The month of May brought drama, joy, and an array of incredible sports highlights, with leagues culminating and magic moments watched worldwide. Join us as we take a look back at the best moments the month had to offer.
1. City Victorious
After a hard fought season in the English Premier League, it was Manchester City who were able to clinch top spot for the third straight year. Although challengers Arsenal spent most of the season atop the league table, once City’s relentlessness kicked in, they were unstoppable. After losing to Tottenham Hotspurs on February 5th, City didn’t suffer another loss until the final day of the season – 2 games after they had already clinched the league. Star striker Erling Haaland had a stellar season, netting 36 times in the Premier League, the most any player has ever achieved. With the FA Cup and Champions League finals still to play, City could be on the verge of a historic treble win! For now, take a look back at the scenes of victory in Manchester.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 21, 2023
And just like that, another @premierleague season is over! 🏆
One second of each game in 2022/23 👇 pic.twitter.com/wDVaNLUo6w
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 28, 2023
2. NBA Drama Heats Up
The final matchup to determine who will be crowned as NBA champions has been decided, with the Denver Nuggets set to face off against the Miami Heat. While the Nuggets faced a simple path to the Finals, winning their series 4-0 against the LA Lakers, the Heat had to fight a little harder to earn their place. The Conference Finals bout between Miami and the Boston Celtics was one that will live in the memory of basketball fans for years to come. After leading the series 3-0 and needing only a single win to progress, the Heat were looking just too good for the Celtics. However, a remarkable 3 game win streak from Boston followed, tying the series at 3-3 and sending the matchup to an all important 7th game. Ultimately, the Heat were able to find form once again, winning the decider 103-84. The Heat’s Jimmy Butler has been one of the standout players of the NBA season, and the Conference Finals were no different, as he walked away as the series MVP. Take a look at some of his best moments from the winning game.
Jimmy Butler comes up big as the @MiamiHEAT take Game 7 on the road!
28 PTS | 7 REB | 6 AST | 3 STL
— NBA (@NBA) May 30, 2023
3. F1 Rumbles On
F1 fans were left disappointed in mid-May when the Emilia Romagna race was canceled due to dangerous conditions caused by heavy rain. Thankfully, they faced only a short wait for the racing to resume. The Monaco Grand Prix at the end of May provided plenty of moments for racing fanatics to revel in, including some chaos as a result of more rain on this race day. Max Verstappen finished 1st once again, and all signs point to a third consecutive Championship win for the Red Bull racer. There’s plenty of season left to go, and we’ll be watching closely. Take a look back at some of the best moments from one of the sport’s most notorious tracks!
— Formula 1 (@F1) May 28, 2023
— Formula 1 (@F1) May 28, 2023
4. Bundesliga’s Brilliant Finale
The final day of German soccer’s Bundesliga was a historic day. Dortmund sat atop the league, leading rivals Bayern Munich by only one point after leaping in front of them thanks to a Bayern loss in the penultimate game of the season. This was Dortmund’s chance to win the league for the first time since 2012, and with their final game coming against mid-table side Mainz, the Yellow and Black side were confident. However, drama soon unfolded as Dortmund found themselves 2-0 down within the game’s first half an hour. It seemed like their Championship hopes were to be ended, until Bayern Munich conceded in their game against Köln in the 81st minute. This tied Bayern’s game, a result that meant Dortmund would still win the league regardless of their result. Borussia fans once again were celebrating, as with only a handful of minutes left for Munich, they were on track to lift the title. However, Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala managed to net an 89th minute winner for Bayern. Despite Dortmund coming back to tie their game 2-2, it was not enough to top the table, crushing the hope of Dortmund and sending the league to Munich for the 11th consecutive season! Musiala became the hero for Bayern with a goal that he’ll surely see on sports highlights reels for years to come.
