The Week in Sport (22-28 May)

It has been a busy week with Arsenal and Man United winning silverware, and Tom Dumoulin winning the Giro D’Italia among the highlights in this edition of The Week in Sport.

Football

Goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan helped Man United win the Europa League for the first time with a 2-0 win Ajax in the final in Stockholm, as they also secured a return to Champions League football for next season.

Man United on the Europa League for the first time beating Ajax
image: sofascore.com

Arsene Wenger has become the most successful manager in FA Cup history, after Arsenal edged out 10-man Chelsea 2-1 to win a record 13th FA Cup at Wembley Stadium.

Luis Enrique left Barcelona on a high as he guided the Catalans to a third consecutive Copa Del Rey, as goals from Lionel Messi, Neymar and Paco Alcacer helped them to a 3-1 win over Alaves.

Roma secured a Champions League spot in Francesco Totti’s final game for the club defeating Genoa 3-2 to seal second in Serie A, while Napoli also secured Champions League qualification with a 4-2 win at Sampdoria.

Borussia Dortmund ended a run of three cup final defeats in a row, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty helped them beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 to lift the German Cup.

There was heart-break for Angers right back Issa Cissokho, as he headed the ball into his own net in the 91st minute to hand Paris St Germain the Coupe de France in a dramatic 1-0 win for Unai Emery’s side.

In transfer news, Man City have secured the first big-money signing of the season with the club splashing out £43m to land Monaco winger Bernardo Silva on a long-term contract.

Man City right back Paolo Zabaleta has signed a two-year deal to join West Ham on a free transfer, but Antonio Valencia is staying put after signing a new two-year deal with Man United.

Watford have appointed former Hull boss Marco Silva as their new manager, after the Portuguese stepped down as manager of the Tigers following their relegation to the Championship.

Sam Allardyce has also resigned as manager of Crystal Palace after just five months at Sellhurst Park, while Sunderland manager David Moyes stepped down from his role as head coach following the club’s relegation to the Championship.

Boxing

Carl Groves finally got his hands on a world championship at the fourth time of trying, as the 29-year-old defeated Russian Fedor Chudinov with a sixth round stoppage to capture the vacant WBA super-middleweight title at Bramall Lane.

Kell Brook put up a spirited fight as he surrendered his IBF welterweight title with an 11th round stoppage defeat to Errol Spence Jr, after suffering a broke eye socket in Sheffield.

Former Olympic bronze medallist Michael Conlan made it two wins from two in his pro career, as the Belfast boxer recorded a comfortable victory over Mexican Alfredo Chanez with a third round stoppage in Chicago.

Golf

Sweden’s Alexander Noren produced a record breaking final round 62 at Wentworth to finish 11 under, two shots clear of Italy’s Francesco Molinari to win the PGA Championship.

Kevin Kisner claimed his second PGA Tour victory, as the American produced six birdies in a final round 66 to finish on ten under par, one shot clear of compatriots Jordan Speith, Sean O’Hair and Spain’s Jon Rahm to win the Dean & Deluca Invitational in Texas.

Scarlets brushed Munster aside to win the Pro12 title
image: rte.ie

Rugby

Sclarlets claimed their first Pro12 title since 2004 as the departing Liam Williams scored one of six tries in a comfortable 46- 22 victory over Munster in Dublin.

Northampton fought back from a 16 point deficit and having Tom Wood sent off, as the Premiership side secured a European Champions Cup place for next season in a thrilling 23-22 win over Stade Francais.

Two late penalties from Gareth Steenson helped Exeter secure their first ever Premiership title, as tries from Elliot Daly and Jimmy Gopperth also helped them to a 23-20 win over Wasps.

Tennis

There was a big shock on the opening day of the French Open as Ekaterina Makarova stunned world number one Angelique Kerber, while Petra Kvitova made a winning return to the court in her first match since being stabbed at a burglary in her home last year.

On the men’s side of things, Dominic Thiem cruised past Bernard Tomic to lay down his mark as a possible contender, while Grigor Dimitrov secured his first win at the tournament since 2013 by defeating Stephane Robert.

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