BARTOLI STUNS TENNIS WORLD
Many professional athletes don't know when to quit. They play on and on, their powers slowly waning until all that's left is a shadow of their former selves and faded memories of their greatness. Not so Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, who retired from tennis at the ripe old age of 28 and fresh from winning her first - and only - Grand Slam title in SW19. The Frenchwoman "just can't do it anymore". Her decision prompted accolades from, among many others, fellow women's tennis greats Lindsay Davenport and Pam Shriver.
ROONEY OVERSHADOWED BY LAMBERT
All eyes were on Wayne Rooney but another striker, lower league journeyman Rickie Lambert, stole the show for England last night, scoring with his first touch after coming off the bench to replace Rooney. The winner. Inside three minutes. Against the old enemy Scotland. On his debut. At Wembley. The outcome could not have been better had Lambert himself dreamt it up - pure Roy of the Rovers stuff. Rooney still got some attention, mind, not least from the visiting Tartan Army, who sang Robin van Persie's name. Think we'll be hearing more of that once the season starts this weekend...
SUAREZ SAGA CONTINUES UNABATED
What a 24 hours it has been in the fascinating life of Luis Suarez. Having said he did not want to discuss his future while away on international duty, the Liverpool striker went ahead and did just that. In fairness to him, his hand was rather forced by a report in a Uruguayan newspaper that claimed he had said he wants to stay at Liverpool. Suarez felt he had to put the record straight and deny that he uttered those words. So we can all assume that he still wants out of Anfield, can we? Well, perhaps not. He was quoted by a Japanese news agency, so there's always the chance something was lost in translation, meaning he may have to issue a counter, counter denial. In what language or to which media outlet, we can only speculate. Which we have already done a fair bit of this summer. What a mess.
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THE AGENDA - WHAT'S ON TODAY
Djokovic, Nadal, Murray, Ferrer, Federer, even Berdych and Del Potro - it's an incredibly tasty line-up in Cincinnati today, with the world's top seven men's players all in third-round action at the Masters tournament. And no doubt there will be fall-out from Bartoli's decision throughout the day too, hopefully including a tribute from John Inverdale.
How did Wayne Rooney fare in an England shirt after having barely played since last season? Reaction is expected to flow all day long, although our man Tom Adams has already had his say from a comfy press seat at Wembley.
Whether Sky Sports News will send a reporter to the local hospital to give viewers regular hourly updates on the condition of Nick Collins - who fell off a ladder while reporting live outside Wembley last night - is as uncertain as the speculation that poor Nick even needed hospital treatment, but it's nevertheless a good excuse to take a look at the amusing incident, if nothing else.