For a stretch here on Thursday, it seemed the world No 1 Serena Williams, a legend within sight of her 22nd slam, would be leaving the French Open in the quarter-finals, courtesy of a 5ft 4in Muscovite ranked 60 in the world, Yulia Putintseva.
Manny Pacquiao has said he is up for it, and Amir Khan has sensationally suggested he would compete for Pakistan, but voices in British boxing from the grassroots to the top-flight have ridiculed plans to allow professionals to compete against amateurs in the Rio Olympics this summer.
Andy Murray stands on the verge of tennis history yet again. He knows a win over Stan Wawrinka in the semi-finals of the French Open on Friday will put him in his first final here – completing the list for all four majors and becoming the first British player to get to the concluding day in Paris since Bunny Austin in 1937.
Greg Rutherford believes he is in the best shape of his career and the Olympic long jump champion is thriving under the pressure of being the bookmakers’ favourite for the Rio Games.
It will come as little surprise to New South Wales but Cooper Cronk will play the 2016 State of Origin series opener in Sydney after the Queensland halfback shrugged off the ankle injury that had threatened his participation in Wednesday night’s match – and sparked accusations of mind games from the opposition camp.
Trevor Bayliss says that having an unchanged squad for next week’s third Test with Sri Lanka will assist those struggling for form, with Nick Compton and Steven Finn two such players in an otherwise buoyant England team.
Frankie Dettori was fortunate to avoid injury just days before he is due to ride the Derby favourite when his mount slipped and fell shortly after crossing the line at Leicester on Tuesday. Riding Magillen, the Italian had been beaten a nose in a driving finish to the six-furlong contest and was still travelling at speed a few strides later when the two-year-old beneath him lost his footing.
“People don’t understand how much I have to kill myself in the gym to get the weight down,” says Tyson Fury, wincing at the fresh reminder of three hard sessions a day, most days, since mid-April.
Floyd "Money" Mayweather posted a mock-up poster on Instagram on Monday teasing a fight between himself and Conor McGregor on pay-per-view.
Tyson Fury is receiving professional help for issues that have arisen as a result of a “witch hunt” against the boxer, according to his uncle.
Sir Bradley Wiggins has broken his silence surrounding the use of powerful banned substances taken with permission for medical reasons before some of his biggest races, insisting that he never sought to gain an unfair advantage.
For all that the Ryder Cup involves two sides, it is difficult to deviate from the notion that the narrative of this, the 41st playing of the event, focuses mainly on one.