Hot and Cold: It’s 500 not out for Zlatan
Who’s up and who’s down after another action-packed weekend of sport?
It’s time for this week’s Hot and Cold…
Move over Usain Bolt – there’s a new superstar of athletics ripping up the record books. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, 33, didn’t just break the world marathon record in Berlin – he smashed it to bits. The reigning Olympic champion knocked an astonishing 78 seconds off the previous best time, clocking a time of 2:01:39. Could he finally be the man to break the two-hour mark?
If that wasn’t enough, just hours later French decathlete Kevin Mayer also wrote his name into the history books by scoring a thumping world decathlon mark of 9126 – easily breaking Ashton Eaton’s previous record of 9045.
Words can only do so much in describing a phenomenon like Zlatan – so it’s probably best to leave it to the great man himself to summarise his own long list of achievements.
The Swedish striker scored an incredible karate-kick goal for LA Galaxy this weekend to seal his 500th career goal, and didn’t disappoint in his assessment of the achievement, taking the time to thank opponents Toronto for becoming his “500th victim”.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) September 16, 2018
Simon Yates completed a clean sweep for the Brits in the Vuelta a Espana this weekend, by following in the footsteps of Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas in sealing one of this season’s Grand Tours.
The next test for the talented 26-year-old will be seeing if he can close the gap on his two more experienced British rivals and start to dominate across all three Tours.
Yates’ victory also marks the first time three different cyclists from the same country have won all three of the Grand Tours.
A 3-1 victory over Everton was the perfect birthday present for the 65-year-old Chilean after a choppy start to his managerial career in East London.
With new signings finally starting to click, the Hammers can now approach games against Chelsea and Man Utd with renewed confidence.
Could the next few weeks of the F1 season be an extended victory lap for the British driver? With a 40 point advantage after winning the night race in Singapore this weekend, it looks as if Hamilton is in cruise control to drive away with a fifth Driver’s Championship.
With only six races remaining, he can certainly now afford to play things a little safer with Vettel playing serious catch-up.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez
It took 12 rounds to split them in a humdinger of a fight in Vegas, but Canelo eventually edged his way past great rival GGG to take the WBC and WBA middleweight titles.
The closeness of the fight is even better news for the promoters – with calls for a third match-up between the pair now looking irresistible.
The euphoria of that 3-0 victory at Old Trafford seems light years away now. After two humbling defeats for Mauricio Pochettino’s team, Spurs’ chances of securing a first Premier League title are already hanging by a thread.
Upcoming trips to Brighton and Huddersfield should offer them a golden opportunity to start closing the six-point gap that has already opened up between them and the pacesetters.
After all the fuss about Serena Williams’ antics at the US Open Final, you would think top tennis stars would be on their best behaviour this weekend – particularly in front of umpire Carlos Ramos who had the watching brief for that final.
That wouldn’t prove to be the case with Maran Cilic, who smashed a racquet during his Davis Cup clash with Sam Querrey to earn a deserved code violation from Ramos.
Fortunately for Cilic, his momentarily loss of composure didn’t prove too costly as his Croatia side edged out the United States 3-2 to reach the Davis Cup final.
The Burnley boss had deservedly won plaudits for his superhuman efforts in keeping the Clarets punching above their weight in the Premier League, but this season could be his biggest test yet.
Burnley slipped to the bottom of the table after their 1-0 defeat to Wolves, with goals looking in short supply. Will a lack of major transfer activity this summer come back to bite?
In competitive sport, the dream for any player is to bow out at exactly the right moment. Sadly that didn’t quite happen for NFL player Davis who shocked his coach and teammates by announcing his immediate retirement halfway through his Buffalo Bills side’s 31—20 loss to the LA Chargers.
We’ve all heard of a bad day at the office – but Davis has taken that to extremes.
It’s not easy being a rookie manager – especially a high profile one – and the former Chelsea and England man showed signs that he is starting to feel the strain of life in the dugout on Saturday. Lampard was sent to the stands as his Derby side slipped to a 1-0 defeat to lowly Rotherham.
A total of 12 points from seven games still represents a respectable return for a manager just starting out in a league as tricky as the Championship.
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