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Real Madrid eye spot in Champions League final
It’s matchday, which means we’ll finally learn whether Real Madrid will continue their bid for a third straight Champions League crown, or Bayern Munich will overcome a 2-1 deficit to dethrone the title-holders and reach the final.
There’s plenty on the line for both clubs, but Zinedine Zidane believes his future with Real doesn’t depend on hoisting another Champions League trophy this year, saying: “It’s independent of that.” Read more on Zidane’s future here.
On Bayern’s side, Thomas Muller is urging the referees to not be influenced by the atmosphere at the Bernabeu, where decisions in last season’s Champions League clash saw the German giants fall in controversial fashion. For more on that, head here.
While Madrid get focused on the task at hand, their rivals Barcelona were celebrating their La Liga and Copa del Rey double on the streets of Catalonia on Monday. Check out pictures of the parade here.
Speaking of Madrid, Gareth Bale has been linked to their German opponents, with Goal reporting that Bayern are monitoring the winger’s situation with Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery on the back-end of their careers. Read more in our Rumour Mill.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is insisting star striker Harry Kane will be fully fit for England’s World Cup campaign, putting his ankle injury in the rear-view mirror.
The Australian ball-tampering scandal isn’t exactly going away as Cricket Australia have appointed an ethics advisor to examine the sport’s culture in the nation.
Read more on Super Kings’ victory over Delhi Daredevils, which saw them clobber 211 runs on the strength of Shane Watson’s 78 and MS Dhoni’s 51.
Diego Maradona‘s coaching career is taking more twists and turns, with the Argentina icon’s lawyer rejecting an official announcement from Fujairah that stated the football legend would return to the touchline on a one-year deal. Read more about the saga here.
Our AGL reporter Matt Monaghan wrapped up the league in a nice bow by providing his season review, which includes his Team of the Season, Player of the Season, Coach of the Season and more.
FEATURE OF THE DAY
What better way to get ready for the Real Madrid-Bayern Munich second leg than by diving into the analysis of key match-ups by our man Alex Rea.
Marco Asensio and James Rodriguez are likely to be biggest difference-makers for their respective clubs, while the likes of Lucas Vazquez, Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski and, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo will surely play a role.
Check out the stats and analysis for yourself.
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WHAT’S ON TODAY
IPL: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians 18:30
Champions League: Real Madrid v Bayern Munich 22:45
NBA playoffs: Toronto Raptors v Cleveland Cavaliers 04:00 (+1)
Golden State Warriors v New Orleans Pelicans 06:30 (+1)
Morning, Alex Broun here with everything you need to know in the world of sport …
BARCELONA SEAL 25TH LA LIGA TITLE
Ernesto Valverde’s men completed a league and cup double after thrashing Sevilla 5-0 in last week’s Copa del Rey final, regaining the Spanish crown from Real Madrid and relegating Deportivo in the process.
Barca extended their unbeaten streak to 41 league matches to seal a seventh title in 10 seasons and keep their bid to go through the season without tasting defeat intact.
Real stand on the brink of a trio of finals ahead of their second leg against Bayern Munich in the last four on Tuesday, when they will carry a 2-1 lead, and two away goals, to the Santiago Bernabeu.
It makes them favourites to go through and, for many, heavy favourites to win the tournament after already beating Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus in the knock-out stages.
Meanwhile in the Premier League Arsene Wenger was honoured by Manchester United on his final visit to Old Trafford as Arsenal manager, but left beaten once more on the field as Marouane Fellaini‘s stoppage time header handed the hosts a 2-1 win.
Wenger was greeted by former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and current manager Jose Mourinho before kick-off and even presented with a glass momento.
Read our match report here.
However one ex-Man Utd player performed well – Henrikh Mkhitaryan – who showed up the man who replaced him, Alexis Sanchez, on his return to Old Trafford.
Read our In Focus on Mkhitaryan’s performance here.
Two matches in the IPL yesterday.
Kane Williamson’s men were restricted to 151-7 after some excellent death bowling by the hosts. In reply, Ajinkya Rahane’s men fell 11 runs short of the total despite cruising at one stage.
