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.
Duel for the Crown: Affirmed, Alydar and Racing's Greatest Rivalry (by Linda Carroll - 798.4 C319D - 2014).
Eight World Cups: My Journey Through the Beauty and Dark Side of Soccer (by George Vecsey - 796.334668 V413E - 2014)
I Don't Care if We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever (by Ben Blatt - 796.357 B6441 - 2014)
Johnny Football: Johnny Manziel's Wild Ride From Obscurity to Legend at Texas A&M (by Mike Shropshire - 796.332092 M296S - 2014)
A Summer to Remember: Bill Veeck, Lou Boudreau, Bob Feller and the 1948 Cleveland Indians (by Lew Freedman - 796.35764 C635F - 2014)
Get out there and enjoy - whatever sport you love to participate in or watch!