Hot and Cold: Business as usual as the Premier League begins…
After a quiet few weeks on the sporting calendar, there was action everywhere you looked this weekend – but who can look back on a job well done?
Here’s this week’s Hot and Cold…
Ok, it wasn’t quite the fairy tale ending Hollywood scriptwriters have been dreaming about, but golf’s biggest star finally looks back to his best after posting an impressive -14 at the USPGA Championship.
Only the increasingly dominant Brooks Koepka stood between Woods and a first Major win since 2009, but the world of golf has been warned. Tiger is back on the prowl.
The wait is finally over. After 470 days and 38 matches, the Scottish League One side finally enjoyed the sweet taste of victory. Darren Dods’ side failed to secure a single win in 2017-18 but are off the mark after only two league games in this campaign. A day to remember for the 414 hardy souls who turned up in hope rather than expectation at Glebe Park on Saturday.
A new athletics star was born this weekend in Berlin as 17-year old Ingebrigtsen stunned the field – including two of his brothers – to claim surprise victories in the 1500m and 5000m at the European Championships. Could he be the one to watch at Tokyo 2020?
With all three Ingebrigtsen siblings now gold medal winners at European level, it was also a proud weekend for their coach and father Gjert, who now heads up surely the best sporting dynasty since the Williams family.
The debate still rages on as to whether Wazza left the Premier League scene far too soon, but he’s proving to be an instant hit with DC United supporters, where the work ethic that has been a hallmark of his career led to a last-gasp winner for the MLS outfit against Orlando City.
Eyebrows were raised at the Brazilian’s £50m price tag this summer, but he went a small way back to repaying that figure with two goals for the Toffees in their 2-2 draw with Wolves.
(Sorry Arsenal fans)… Last year’s top five put down an immediate marker this weekend after comfortably seeing off their opponents. Will the gap between them and the rest be even bigger in 2018-19?
German 4x100m men’s relay team
Athletics relay events are notoriously fraught with danger where great careers can descend into farce within the space of a few seconds – making them an entertaining spectacle for the neutral watching but disastrous for the athletes involved.
The German team had one of those moments on home soil in Berlin as Lucas Jakubczyk and Julian Reus managed to collide into one another and take themselves both out of the race during a chaotic changeover. Unsurprisingly, the Germans didn’t qualify.
Newcastle, Brighton, Huddersfield
Fans of last year’s promoted clubs will already be getting that sinking feeling after this weekend’s results over those three dreaded words… second season syndrome. All will be looking to banish early season jitters by getting some points on the board over the new few games.
A frustrating weekend for Brendan Rodgers, who is now in the unusual position of playing catch-up in the early stages of a Scottish Premiership season after the Hoops went down 1-0 at Hearts.
With Rangers winning, it was an early bit of good news too for Steven Gerrard who now sit one point clear of the reigning champions.
Another mishap from the European Championships which again demonstrates how even elite athletes can misjudge a situation at the worst possible moment. Israeli athlete Salpeter was left in tears after prematurely celebrating a silver medal in the 5,000m – despite still having one lap to go. It’s not all bad news though – Salpeter still went home with 10,000m gold. A weekend of mixed fortunes.
India cricket team
It was a day at Lord’s to forget for the Indian cricket team as England took a 2-0 lead in the series. Captain Virat Kohli admitted his side made too many mistakes as they lost by an innings and 159 runs.