Tom Watson’s Ryder Cup legacy did not solely relate to the continuation of a poor United States run.
Kell Brook’s audacious bid to climb two weight divisions and dethrone the most fearsome puncher in boxing came to a brave but bloody end when his trainer Dominic Ingle threw in the towel after five brutal rounds against the undisputed middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin.
Angelique Kerber was on the ropes in the third and deciding set of Saturday’s US Open final, having fallen behind a break against the big-serving Czech Karolina Pliskova.
Kell Brook could not hide his frustration and regret following his defeat to Gennady Golovkin here on Saturday night , questioning the decision of his trainer, Dominic Ingle, to throw in the towel midway through the fifth round at a stage where he felt he was “settling into the contest”.
As this 172nd Manchester derby began, the chief subplot centred on how Claudio Bravo would fare on his City debut as Joe Hart’s replacement. His £17m acquisition had been Pep Guardiola’s headline summer move as the England man was sent to Torino because his ball skills are not up to the Catalan’s desired standard. Bravo’s first appearance would offer clues about Guardiola’s judgment and the new keeper’s ability.
Fulham’s longest unbeaten run since the beginning of the 2010-11 season has ended, but what will really irk Slavisa Jokanovic is the diabolical nature of their performance against a team that would have enjoyed a larger margin of victory had they possessed a more ruthless touch.
The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was back to his dominant best at the Bet 365 Stadium.
The third Italian derby of this formative Premier League season takes place on Sunday. In the white corner, Francesco Guidolin, managerial veteran of two decades in Serie A and now embarking on a second attempt to keep Swansea City in the division.
It was an upstairs room of Arsenal’s training ground, October 2009, and I imagine I am not the only person in this profession who has sat opposite Nicklas Bendtner, listening to him setting out his master plan and wondered if he might be in danger of running out of breath, such was the energy he put into blowing his own trumpet.
The Champions League begins in earnest this week – unless you are one of the many who believe the real entertainment only commences after Christmas with the knockout stage – and with it the chance to compare English standards with those being set by the rest of Europe.
Critics of the Open’s move away from live BBC television coverage have been given impetus after the peak audience for the first day of the championship dropped by almost 80%.
Phil Mickelson, at 46, will become the oldest golfer to win the Open since 1867 if he carries off the Claret Jug here. And there were a few moments on Friday when Scotland stopped trying to pretend it was Bermuda, when the rain cascaded over the links and the wind seemed keen to join the wrecking party that the American looked every one of his years.
In the tournament where Phil Mickelson cited divine intervention for denying him a place in the record books Henrik Stenson must believe he is worthy of some.