The sporting week ahead (19/05/13)
Sunday 19 May 2013
So that's it from him... and him... and them. Sir Alex Ferguson and Rafa Benitez sign off for their final League games as managers of Manchester United and Chelsea respectively, while Wigan, Reading and QPR drop into the division of the great unwashed. But there is no getting away from the fact that the final day of the Premier League season will lack the usual drama. Only Sky, and a section of north London, can hyperventilate about the fight for fourth place; the rest us can remember this time last year and a day when Fergie wasn't smiling. At Wembley, meanwhile, Brentford and Yeovil Town shoot it out in the League One play-off final.
Monday nights now mean Super League for the summer, with Leeds versus St Helens a bumper opener.
This week the Lions are preparing for the tour of Australia in Ireland, a country that their coach, Warren Gatland, knows well. As a former Ireland coach, Gatland will know what not to say, namely referring to his squad as the British Lions, which is as much a mistake over there as making reference to the British Isles. Curiously, the Irish don't even have a name for that geographical region. It's Britain and Ireland, thank you very much. So now you know.
Durham v Middlesex is the pick of the games in the County Championship.
Sorry, forget that stuff about farewell Rafa Benitez. Today he leads out Chelsea in the first match of their summer tour against Manchester City in St Louis in the United States. Football never really goes away, does it? In golf, the BMW PGA Championship begins in Wentworth.
There's not much of a break for England's cricketers either, with the Second Test against New Zealand beginning at Headingley four days after the last one finished.
Germany arrives en masse at Wembley, with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund facing off in the Champions' League final. When one of them win, it will at least force Chelsea's supporters to think up a new song. You can't go round chanting "Champions of Europe, we know what we are" if all you've won is the Europa League. Meanwhile, Manchester hosts athletics' BT Great CityGames, while at Twickenham Leicester and Northampton contest rugby union's Premiership final. More adventurous types can head south for the Monaco Grand Prix, for which there is final practice today.
Latest in Sport
Frank Lampard's face drops when Holly Willoughby introduces him as a 'Man City legend'
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao start?
Arsenal transfer targets: The summer signings that would please Thierry Henry, including Sami Khedira and Edinson Cavani
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does it start and where can I watch it?
Thierry Henry 'singles out' Mesut Ozil, picking up on the Arsenal midfielder's embarrassing stats
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 The confessions of men who ordered mail-order brides
- 3 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
- 5 'Isis' schoolgirls: Missing British teenager tweets picture of her Syrian takeaway
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Photographer/ Floor planner /...
£30000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Front-End Developer - Guildford/Craw...
£13500 - £15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Customer Service Assistant is...
£16000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An ambitious and motivated Sale...