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HOT OR NOT: The fire is burning inside Andy Murray but Ed Woodward is failing on and off the pitch

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HOT OR NOT: The fire is burning inside Andy Murray once again... while Ed Woodward can no longer count business success as Chevrolet opt against new Manchester United dealSportsmail takes a look at who has been hot or cold in the sporting world Sergio Parisse went out swinging, channelling passion and patriotism this week Andy Murray may have lost in Shanghai but his fitness and passion is returning Ed Woodward has had a terrible week, with a key business deal falling through 

As another week on the sporting landscape races by, Sportsmail's Riath Al-Samarrai examines who has left themselves hot, and who is firmly out in the cold.

Chris Silverwood

Under Trevor Bayliss, England’s white ball-revolution culminated in World Cup glory. But the drawn Ashes series highlighted how Joe Root’s side had abandoned two foundations of Test cricket. 

‘We want to bat long periods of time and... create a bowling attack that is absolutely relentless,’ the new head coach said this week. 

The first step in solving a problem is to admit you have one. Or two.

Chris Silverwood has been brought in to replace Trevor Bayliss in the England fold

Sergio Parisse

The Italy hero deserved better than to have his World Cup farewell ended by Typhoon Hagibis. 

So he went out swinging, channelling his passion and patriotism to make a point about the treatment of rugby’s lesser nations.

Andy Murray

He may have lost his Shanghai Masters clash with Fabio Fognini but in the three-hour marathon, Murray again showed he is rediscovering form and fitness. 

It was good to see the fire burning, too. There was something strangely nostalgic about watching him tell Fognini to ‘shut up’ during their furious bust up.

Andy Murray has once again showed he is rediscovering form and fitness in Shanghai


On Thursday the LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets met for one of two pre-season games in Shanghai. 

But China’s state-run channel CCTV refused to show the game after Houston Rockets chief Daryl Morey tweeted support for protestors in Hong Kong. 

To make matters worse, the NBA are in hot water back home after being accused of pandering to China.

Ed Woodward

In recent seasons, Manchester United’s mixed performances on the pitch under CEO Woodward have been offset by success off it. 

Until this week, at least. Shirt sponsors Chevrolet are unlikely to renew their deal while the team flounder on the field.

Shirt sponsors Chevrolet are unlikely to renew their deal in a huge blow for Ed Woodward


The news that Nike have shut down the Oregon Project after controversial coach Alberto Salazar was banned for doping offences won’t erase what came before. 

They publicly stood by Salazar and acted only after a backlash. That they described the current situation as a ‘distraction’ for athletes speaks volumes.


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