STOCKHOLM Manchester United's Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored a goal in each half as their team comfortably outclassed Ajax Amsterdam to win an emotional Europa League final 2-0 and qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.
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MELBOURNE England's final warmup match before taking on Australia in the Ashes will see them play in the sweltering heat of the northern Queensland city of Townsville, where huge crocodiles bathing in local waters are a common sighting.
PARIS After years of legal battles the French Open has begun to expand its facilities, hoping to match other grand slam events - including having a roof over Centre Court to banish weather delays - while preserving its Parisian pizzazz.
Veteran Venus Williams could blast through the huge holes in the women's draw and win her first French Open at the age of 36 next month, according to former world number three Pam Shriver.
WELLINGTON New Zealand cricketer Doug Bracewell has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service for a third drink-driving offence after blaming the killing of a pet cockatoo by dogs for his decision to drive home drunk from a function.
With its quicksilver conditions, quaint old-tech environment and a leviathan casting his shadow across centre court, the French Open is now the hardest grand slam title to win, says former champion and tennis great Mats Wilander.