Andrew Flintoff is due to step into the ring for his first fight as a professional boxer this Friday against unbeaten American Richard Dawson. Should we get our hopes up?
Clinical is the buzz word when it comes to the All Blacks, but you get another perspective if you are part of a squad that has faced them at close to their remorseless best.
"We understand that Mr Flintoff is well-known here," said Gary Higginbotham, the manager of Richard Dawson, the 23-year-old bruiser from Oklahoma who will fight the former Lancashire and England all-rounder at the Manchester Arena on Friday night.
Duck for cover, that's what, as these Orlando Magic fans found out this week.
The King is back on top. The Miami Heat's LeBron James has reclaimed the No. 1 spot on the National Basketball Association's best-selling jersey list. The reigning NBA finals' MVP is back in the position he last held in April 2011.
Ricky Ponting has announced that he will retire from Test cricket after the Test match against South Africa in Perth. The news is a massive positive for England ahead of back-to-back Ashes series next year.
Stuart Broad looks odds on to miss the third Test match between India and England which starts next week.
England now have two coaches as well as two captains after the surprise appointment of Ashley Giles to a new role in charge of the one-day international and Twenty20 squads.
It is been a tough month for all the home nations but hope springs eternal in a British and Irish Lions year.