Barcelona’s players celebrate during a ceremony at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on May 19, 2013 after winning the Spanish League title. Barcelona celebrated lifting the La Liga trophy for a 22nd time with a 2-1 win over Valladolid. Photo: LLuis Gene/AFP/Getty Images)
But there was one final landmark for the 71-year-old Scot at West Bromwich Albion — the first 5-5 draw in the Premier League.
The official retirement party was last week at home when 76,000 fans at Old Trafford saluted Ferguson and the 13th and last of the record 20 English league titles he delivered for Man United.
Referee Michael Oliver blew the whistle on United’s season finale — and the last match of Ferguson’s career — at the Hawthorns in central England. From now on, the defensive fragilities on display Sunday are incoming manager David Moyes’ problem. (Photo: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)
Six-time champion Rafael Nadal overcame one of the worst opening sets of his career to edge Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis (pictured) 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 Thursday and reach the Italian Open quarter-finals.
Nadal’s performance, and sometimes sluggish movement on the court, raised questions about whether he will be able to successfully defend his title at the French Open. The year’s second Grand Slam starts in 10 days.
Nadal will next face fourth-seeded David Ferrer, who advanced when Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany withdrew because of dizziness. (Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
The 38-year-old Beckham, who recently won a league title in a fourth country with Paris Saint-Germain, has become a global superstar since starting his career at Manchester United.
“I’m thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level,” Beckham said in a statement Thursday. (Photo: Getty Images/AFP/Files)
This happened on Friday, when the Los Angeles Kings were still 20 minutes from closing out the St. Louis Blues in their Western Conference quarter-final. And this looks like it is one of two things: It is either two acquaintances trying to laugh off a piece of unfortunate news — or it is one of the most awkward sideline interviews in recent memory.
Then he walked into Fenway Park and was transformed.
The Toronto Blue Jays left-hander stumped the Red Sox on five hits over seven innings and left with a 2-0 lead in the eighth. Boston tied it up, but Adam Lind (pictured, left) whacked a long homer in the ninth and the Blue Jays hung on to win 3-2.
“It’s awesome,” Lind said. (Photo: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Ben Watson headed in the winner in the 90th minute at Wembley Stadium from Shaun Maloney’s corner after City, six minutes after City defender Pablo Zabaleta was sent off.
“The boys were fantastic and they deserve it,” Watson told the BBC. “To come on and score the winner in the FA Cup final is a dream.” (Photos: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images, Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images)