The peak television audience for the final round of the Open Championship suffered a drop of around 75% on last year in the first broadcasting by Sky Sports of the oldest major.
Several former Olympians who now serve on the International Olympic Committee’s athletes’ commission have warned of catastrophic consequences if the organisation does not ban Russia completely from the Rio Games.
Henrik Stenson’s celebration to mark his Open Championship win may be deemed lavish in certain contexts.
So Pakistan’s four-man attack has outstripped England’s five. There is one obvious reason for that: Yasir Shah. The wrist spinner from the north-west frontier has been the key component in Pakistan’s victory in north‑west London. No Pakistan bowler had taken more than eight wickets at Lord’s. Here Yasir took six in the first innings, when he was not supposed to be so effective, and four in the second.
Andrew Johnston made bogey at the Postage Stamp after finding one of the bunkers on the right of the green and made his way to the 9th, low-fiving the crowd on either side of the walkway as he climbed the approach to the tee and keeping his spirits up, but the Englishman knew his moment had slipped away.
When Jordan Spieth was tapping in at the 18th after leaving yet another birdie putt short to end his tournament at 2pm, the overnight leaders were still completing their final preparations and about to head out to dispute ownership of the Claret Jug for another year.
The mother of the cyclist Chris Boardman has been killed in a cycling accident, her son has announced.
Henrik Stenson spoke of the inner belief that he would win the 145th Open Championship, with the Swede dedicating the Claret Jug to a late friend after claiming his first major in stunning fashion.
Henrik Stenson clutched the Claret Jug but even then, bizarrely, it was Phil Mickelson, the old black-clad lefty, who dominated our attention.
The 145th Open Championship has become a private party. The duel in the drizzle, 39 years on from epic events down the coast at Turnberry.
For Gareth Batty the wait for another Test wicket (his 12th) lasted 11 years.
Few American corporations are more equipped to investigate an employee than the NFL. The league and their teams spend heavily to scour the past of every prospect coming out of college, hire private eyes to stalk players in nightclubs, and collect mountains of data on everything from sleep cycles to injury risk. If money is involved, they are relentless in what they seek.
An impeccably behaved Lewis Hamilton said he would “take it like a man” if the world championship favourite and his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg won the title this year.