That Manchester City's and Arsenal's seasons hinge on whether they can secure Champions League qualification epitomises their underachievements.
Liverpool reached the Europa League final after turning around a first-leg deficit to defeat Villarreal 3-0 at Anfield on Thursday night.
England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the European Championship after sustaining a new knee injury in training.
As always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest news.
Louis van Gaal would lose out on more than £1 million if Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League this season.
Andy Murray booked his place in the Madrid Open semifinals with an impressive 6-3, 6-2 victory over Tomas Berdych.
Should Canelo Alvarez defeat Amir Khan on Saturday, he has a decision to make: fight fearsome unified titleholder Gennady Golovkin or be stripped of the title. What would Canelo do?
Amir Khan's truly unexpected series of fights at the Athens Olympics in 2004 started the journey for Muhammad Ali and Qais Ashfaq as they prepare for the Rio Games, writes Steve Bunce.
Mousa Dembele is facing a lengthy ban after the Tottenham midfielder accepted a Football Association charge of violent conduct.
Leicester's vice-chairman has revealed Riyad Mahrez has told him he wants to stay at the champions.
Leicester vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha admits a heart-to-heart with Jamie Vardy helped turn the striker's career around.
Mauricio Pochettino has said Tottenham Hotspur "crossed the line" in Monday's 2-2 draw at Chelsea but says he is "proud" of his players.
There is £170 million at stake when Middlesbrough take on Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
World No.1 Novak Djokovic has slammed Bernard Tomic's failure to contest his final point at the Madrid Open, saying the Australian just isn't committed to the sport as required.
Liverpool and Sevilla both won through to the Europa League final, and does Louis van Gaal have a £5 million compensation package?
Paul Pogba is set to stay with Juventus, according to his agent Mino Raiola, who has cooled talk of a move to Chelsea.
Just one round of the Aviva Premiership remains and we look at what's still up for grabs as teams chase a home semifinal and a top-six finish.
American football has gone global, and the sport is growing one big dude at a time in some markets. Kevin Seifert explores the game's worldwide reach and what it could mean for the NFL.
Jessica Ennis-Hill has suffered a setback in her build-up to the Rio Olympics after being forced to withdraw from next month's prestigious Hypo-Meeting in Austria.
Guus Hiddink says he is not aware of John Terry's reported plans to hold a farewell party at Stamford Bridge but said he hopes he will be invited.
Rafael Nadal recently won the Monte Carlo Open for the ninth time. Was this some sort of record? ESPN's resident expert Steven Lynch has the answer.
England's Nick Blackwell has been overwhelmed by the support he has received after fighting for his life in a medically induced coma.
Nate Saunders explains why Max Verstappen's early promotion to Red Bull makes sense for team and driver with a 2017 seat already looking like a formality.
Toronto's stars struggled -- again. But as "ugly" as Game 2 may have been, victory in OT was made possible by Jonas Valanciunas, who came up big to help the Raptors get even with the Heat.
Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler had to dodge a golf ball -- with an earplug attached to it -- that was thrown by a spectator during the Wells Fargo Championship.