Atletico Madrid won their first La Liga title in 18 years as they held Barcelona to a one-all draw in the final game of the season at the Nou Camp. Despite falling behind to a rocket from Alexis Sanchez, Atletico pressed just before half time and then again after. David Villa failed to capitalise on a number of great chances but Diego Godin only needed one as he powered in a header from a corner. Atletico have one week before the Champions League final but will have celebrated on Saturday, as they broke the stranglehold that Real Madrid and Barcelona have had on La Liga over the last ten years. It will be interesting to follow Atletico over the summer, with many of their stars being linked with big money transfers away from the Vincent Calderon.

Arsenal has ended their nine year trophy drought with a come-from-behind victory over Hull City in the FA Cup final. A terribly slow start left Arsenal two goals down after only eight minutes. Santi Cazorla pulled one back with a spectacular free kick and then Laurent Koscielny equalised in the second half, bundling home after a corner. Fittingly it was Aaron Ramsey who scored the winner in extra time. Ramsey was in sensational form earlier in the season and has overcome a number of injuries to return in recent weeks. Over the course of the season he has blossomed into Arsenal’s most influential and important player. If he can stay fit next year then Arsenal will have every chance of collecting another trophy.

Bayern Munich won the German Cup with a two-nil win over rivals Borussia Dortmund. Both goals came in the second half of extra time, after the teams were locked at nil-all following 90 minutes. In the end it was Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller who delivered for Bayern. Earlier there was controversy as a Mats Hummels header appeared to cross the line but no goal was given.

In the Super 15 Rugby competition, the Queensland Reds suffered yet more heartbreak as they lost for the sixth consecutive time. With scores level and only three minutes on the clock there was controversy as the video referee ruled a penalty against the Reds and sent Ed O’Donoghue off. Elsewhere the Sharks continued their strong form, inflicting a rare home defeat on the Crusaders, while there were also wins for the teams that started the round in the bottom two positions, the Cheetahs and Stormers. The Sharks, Brumbies and Chiefs lead their respective conferences.

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams will enter the French Open full of confidence after both recorded wins at the Rome Masters. Djokovic recorded a three set win over Nadal in the men’s final, while Williams made light work of Sara Errani, winning 6-3 6-0. Williams, who has won 53 of 55 matches on clay since 2012, has now won 60 WTA titles, which places her seventh on the all-time list. Margaret Court, with an amazing 192, leads the way.

The performances of Marc Marquez this season are becoming more and more difficult to comprehend. Five races. Five pole positions. Five wins. Each race brings a new record and his rivals must be beginning to wonder whether he is beatable. His victory in the French MotoGP made him the first person in more than 40 years to win the opening five races of the season. Marquez was made to work for it in France as a slow start left him well off the pace. He worked his way through the traffic, with a scare or two along the way, and after taking the lead from Rossi with 16 laps to go he was never headed.

California Chrome won the Preakness Stakes in the United States on Saturday to complete the second leg of the Triple Crown. He will now attempt to complete the treble at the Belmont Stakes on June 7. He hit the front on the home bend and despite a stiff challenge along the straight held firm to win.

Bradley Wiggins has won the Tour of California. Wiggins took the lead after winning the stage two time trial and despite losing some of his advantage to young Australian Rohan Dennis on the following days tough stage, he looked comfortable over the remaining stages to claim the overall victory. Dennis finished second, while there were stage wins for a number of big names who are preparing for the Tour De France in July, including Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan and Taylor Phinney.


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