The Week In Sports – What Was, What Will Be

FOOTBALL

It’s time for European club football’s starriest and brightest night of the year. The Champions League Final will take place at the San Siro Stadium in Milan on Sunday night. The two rivals facing off will only add to the excitement: A glorified Madrid derby, with Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid taking on Diego Simone’s Atletico Madrid for the second time in three years on this stage. Atletico will be looking for vengeance, after Real pipped them in 2014 to win their 10th Champions League title. This time, though, Atletico begin as slight favorites. Many believe it is their destiny, after they defeated Barcelona and Bayern Munich over two legs each in the quarterfinals and semis respectively.

Euro 2016 will have another round of warm-up games this weekend, with England, Northern Ireland, Belarus and Republic of Ireland in action. 

The Football League playoff finals between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday will decide which teams joins the EPL along with Burnley and Middlesbrough.

TENNIS

The French Open began this week, and it almost brought a few surprises within the first two days. Andy Murray has played the maximum of 10 sets over his two first-round games, and looks rusty as ever, only a week after winning at Rome by defeating Novak Djokovic on clay. Defending champion Stan Wawrinka almost lost his first round match too, but is now safely through into the third. Rafael Nadal and Djokovic have been sailing through, while Jo Wilfred Tsonga, who could be Nadal’s threat in the quarterfinal, came from two sets down in his second round to win it. This weekend, the players will play their third round matches.

Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis, the No. 1-ranked Doubles Team in the world, will also be taking forward their pursuit of owning all four Grand Slams at the same time. If they win this one, it will be a non-calendar slam for them, a rare achievement in the sport.

CRICKET

Bangalore will host the Indian T20 League Final on Sunday night – between Royal Challengers Bangalore and one of Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Lions, who will play the second qualifier on Friday night at Delhi. The week saw Kolkata Knight Riders crash out to a Yuvraj Singh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar special, while the Lions blew an opportunity to hand Kohli’s team a defeat after having them on the ropes at 40/4 chasing 160-odd. As a result, Bangalore have made their third final, and are overwhelming favorites to win it at their home stadium on Sunday. 

England will also host Sri Lanka for the second Test match at Durham, after annihilating the islanders and winning the first one inside three days.

F1

The 2016 Monaco Grand Prix will happen over the weekend – and championship leader and Monte Carlo homeboy Nico Rosberg is favorite to win his fourth in a row. He will be eager to get back to winning ways after crashing out with teammate Lewis Hamilton in the first lap of the Spanish Grand Prix. Currently, German Rosberg leads the Brit Hamilton by 37 points in the standings. 

 

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