An ICC Champions Trophy semi-final match-up with South Africa was secured by the England cricket team on Sunday, following a ten run win over New Zealand in Cardiff.
The day's play was interrupted by rain, with proceedings only getting underway at 3.45pm. However, the conditions favoured the England side who managed to hold the Kiwi's to 159-8 during their attack display.
Spinner Graeme Swann was missing from the squad, citing a stiff calf. The bowler could be rested for the coming game against South Africa, with the England set-up keeping one eye on the upcoming Ashes tests.
Captain of the home nation team Alastair Cook said that the team will monitor the situation, but will likely just play it safe when it comes to the 34-year-old's fitness.
Against New Zealand, Swann's absence did not restrict the bowling display, with James Anderson stepping up to take two early wickets, eventually racking up 3-32. Luke Ronchi and Martin Guptill were victims of the Lancashire man's early spurt, scoring just two and nine respectively.
Further removals of Ross Taylor (three) by Tim Bresnan and Brendon McCullum (eight), via a combination of Ravi Bopara and Joe Root, saw the Black Caps on just 48-4 with a mountain to climb.
However, an eventual 67 from Kane Williamson ensured that New Zealand were still in with a shot. A further 30 from Corey Anderson provided some hope, but it eventually proved to be all in vain.
With the last ever ICC Champions Trophy in the England side's grasp, marking the end of a 38-year drought, it might be wise to rest England's leading spin bowler Swann for the final. With ample replacement, as shown against New Zealand, a player of Swann's skill and experience would be useful to guide the team to a tournament victory.
However, England still have to topple South Africa at The Oval on Wednesday (June 19th). The challengers finished second in group B, with fellow semi-finalists India finishing above them.
In a similarly rain-soaked day in Cardiff on June 14th, South Africa edged past the West Indies to claim a semi-final berth.
Preparations for the premier grass-tennis tournament don't get much better than sealing an ATP grass court title.
That's exactly what Andy Murray and Roger Federer achieved on Sunday (June 16th), as they claimed the AEGON Championship and the Gerry Weber open respectively in the run up to Wimbledon.
For Murray, the win was especially welcome, as the Scot returned to competitive tennis following a lower back injury which caused him to miss out on the French Open.
The 26-year-old had to come back from a set down to beat defending champion Marin Cilic at Queen's Club, London.
Despite a rain-soaked day in the UK capital, the two players were eventually able to take to the court. Murray came hot-out-of-the-blocks with a 4-1 lead in the first set, but was soon pinned back to 4-3.
The onlooking crowd then gave a collective sharp intake of breath as the Scot seemed to awkwardly twist his knee.
He was able to play on, but the injury seemed to affect Murray's momentum as Cilic went on to win the first set.
Murray was able to improve, however. His serve was beginning to look stronger and proceeded to grind down his Czech counterpart.
Eventually, Murray achieved victory and claimed his third title at Queen's Court, beating Cilic in three sets (5-7 7-5 6-3).
Federer also had to come back from a one set deficit to take victory in three sets, beating the Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-4.
The win was Federer's sixth in this event and proved to be his first title since the Cincinnati Masters last year.
Both victories will put the competitors in an excellent position to reach the Wimbledon final for the second consecutive year and further prove their dominance over grass-court events.
Last year, both tennis aces found themselves in consecutive grass-court finals, facing up at Wimbledon and in the London Olympics. Whereas Federer took victory in the former, Murray stole the spoils in the latter.
It's all set-up to be a titanic tussle for this year's Wimbledon, with both men on an undoubted high going into the tournament.
However, Murray's fitness could be the issue this year, with Swiss star Federer in peak physical condition while the Scot continues his rehabilitation from injury.
Fans of athletics were disappointed last week, as the fastest man in the world only managed a second place finish in the 100m event at the Rome Diamond League.
A hamstring problem has hampered Usain Bolt's athletics season, but in the Italian capital on June 6th, he fell to his first defeat since the Jamaican championships last year, where Yohan Blake caused a shockwave to run through the athletics world after beating Bolt in the 100m.
However, on that occasion, Bolt would re-assert his position at the top of the sprinting discipline with the second fastest 100m on record at the Olympics just weeks after.
Lightning has now struck twice, as Bolt claimed a stunning 200m victory at Oslo last night (June 13th), finishing in just 19.79 seconds and posting up the fastest 200m run of the year.
The charismatic Jamaican has previously said that the 200m is his favourite event, and last night in Oslo he became the only man to complete a race of this distance in under 20 seconds in the current season.
