A Week of Sport #23 – 23 May

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Saracens and Exeter Chiefs make the Aviva Premiership Final

EXETER, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Players of Exeter Chiefs celebrate reaching the Aviva Premiership Final at the end of the Aviva Premiership semi final match between Exeter Chiefs and Wasps at Sandy Park on May 21, 2016 in Exeter, England.

Saracens and Exeter Chiefs both won their Aviva Premiership Semi-finals over the weekend to set up a thrilling final this Saturday at Twickenham.

Saracens thrashed Leicester Tigers 44–17 and are hoping to defend their title on the weekend to become the first English team to win both the Premiership and European title in the same season since 2004.

Exeter beat Wasps in a thrilling game that saw two penalty tries for the Chiefs to reach their first Aviva Premiership final in the club’s history.

Manchester United win the FA Cup

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: (L-R) Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard, David De Gea, Michael Carrick and Juan Mata of Manchester United celebrate with the trophy on the pitch after The Emirates FA Cup Final match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on May 21, 2016 in London, England.

Manchester United came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 2–1 in the FA Cup final on Saturday at Wembley. Palace took the lead with a powerful shot by Jason Puncheon 12 minutes from time but United came back minutes later.

Though Chris Smalling was sent off in extra time, Lingard scored a wonderful strike to seal United’s first trophy win since Sir Alex Ferguson.

England win first test against Sri Lanka

LEEDS, ENGLAND - MAY 21: James Anderson of England celebrates dismissing Kusal Mendis of Sri Lanka during day three of the 1st Investec Test match at Headingley on May 20, 2016 in Leeds, England.

England dominated Sri Lanka in the first test at Headingley to win by an innings and 88 runs. England were put into bat by the tourists and were grateful for an excellent century from Jonny Bairstow, who was backed up by a score of 86 from Alex Hales.

England’s bowlers were also in fine; form dismissing Sri Lanka for 91 all out and enforced the follow on. The Sri Lankans had no reply to the excellence of Anderson, who picked up a 10 wicket haul in the match.

Rory McIlroy wins his first Irish Open title

STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland with the winners trophy the final round of The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at the K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland

McIlroy secured his first win of the season in a dramatic final round in the Irish Open at his home tournament at the K Club. McIlroy trailed Scotland’s Russell Knox by one shot with three holes to go but, with a birdie on the 16th and an eagle on the 18th, won by three shots.

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