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HOT OR NOT: Michael Holding is still tearing through after his powerful and articulate words about racing

HOT OR NOT: Michael Holding is still tearing through after his powerful and articulate words about racing … as it becomes increasingly easier to think of Billy Joe Saunders as a total plank of a man

  • Michael Holding has maintained its silent and smooth approach to destruction
  • Mason Greenwood is equally good with both feet and his talent has real depth
  • Billy Joe Saunders recently ended negotiations to fight Canelo Alvarez

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

MICHAEL HOLDING

The man once known as Whispering Death has retained his silent and smooth approach to destruction. He doesn’t scream, but he always did bat, and his words during the race this week were as powerful as they were eloquent. At the age of 66, he still tears through.

MASON GREENWOOD

Those who played with Santi Cazorla have talked about the impossibility of knowing which of his feet was stronger. How long does it take for Greenwood to start the same? He prefers the left, where he has scored 12 of his 16 goals this season, but takes penalties with the right, which is quite brilliant when you think about it. He also scored a right-winged beauty against Aston Villa. His talent has real depth.

DAVE BRAILSFORD

There are shades of gray to consider when it comes to his sporting legacy, but one had to notice and perhaps even admire the relentlessness announcing that Chris Froome would be leaving Team Ineos in December. Four-time Tour de France winner, yes, but his desire to be number 1 on the stronger claims of Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal got him nowhere. Brailsford was pretty black and white about that.

Michael Holding gave a powerful speech on racism prior to England versus the West Indies

Michael Holding gave a powerful speech on racism prior to England versus the West Indies

Mason Greenwood continues to shine for Manchester United in the Premier League

Mason Greenwood continues to shine for Manchester United in the Premier League

Mason Greenwood continues to shine for Manchester United in the Premier League

NOT

BRITISH GYMNASTICS

Nobody would reasonably expect their CEO, Jane Allen, to know everything – they oversee 1,200 clubs and 8,500 coaches. But what she really needs to explain is why so many small children under their care were so scared to speak out about abuses so far. They may be able to start answering Sports emails question, emailed Wednesday, about how many complaints they have received over the past five years and how many have been honored.

BILLY JOE FOUNDERS

We’re not going to reproduce what he tweeted to Chris Eubank Jr. And we won’t try to compare it to his other reflections from the past year. But after he pulls out of the conversations to fight Canelo Alvarez, it becomes increasingly easier to think of him less as a gifted boxer and more like a man’s total plank.

VAR

The Premier League has confirmed that the VAR made incorrect penalties in all three games played on Thursday. And that says it all.

It's getting easier to think of Billy Joe Saunders less as a gifted boxer and more like a total plank

It's getting easier to think of Billy Joe Saunders less as a gifted boxer and more like a total plank

It’s getting easier to think of Billy Joe Saunders less as a gifted boxer and more like a total plank

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