International sports round-up

Phil Roy

Man U clinch Premiership title, face off against Chelsea in FA Cup
Manchester United ended a three-year title drought to claim the English Premier League title after second place Chelsea drew with Arsenal to end their hopes of knocking off the Reds.
United, which boasts a lineup that includes League player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo as well as Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes, had a stellar season, racking up 42 total wins while netting 123 goals.
The team was in line to repeat the “treble” they had performed in 1999 by winning the Champions League, Premiership, and FA Cup, but lost the second leg of their Champions League semifinal against AC Milan to end those hopes. United can add one more trophy to the showcase, however, when they face off against Chelsea this weekend in the FA Cup final.
Chelsea and Manchester have had an extremely competitive season with several entertaining verbal altercations between coaches and managers. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson will look to have the final word against Jose Mourinho’s Blues on the 19th.Beckham: Los Galacticos to LA Galaxy
The highly anticipated transfer of international superstar David Beckham from Real Madrid to the MLS team LA Galaxy is almost upon us. Beckham returned from a knee injury, which sidelined him for six weeks, and finds himself in the midst of a neck-and-neck battle for the La Liga title in Spain.
Real Madrid moved to the top of the table after a hard fought 4-3 win over Espagnol this weekend, but are only ahead of rival Barcelona on goal difference and four or less points ahead of the teams currently in third and fourth.
Title race aside, all eyes are on Beckham’s upcoming high profile transfer to LA Galaxy. Beckham is set to join the club at the end of June and will be, by far, the highest paid player in the MLS, at a staggering $250 million.
Soccer fans around the world are full of questions ranging from how big an impact Beckham will make in the MLS, to whether he will travel coach and stay at the same mid-range motels the rest of his team does. Guess we’ll all just have to wait and see.

FedEx struggles to deliver
Roger Federer was recently awarded with the Laureus International Sportsman of the Year award for the third year running after an impressive run that saw him bag the US and Australian Opens as well as Wimbledon.
Federer’s form has dipped severely in the past few weeks, however, as he has failed to win any of his last four tournaments. That losing streak is the worst the normally dominant Swiss has seen since reaching the No. 1 spot in February 2004 (given that he only had a total of five losses in 2006).
Federer split with his veteran coach after his third-round loss against a wildcard in the Rome Masters last week. The world number one will play on without a coach and will look to silence the critics when play opens May 27 at the French Open, a tournament Federer has never won.

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