Bungs and secret bank accounts; shadowy figures on the take and make; the bidding process for major sporting events shown to be as transparent as an oil slick.
Jordan Spieth does not attempt to hide the scale of his post-Masters trauma.
The German will be the new player relations director for golf's European Tour.
The “chaos” Danny Willett has found himself surrounded by since winning the Masters is endorsed by the number of rounds he has played since being presented with the Green Jacket a month ago.
Normally when a leading player suddenly is missing a coach, candidates move from the shadows to centre stage as if auditioning for a Hollywood movie. But John McEnroe has been unusually quiet this week; perhaps he no longer wants to coach Andy Murray.
Roger Federer, who has just overtaken Andy Murray as world No2 despite injury worries that have restricted him to three matches since the Australian Open in January, could pull out of his third tournament of the season here in Rome on Wednesday.
On Saturday, Floyd Mayweather called a fight with Conor McGregor “possible”. As far as fights go it would be the ultimate made-for-TV sideshow, almost like a Fear Factor meets the Kardashians. It would offer little in athletic value, even less in benefit to society as well as hurting the legitimacy of the fighters’ chosen disciplines. But it would make millions. And a huge number of people would watch.
A wheelchair basketball match in Germany was abandoned after a huge fight broke out in the crowd between fans of rival clubs Galatasaray and Besiktas, leaving seven supporters needing treatment.
Novak Djokovic survived a determined fightback from Andy Murray to claim the Madrid Open title for the second time in his career. The Serb carved out a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory, by turns brilliant and battling, to triumph in two hours and six minutes and move one win ahead of Rafael Nadal as the player with the most Masters Series titles to his name.
Albeit the success of 2015 may influence his thinking, Jordan Spieth will place team success over that of an individual variety during the next fortnight. When asked which he would cherish more, a FedEx or Ryder Cup, Spieth’s desire to be part of a winning USA contingent at Hazeltine was abundantly clear for merely the latest time.
Tim Finchem, the outgoing head of the PGA Tour, believes golf’s showing at the Olympics will be sufficient to see the sport retained in the Games for the “long term”.