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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!).

The Sports Section - Spring Fever

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The Sports Section - Road Trip

The Sports Section 2012 - The Year in Sports

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If your memory is as bad as mine, this review of the top sporting events of 2012 might help.

The Sports Section - Beyond the Browns, Indians and Cavs

Are you looking for other sports options besides Cleveland's major sports teams?  There are a variety of sports contests in the Cleveland area and around the world that should appeal to a wide range of sports interests, as well as a number of Clevelanders participating in national and international competitions.

Are We Ready for Some Football?

The Sports Section - Let the Games Begin

The Sports Section - UPDATES - 6/20/2012

Congratulations to the Kent State University Golden Flashes for their outstanding baseball season and the school's first appearance ever in the NCAA College World Series!  Their season ended in a loss to the two-time defending champions - the South Carolina Gamecocks.

 

The Sports Section - Tennis Anyone?

We're nearing the halfway point of this year's major tennis tournament season with an international field of top-ranked players.  For the men the top five are Novak Djokovic (Serbia), Rafael Nadal (Spain), Roger Federer (Switzerland), Andy Murray (Great Britain), and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France).  On the ladies' side the best of the best are Victoria Azarenka (Belarus), Maria Sharapova (Russia), Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland), Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic), and Serena Williams (USA).

The Sports Section: The Run for the Roses

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If it's the first Saturday in May, it has to be the running of the Kentucky Derby.  And to make it even more exciting this year, the classic horse race falls on May 5 - the day of celebration known as Cinco de Mayo.  The 138th running of the "greatest two minutes in sports" takes place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, and is the first leg of racing's Triple Crown.  The Preakness follows two weeks after the Derby at the Pimlico Race Track in Maryland and the Belmont Stakes, in New York, are 3 weeks after that, the last and longest of the three races.  The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978.

Animal Kingdom was the 2011 winner of the Kentucky Derby, ridden by John Velaquez (his first derby win).  An attendance record was set last year, with 164,858 race fans on hand to catch the Run for the Roses.