Perhaps the golfing gods will smile upon the honest man.
The marginalia of US Open lore is scrawled thick with surprise first-round leaders who burst from obscurity only to vanish as quickly as they appeared. The roll of names reads like the answer key to a pub quiz – Lee Mackey Jr, Bob Gadja, Mike Nicolette, Olin Browne, Justin Hicks – improbable opening-round leaders all, each of whom plummeted back into relative anonymity.
Lionel Messi scored one and created two in his first Copa America Centenario start to lead Argentina to a 4-1 win over Venezuela – and into a semi-final against the United States.
The movie-star grin Cristiano Ronaldo had worn throughout became a grimace after 80 minutes when the Portugal captain smacked a penalty he had just won against Austria’s right-hand post and to safety.
Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Chelsea stars revel, as Romelu Lukaku scored twice for Belgium against the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016.
The youngster made just five appearances last season.
Slovakia take on England in St Etienne on Monday, and Skrtel insists there is no danger of underestimating Roy Hodgson's men.
The Hammers star has been in scintillating form in the Euros.
The 37-year-old former Chelsea midfielder marked his first start of the 2016 MLS campaign by opening the scoring as NYCFC beat the Philadelphia Union 3-2 at Yankee Stadium.
Two Arsenal goalkeepers endured contrasting fortunes recently.
No amount of sentiment could carry the wholehearted Liverpool veteran Derry Mathews to a fairytale high point of a long, hard career here on Saturday night but, in front of his own fans, he gave the world lightweight champion Terry Flanagan all the trouble he could handle over 12 absorbing rounds.
David Haye’s sharp eye for an opening could be leading him to an unexpectedly early shot at his old world heavyweight title, against the new Australian champion, Lucas Browne, at the O2 Arena in London on 21 May.
Liverpool are reportedly poised to open talks over signing Udinese's Piotr Zielinski.