As though the organisers had stuck on a repeat of last year’s championships, Heather Watson is the last British woman still standing after a gnarled win over the gifted but erratic Caroline Garcia, the young Frenchwoman whose mental fragility continues to prevent her from making the most of a game which is so easy on the eye when it functions properly.
As French sportsmen like to say, the truth of today is not that of tomorrow. In August 2012 Mark Cavendish had landed 23 stage wins in five Tours, a rate more prolific than any sprinter’s in the race’s history.
Mo Farah, fighting for his reputation after his coach, Alberto Salazar, became embroiled in doping allegations, has insisted he is “100% clean” and challenged his doubters to prove otherwise.
Andy Murray is through to the second round at Wimbledon – but he will be mildly concerned that, for 20 minutes against Mikhail Kukushkin on Centre Court, he utterly lost his way before winning 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-4 in two hours and 12 minutes.
Musicians call it the difficult second album. For Eugenie Bouchard, last year’s Wimbledon finalist, the equivalent is second-season syndrome, or the sophomore slump – the affliction whereby players struggle to emulate a breakthrough year.
Rangers have snapped up teenage defender Tom Lang.
If his opponents imagine Rafael Nadal is a reduced force at Wimbledon because of his poor run of form on clay this summer, the Spaniard reminded them on Tuesday that the weapons that won him two titles are still functioning efficiently.
Swansea City players returned for pre-season training this week ahead of the new Premier League campaign.
A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Aston Villa today...
Paulinho is leaving Tottenham Hotspur for Guangzhou Evergrande.