When the Premiership was launched in August 1997, the weekend before the death of Princess Diana, senior figures in the Rugby Football Union scoffed at the notion that professional club rugby would ever be self-sustaining.
For a man who, by one measure at least, could claim to be Britain's most punter-friendly jockey, Wayne Hutchinson has a low profile among betting-shop regulars.
Little could better emphasise the extent to which the Olympics has changed since its inception than the story of Eric Liddell, 1924 gold medallist and inspiration for the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire.
Stuart Broad will be leaner than ever, but possibly not quite as mean, as he embarks on a gruelling 12 months with England in Dubai this week.
"I can't wait," Shanaze Reade says, her eyes opening wide in anticipation of a new year which has had a buildup like no other in British sport.
Preamble: This game could just as easily be called the Kleenex Consolation Bowl.
When Leicester travelled to Sale at the end of October, the Tigers lay 11th in the Premiership having lost five of their opening six fixtures.
Henrietta Knight's new year wish was delivered more quickly than most will be when Calgary Bay gave her and her husband, Terry Biddlecombe, a timely boost at Cheltenham.
By the time you read this Eddie Hearn’s 48-hour deadline for Amir Khan to accept a fight with his IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook at Wembley Stadium in June will probably have dwindled out of sight, with no winners.
Paula Radcliffe has criticised Nike’s decision to award controversial sprinter Justin Gatlin with a new sponsorship deal, describing the decision as not reflecting “the core values of the Nike that I am proud to represent”.
Mark Cavendish has slammed the recent report from the UCI’s Independent Commission into doping in cycling, stating it contains “all the shit from the last years compiled into one document,” and the section dealing with the ethical state of the sport today is from “unreliable sources”.