Man Utd's treble, Real's Copa del Rey, Maria Sharapova's final and Jenson Button signs on the line for fans, here's this week's:
To which there was some ambivalence, perhaps best illustrated by the Yorkshire Evening Post, honouring the occasion in its singular style by asking readers: "Fergie retires: Tell us your memories of Leeds United pipping Man Utd to the league title ..." Expectations of the Post's publication of a special zero-page supplement were also honoured. However, those wanting to celebrate a remarkable career need look no further than an entire evening reliving the 1998-99 treble-winning season. After Sir Alex is presented with his 13th and final Premier League trophy on Sunday, ESPN Classic is showing three programmes (from 9.25pm); the first covers the FA Cup final, the second, the Champions League victory over Bayern and the strand concludes with highlights from the league season United won on the final day.
Is Ed McKeever, who – having won gold at the London Games in the kayak K1 200m event – returns to the water in the first round of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Hungary (day three, Eurosport, Sunday, 9am). World champion in 2010 and a silver medallist in 2011, McKeever is dominant in his class. He will be joined by fellow Olympians, the K2 200m sprint bronze medallists Liam Heath and Jon Schofield. It also ties in with Go Canoeing Week, designed to encourage involvement in the sport. Beginning on Saturday (18 May), there are chances to pick up a paddle and take part. Details: gocanoeing.org.uk.
Comes in the form of Maria Sharapova, who has a chance of swiping the world No1 spot from Serena Williams should she win at the Madrid Open on Sunday (Eurosport, 4.30pm). Which is perfect preparation for the French Open, beginning on 21 May. Sharapova goes into the final surfing a 21-game winning run on clay – a surface with which she used to be so uncomfortable that she likened herself on it to a "cow on ice" – and follows it immediately with the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome (begins , Eurosport). It's one of the biggest events on clay outside of the grand slam in Paris and clearly where this heifer feels at home; she won there last year before going on to take the title at Roland Garros.
While José Mourinho's Real remain, mathematically, within reach of Barcelona for the La Liga title, he must focus his attention on what will probably be the only silverware his side pick up this season –and, indeed, quite possibly his last with the club. They face Atlético in the Copa del Rey on Friday (Sky Sports 1, 8pm) at the Bernabéu, in what should be a terrific derby, with a surging Atlético determined to see the Special One off empty handed. Elsewhere, Milan bid to secure a Serie A Champions League spot with a win over Roma on Sunday (ESPN, 7.45pm).
Takes place at Brands Hatch, where he will be wielding a biro for fans at the British round of the marvellously named Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, or DTM. That's the German touring car championship to you and I. Often throwing up great racing, these top-speed tin-tops put on a mighty show on the Indy circuit at Brands. It's all next Sunday (19 May) (race: ESPN, 12.15pm) and there's also the chance to win a ride with Button, details: brandshatch.co.uk.