For Ricky Hatton, the fight is over at last. When the excellent former world champion Vyacheslav Senchenko drilled a wicked left deep into Hatton's washboard gut eight seconds from the end of the ninth round here on Saturday night, he left the skeletal shell of a former hero bent double on the canvas for the full count, but the Ukrainian did no more than put a full stop to a sentence that had been drawn out maybe a soundbite too long in recent weeks and months.
There is something fascinating about Nick Compton, England's snazzily thoroughbred right-handed opening batsman, a player who looks, walks, takes guard and in fact does everything in the manner of a suave and stylish right-handed dasher, other than the minor fact of actually batting like one.
In the Red Bull garage on Friday the mechanics, preparing for the two practice sessions, were busier than sailors in a storm, although a storm is the very last thing they want here on Sunday.
Ricky Hatton knows he will need more than the roar of the crowd to relaunch his career against Vyacheslav Senchenko on what will be an unbearably emotional occasion at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night.
Tomorrow night sees the return to the ring of one of the icons of British boxing. Ricky Hatton’s return has divided opinion, with experts and previous opponents wading in on the debate.
In the New England Patriots blowout of the Jets last night on Thanksgiving, Mark Sanchez was in a particularly generous mood.
Exactly nine years have elapsed since the Rugby World Cup final win of 2003 and Stuart Lancaster's latest team selection underlines just how far England have to go to replicate that feat.
So much for a meaningless event. The theory that Rory McIlroy's claiming of the European Tour's money list before he arrived at the Dubai World Championship would render this tournament irrelevant was unpicked by the man himself. The world No1 carded a first round 66 to lie one shot adrift of the leader, Luke Donald.
In the end there was a serenity about Michael Schumacher, in his final pre-race press conference. Interlagos, it seems, will this weekend see a valediction rather than a last hurrah for the most successful Formula One driver of all.
On a balmy Abu Dhabi evening England politely yet professionally defeated their hosts in a friendly match so gentle it bore little relation to the three imminent T20 matches against Pakistan. At least let us hope that is the case.
The first weekend of May and the second weekend of September represent the most important dates on the boxing calendar, the traditional stomping grounds of the sport’s biggest star.
If one hole, Rory McIlroy’s second last of 2015, served as a metaphor for the Northern Irishman’s yo-yo season, the subsequent raising aloft of two trophies allowed him to begin an eight-week holiday in celebration.