Tiger Woods kept a low profile in his role as a vice-captain as the USA took a comprehensive win in the Ryder Cup after a hard-fought match and some quite brilliant golf but he will be unable to escape the spotlight when he returns to the course as a player on Thursday.
Gareth Southgate had instructed his first lineup as senior manager to be brave and play with style, with neither aspiration particularly easy to achieve against massed ranks of Maltese defence.
Enter, the temp-to-perm caretaker.
Gareth Southgate offered a public defence of Wayne Rooney, praising his input over this international window and stressing the booing that his captain was subjected to from sections of the crowd at Wembley was unhelpful.
This is ominously familiar for Scotland. The failure to defeat Lithuania at home conjured memories of disastrous qualifying campaigns from the recent past. More alarming than the result itself, perhaps, was the later assessment of Gordon Strachan.
Shaka Hislop admits he is impressed by the Arsenal defender so far in his burgeoning career.
Tottenham Hotspur spent some £17 million on the Dutchman in the summer, but one man isn't convinced by him just yet.
The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder found the net in the second successive game for club and country in the 2-0 win over Malta.
The 22-year-old is at Leeds United on a season-long loan from Sporting Lisbon.
Lewis Hamilton has confirmed he will take a grid penalty for Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix after his Mercedes team replaced engine parts.
How long should it be before it’s reasonable to lose faith with a manager? How soon should improvement be seen? It’s not a question that has any easy answer – and it’s one to which the answer seems to be very dependent on context.
It’s a new season, with a vast, rather sexy new cast (211 players bought for a combined €400m), new leading roles at a third of all clubs (plus new coaches to come at Werder Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt very soon), a rich newcomer (RB Leipzig) who will fly the flag for the footballistically under-represented east of the country – “Da Zone” as kids used to call it in the 80s – and double up as the new baddie everyone will love to hate.