Hot and Cold – Guardiola enjoys his game of golf

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Hot and Cold – Guardiola enjoys his game of golf

It’s been another action-packed weekend of drama across the sporting spectrum.

Here’s our weekly look at who’s hot and cold in the world of sport…

HOT

Man City

It wasn’t exactly Aguero scoring in the 94th minute but City fans can finally breathe easy after Man Utd’s surprise 1-0 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion saw the Premier League trophy head to the blue side of Manchester for the first time since 2013-14.

In one of the most subdued title rubber-stampings ever, perhaps the biggest question of the weekend is whether the famously intense Pep Guardiola allowed himself a small celebratory glass in the clubhouse after opting to play a gentle round of golf instead of watching the game.

Tiger Roll

The little horse with the big heart.

Tiger Roll was roared home to victory at Aintree on Saturday and dramatically held off the rallying Pleasant Company by a nose. The 10-1 shot – the smallest horse in the race – looked to have victory in the bag before his nearest competitor gained a second wind to set up one of the most thrilling National finishes in years.

Darren Moore

The Baggies have endured a torrid season, but club legend Moore has restored some much-needed pride to the West Midland side, and even if a famous victory at Old Trafford proves immaterial in saving their Premier League status, the 43-year-old Jamaican has surely moved into the box seat if he wants the managerial hot seat on a permanent basis.

England women’s netball team

England netball

Netball isn’t usually a sport associated with high-stakes drama, but any England fans or insomniacs who rose early in the small hours of Sunday morning will have been on the edge of their seats as Helen Housby was offered a last-second shot to secure her team the Commonwealth gold medal.

She seized the moment to secure England a stunning 52-51 victory against Australia on the Gold Coast and send Tracey Neville’s team into pandemonium. Let’s hope brothers Gary and Phil were taking notes on how to coach a winning side…

Wolves

Congratulations to Wolverhampton Wanderers, who sealed promotion to the Premier League without kicking a ball on Saturday evening before moving within one point of the title after sweeping rivals Birmingham aside 2-0 the following day.

Nuno Espirito Santo may not have endeared himself to other Championship managers with his passionate pitchside antics, but the Portuguese should add a splash of colour to the Premier League with his talented – and expensively assembled – side.

 

 

 

COLD

Southampton

The Saints have shown glimpses of recovery under Mark Hughes but keep shooting themselves in the foot in their race for survival.

Their stunning 3-2 second-half collapse against Chelsea means they now have it all to do to preserve their Premier League status, and probably need to win at least three out of their last five. With Brighton and Huddersfield still facing extremely tricky run-ins, there’s still hope – but Stoke may now be the better punt in terms of pulling off an unlikely Great Escape.

Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony

Commonwealth Games

Closing ceremonies are always hard things to pull off given most people are far more interested in the sport that precedes them, but the Gold Coast organisers had an evening to forget.  The showpiece finale failed to focus on the athletes and was marred by the sight of spectators streaming out the exits early after a series of dull speeches from dignitaries. Let’s hope for better in Brum 2022.

Lewis Hamilton

Fourth place, but another frustrating weekend for the British driver, only offset by cutting rival Sebastian Vettel’s lead to nine points. Can the Mercedes man solve his pace issues in time for Baku?

Graeme Murty

The interim Rangers manager would have been all-too-aware of the importance of a strong performance in a Scottish Cup semi-final and Old Firm derby in showcasing his credentials for an extended stay at the Ibrox helm next season. A thumping 4-0 defeat and suggestions of infighting amongst players won’t help his cause.

Derby County

Gary Rowett

Pity the Rams faithful – they’ve seen this film before.

The annual Derby County collapse seems to have officially kicked in, with the promotion-chasing Rams sliding out of the play off spots following a surprise 3-1 defeat to Burton Albion, a result that means Gary Rowett’s side have now just collected 11 points from 36.

With Millwall, Middlesbrough, Preston, Sheffield United and Brentford all looking strong, the Rams need to get their act together fast to avoid yet another season of underachievement.

 

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