While fans would like Bolt to continually smash records and claim gold in every race he competes in, sometimes it's easy to forget that he is only human.
Like all athletes, it is impossible to compete constantly at the top of your game, especially when blighted by an injury. Maybe Bolt's superhuman speed and constantly energetic attitude can sometimes mask the fact that he is perhaps a little under full-fitness. But with expectations so high, this doesn't register at times, and as spectators we want to see the man do what he does best.
He has now proved that despite certain losses, he will always bounce back when it matters, perhaps making his victories that much more exciting. A constant winning streak would not necessarily mean that his ability would become stagnant or even boring, but at least a couple of defeats have made his efforts that much more entertaining.
And who thought that was ever possible?
Head coach of the British and Irish Lions Warren Gatland has announced his squad for the upcoming tie against Waratahs on Saturday (June 15th).
The now fit Sam Warburton will be leading the side out at Allianz Stadium, with Leigh Halfpenny, Jonny Sexton and Mako Vunipola and Alun-Wyn Jones just some of the names following on behind. There is a first tour start for Irishman Rob Kearney and the recently called-up Simon Zebo.
The Irish winger Zebo was brought into the Lions fold, after countryman Tommy Bowe was forced to withdraw from the tour with injury.
So far, the side's warm up games have provided little in the way of effective competition, despite a comparatively narrow 22-12 victory over the Queensland Reds.
Most recently, the Lions hammered NSW-Queensland 64-0, proving to be the biggest winning margin of any game of the tour so far.
Coach Gatland recently suggested that the side will have to up their training regime following more than comprehensive victories in their four warm-up games, as the previous ties simply haven't been tough enough to prepare them for the upcoming test-matches against Australia.
With the first test-game in just over a week, hopefully the Waratahs will provide a better form of competition to help the Lions prepare for the two difficult matches against the Wallabies.
If Gatland is right in his assessment, his side could go into the games against Australia in a complacent frame of mind, having delivered such crushing victories over their former opponents.
The coach has already suggested that this next game, and the following tie against the Brumbies, will help to finalise key playing combinations and play patterns.
So far, the match against the Reds has proved to be the biggest challenge, and Gatland recognises that the side must do more to beat the Waratahs. However, the 49-year-old said: "This side is more than capable of doing that."
With such an easy selection of games, has the tour been adequate in preparing the Lions? It is arguable that the games have hindered the squad in terms of injuries and minor knocks sustained in the process. Over-confidence could also be a concern against a notoriously tough Australia set-up.
The match-up against the Waratahs will be the most difficult for the Lions and will provide an acid test to show how ready the side really are for the Australian national team.
Fresh from winning the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, Sebastian Vettel has signed a new deal which will see him remain at reigning constructors champions Red Bull.
Now, the German will stay with the team until the end of 2015, following an announcement from Red Bull on Tuesday (June 11th).
Vettel is currently in the hunt for his fourth world-title win, and sits in commanding position at the top of the drivers leaderboard - 36 points ahead of closest challenger Fernando Alonso.
"Infiniti Red Bull Racing is happy to confirm that World Champion Sebastian Vettel has extended his multi-year contract with the team until the end of 2015," a statement from the team read.
Despite twelve races remaining in the Formula 1 season, it looks very likely that the 25-year-old will claim his fourth consecutive world title this year.
His win in Canada punctuated this assumption, as Vettel managed to clinch a win at a Grand Prix event that has previously eluded him.
It seems that there is no apparent let-up in Vettel's dominance over the Formula 1 world. However, car advancements next year, especially in the Mercedes, McLaren and Ferrari camps, could cause Red Bull some concerns.
McLaren's problems this year have been well documented, with a despondent Jenson Button clearly downhearted following his disappointing performance in Canada - finishing 12th overall. The result marked McLaren's first non-scoring race in 65 attempts.
It is expected that some of the car's issues will be resolved towards the end of the season, but it will be too little too late to push for a title challenge. Improvement on the car could however spill over into next season, with Button confident that the team can get back on track.
"I'm still in a great team, probably the best team to find your way out of a situation like this. It will happen. It just takes time," Button told Sky Sports F1.
Despite doubts with this season's car, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes camp have produced possibly higher than expected finishes this season. With Ross Brawn on side, Mercedes could go from strength to strength and really pose the Red Bull team some problems in the latter half of the season and the start of the next.
