Lewis Hamilton has stressed that, despite the win in Hungary on Sunday that gave him the lead in the Formula One world championship for the first time this season, he cannot afford to let up in the pressure he has exerted over his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.
You cannot help but feel for Christian Prudhomme. In his 10 years at the head of the Tour de France the amiable Frenchman has set himself the mission of livening up the event, making it less predictable and processional, and, as far as possible, ensuring suspense is maintained to the end.
The British No1, Johanna Konta, scored an impressive victory on her first appearance in a WTA final when she defeated Venus Williams 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 in the Stanford Classic in California on Sunday.
Alastair Cook had his decision not to enforce the follow-on during a stop-start third day at Old Trafford questioned by three of his predecessors as England captain but the assistant coach, Paul Farbrace, believes the home team will back it up with victory.
Should Lewis Hamilton win his fourth Formula One world championship this season, it is unlikely he will have a fonder moment to remember than his win on Sunday at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
It was much to the amusement of his press-box colleagues that not so very long ago, John Woodcock, the eminent former cricket correspondent of The Times, began a piece with the words: “As recently as 1936 …”
Long before the words had tumbled out of Mo Farah’s mouth, his victory smile gave the game away. After months enduring his own private purgatory, neither bad nor brilliant but somewhere in between, Britain’s double Olympic champion believes he is back near his very best.
“You know, these guys ain’t so fuckin’ bad.”
Jolyon Palmer is fighting for Formula One survival at Renault – but his father, Jonathan, believes he should be given another chance after impressive drives in his past two outings.
Tiger Woods, beset by injuries and the decline of his playing career, appears to have at least one person who still believes in him. And that person is Tiger Woods. In an interview with Charlie Rose on PBS on Thursday night, the former world No1 said he is targeting an imminent return to golf as well as more victories in the majors.