After scoring seven times in five games, Lionel Messi was named LaLiga's Player of the Month for February.
Siya Kolisi captained South Africa to Rugby World Cup success on Saturday and Roger Federer was among the many to congratulate him.
South Africa hope to harness a Rugby World Cup triumph by bringing the country together, but a strong England stand in their way.
All of the Rugby World Cup semi-finalists and Japan have been represented in World Rugby's nominations for the 2019 team and coach awards.
Rugby league, not union, was in the blood for Owen Farrell but on Saturday he will battle to lift the greatest prize in the latter code.
Kieran Read says New Zealand see their third-place play-off against Wales as a chance to "rectify a few things" at the end of an era.
MMA promotion Bellator has signed former England rugby union star James Haskell, who is expected to make his debut in 2020.