As the college football season kicks off, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, almost lost the chance to repeat the honor.
It's a testament to the NFL's massive financial success that they can claim victory while still agreeing to hand over $765 million.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal dropped just nine games between them as they eased into the third round of the US Open.
A year ago at Flushing Meadows, Laura Robson stunned the tennis world with the two best wins of her young career, over Kim Clijsters, the former world No1 who subsequently retired, and Li Na – whom she faces again this week after beating Caroline Garcia in straight sets on day three of the US Open.
Heather Watson lost, but somehow she won.
When Roger Federer is serving well and his forehand clicks, he is as irresistible now at 32 as he ever was in his glory years.
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic lost just five games as he cruised past Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis into the second round of the US Open.
Laura Robson, the only seeded teenager in the US Open, returned to the scene of her best sustained performance in the sport and eased past the Spaniard Lourdes Domínguez Lino on day one to go through to the second round.
Andy Murray has to beat Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals this time if he is to give himself an opportunity to win the US Open for the second year in a row, but both last year's finalists will be relieved that Rafael Nadal, who is in raging form, will probably meet Roger Federer in the quarter-finals.
Maria Sharapova almost lost her name this week but she might also be losing the plot.
A counter to the belief that Tiger Woods' strong favouritism for the 77th Masters is merited could have either a statistical or a psychological body of evidence.
The 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers can breathe a sigh of relief; their NBA record of 33 consecutive wins is safe for now.
Welcome to week 15 of the NBA season. Sort of. See, thanks to the All-Star Weekend there were four full days without any NBA games that counted in the standings, so it's probably technically week 14 1/2. In any case, there certainly a full week's worth of drama even if very little of it actually happened on the court.