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HOT OR NOT: Steve Smith showed his class in the Ashes while Nigel Benn’s return seems wishful thinking

HOT OR NOT: Steve Smith showed his class to deliver masterful Ashes performance, while Nigel Benn’s return to boxing seems wishful thinking

  • Steve Smith made sure Australia kept the Ashes with a masterclass batting
  • Kim Clijsters announced her return to tennis after a nine-year retirement
  • Brooks Koepka was awarded the highest prize of PGA Tour by Rory McIlroy by Pory Tour

It’s hot or not time again, because Sportsmail’s Riath Al-Samarrai shows what makes him feel warm and what made him cold this week.

Steve Smith's masterclass was central to Australia and kept the Ashes at Old Trafford

Steve Smith’s masterclass was central to Australia and kept the Ashes at Old Trafford

HOT

Steve Smith

After the abuse he encountered – which was reasonable enough – and after the points he scored afterwards, he was entitled to give something back. We may never fully solve the mystery of what the glasses meant last Sunday, and if it was indeed a joke at the expense of Jack Leach (you can probably find out), but at least, who really cares?

Kim Clijsters

A great player in her time and next season she will retire for the second time, 36 years old. She says she was inspired by other moms, like Serena Williams. Considering three out of four Clijsters’ Slams were won after her son was born in 2008, Williams might have to watch her.

Four-time Grand Slam winner Kim Clijsters returns to the sport after nine years of retirement

Four-time Grand Slam winner Kim Clijsters returns to the sport after nine years of retirement

Four-time Grand Slam winner Kim Clijsters returns to the sport after nine years of retirement

Paul Scholes

In a small pass in a small testimonial, he not only sparked countless tweets and the old debate over who was England’s best, but he also showed more quality and brilliance than the majority of the Manchester United squad combined over the past six years since he retired.

Man United legend Paul Scholes showed that he still has it during Vincent Kompany's testimony

Man United legend Paul Scholes showed that he still has it during Vincent Kompany's testimony

Man United legend Paul Scholes showed that he still has it during Vincent Kompany’s testimony

NOT

Brooks Koepka

Absurdly overlooked in Rory McIlroy’s favor for the PGA Tour Player of the Year award, as voted by the tour’s players. That’s the same McIlroy whose top results in 2019 were: T21, 8, 9, cut. And that is the same Koepka whose results were: T2, 1, 2, T4. Golf. It is uniquely weird.

Unfortunately, Brooks Koepka was not crowned PGA Tour Player of the Year this week

Unfortunately, Brooks Koepka was not crowned PGA Tour Player of the Year this week

Unfortunately, Brooks Koepka was not crowned PGA Tour Player of the Year this week

Christian Coleman

Escaped a doping rap for three “ whereabouts ” violations of a technical issue and now, in a 22-minute YouTube video, he has called for a public apology and accused the US anti-doping agency of chasing a ‘big fish’ to go. A big fish? I’m not sure. But smooth? Oh yeah.

Christian Coleman has launched an extraordinary attack on the US Anti Doping Agency

Christian Coleman has launched an extraordinary attack on the US Anti Doping Agency

Christian Coleman has launched an extraordinary attack on the US Anti Doping Agency

Nigel Benn

Everyone loves a comeback, and not many 55-year-olds look as sharp or dangerous as the former two-tone world champion. But it is not for nothing that the British Boxing Board of Control will not give him a permit and that his son Conor would rather have him retired.

Nigel Benn (R) announced his return to boxing at the ripe old age of 55

Nigel Benn (R) announced his return to boxing at the ripe old age of 55

Nigel Benn (R) announced his return to boxing at the ripe old age of 55

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