For the first four and a half hours of stage 18, it seemed that the seven men of the Praetorian Guard had been given the day off.
Open championships need not always bow to conventional ways. The 141st playing of golf's oldest major has witnessed a wavy-haired country and western fan from Nashville storm to the summit of the leaderboard.
Rory McIlroy may not quite yet be, as has been claimed in more excitable quarters, the new Tiger Woods – give it another five or 10 majors, then let's talk – but few would deny the young man is box office. On the first morning of this Open, the old Tiger Woods marched an animated army three deep up and down Lytham. On the second, Rory's roarers went one better; equally devoted, they stood four in line.
Amir Khan has not ruled out the prospect of a blockbuster British super-fight with Ricky Hatton.
Amir Khan is to add a defensive coach to his team in a move that could signal a split with Freddie Roach, his trainer.
For all the US basketball team's dazzling, disparate talents there is one aspect that will vary only slightly when they take to the court for their Olympic warm-up in Manchesteron Thursday night: the players are either very rich or extremely rich.
As one of his remaining rivals cracked and another conceded defeat, Bradley Wiggins and his Team Sky colleagues produced another ride of consummate control to strengthen the Englishman's hold on the yellow jersey in the 2012 Tour de France.
'When I travel I don't pack clothes. I only pack Benjamins,' boxing champ Floyd "Money" Mayweather said on Monday.
Neil Black has defended British Athletics in the wake of the fallout from the relay row that threatened to leave a sour taste despite a successful championships that ended with the team fourth in the medal table.
Justin Gatlin has moved to head off the wave of criticism directed at him during the World Athletics Championships by releasing letters that reveal the extent to which he cooperated with US anti-doping investigators and apologised for his own offences.