International Sports Roundup May 2018

International Sports Roundup May 2018 with Sakuni

These are some of the key moments in the world of sports during the month of May.

The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will meet for the fourth straight year in the NBA Finals

The Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets, the NBA’s best regular season team, in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals to once again reach the league’s championship series. They’ll face the Cavaliers and LeBron James, who will be making his eighth straight appearance in the Finals. The day before in Game 7 of Eastern Conference finals, LeBron James aka “King James” put on a commanding performance against Boston Celtics to carry Cleveland Cavaliers in to the finals. This is the fourth straight time both teams are facing each other in the finals. Golden State Warriors are the defending champions and they will be looking at defending their title against Cavs. 

Real Madrid are the Kings of Europe for 3rd straight timeGareth Bale scored one of European football's greatest goals to help Real Madrid overcome Liverpool by 3-1 and win their third successive Champions League title as goalkeeper Loris Karius suffered a personal nightmare. Liverpool had already suffered the devastating blow of losing top scorer Mohamed Salah midway through the first half - with a shoulder injury sustained in a challenge with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos - when calamity struck for Karius. It sealed Real's record 13th win in this competition, and their fourth in five seasons to give Coach Zinedine Zidane his third triumph in three years.

Rafael Nadal is the favourite to win Roland Garros (French Open)The Clay season so far has been a one way traffic. The Spaniard rattled his way to a 21-match win streak on his favoured surface while not dropping a single set in that period and setting a 50-set record. Titles came in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona before Dominic Thiem halted that run in the quarter-finals of Madrid, however, Nadal picked up where he left off to claim the Italian Open in Rome. The Spaniard secured his 10th title at Roland Garros last time out and he is comfortably the most successful male at any Grand Slam event. This year, he can match Margaret Court’s record of 11 titles at a single major – and few would bet against him doing just that. The second major of the season has been underway since 27th May and the Finals will be held on 10th June in Paris. 

Teams are getting ready for World Cup

Starting June 14th, 32 countries will compete in the greatest international competition the world of sport has to offer: the Foot Ball World Cup. The teams are being announced at the moment and the deadline has been set for 4th June to announce final squad of the participating teams. Teams can take a 23 member squad to the World Cup in Russia. Traditional teams in the likes of Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Spain and France are the favorites to lift the World Cup this time and the World will be watching with excitement to find out who will lift the coveted trophy this time around. For the first time since 1958, four time champions Italy will be watching the tournament in sidelines as the “Azzuri” failed to overcome Sweden in a play-off battle.

Monaco Grand Prix: Daniel Ricciardo fends off Sebastian Vettel for victoryDaniel Ricciardo drove a masterful race to fend off Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari and win the iconic Monaco Grand Prix in a stricken Red Bull. The Australian dominated the weekend and led from pole but shortly after his only pit stop, suffered a power loss at one-third distance. Ricciardo managed to hold off Vettel for the remaining 50 laps, as Lewis Hamilton took third in his Mercedes. The result means Hamilton leads Vettel by 14 points in the championship. Ricciardo moves into third place, 38 points adrift.

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