This is normally the time of year when Rafael Nadal comes into his own, honing his formidable claycourt skills in preparation for Roland Garros and leaving a trail of brutalised opponents to pick themselves up off the red clay.
Rafa Nadal posted a photo of himself hosing down the court after practising at home in Mallorca this week before heading to Monte Carlo for the first of three Masters 1000 claycourt events en route to the French Open.
One word seemed to encapsulate Fernando Alonso`s Malaysian Grand Prix weekend. The comment, posted on Twitter under a photograph of the sweaty Spaniard walking in his McLaren overalls past the Ferrari garage and the Italian team`s smiling mechanics, was simple: `Ouch`.
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola "would do well to adjust his attitude", warned Herbert Fadel, head of the German FA`s referee commission, after the Spaniard ran towards the fourth official in last week`s 1-1 draw against Schalke.
Spaniard Joan Barreda rode his Honda to a second straight stage win and fourth overall in the Dakar Rally on Thursday while standings leader Marc Coma comfortably protected his advantage with two days to go.
Suddenly, Fernando Torres has become a desired target for some of the top clubs in Europe. Currently, on loan at AC Milan from Chelsea, the Spaniard striker could either make a return to Atletico Madrid, or Liverpool this January transfer window.
Sergio Garcia has called Rory McIlroy`s year "extraordinary" but the Spaniard is clinging to the belief that he can prevent his Ryder Cup team mate from ending the season at the top of the European money list.