A full week before New Year's Eve, it appears horse racing will be wrestling with a hefty hangover as it enters 2012, the result of one bad story too many over the past 12 months.
Floyd Mayweather Jr should be the saviour of boxing and not, as he would like us to see it, the sacrificial lamb.
The BBC Sports Personality of The Year award is without doubt the most acutely Christmassy of all sporting gong shows: family-friendly, centred around the TV, and most of all likely to end up with everybody arguing.
Hayley Turner has had a most memorable year but will surely make short work of forgetting this return to action here at Kempton on Tuesday, three and a half months after her ankle was broken in a pre-race fall at Bath.
Wales's four regions have agreed to operate a salary cap next season, to help combat wage inflation at a time of falling attendances.
There was a time – before many of those reading this were born – when live boxing on free-to-air television (although the phrase did not exist then) entertained a generation of Americans two or three times a week.
The stormy gale rifling through Belfast outside was as a zephyr compared with the whirlwind Carl Frampton delivered to his challenger, Chris Avalos, at the Odyssey Arena night.
While celebrating should be one of the most rewarding feelings a sportsperson or fan can get, there's nothing worse than being 'left hanging' by a friend, colleague or a teammate.