It was a case of not quite but almost the same again for England, who have one hand on the Mobilink Jazz Cup after a 20-run victory in Abu Dhabi put them 2-0 up in the series with two to play.
Where were you in early February 1988? Ronald Reagan was still president of the United States and Eddie the Eagle was plummeting to global stardom at the Calgary Winter Olympics.
Seven horses are facing a race against time just to qualify for a run in the Grand National, thanks to a rule being applied to the famous race for the first time this year.
England needed this.
Uncertainty continues to hang over the postponed Six Nations Championship game between Ireland and France with the two countries unable to agree when the rescheduled fixture should take place.
Strangeness wraps itself around Dereck Chisora as completely as a glove covers his fist.
After Dwain Chambers crossed the line first in the 60 metres final of the UK Indoor Athletics Championship he had so much momentum that he disappeared head-first through the crash barrier at the end of the track.
This year's Six Nations Championship already has a curious feel to it.
Who knows how much more of this Andy Robinson can take? The man with a famous distaste for defeat is getting pummelled by them just now.
Keith Pelley has not taken up office as the European Tour’s chief executive yet but will already have learned the willingness of key stakeholders to offer advice.
Jessica Ennis-Hill’s hopes of returning to the heptathlon next week – in what would be her first multi-event competition since winning gold at London 2012 – are in the balance after the latest stage of her comeback offered more questions than answers.
Andy Murray pulled out of the Rome Masters on Thursday afternoon, citing tiredness after an unprecedented run of success on clay that finally caught up with him, and will return to London before resuming his preparation for the French Open, which starts on Sunday week.