It was the obituary of English cricket in 1882 that led to the creation of the Ashes but Australia are trying to create a fresh corpse for cremation after they fell to their fourth Ashes defeat in a row at Lord's yesterday. Also: As the star who has illuminated cycling stood sparkling in yellow in front of the Arc de Triomphe on a unique Parisian night, Chris Froome offered an emotional tribute to the woman who set him on the incredible road from the hills of Kenya all the way here to the Champs Elysees, where he was crowned the second successive British winner of the Tour de France.
Let us not reproach Lee Westwood for failing to convert on the final day of a major, but raise a glass to the marvellous Phil Mickelson, who did as the book of fable demands and ripped through the field to claim the greatest prize in golf. Also: Chris Froome completed his decade-long journey from the back roads of Kenya riding an MTB bike as a kid to the pinnacle of world cycling yesterday as he claimed his maiden Tour de France victory - and Great Britain and Team Sky's second in a row.
Chris Froome, by his own admission, is no cycling historian and, compared with Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins, remains largely ignorant of his sport's often chequered past. Also: In constructing what should be indelibly etched in history as one of the greatest final rounds in major championship history, Phil Mickelson moved into illustrious company.
Alastair Cook played down talk of a whitewash last night after becoming the first England captain since W.G. Grace in 1890 to win the first two games of an Ashes series in this country. Also: This was supposed to be Lee Westwood's day. The day the Englishman broke his duck in the major championships.
Alastair Cook insisted there would be no mercy shown as his team go in chase of an Ashes whitewash against an Australian side captain Michael Clarke admitted have become a laughing stock. Also: Lee Westwood's dreams of adding to Britain's great sporting summer of success with Open Championship glory were blown away by Phil Mickelson.
Alastair Cook hailed England's winning habit after they inflicted a fourth straight Test defeat on Australia for the first time in 85 years. Also: Phil Mickelson produced an inspired final round of 66 at Muirfield yesterday to claim his first Open Championship.
Chris Froome was draped in a golden superhero's 'cape' as he baptised his Tour de France triumph with tears last night. Also: Joe Root celebrated his first Ashes Test-winning hundred to spark English dreams of a 5-0 whitewash...Lee Westwood insists he is no choker - despite blowing a final-round lead to let Phil Mickelson steal the glory.
Alastair Cook's England side will continue to go for the jugular after they crushed the Aussies by 347 runs at Lord's yesterday. Also: Phil Mickelson shot the round of his life to win the Open - and leave Lee Westwood empty-handed.
Australia captain Michael Clarke last night dramatically hinted he will consider his future if his shoddy side keep losing. Also: Emotional Phil Mickelson revealed he produced the round of his life to charge from the pack and win The Open.