HOT OR NOT: Fran Wilson’s spectacular diving catch rivals Ben Stokes’

HOT OR NOT: Fran Wilson’s incredible diving catch rivals Ben Stokes’s screamer… but Toronto Raptors wearing ski masks was very strange

  • Fran Wilson took a spectacular diving catch as England women beat West Indies 
  • Jack Wood finished just five minutes back in the 40th Man vs Horse race 
  • Jordan Spieth blamed his caddie for ending up in the water at Pebble Beach

It’s Hot or Not time again as Sportsmail’s Ian Ladyman reveals what’s been making him feel warm and what’s been leaving him cold this week.

HOT

Fran Wilson 

Not much cricket to celebrate in soggy June but Wilson’s diving catch as England women beat West Indies at Chelmsford will rival those by Ben Stokes and Sheldon Cottrell as the fielding moment of the summer so far. 

Good to see the gifted Sarah Taylor in the runs, too.

Fran Wilson was mobbed by her team-mates who congratulated her on the superb catch

Jack Wood

The 40th running of the Man v Horse race in Powys has proved once again that four legs are usually better than two with a colt called Herbie finishing the 22 miles of fields, bogs and hills in a time of 2hrs and 18mins. 

But just five minutes behind was British ultrarunner Wood, a remarkable effort. Only twice has a runner triumphed in an event that continues to attract entrants from all over the world.

Vicki Sparks

Sparks is the broadcaster embarrassed by David Moyes in a post-match interview at Sunderland two years ago but never once sought to make a fuss about it. 

Now, after commentating for BBC TV at last summer’s World Cup and hosting the women’s version for Radio 5 Live this summer, it is her work that is getting her noticed. As it should be.

Vicki Sparks is rightly getting noticed for her great work in the commentary box

The former world number one has never had the long game to match that billing but at least we know it’s not his fault. 

Spieth dumped one shot in the water on the 8th at Pebble Beach on Thursday and another over the green, prompting him to audibly blame caddie Michael Greller for giving him the wrong clubs. 

The next time Spieth wins an event, we can obviously expect Greller to be given all the credit.

Jordan Spieth took aim at his caddie Michael Greller (left) after hitting one in the water

Toronto Raptors

Basketball is a tough sport and the Raptors are the new NBA champs after victory over the Golden State Warriors. 

However, seeing their players appear for post-game media duties wearing ponchos and ski masks was strange. 

The reason? To protect the boys from the celebratory champagne. This is not a spoof item.

The NBA champions wore ski masks to protect themselves from the champagne spray

Summer Football

The Premier League season finished five weeks ago yet in the middle of this week the football still had not stopped. 

Most Premier League clubs return to training two weeks on Monday. It is not only the weather that has forgotten what summer is supposed to look like.




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