LONDON An emotional and apologetic Sam Allardyce headed for the airport on Wednesday, blaming entrapment for his shock exit as England manager but recognising that an error of judgement had led to his downfall.
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ROME Italy withdrew from the race to host the 2023 rugby World Cup on Wednesday, one week after Rome's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games was effectively scuppered when the city government withdrew its support.
Three Olympic boxers, including beaten Irish bantamweight Michael Conlon who had accused the judges of robbing him of victory, have been sanctioned by the IOC for betting on fights during the Rio Games.
England's Justin Rose left his gold medal from the Rio Olympics home, needing no further inspiration this week than the chance to win another Ryder Cup for Europe.
LONDON The German, Canadian and Brazilian grands prix were listed as subject to confirmation on a record-equalling 21 race provisional calendar for 2017 published by Formula One's governing body on Wednesday.
World number one Novak Djokovic has been forced to withdraw from next week's China Open in Beijing because of an elbow injury.