HOT OR NOT: Marcus Rashford should be in line for honours off the pitch

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HOT OR NOT: Marcus Rashford should be in line for honours off the pitch… but it’s a swing and a miss for Rory McIlroy in ranking points debate

  • Marcus Rashford should be in line for honours on and off the pitch this term
  • David Luiz deserves credit for fronting up after awful performance for Arsenal
  • Rory McIlroy has made a misstep following rivals’ US Tour criticism 

It’s Hot or Not time again as Sportsmail’s Riath Al-Samarrai reveals what’s been making him feel warm and what’s been leaving him cold this week. 

HOT 

MARCUS RASHFORD 

Plenty has been said about him already but when there is no obvious limit to the bile spouted about footballers by the politicians and public, why put a cap on praise? Matt Hancock couldn’t get his name right — a line on the next honours list should spell it out.

Marcus Rashford's off the pitch initiatives to feed school kids have earned him wide praise

Marcus Rashford’s off the pitch initiatives to feed school kids have earned him wide praise 

BRYSON DECHAMBEAU

He gained some bulk and about 20 yards off the tee and suddenly the conversation has resumed over how to nullify big hitters — fix the ball, tighten fairways etc. All good ideas that would put the onus back on shot-making and striking. And all a compliment to how much the Californian has improved.

Bryson DeChambeau of the United States has shown much improvement to his game

Bryson DeChambeau of the United States has shown much improvement to his game

DAVID LUIZ

He is a liability. He hasn’t changed. And yet there he was, fronting up to the media after a blitz of calamities gifted Manchester City their win over Arsenal. All players make mistakes; precious few follow their blunders by publicly admitting them. Give him that credit.

David Luiz faced up to the media after a poor performance in Arsenal's defeat at Man City

David Luiz faced up to the media after a poor performance in Arsenal’s defeat at Man City

NOT

CHRISTIAN COLEMAN  

Among other gripes, he is peeved that those pesky drugs testers may have cost him ‘generational wealth’. Perhaps the world’s No 1 sprinter shouldn’t worry so much on that — if his ability to manage money is anything like his ability to follow testing protocol, it probably wouldn’t last long anyway. 

Christian Coleman is facing an uncertain future after he was handed a provisional suspension

Christian Coleman is facing an uncertain future after he was handed a provisional suspension

NEVADA SAC 

Here we are, 14 months after blood was discovered in heavyweight Jarrell Miller’s drugs stream, and he has a licence to return. Evidently the Nevada State Athletic Commission were happy to hand one over so boxing can crack on with its tried and tested business of not giving a damn. 

RORY McILROY 

The Northern Irishman left himself open to criticism with his take on the world rankings debate. Ludicrously, the US Tour is the only one that is open for ranking points, and Tommy Fleetwood was not alone in querying the fairness of that. To then be questioning Fleetwood’s ambition in staying away from America is a rare McIlroy misstep. 

Rory McIlroy left himself open to criticism with his take on the world rankings debate

Rory McIlroy left himself open to criticism with his take on the world rankings debate

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