We look at the key talking points from another low-scoring thriller here.
Chris Lynn was dropped by Murugan Ashwin off Yuzvendra Chahal’s bowling and he went on to punish the hosts with a match-winning 62 off 52 balls.
Kohli‘s knock of 68 had helped RCB post a total of 175/4 but it proved to be insufficient.
Our takeaways from the game can be found here.
Very sad news yesterday with the tragic passing of RAK Rugby player Nick Young, who passed away at 14.45 local time, following treatment from a serious head injury incurred whilst playing at the Sharjah 10s Rugby tournament on Friday 27th April.
In other regional news Al Ain lifted the AGL title in style after four-goal Marcus Berg puts Al Dhafra to the sword and also in the AGL Abdullah Al Naqbi was the hero for Al Wasl as they beat Shabab Al Ahli finale to secure third.
Denzil Pinto has all the latest from the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship and if you are looking for some motor sport action as we head into summer then the place to be is the Park Inn by Radisson in Motor City for Ramadan Race Nights.
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Will the latest cross-code NFL transfers Jordan Mailata be a rare success or just another failure?
The gigantic 20-year-old is the latest rugby experiment in the NFL after the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, selected the South Sydney Rabbitoh as No233 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, as a projected offensive lineman.
The super-sized Samoan, who hails from Sydney, now follows in the footsteps of other Aussies in the NFL – Jarryd Hayne, Darren Bent, Mat McBriar, Ben Graham, Sav Rocca and current Broncos star Adam Gotsis.
But what are his chances of even playing a game? Read Alex Broun’s insights here.
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT
IPL: Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils 18:30
Premier League: Tottenham v Watford 23:00
NBA playoffs: Boston Celtics v Philadephia 76ers 04:00 (Tuesday)
Hey guys, it’s Brendon Netto here giving you a bitesize look at what’s making the headlines on this action-packed evening …
HAMILTON WINS AZERBAIJAN GP
Lewis Hamilton got off the mark for 2018 and took the championship lead from Sebastian Vettel when the Mercedes driver emerged a fortuitous winner of an incident-laden Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday.
The defending champions, who could add sparkle to what has been a difficult season by winning their third consecutive Champions League crown, have struggled for consistency domestically this term and are fighting to cling onto third place with Valencia in hot pursuit.
“We can’t be happy with what we’ve done in the league in general. We lost a lot of points at the beginning, then we were a bit better but that can happen in a season,” Zidane said post-match at the Bernabeu.
Keep up to date on Real Madrid developments with our live blog.
Elsewhere, Mario Balotelli is up to his old tricks.
After tucking away a penalty against Strasbourg to level the scores 1-1, the 27-year-old striker raced towards the goal, although there was still 30 minutes remaining. He grabbed with the ball from the net and started running back but defender Ernest Seka knocked it out of his hands.
Meanwhile, Isco and Nacho return to Madrid training ahead of the second leg against Bayern Munich.
Defender Nacho, who had been out since the start of April with a thigh problem, also took part in the light session a day after Real beat Leganes in La Liga.
Isco injured a shoulder in the first leg in Munich last Wednesday. On Friday, coach Zinedine Zidane said that the player would be out of the return leg on Tuesday.
Virat Kohli posted a video on Twitter in which he sprinted to three singles in the space of 8.9 seconds.
He then challenged his Royal Challengers team-mate Mandeep Singh to beat his timing.
Watch the video here.
MS Dhoni has posted a video of her dancing, as the caption read, “Dances better than the father at least”.
Keep up to date with all the latest cricket news with our live blog.
The Greatest Royal Rumble took place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Friday and featured an impressive card consisting of seven championship matches, Triple H v John Cena, and The Undertaker v Rusev – not to mention the first-ever 50-man Royal Rumble.
Did you miss any of the action? Catch up on all the results in this video.
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Here, we look at the key talking points from another low-scoring thriller.
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT
Premier League: Manchester United v Arsenal 19:30
La Liga: Deportivo v Barcelona 22:45
NBA playoffs: Cavaliers v Pacers 21:00