The Rugby League fraternity can be a sceptical lot, and sometimes it takes a new voice to make people sit up and take notice of what is going on in the game.
There are two bottles of mineral water, one sparkling, the other still, lined up on the table in front of Andy Murray as we settle down to talk in the excruciatingly posh Hurlingham Club, on the banks of the Thames near Fulham, after his final workout before Wimbledon.
There are many perils for a ballboy or ballgirl at Wimbledon but the risks of being smacked in the head by a 140mph serve or bulldozed by a player this week are far outweighed by the prestige of playing a key role at the Championships.
Roger Federer is like Neil Young's Hurricane.
As he flexes his muscles for Wimbledon, Andy Murray again finds himself alone at the summit of British tennis, a summer pastime trapped in an endless winter of dashed expectations.
Tradition demands that Royal Ascot should maintain some composure at all times but the sangfroid slipped on Thursday afternoon as the Queen became the first reigning monarch in the 207-year history of the Gold Cup to win the Royal meeting's most famous race.
Jason Robinson is one of a handful of rugby players looked upon with reverence and respect across both the Rugby League and Rugby Union communities.
While Tiger Woods crashes hard in yet another major, Phil Mickelson takes aim at his first US Open. But don’t count out Luke Donald and Justin Rose.
You are unlikely to open your newspaper any time soon to find Nicola Adams, whose beaming face came to symbolise the delight of a nation let loose in the London 2012 sweet shop better than any other, complaining about the pressures of fame.
The former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer has upped the ante for bad feeling on the Lions tour by describing the tourists as "cheats".
Adidas has written to the IAAF to inform athletics’ embattled governing body it is terminating its sponsorship deal three years early, according to reports.
If this fight was about making a statement, David Haye took just two minutes to oblige. Only 125 seconds were required for him to fell the hapless and hopeless Mark de Mori with a blizzard of punches, winning his comeback fight with a first-round knockout.
An older, heavier, apparently wiser and less impetuous David Haye has been outlining his plans for when he defeats the Australian journeyman heavyweight Mark de Mori in his comeback at the O2 Arena on Saturday.