The premier league comes to a halt on Sunday with the last games of the season all being played at the same time. The Premier League season is not the only thing coming to an end as another football great, David Beckham, announced he will be retiring at the end of the season. Beckham adds his name to a long list of Manchester United players calling it quits at the end of this season namely Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes not to mention their manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Champions, Manchester United, have already been crowned and the last three teams, QPR, Wigan and Reading all know their fate. The only thing to be decided is whether it’s Arsenal or Tottenham that will be playing Champions League football next season. That said, Arsenal have to win their game with Newcastle to take fourth place, while Totttenham will have to win their game against Sunderland to have any hope of finishing fourth. The other games of the weekend will be Chelsea v Everton, Liverpool v QPR, Man City v Norwich, Southampton v Stoke, Swansea v Fulham, West Brom v Man Utd, West Ham v Reading and Wigan v Aston Villa. All the games will be played at 6:00 pm and will be shown live on Supersport 3, 5 and 7 plus HD channels.
Chelsea beat Benfica 2-1 to lift the Europa League Cup in Amsterdam on Wednesday night. That win meant Chelsea were the first ever team to hold both the Champions League and Europa League crowns at the same time. Branislav Ivanovic scored the winner in the last minute of injury time to deny Benfica the European Cup.
Fernando Alonso made his home fans very proud when he won the Spanish Grand-Prix, moving up to third in the world standings, 13 points behind the Iceman, Kimi Raikonen, who finished second. Sebastian Vettel finished fourth and still leads the world standings, 4 points ahead of the Iceman. It was a good day for Ferrari as Fellipe Massa, Alonso’s team-mate, finished third pushing them up in the constructors’ standings. The Mercedes team on the other hand, had a day to forget as they finished 6th and 12th after starting in the front row. They had to pay the price for high tyre usage. Hamilton paid the heavier price finishing 12th; however his team-mate Nico Rosberg handled his tyres better enabling him to finish sixth.
Tiger Woods clinched the Players Championship title at Saw grass after he beat Sergio Garcia by 2 strokes. This is only the second time in his career that he has won this particular title, making the win all the more savory. This course is known for its tricky 17thhole and it’s what ultimately led to Sergio Garcia’s demise. This is Tiger’s 78th PGA title although it’s considered by many as the fifth major in the US.
The minister of Education and Sports handed the mandate to run the country’s top football league to FUFA on Monday after a lengthy battle between FUFA and USL over who was in charge of the league. The stand-off between the two factions had led to the formation of two separate leagues operating independently of the other. This forced some of the clubs to field teams in both leagues (I guess they learned the lesson to not put all their ‘eggs’ in one basket). The new league however, will allow mergers from teams from either league and will be called the Uganda Premier League. Government also announced plans to form a tribunal which would handle the growing number of sports disagreements that usually end up in court.