep in the mêlée.
It was one of the most celebrated stories of heroism in US sport: the college football star who fought through the grief over the death of his girlfriend as he helped his team get to the championship game.
Laura Robson, whose career began in a blaze as a Wimbledon starlet four years ago, is becoming accustomed to the big stage.
The Bath wing has not played for England since winning his first, and only, cap against New Zealand in November 2014, but with Eddie Jones considering a midfield of George Ford, Owen Farrell and Jonathan Joseph, the Fijian-born soldier would offer midfield thrust as well as finishing ability.
George Visger sat in his truck, a prized possession since everything else was gone, but struggled to remember the model and year. “It’s, uh, a Chevy. Yeah. A Trailblazer, I think. 2003. No, wait, 2009. Probably around then.”
Alastair Cook goes into the Boxing Day Test against South Africa wary of the wounded animal that is the world’s No1 side; England, he claims, remain underdogs for the series and will relish the licence that gives them to throw a few punches.