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By Timothy Akintola

News on Arsenal win, Bologna, Atlanta Hawks, Man United women and NBA playoff.

Trossard’s goal helps Arsenal secure important win against Man. United.

Arsenal moved back to the top of the Premier League table after Sunday’s win over Manchester United, all thanks to Leandro Trossard’s first half goal. Despite a slow start, Erik ten Hag’s men grew into the game, gradually taking possession and threatening moments in attack but failed to convert their chances. Arsenal also had a few chances down the stretch but Onana had a good day between the sticks, saving his team from conceding more goals. This is Arsenal’s second win at Old Trafford in their last 15 games and also Manchester United’s 14th premier league loss, the highest in the club’s history. Man City will have the chance to overtake Arsenal when they play their match against Tottenham on Tuesday.

Bologna set to return to the Champions League after 59 years.

Serie A side, Bologna has booked a place in the next Champions League campaign after a phenomenal season. After beating Napoli on Sunday for their 18th league win in 36 games, they remain 3rd on the Serie A table with 67 points, 7 points more than 6th-placed Roma. Italy will have 5 teams competing in the 2024/2025 Champions League campaign which means Bologna will return to the acclaimed European competition, 57 years after their last appearance. Manager, Thiago Motta has been hugely praised for leading the team to a CL return.

Atlanta Hawks secure number 1 pick in the NBA 2024/2025 draft.

For the record second time in the franchise’s history, Atlanta Hawks have secured the number 1 pick for the 2024/2025 draft pick. Going into the draft lottery, the Hawks had only a 3% chance of landing the top pick but were surprisingly able to secure it for the first time since 1975 when they drafted David Robinson. Winning 36 games in the regular season, they were able to advance to the NBA Play-in tournament, where they lost to the Chicago Bulls. This has surprised most NBA fans as the Detroit Pistons, who ended with a 14% chance of landing the number 1 spot after a 14-win and 68-loss season, ended up landing the 5th pick.

Manchester United women win first ever top flight trophy in the WSL.

Two years after being promoted to the Women’s Soccer League, Manchester United has won the Women’s FA Cup, their first top flight trophy. The team faced big disappointment last season, losing the league title and FA cup final to Chelsea. Despite major inconsistencies this season which has seen them slip to 5th in the league this season, the women were able to rewrite their history, with a big 4-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur to clinch the Women’s FA Cup title. Ella Toone gave United the lead with a beautiful curling effort from outside the box right at the death of the first half. Racheal Williams’ header and a Lucia Garcia brace in the second half were enough to give United their first ever top flight trophy. The team will be looking to build on this confidence going into next season.

Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers tie their series after both going 2-0 down.

In a surprising turn of events, both the Nuggets and Indiana Pacers secured huge wins on Sunday evening to tie their series after going 2-0 down. Defending champions, the Denver Nuggets took a second win at the Target Centre to tie the series at 2-2 in the Western Conference semifinals. Jokić recorded 35 points and 7 rebounds to help the Nuggets secure a 115-107 win in game 4. The Pacers also secured a 30-point blow out against an injury-stricken Knicks team to tie the series in the Eastern Conference semis. After a 35 point game two days ago, Tyrese Haliburton led the Indiana Pacers to another win with 20 points and 6 assists in the game. They head back to Madison Square Garden for game 5 on Tuesday.

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