The Dallas Cowboys held a moment of silence ahead of kick-off Sunday for linebacker Jerry Brown, as "devastated" team-mate Josh Brent remained in custody on charges relating to his colleague's death.
By 10.15am on another hazy Kolkota morning the job was done and England's captain, Alastair Cook – a phrase that now trips so automatically off the tongue – was receiving the man-of-the-match award.
It looked like the end, but, this being boxing, it could just be the start of something new: for Manny Pacquiao, even though devastatingly knocked out, for Juan Manuel Márquez, who destroyed him in front of a disbelieving audience at the MGM Grand, and for the man who is never far from the epicentre of the business, Floyd Mayweather Jnr.
When Juan Manuel Marquez drilled a foot-long right of brain-numbing power on to the unprotected chin of Manny Pacquiao in the penultimate second of the sixth round of their fourth contest, leaving him sprawled face first in a twitching heap, he surely levelled the ledger between them – although there might be more life in this rivalry yet.
Juan Manuel Márquez beats Manny Pacquiao.
It was touching recently to see an interview with Manny Steward and Tommy Hearns, not long before the great trainer died; the empathy between them clearly had survived the particular pressures of their sport.
It may still be the case that the third Test in Kolkata is marked by some defining contribution – a second-innings dash, a short-leg masterclass – from England's middle-order craftsman Ian Bell, a player who reached a plateau of gorgeously well-grooved cricketing maturity 18 months ago, only to suffer an unexpected and continuing regression.
Mo Farah is strolling around the lush grounds of a Middlesex hotel.
Alastair Cook has become England’s most prolific century scorer in the history of Test cricket. Why is he the greatest batsman England have ever had?
This England team do not quite know when they are beaten.
Eddie Jones will have no option but to retain at least two-thirds of Stuart Lancaster’s England World Cup squad when he makes his first Six Nations selection in the new year.
Kobe Bryant has announced that this will be his last season playing for the LA Lakers.