Trevor Bayliss first floated the idea of Joe Root moving to No3 at the end of the Test series victory over South Africa last winter and now six months on, after Nick Compton’s final series proved one too far and much discussion behind the scenes, the button has finally been pushed.
If Eddie Jones’s players live in perpetual fear of what he may think of next, they should discourage him from taking field trips to the mountain stages of the Tour de France. Jones flew in from Barcelona on Tuesday with a big grin on his face, having witnessed miles and miles of Pyrenean torment, while devising ever-higher standards for his England team.
Rory McIlroy’s last shot in an Open Championship was his winning putt at Hoylake in 2014.
One of the oddities about Open venues is that they often seem to turn up a similar type of champion to the ones they produced previously. This is certainly true of Royal Troon, which in the last six instances has thrown up an American winner, more often than not an unheralded one.
Rory McIlroy has delivered the most withering criticism of golf’s inclusion in the Olympics, suggesting the sport was irrelevant in the context of the Games and also admitting he was “not sure” whether he would even be watching it.
Watching Ben Simmons pass a basketball is something you could do all day. At 6ft 10in, he towers over the other point guards, flicking throws to team-mates that blur in the arena lights. It is easy to see how he can be that rare generational player who will lead the Philadelphia 76ers for the next decade.
It is difficult to deviate from the notion that Jordan Spieth has inflicted a fatal blow on golf’s alliance with the Olympic Games.
Should Dustin Johnson need advice on how to handle the sudden glare of golf’s spotlight, he could do worse than have a word with Jason Day.
The former British Grand Prix winner John Watson wants to see radio communications banned in Formula One to end the current confusion.
Peter Dawson, the president of the International Golf Federation, has accused his sport’s leading players of “overreaction” regarding the Zika virus threat after Jordan Spieth became the latest to withdraw from the Olympics.
One of the things the Dallas Cowboys have always loved about Tony Romo is his football mind.
Sometimes it is less the number of games a sportsman plays than the heart and soul he pours into the jersey he wears.
The Australian cycling champion Anna Meares has announced her retirement after a career including six Olympic medals.