In the blizzard of approbation for Desiree Linden’s belated, unlooked for and loveable victory in Monday's windswept, rainswept Boston Marathon, a snowflake tweet landed on my nose.
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David Owen: Women’s team sport in UK enjoying outstanding period - but spare thought for softball players trying to win hard way
Hockey - Olympic champions; cricket - world champions; and now netball – Commonwealth Games champions.
Most boxers come back because they are broke, bored or miss the limelight, or like Tyson Fury because they feel they have a point to prove.
Sport is full of irritating buzzword or phrases which get banded around at every opportunity without meaning anything substantial.
These Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast have been superb but the Closing Ceremony was the least convincing performance of the entire event.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach was adamant the reinstatement of Russia would draw a line under the country’s doping scandal during his closing press conference at Pyeongchang 2018.
Brian Oliver: Clean weightlifters can celebrate as IWF may finally have found a cure for doping "cancer"
In 2016 and most of 2017 weightlifting’s reputation as a credible Olympic sport reached an all-time low.
David Owen: A buzz of creative activity as anti-doping sector strives to ensure there is no break in sample kit supplies
An expanding, if troubled, market which the long-time leader is unexpectedly vacating.
Mike Rowbottom: Epic men’s pairs bowls final sees Commonwealth Games deliver again - who cares what the United States think
Bowls has sometimes been described as chess on grass. It is certainly a beguiling combination of touch and tactics.
Shame about the Commonwealth Games. Not that they are not providing some decent entertainment from the Gold Coast - after all, no-one does summer sports better than the Aussies - but it is just that back here in Blighty, as in much of the rest of the world, they seem to be passing us by. Once again.
Sebastian Coe pretended to have gone off-piste during a press conference yesterday by "accidentally" revealing plans to restore a mile race into the Commonwealth Games athletics programme.
Michael Pavitt: Sporting bodies need to show care when dipping their toes into politically charged waters
To be completely honest, it did not cross my mind for a second that I would have written about maternal deaths, child labour and the Rwandan genocide during the first three days of the Commonwealth Games here in Gold Coast.
The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) may have portrayed Gold Coast 2018 as an event of firsts but it is an old topic which has been prominent in the build-up to and during the opening days of competition here.
But for Tessa Jowell, London may never have had the 2012 Olympics.
“Very much connected.” It was a key phrase in the Queen’s Message delivered at the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast last night.