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HOT OR NOT: Groves proved how far talent and perseverance can take you

HOT OR NOT: George Groves proved how far talent and perseverance can take you … and there were no arguments that Keaton Jennings was dropped by England

  • It is a measure of George Groves’ perseverance that he finally won a world title
  • A great career came to an end and even Carl Froch had warm words for him
  • Keaton Jennings’ fight against the pace meant he couldn’t continue against the West Indies

It’s Hot or Not time again Sports emails Riath Al-Samarrai reveals what made him warm and what made him cold this week.

HOT

GEORGE GROVES

A great career came to an end this week and even Carl Froch had warm words for him. Eventually.

Not many fighters deserve a world title four times, but it is a measure of Groves’s talent and perseverance that he did, and it was nothing short of amazing when he eventually won one.

It is a measure of George Groves' talent and perseverance that he finally won a world title

It is a measure of George Groves’ talent and perseverance that he finally won a world title

KYLE WALKER

It was not his best season, but he recently published one of his best tweets. If you haven’t seen it, it was a caption to that Harry Maguire photo that circulated during the World Cup and had a bit of fun in Liverpool.

It was funny and harmless. The fact that he felt the need to take it down quickly indicates just how joyless football can be.

Kyle Walker's tweet after Liverpool v Leicester was funny and shouldn't have been removed

Kyle Walker's tweet after Liverpool v Leicester was funny and shouldn't have been removed

Kyle Walker’s tweet after Liverpool v Leicester was funny and shouldn’t have been removed

LEBRON JAMES

He missed 17 games with a groin injury, but returned for the LA Lakers against the LA Clippers on Thursday-evening.

The result: 24 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists in a 123-120 overtime win. Not bad for a 34 year old, and not bad at all for someone who finds themselves 80 percent fit!

LeBron James missed 17 games with a groin injury, but has returned with revenge

LeBron James missed 17 games with a groin injury, but has returned with revenge

LeBron James missed 17 games with a groin injury, but has returned with revenge

NOT

BRYSON DECHAMBEAU

The American takes a mind-boggling amount of time over his strokes, so you wonder why he doesn’t afford his brain the same politeness.

This week, floating on a hefty pile of fake money to play in Saudi Arabia, he stated, “It’s amazing what Saudi Arabia and the European Tour are doing.” Astonishing. That’s one word for it.

Golfer Bryson Dechambeau recently made some ill-advised comments about Saudi Arabia

Golfer Bryson Dechambeau recently made some ill-advised comments about Saudi Arabia

Golfer Bryson Dechambeau recently made some ill-advised comments about Saudi Arabia

MAURIZIO SARRI

A visionary, a trendsetter, a man brave enough to hold on to something that doesn’t work. All admirable – but he said on Friday that he will never change, and at Chelsea that will be a problem with the current form sooner rather than later.

Sarri saw moments of promise and progress in a 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth. His notoriously nervous employer will have seen only a 4-0 defeat in Bournemouth.

Maurizio Sarri says he will not change, despite Chelsea losing 4-0 to Bournemouth this week

Maurizio Sarri says he will not change, despite Chelsea losing 4-0 to Bournemouth this week

Maurizio Sarri says he will not change, despite Chelsea losing 4-0 to Bournemouth this week

KEATON JENNINGS

He fell as an opener to the second test and it was difficult to argue, even if there was nothing meaningful in the first innings of his replacement Joe Denly.

As Nasser Hussain noted on these pages, Jennings is super against spin and offers little against pace – 31 runs over two innings just aren’t good enough.

It was difficult to argue that Keaton Jennings was deposited in the West Indies by England

It was difficult to argue that Keaton Jennings was deposited in the West Indies by England

It was difficult to argue that Keaton Jennings was deposited in the West Indies by England

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