JAMAL MUSIALA WINS THE TITLE FOR BAYERN! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/cLZEOPKdpt
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 27, 2023
5. Sheffield Wednesday’s Rollercoaster Ride
Playoff drama from English soccer’s third tier, League One, where one of the most thrilling games in the league’s history took place this May. The Playoff Semi Final pitted Sheffield Wednesday against Peterborough United in a two game series to determine who would progress to the final at Wembley Stadium. While it was Sheffield Wednesday who finished 3rd in the table, it was Peterborough, who managed to scrape into the playoffs in 6th place by only one point, who came out firing, taking a 4-0 lead in the first game. Most fans wrote off Sheffield Wednesday’s chances of coming back in the second leg, but what followed silenced them all. Knowing they needed to match Peterborough’s lead from the first game, Wednesday managed to put together a resilient performance, with two first half goals, a goal in the 71st minute, followed by a miraculous 98th minute goal scored to tie the game and force extra time. Further drama followed, with Peterborough taking the lead on aggregate once again with an extra time goal, before Wednesday pulled out one final equalizer to send the game to penalties, where they walked away victorious. One of the most remarkable wins you’ll ever see!
Got a spare 2 + hours today? Well, we’ve uploaded the full game from Thursday night!
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) May 21, 2023
6. French Open Underway
The French Open got underway late in May, with some notable moments already occurring. World number two Daniel Medvedev will have surely been confident of his chances of winning the entire tournament going into the first round, but his hopes were cut short in a shocking upset. It was 172nd ranked Thiago Seyboth Wild who managed to defeat Medvedev in one of the biggest shocks in the history of the tournament. The result was all the more remarkable considering Seyboth Wild had not won a grand slam match previously, or even a tour level match all year! A moment that produced some historic sports highlights, take a look back below.
Biggest W of his young career. ✨🇧🇷
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 30, 2023
7. NHL Drama
The NHL Playoffs produced some incredible moments this May, but this from the Florida Panthers’ Matthew Tkachuk tops them all. In the Eastern Conference decider between the Panthers and the Carolina Hurricanes, it looked as if the teams were heading for overtime with the game tied 3-3. However, with just 4.9 seconds of regulation remaining, Tkachuk stepped up, scoring at the death to send the Panthers’ to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1996! Watch the pandemonium unfold here.
MATTHEW TKACHUK, ARE YOU KIDDING?! 😱😱😱
— NHL (@NHL) May 25, 2023
8. Kentucky Derby
One of Horse Racing’s biggest events took place this past month, as the 149th edition of the Kentucky Derby took place. There was some tragedy prior to the race as two of the horses slated to compete sadly died. The race still went ahead, with Mage and jockey Javier Castellano claiming victory. Mage started the day with 15-1 odds, beating out other horses more favored. Watch the race’s culmination back below.
MAGE WINS THE 149TH KENTUCKY DERBY pic.twitter.com/It6KxoLGem
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) May 6, 2023
9. Bale’s Hole in One
Gareth Bale is a name better known for his prowess on the soccer field, but those in the know have seen the Welshman’s golfing interests grow over the years. From jokes being made about how his love of golf came ahead of his love of Real Madrid when playing there, to now finding his place in sports highlights lore with a viral golfing video. Take a look at his first ever hole in one – and keep an ear out for the spectacular commentary!
GARETH BALE HIT HIS FIRST EVER HOLE-IN-ONE ⛳️
— Barstool Football (@StoolFootball) May 18, 2023
10. Hendriks Triumphant Return
The Chicago White Sox welcomed back Liam Hendriks with a raucous reception, as he returned to the mound just 5 months after receiving a positive cancer diagnosis. The Australian Baseball star’s story was one in the spotlight within the sport. Fans everywhere were delighted to see Hendriks back on the field so soon, and although the White Sox went on to lose the game, the reception for the return was a moment that will be replayed in sports highlights reels for years to come. Check it out again below!
HERE HE COMES 💚
Less than 5 months after being diagnosed with cancer, Liam Hendriks is back on the mound for the White Sox 🙌 pic.twitter.com/QEwPDvETu1
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) May 30, 2023
11. Koepka Wins Again
Brooks Koepka sealed victory at the PGA Championship this May in slightly controversial circumstances. Koepka’s involvement in the widely covered LIV Golf tournament earned him boos from many fans when teeing off on opening day, but the American didn’t let these bother him, as he went on to seal his 5th Major Championship trophy, a truly remarkable achievement.
Brooks Koepka wins the PGA Championship for his fifth major title. pic.twitter.com/fG7YqHvWgn
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 21, 2023
Bonus – Squirrel Scare at the Ballgame
Yankees fans were shocked to see an unexpected attendee scuttle right past them!
A squirrel caused quite the scare during a Major League Baseball game 🐿️😂 pic.twitter.com/XMZ5fkbzYc
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) May 25, 2023