May Madness: Sporting highlights of the month ahead

The month of May is filled with exam and dissertation tension, but you can be forgiven for taking a break to sink your teeth into a jam-packed few weeks of tasty sporting action. Peter Adams talks you through the calendar.

PREMIER LEAGUE FINALE (MAY 24)

As May rolls back around, the climax of both the Premier and Football League seasons are sure to excite. With Chelsea looking all but certain to reclaim the Premier League crown, all eyes have switched to the bottom of the barrel, where Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers, Burnley, Hull City, Sunderland and Aston Villa are all contenders for the drop. Epic finales to the past few campaigns include Wigan Athletics’ skin-of-the-teeth survival story in 2012, Martin Tyler’s voice shattering beneath the Etihad crowd as Sergio Aguero stole Manchester City’s first title in 44 years (also in 2012), not to mention Liverpool and Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip up last season.

FLOYD MAYWEATHER TAKES ON PAQUIOUO (MAY 2)

Billed as ‘the Fight of the Century’, Floyd Mayweather Jr. takes on Manny Pacquiao at the MGM in Las Vegas. The arena has hosted a number of great fights including both Tyson vs. Holyfield contests, as well as Oscar De La Hoya’s individual bouts with both these boxers. The world will be watching, as five division world champions Mayweather hopes to extend his undefeated record against the formidable Pacquiao.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL (JUNE 6)

They will be no British representatives gracing the Olympiastadion turf in Berlin this June, however the showpiece still promises to be a spectacle, with holders Real Madrid, Juventus, Monaco, Porto, Barcelona, Paris Saint Germain and last seasons finalists Atlético Madrid all still in the running.

MONACO GRAND PRIX (MAY 24)

Monte Carlo plays host to the most exquisite grand prix in the world in May, as the race for the coveted Formula 1 Championship really hots up. Household names Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg will all fancy their chances in the tiny principality, but who will cross the line first?

RUBGY UNION PREMIERSHIP FINAL (MAY 30)

The world’s biggest rugby union domestic club final takes place at Twickenham at the back end of May. The top four club Premiership sides at the end of the season enter the playoffs, with the aim of being crowned Premiership champions in London.

Peter Adams

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