At the moment, Rebecca Adlington is in the jungle but the reception she has got is a good show of the pressure athletes are under. Where the male athletes have women drooling over their six packs, I feel as a female athlete, you are constantly being judged on your body.
Sledging is not poisonous or derogatory to the game; it is actually part of what makes cricket a great game and why people love it. Sport is essentially all about winning; therefore you need to take any little opportunity to get ahead of your opponent, whether that is physical or mental.
To today's LGBTQ youth who look up to out celebrities like Tom, the idea that they are "allowed" to entertain the same romantic fantasies as their straight friends is a big deal. I know that having someone like Tom on my radar would have made a big difference to me growing up.
Daley doesn't use any label in the video. The language he uses seems deliberately chosen to avoid any form of labelling of his sexuality. Either that or he feels that he hasn't settled on one yet. Regardless of his reasons, the media has mostly fallen over themselves to declare him a new gay icon.
What's most heartening about the public response is that the UK seems to agree. That's good for Tom. It's good for us. And it's good for the world - especially when discussion of the Olympics and LGBT identity is currently dominated by Russian lawmakers' repeated insistence ahead of next year's Winter Olympics at Sochi that the mere acknowledgement of being gay is an act of political propaganda. I'm not, by and large, a patriotic sort. But the huge outpouring of support that has greeted Daley's simple statement has made me proud to be British today. That's partly because it shows how firmly recognition of and respect for LGBT people's basic humanity and dignity has taken root in mainstream society.
Looking at all the recent comings out among celebrities, Daley and Bello provide yet another way for public figures to announce who they are (even if they're not exactly choosing what category they fit in). And that gives young people who may be LGBT even more options.
The news that Tom Daley has outed himself as being in a same-sex relationship barely made the needle in anyone's internal Richter scale wobble. Even the outings of Ricky Martin, Joe McElderry and Will Young came as less of a surprise. It seems that everyone knew there was something Tom Daley wasn't telling us except for Tom himself.
I can never hear about football tragedies without thinking of the Shankly saying. Hillsborough, Bradford City, Heysel, the Accra Sports Stadium deaths in Ghana in 2001, the dozens killed during Egypt's Port Said stadium clashes in 2012. The list goes on and on. Or indeed the recent depressing news of two more deaths during construction work on the stadium that will host the opening ceremony for next year's World Cup finals in Brazil.
Whoever you are, @GayFootballerUK, may I be among the first to throw my hat in the ring and give you my full support. I salute you.
The foundation of this plan is to keep possession and not inefficiently kick it away. Therefore, the goalkeeper must have the ability to hold onto the ball and make adequate and appropriate passes from which their team can progress. The Spanish way of football may not dominate the next decade, but any future developments, such as Germany's machine like approach, have and will always incorporate this goalkeeping style.
I'm very confident that if you were to put Ronaldo in the Barcelona squad he would have the same effect as Messi, albeit in his own style. But, and I'm sure people will disagree with this, if you put Messi in a Real Madrid shirt, would he have the same effect? My thought is no. In fact, I'd be willing to bet that he would be less effective at almost any other team in the world.
After seeing his side held to stalemates in their first two away fixtures, David Moyes was skeptical of Manchester United's trip to the BayArena to face Sami Hyypia's free-flowing Bayer Leverkusen, sitting second in the Bundesliga and unbeaten at home since March.
As with all walks of life, constructive criticism should obviously be encouraged, but there is a clear difference between engaging in deserved, even frank, assessment, and pure bile and diatribe, the type of which that is increasingly populating the stands at home grounds, social media and hackneyed journalism.
Most cricketing commentators have been at pains to say Jonathan Trott's stress-related illness is due to the general pressures of the game and not this particular Ashes series. They doth protest too much. For the nagging, unspoken concern is that Australia's relentless psychological war on the touring side has already taken a toll.
For a competition the Bundesliga comprehensively dominated just six months ago, this week's Champions League action threw a few curve balls towards the best that Germany could offer with a combination of unlikely results.
As Diego Simeone was thrust into the air by his players at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu following Atlético Madrid's 2-1 Copa Del Rey win over rivals Real Madrid last May, it marked a remarkable turn in fortunes for Los Rojiblancos...