Hot and Cold: Woods caps off a week of great sporting comebacks
Who’s up and who’s down after another action-packed weekend of sport?
It’s time for this week’s Hot and Cold…
Team Europe, beware. He’s been threatening it for some time, but Tiger’s comeback story is now complete as he lifted his first PGA Tour title in five years.
Ranked at a lowly 1,199 in the world only last year, Woods looks like a man back in love with the sport that turned him into a world superstar. Can he put on another show in Paris at the Ryder Cup?
Spurs and Man City
Both title rivals got back on track after the disappointment of midweek defeats in Europe.
Away trips to Brighton and Cardiff could have been potential banana skins, but bar a late lapse in concentration from Spurs, both clubs looked very comfortable in claiming all three points.
The Flying Scotsman won his all-Scottish final with rival Peter Wright to secure his maiden Champions League of Darts title in Brighton. Anderson showed nerves of steel in dispatching pre-tournament favourite Michael van Gerwen 10-9 before seeing off Mensur Suljovic and Wright to land the crown.
It completes a whirlwind couple of months for the 47-year-old, who also won the World Matchplay back in July.
The curse was finally lifted for the Browns last week as they recorded a win for the first time in 635 days – all the way back on Christmas Eve, 2016. Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield was the star of the show as he drove them on to victory to beat the New York Jets 21-17.
In even better news for every budding Hollywood scriptwriter, another defeat looked inevitable before the Browns mounted an inexplicable comeback from a 14-point deficit.
Whisper it quietly – Arsene who? He’s gone about it in an understated way, but the new Gunners boss seems to be settling into the Premier League nicely.
Although Arsenal took their time to open up an Everton side lacking in confidence, once the first goal went in the result never really looked in doubt.
Could the Top 4 be possible after all?
A real British success story dominated the NFL this weekend as 26-year old Obada played a starring role in helping Carolina Panthers on their way to a 31-21 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Even more impressively, Obada twice tasted rejection with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons before this season’s breakthrough with the Panthers.
It looks as if we have a genuinely open title-race on our hands in the Scottish Premiership this season, with reigning champions Celtic badly off the pace. Following their 2-1 reverse against Kilmarnock, the Bhoys have now made their worst start in 20 years. Brendan Rodgers will need to call upon all of his legendary motivational techniques to start turning things around quickly.
Not much seems to have gone right for the Chilean international at Old Trafford since his audacious £30m swap-deal move back in January. Sanchez cut a frustrated figure yet again after being subbed off after 63 minutes in Utd’s below-par 1-1 draw with Wolves.
Long touted as the next up-and-coming manager in English football, Stoke boss Rowett is facing a baptism of fire in the Potteries after an underwhelming start to the season that currently sees the pre-season Championship favourites treading water in 18th place.
A late comeback would come to nothing as Stoke’s expensively-assembled squad slipped to a 2-3 home defeat to Blackburn.
Promoter Eddie Hearn dished out a very public snub to Fury after a disciplined performance from Anthony Joshua proved enough to see off Alexander Povetkin.
Fury’s push for an all-British boxing bonanza against Joshua looks to have fallen on deaf ears, with Hearn calling the 30-year-old “the most unentertaining fighter I’ve ever seen.” Expect a massive grudge match around 2020, then.
The agony goes on for Premiership Rugby’s former all-conquering titans. Tigers slipped to a third defeat in four at home to Worcester, going down 33-44 after a meek first-half performance at Welford Road. Worryingly for Tigers fans, interim boss Geordan Murphy admitted his charges “did not look like a Premiership side”.
The former England off-spinner is following in a noble tradition of high-profile cricketers bravely taking to the ballroom on Strictly Come Dancing, but his samba skills failed to win favour with the judges on his first outing on the dance floor.
With a middling score of 22 points, he looks unlikely to follow in the footsteps of Darren Gough and Mark Ramprakash, who both went on to win the show.
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