Fire Minister Brandon Lewis probably had a fair idea what Sir Ken Knight would deliver when he asked him to conduct an "independent" report into fire and rescue services in England.
As LGBT activists worldwide celebrate anti-homophobia day we are reminded of prevailing prejudice
Football: Wolves began hunting for their fifth permanent manager in less than 15 months today after Dean Saunders was given the boot.
Scottish football: Clubs in the Scottish Premier League agreed today to push for a new merged 42-club body with top-flight play-offs in time for next season.
Cricket comment: Rather than setting the scene for the start of the English domestic season, Wisden was published on the second day of the new county championship — surely a further sign that summer is starting earlier.
Scottish football comment: No-one needs to be told that Heart of Midlothian are in real difficulties, heavily indebted as they are and tethered to the busted flush of a Lithuanian bank.
Football: Paolo di Canio had suggested that his side's 6-1 defeat at Aston Villa last Monday was the result of a complacency following two good wins and a series of other favourable results. This result suggested he was right.
Cycling: Chris Froome will lead Team Sky's charge at this year's Tour de France, team principal Dave Brailsford insisted today.
Boxing comment: Floyd Mayweather exists on a different plane from every other fighter on the planet, which at the age of 36 is simply phenomenal.
Football: Yeovil struck a dramatic late winner today to move a step closer to their first-ever promotion to the second tier of English football.
Football: Alex Ferguson accused Chelsea's David Luiz today of putting on a "dying swan" act to get fellow Brazilian Rafael sent off.