Declan Murphy, fighting for his life after being kicked by his mount Arcot at Haydock Park on Monday, thankfully recovered quickly. A blood clot was surgically removed on Monday but by Thursday he had regained consciousness and there was talk of him returning to the saddle.
Wigan, after a season that brought them the major rugby league prizes again - a fifth successive championship and a seventh successive Challenge Cup - parted company with their coach John Dorahy. A move without precedent was left less than fully explained.
Jimmy White could do with that sort of failure. He lost his sixth world snooker final in the last frame, 18-17, to Stephen Hendry, fractured arm and all. It was Hendry's fourth championship and his third in a row.
Manchester United again won the Premier League without being on the field. Blackburn's loss at Coventry gave them the title with a record number of points.
In the European Cup-Winners' Cup final Arsenal scored early through Alan Smith and held off Parma for the rest of the game.