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The Sports Section – Roller Coaster Summer

What a summer for Cleveland sports fans.  It continues to be a roller coaster ride of highs and lows for all of our pro teams.  The sportswriters and local sports talk radio personalities have to be beyond ecstatic with the never-ending supply of news, rumors, and predictions to discuss.

 

The Sports Section - Summer Events Near and Far

Lots going on with the Cleveland sports scene right now.  First up, this week, (June 5-8) is The Cleveland Open, an event on the web.com golf tour schedule.  The tournament will be played at Lakewood Country Club, right here in Westlake.  For all the details about the event, go to the official site, The Cleveland Open.  Parking for all spectators will be restricted to Crocker Park, with shuttle vans running every 10-15 minutes.  You can also catch the action on the Golf Channel Thursday and Friday from 6:30-9 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 7-9 pm.  Nice to be in the spotlight.

 

Coming July 3-6 is the Continental Cup International Youth Sports Festival, featuring over 3000 young athletes from all over the world participating in soccer, baseball, and basketball competitions.  Last year 218 teams played more than 500 games on 28 fields/courts.  The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission has all the info on schedules and venues.

 

The next major golf championship is the U. S. Open, being played at Pinehurst Country Club in Pinehurst, NC from June 9-15.  The defending champion of this tournament, that always concludes on Father's Day, is England's Justin Rose.

 

One of the premiere sporting events this summer is the FIFA International Men's Football Tournament, better known as the World Cup.  Brazil is the host nation of this once-every-four-years tournament, running from June 12-July 13.  32 teams will compete in 64 matches held at 12 venues, all of which will be televised live on ESPN and its affiliates.  The U.S. team plays its first match against Ghana on June 16 at 6 pm on ESPN.  The early favorite to win it all - Brazil!

 

Finishing up this week - the French Open tennis tournment played at Roland-Garros.  The Women's Singles Champion of 2013, Serena Williams, is out, but the defending Men's Singles Champion,  Rafael Nadal, continues on towards the finals on Sunday.

 

This Saturday, June 7, the final leg of racing's Triple Crown will be contested in the Belmont Stakes in New York - the longest of the 3 races.  California Chrome is currently favored to win and become a Triple Crown champion, the first horse to do so since Affirmed in 1978.

 

And, as always, there's plenty of exciting interest in the Browns, Indians, and Cavaliers right now.  Lots to talk about on all fronts.  Are these the wait-'til-next year seasons all the teams and fans have been waiting for?

 

Featured books this month - you'll find them in our new book room.

 My Journey through the Beauty and Dark Side of Soccer

Duel for the Crown:  Affirmed, Alydar and Racing's Greatest Rivalry (by Linda Carroll - 798.4 C319D - 2014).

 

The Sports Section - Pros and Cons

No, this topic is not about professional athletes and their legal problems.  This is about some of the rule changes affecting MLB and the NFL this year that have stirred up a bit of controversy.
 
With the 2014 baseball season just underway, teams, announcers, umpires, and fans are trying to figure out the two major rules changes.
 

The Sports Section - The Weather Outside

Snow, frigid temperatures, wind chill.  Had enough of another Cleveland winter yet?  Depending on your frame of mind, the wide world of sports offers a lot of climate options to suit your mood.

 

The Sports Section - 2013 - The Year in Sports

The Sports Section - Save the Date

Since enough gets written and said about our local professional teams, I want to focus again on Cleveland's local sports scene and some upcoming events in 2014 that already have sports fans talking.
 

The Sports Section - Zebras

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There are many ways to lose a sporting contest, but one of the worst has to be a bad call by the officials.  Is there any group in the wide world of sports that takes more abuse than these enforcers of the rules? 

Maybe you've commented on occasion that you could do the job better than the professional officials.  In case you want to follow through on that statement, here are some of the requirements and training necessary to become an official of a nationally recognized sport.

The Sports Section - Superstitions

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Of all the fascinating things that occur in the world of sports, some of the craziest are the actions that players, managers, and coaches go through prior to a game or during the season. All part of the mental game, these antics can include superstitions, good luck charms, rituals, curses, and jinxes.

The Sports Section - Dog Days of Summer

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The warm weather of the summer months is naturally one of the busiest times on the sports front.  Even though summer sports get most of the attention this time of year, there is still plenty of talk on the sports radio shows about the Browns and Cavs and the off-season moves they're making.  And the Indians are still making it interesting in the AL Central.

The Sports Section - Local Action

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There are a lot of sporting events being held in the Cleveland area this summer and fall, many of them attracting an international field of participants.  In chronological order, here are some activities that might be worth a look.

May 22-25 - 2013 MAC Baseball Tournament

Eight teams will compete for the Mid-American Conference Baseball Championship at All-Pro Freight Staduim in Avon, Ohio.  http://www.mac-sports.com/Championships/Baseball2013.aspx

May 29 - U. S. Soccer Men's National Team vs. Belgium - 8 pm

This is only the third time that the U.S. team has appeared in Cleveland - it will be a tune-up for the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches.  You can see the game at First Energy Stadium - Home of the Cleveland Browns (Cleveland Browns Stadium works better for me!).