Ferrari, led by Fernando Alonso, continue to remain a potent threat to the current constructors champions and the world champion himself, with the Spaniard still pushing Vettel as far as possible. However, a significant difference in lap pace is still present between the Ferrari and Red Bull vehicles, which must be addressed if Alonso has any hope of maintaining a title challenge.
While Vettel's contract extension is great news for the Red Bull side, the team will have to make changes coming in to next year to maintain their stranglehold over Formula 1. Furthermore, if Vettel once again defies team orders like he did in an incident involving Mark Webber earlier in the season, keeping a loose-cannon on board for longer than is necessary could pose issues within the team in future seasons.
The San Antonio Spurs will host the Miami Heat on the boards of the AT&T Centre tonight (June 11th) as both sides battle for a psychological advantage in the NBA Finals Game 3.
In Game 1, the Spurs claimed a last gasp bucket to claim a four point lead over the reigning champions, but the Heat responded in style at South Beach on Sunday.
Now, a 1-1 could turn into a lead for either side, with the Spurs looking to win the first of their next three home games to put them in a favourable position for their first NBA title since 2007.
Arguably, the tie is defined by two men - LeBron James and Tony Parker.
It was Parker who made the final two point shot in Game 1 to clinch victory, in a sequence of play that saw him lose possession of the ball two or three times, before regaining it, spinning to duck under James' flailing arm and making an off balanced jump-shot.
The shot was replayed again and again, as officials attempted to decide whether the ball left the Frenchman's hand before the shot-clock expired.
LeBron would later go on to say that during the possession, Parker did "everything wrong, but everything right".
It was James' turn to step up in Game 2. Despite scoring just four points in the first half, and a total of 17-points overall - a relative low for the MVP - LeBron was once again the talisman, emphasised by his second half display, his rebounding, and an enormous block from a Tiago Splitter dunk attempt.
James has a score to settle, as it was his Cleveland Cavaliers side who lost at the hands of the Spurs in San Antonio's last Finals victory.
If the Heat win tonight in San Antonio, it seems the Finals are in their hands. Despite the next three games being played at the home of the Spurs, the dominant Heat display in Game 2 swung the balance back in their favour.
The fitness of Mike Miller could prove as vital this year as it did last year, with the three-point specialist stepping off the bench in 2012 to drop 23-points on the Oklahoma City Thunder to steal the series.
In Game 2, Miller went 3-3 in three point shooting, and will look to add to this achievement in coming games, taking the pressure of Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and of course LeBron.
Sunday (June 9th) will see Formula 1's best and brightest hit the track in Montreal, with a number of drivers still reeling from the events in Monaco.
Despite almost a fortnight having past since the race, tensions still remain high. For one driver, the events in Monaco have caused repercussions for this week's Grand Prix.
Romain Grosjean from Lotus has been handed a penalty of ten grid places, after it was judged that he was guilty for the collision with Daniel Ricciardo in the Toro Rosso at Monte Carlo.
Ricciardo was forced to retire from the race, as Grosjean rammed into the back of his car at high-speed.
For Kimi Raikkonen, the memories of two weeks ago are still fresh in his mind, with his attitude towards Sergio Perez still as hostile as it was when the Mexican's actions forced Raikkonen to lose places in the race following a puncture. While eventual damage to Perez's car meant that he failed to finish the face, the Finn was restricted to a tenth place finish, despite being in a promising position earlier on.
However attention will perhaps be turned to Lewis Hamilton, winner of last year's race and of two other races previously.
The Englishman will face stiff competition from fellow countryman Jenson Button, who won the race in 2011, as well as 2006 winner Fernando Alonso and Raikkonen, who topped the podium in 2005.
"Monaco is one of those tracks that doesn't really hurt the tyres very often," Hamilton told reporters.
"With good management you can look after them, so I wouldn't really say we have made a step forward. The problems we had in Barcelona, we'll still have those going forward until we make some improvements."
Hamilton's Mercedes team has come under controversy in the past week, after it was revealed that the team took part in testing for the new Pirelli tyres following the Barcelona Grand Prix. The test was organised by directors of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association and the FIA to further understand the issues with tyre delaminations.
World champion Sebastian Vettel has said that it gives Mercedes an advantage, which should be made available to all teams.
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has said that the test was specifically for the benefit of Pirelli, rather than the drivers themselves.
The British and Irish Lions rugby side recorded their second straight victory on their Australia tour, delivering another emphatic display to annihilate Western Force.
With Brian O'Driscoll taking the captain's armband on this occasion, the veteran Irishman helped to guide the team to a 69-17 win in Perth.
