Hot and Cold: Red hot Curry sets new records
Who’s back on top of their game and who has had a week to forget?
Here’s who hot and cold this week in the world of sport…
The unstoppable force in NBA continued his hot streak, scoring nine three-pointers to set a new NBA finals record and guide the Golden State Warriors to a 122-103 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors are edging closer to defending their crown and now lie just two games from glory.
England salvaged some pride against Pakistan to win the second Test at Headingley and draw the series 1-1. Much of that was down to an inspired display by Buttler who posted a confident 80 not out to bring some much-needed confidence back to the bealeagued home side.
Mo Salah and Vincent Kompany
Two injury-afflicted Premier League giants will be hoping to put a difficult few weeks behind them by proving their fitness in time for the big kick off in Russia after being named in their respective squads.
It’s been a frustrating few years for the former all-conquering Serbian ace. Djokovic hasn’t won a Grand Slam since his last victory at Roland Garros in 2016, but there are reasons to be cheerful for the current World No. 22 who seems to be re-energised on the clay this summer. He can now look forward to a Quarter Final against tournament underdog Marco Cecchinato.
The Austrians may not be catching a flight to Russia this summer, but they can enjoy at least one small consolation prize, beating Germany 2-1 to record a famous win over their neighbours – their first in 32 years.
Be afraid, be very afraid. When reigning World Cup holders Germany can afford to dispense with the services of one of the Premier League’s most electric players, it puts England’s selection dilemmas into perspective. Germany will be heavily fancied to go all the way again in Russia as Sane looks set for the beach.
A missed opportunity for one of golf’s most consistent performers as Rose spurned the chance to take the World Number One spot for the first time in his career. A joint sixth finish from the Englishman at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio was not enough to take the top spot.
A living, breathing example of the ‘grass isn’t always greener’ analogy. Heckingbottom was sacked by Leeds last week after less than four months in charge at Elland Road. After causing controversy by switching allegiance from local rivals Barnsley back in February, the 40-year-old may well look beyond Yorkshire for his next job as he looks to rebuild his fledgling managerial career.
England manager Gareth Southgate dropped a massive hint after England’s 2-1 win over Nigeria that the goalkeeping dilemma that has plagued the national team over the last year is finally settled. It looks like more bad news for the Stoke keeper after a miserable season at club level, with Jordan Pickford set to start against Tunisia.
The Black and Whites were looking to make it three Challenge Cups in a row but were edged out by St Helens in a nip-and-tuck Quarter-Final that finished 25-22 in favour of the home side, who look well placed to claim a first Challenge Cup title since 2008.
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