Alan Shearer's name was ripped down from St James' Park this week - and Newcastle did not even consult him. Also: Kick It Out T-shirts are set to be scrapped next season
Kevin Pietersen will make his return to competitive cricket today with Australia playing to put England under the same pressure that led to them imploding last year. Also: The guessing game is over and whatever one's opinion, Warren Gatland has spoken.
England doubtless presumed that they could look forward to the Champions Trophy final in peace. Also: Warren Gatland and the Wallaby nation may not agree on many things at the moment, but both the Lions head coach and the whole of Australia are relishing the prospect of George North and Israel Folau tearing into each other in the Suncorp Stadium hothouse tomorrow.
Arsenal have finally joined the Premier League's biggest spenders after finalising a record-breaking deal to sign Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain that could be worth a staggering £50million. Also: Lions captain Sam Warburton has declared that he and his team will harness the desire of 'desperate' men as they strive for victory in the first Test against Australia.
Sol Campbell is interested in the England Under-21s manager's job. Also: Sam Allardyce has tipped Andy Carroll to go from mega-money flop to England regular and one of the country's top strikers.
The British and Irish Lions captain, Sam Warburton, has warned Australia to brace themselves for an explosive contest when the two teams finally meet in tomorrow's eagerly awaited first Test. Also: Alastair Cook and his Champions Trophy squad will each receive a sum approaching six figures if they can win England's first 50-overs title at Edgbaston on Sunday by beating India in the final.
"Hats off for Her Majesty" was the cry from the 62,000 crowd as the courageous filly Estimate bravely held her Gold Cup rivals at bay to give the Queen her biggest win at Royal Ascot in more than six decades as a racehorse owner. Also: Brisbane is bracing itself for what Lions captain Sam Warburton believes will be the most ferocious examination of a player's resolve and self-confidence that he has experienced.
Arsenal's second-largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov has called on Arsene Wenger to buy Wayne Rooney. Also: Sam Warburton has believed "from day one" his team are capable of entering Lions folklore by delivering a special performance to beat Australia in tomorrow's first Test.
Liverpool paid Andy Carroll £1million to leave Anfield. Also: Newcastle stripped the Alan Shearer name from St James' Park yesterday, hours after the Toon hero called Joe Kinnear's appointment a "disaster".