He even added a couple of tries to the scoreboard, touching the ball down in the first and second half.
This was just two of the total nine tries scored by the Lions, with Jonny Sexton, Tom Croft, Jamie Heaslip, Mako Vunipola, Tommy Bowe, Owen Farrell and Geoff Parling adding to the romp.
Leigh Halfpenny also displayed some top-class kicking prowess, making all 11 of his kick attempts to claim 24 points.
It was by no means a perfect performance for the Lions, who had a spell of errors in the first half, with Rory Best coming under criticism for losing possession on two line-outs.
The exit of prop Cian Healy also soured the occasion, with the Leinster player stretchered off in the first half after turning his ankle. It is yet to be determined what the extent of the injury is, but ligament damage is one of the possibilities. If this is the case, the Irishman's tour could be over prematurely.
He had earlier been accused of biting opponent Brett Sheehan, but video replays did not clear up the matter.
However, the Lions can be encouraged by their performance ahead of the test matches against the Australian national side.
Coach Warren Gatland, while pleased with the display, said that he may have to increase training intensity if the Australian provincial sides continue to display weak performances.
"That is something we learned from 2009. We arrived at that first Test against South Africa thinking we were in pretty good nick and there was a big step up. I don't think we will get caught this time," he said.
"We have just got to be aware of the opposition we are playing, and if we do get victories like this, then not get carried away with it."
The long-awaited return to Stamford Bridge of Jose Mourinho has finally been confirmed, with the former Real Madrid manager signing a four-year deal at Chelsea.
The Portuguese manager left English shores in 2007, after a three year spell which saw him bring the first Premier League title to the club for 50 years.
Mourinho would go on to lead the side to a further Premier League title the following year and the FA Cup in 2007, in addition to two League Cups and a Community Shield.
He left the Blues in 2007, following a series of reported disputes with the club's owner Roman Abramovich.
However, he has always been close to the hearts of the Chelsea faithful, with the man himself also expressing his commitment to the club. "I'm one of you", he told fans in a recent interview with Chelsea TV.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Mourinho said: "I think 95 per cent of the Chelsea supporters are pleased Jose is back. I feel that the supporters will be more than happy and I think it is a pat on the back for Roman Abramovich in bringing Jose Mourinho back to the club."
Mourinho has already said that the English game has got stronger since he left almost six years ago. However, the test will be whether or not he can replicate or better the success he achieved previously.
Even though it is still two months away, it is set to be an exciting season in the Premier League, with four of the top six clubs gaining new managers.
While Mourinho will not be facing up against Sir Alex Ferguson this year, a mouth-watering tie with local rivals Tottenham will see him stand on the touchline next to his former managerial prodigy and fellow Portuguese national Andres Villas-Boas.
Although he had arguably the worst season of his managerial career at the helm of Real Madrid last year, Mourinho's return to the English game is sure to make Chelsea an even stronger force to be reckoned with in the 2013-14 campaign.
Last night, Essex all-rounder Graham Napier produced an outstanding cricketing display against Surrey to put in his name back in the frame for England selection.
He has only been selected once before, as part of the ICC World Twenty20 squad in 2009, but he did not make an appearance. However, at the age of 33-years-old, he still maintains hope of a debut.
His remarkable display last night certainly made his case a little stronger, after taking four wickets in four balls in the Yorkshire Bank 40.
Napier has become only the fourth player in history to have achieved this, following in the footsteps of Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka, former Derbyshire seamer Alan Ward and South Africa's Shaun Pollock.
Azhar Mahmood, Zander de Bruyn, Tom Newell and Jon Lewis were all victims of Napier's hot streak, with the latter three dispatched for ducks.
Napier finished on a phenomenal 7-32, with further wickets against Jason Roy, Ricky Ponting and Stuart Meaker, to help his side to a 178-run victory.
The Colchester born man will now have his sights set on Ashes selection as he aims to maintain his top-class form.
"There's not many 33-year-olds who have made their debut for England but I've never given up the hope of playing and wearing the Lions on my shirt," he said.
"It's something I've always wanted to do and been close but never got there. As I say, I'm never going to give up on that dream."
The removal of the former captain of Australia, Ponting, was a personal achievement for Napier, who described the wicket as one he has long dreamed about.
"Just to get the chance to bowl to him was a great night and to knock his middle stump out of the ground, you can't ask for much more," he told BBC reporters.
While Ponting won't feature for Australia in this year's Ashes series, Napier can himself look forward to a possible call up to the international set-up for England.