The quintessence of motor sport – indeed the ethos of all sport – is its capacity for gladiatorial confrontation. The most extreme example, arguably, is the current fashion for mixed martial arts, which has dived opinion but developed a vast and passionate following in a relatively short time.
When Patrick Reed’s mobile phone burst into life, halfway through the night in an Inverness hotel room, his understandable and immediate emotion was concern.
The British men’s 4x100m relay team took their first step to redemption in these European Championships on a night that produced two bronze medals for the home nations.
Coach wanted. Very competitive salary. Negotiable hours. Travel the world. Ability to work under pressure essential. Only bona fide tennis legends need apply.
‘Twice as good” is a phrase that some know so well, but which others, those who have never needed to be taught about it, may not recognise at all.
In the first week of the Tour de France, Adam Yates’s philosophy was simple – “stay invisible and stay out of trouble” – but once the race hit the mountains this weekend, his mind turned to his objective for the race: winning at least one stage, which is his priority in his second Tour de France before his attentions turn to an assault on the overall standings in future years.
Move over Steffi Graf, you have company. Serena Williams equalled the great German’s open-era record of 22 grand slam singles titles on Saturday after a hard-fought but well-deserved 7-5, 6-3 victory over another German, Angelique Kerber for her seventh Wimbledon crown.
Nico Rosberg’s recent misfortunes continued in his buildup to Sunday’s British Grand Prix .
Greg Rutherford believes his growing aura of invincibility – as well as the unerring ability to pull out a big jump when it matters – can propel him to another Olympic gold medal in Rio next month.
Lewis Hamilton has more personas than the Man of a Thousand Faces, as the old stage and film actor Lon Chaney was known. We have the rock star, the rapper, the playboy, the motorbike designer, the cosmetics salesman, the social media junkie, the fashionista and a collector of tattoos that Ray Bradbury’s Illustrated Man might envy.
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.
Colin Kaepernick made his return as a starter for the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, although he received a far from warm welcome in Buffalo as he took on the Bills.