Italian seven-time former world champion Valentino Rossi, riding a Yamaha, won his home grand prix at Mugello for the seventh time in a row on Sunday. Australian reigning world champion Casey Stoner took second place with Spaniard Dani Pedrosa in third.
The first time a player takes to the field in a Champions League final is always a special moment in his career, but for Paul Scholes there will be extra significance on Wednesday in Moscow. The Manchester United midfielder has had to wait longer than most and, even more poignantly, this opportunity has come nine years after it should have done.
Chelsea may be playing their first Champions League final and Manchester United appearing in the showpiece event only after a nine-year absence, but there will be no shortage of experience when the two sides line up at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday.
Inter Milan's ill discipline cost them again as Liverpool won 1-0 at the San Siro on Tuesday to progress to the Champions League quarterfinals 3-0 on aggregate. Nicolas Burdisso was sent off just five minutes into the second half of the second-round, second-leg tie to scupper the Italian champions' hopes of reaching the next round.
Italy's South African coach Nick Mallett said he was frustrated by his side's two crucial first-half mistakes that cost them a first-ever victory over England. Italy lost 23-19 at Rome's Stadio Olimpico in the Six Nations on Sunday in a match where they came as close as ever to beating England in 14 attempts.