HOT OR NOT: Erling Haaland lets his football do the talking

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Lance Armstrong is a cheat, but he deserves some credit for finally telling the truth


HOT OR NOT: Erling Haaland lets his football do the talking, and Dustin Johnson must learn his lesson after unsavoury video surfaces amid coronavirus pandemic

  • Sportsmail’s Riath Al-Samarrai reveals his thoughts on what’s hot and what’s not 
  • Lance Armstrong deserves a sliver of credit for his latest confession
  • Erling Haaland should be judged by his phenomenal goalscoring record
  • Peter Ebdon was certainly telling the truth whenn he released his 1996 single
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

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 

Lance Armstrong 

He’s a cheat. He’s a bully. He’s a liar. He’s everything we despise in professional sport. But his latest admission, made under no great pressure, is that he was taking drugs as young as 21. In a sporting world where the guilty almost never confess, he warrants a sliver of credit. Only trace elements, but something.

Lance Armstrong is a cheat, but he deserves some credit for finally telling the truth

Erling Haaland 

He said 11 words in an interview and we’ve heard tens of thousands about them ever since.

But the better number is 12: his goals in 13 games for Dortmund. Or 41 in 34 if you add those for Red Bull Salzburg earlier this season. At 19, he is a brilliant young footballer, irrespective of what we want him to say about it.

Erling Haaland was curt in his post-match interview, but the teenager lets his feet do the talking

Erling Haaland was curt in his post-match interview, but the teenager lets his feet do the talking

FC Seoul 

They used sex dolls to compensate for the lack of a crowd against Gwangju. When rumbled, they got flustered and pleaded a misunderstanding, saying they thought they were ‘premium mannequins’. That old chestnut. They deserve a nod for sending a giggle around the world.

NOT 

Peter Ebdon 

IT’S all a massive conspiracy, apparently. A pandemic serving as a mask for the ‘greatest psychological operation in history’, as he told the BBC. He was a really good snooker player back in the day. But remember that single he released in 1996 — I Am A Clown? Don’t say we weren’t warned.

Dustin Johnson 

it was famously written that Johnson is so dense that light bends around him — a dig that always felt cruel. And yet he could do more to help himself.

For instance, look at the skins match he just played in Florida and how he gobbed his germs on to the turf every so often.

We can trust our children to go back to school but Dustin can’t be left alone in a field.

Perhaps the critics were right: Dustin Johnson is so dense that light bends around him

Perhaps the critics were right: Dustin Johnson is so dense that light bends around him

Serge Aurier 

Strike three. After this week’s haircut, Aurier has a hat-trick of lockdown violations. For those of a statistical persuasion, that is one more than the number of clean sheets kept by the Tottenham defence in 2020.

Serge Aurier has had more lockdown violations than Tottenham clean sheets in 2020

Serge Aurier has had more lockdown violations than Tottenham clean sheets in 2020

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