GOOD WEEK Jodie Foster:Receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes does not usually guarantee worldwide attention, but when Foster used the occasion to obliquely confirm that she is indeed gay, she also received almost unanimous praise for her belated coming out

Stephen McFaulGetting caught up in a hostage situation and military assault is a terrifying prospect; escaping unharmed is the greatest relief

Paul McGinleyAnother Irish golfer might have scooped a huge sponsorship deal this week, but for golf fans it was McGinley’s appointment as Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup captain that raised the most smiles


Lance ArmstrongThe Texan doper made a shambles of appearing contrite during his interview with Oprah Winfrey, ensuring his reputation not just as a sportsman but also as a human being is now in tatters

Manti Te’oThe Notre Dame linebacker is at the centre of one of the weirdest, and most embarrassing, stories in years, as his allegedly dead girlfriend turns out to have been completely fictitious.

Achilleas KallakisThe man who has for so long been described as an “alleged fraudster” is now the real deal, getting seven years in jail after a London court found him guilty of obtaining £740 million in loans from Allied Irish Banks on false pretences