How Rory McIlroy’s homecoming fell flat

The cheer as Rory McIlory walked up the 18th was one of sympathy. His ball was buried in a hillock to the right of the green. He had taken four strokes to get there. This was not the walk of destiny promised in the build-up, not the note of triumph in which all were invested. He finished with a seven, believe it or not, one better than the score with which he opened his account.

A jubilant Lewis Hamilton celebrates his victory in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Lewis Hamilton wins for a record sixth British GP

“What a day, love you Silverstone.” The feeling was mutual, 141,000 through the turnstiles to witness Lewis Hamilton drive into history. Any questions about his patriotism, about his Britishness, seemed utterly out of step with the affection washing over the pit straight as he celebrated an unprecedented sixth British Grand Prix victory. That’s one more than Jim Clark, two more than Nigel Mansell.

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US baseball icon A-Rod is engaged to Hollywood star Jennifer Lopez. Picture: AP.

‘Anything can happen’ when Red Sox and Yankees clash says A-Rod

There are few 43-year-olds who fill a suit like Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez, more familiarly known as A-Rod. The pinstripes he used to wear in the service of the New York Yankees have morphed into an exquisitely cut two-piece in these, the executive years of his baseball career. Mind you, this fella would look 
Beckham-good in a bin bag.

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Tyson Fury poses for photographers after defeating Tom Schwarz, of Germany. Picture: AP.

Sound and Fury in this Vegas mismatch

If entertainment was the goal, Tyson Fury scored on his Las Vegas debut. He might even consider a residency on the Strip, not as a boxer since there was too little of that on Saturday night, but as a warbler, banging out karaoke standards via plausible pipes. Addressing his wife Paris after his second-round ‘victory’ over Tom Schwarz, Fury took the mic for a blast of soppy Aerosmith ballad, I don’t want to miss a thing.

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Anthony Joshua is dropped to the canvas for the fourth time by Andy Ruiz. Picture: PA.

Seismic defeat plunges Anthony Joshua into depths of uncertainty

Anthony Joshua didn’t know what round it was. He didn’t know anything about the shot that put him on the floor for the first time in round three. At the end of the fight, three further knockdowns later in the seventh, Joshua didn’t know what day it was, where he was, or maybe even who he was such was the scale of the shock that had taken hold.

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Champagne days at the Etihad Stadium ' but some fans who remember the lower division years still fear their superstar team is capable of imploding. Picture: PA.

Comment: Manchester City - a club of zany twists and turns

The beautification of Manchester City is a complicated thing and, as the Stakhanovite hit squad from Uefa’s financial control team might yet demonstrate, not without blemish. That City should be hounded about the corridors of power on an FA Cup final weekend when they could seal an unprecedented domestic treble, is in one sense just another zany plot twist in the vicissitudes of a club which, in the modern era at least, has been in perpetual search of a positive identity, of recognition.

Tyson Fury shows off his shirt featuring drawings of former world heavyweight champions. Picture: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

Tyson Fury is out to conquer America

None can say they did not see Tyson Fury coming. If the loudest threads in the suit kingdom, black and white with the faces of the great heavyweights in history, including his truly, sewed in the lining, doesn’t light up your eyeballs the dance steps might. Fury came shuffling into view like a Vegas crooner to announce his next step in the colonisation of the United States.

Pep Guardiola described this season as his most challenging, Picture: PA.

Analysis: Liverpool have made it an epic title race but it’s City’s to lose now

Thirty-seven down, one to go. A draw might be enough in the final game at Brighton on Sunday. A defeat, even. Manchester City did what necessity demanded in beating Leicester to resume the summit of the Premier League by a point. It took the goal of the century to escape Leicester’s cultured clamp, the finest and perhaps the most important Vincent Kompany will ever score.

Tiger Woods walks with his caddie Joe LaCava on the 13th hole during a practice round at Augusta. Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The Masters: Tiger Woods has that winning feeling again

The Tiger Woods story is caught somewhere between awed nostalgia and anticipation. There could be no greater outcome for the Augusta stakeholders and the galleries filing through the gates than a Tiger Woods victory on Sunday. Woods is, in a sense, a witness to his own legend such is the fawning nature of the Masters experience for him, the green jacket community in thrall to the Tiger brand, making his appearance a thing of celebration and salutation from the moment he appears. That he is 43 years old with only one win in the past five years does not raise an eyebrow.

Charles Leclerc on the Bahrain podium after engine trouble robbed him of a maiden F1 victory. Picture: Clive Mason/Getty

Charles Leclerc’s sheer talent shows up Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari

Victory would have embroidered a stunning weekend in Bahrain yet, in having the prize snatched from him through no fault of his own, Charles Leclerc left arguably a deeper imprint on Formula One and on us. He has our sympathy as well as our respect and that is a priceless commodity since it places him in our hearts. Now we care if he wins or loses.

Anthony Joshua, left, and Jarrell Miller square up during a press conference in London. Picture: Getty.

Anthony Joshua laughs off Jarrell Miller’s allegations of drug abuse

The panto phase of the London pageant was positively gentile. Only one profanity, “motherf****r”, although Jarrell Miller did add that Anthony Joshua looked like Scooby Doo. That, at least, was an original take on proceedings, and way more tolerable than last week’s “bitch” and “pansy” fest in New York.

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