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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.

Don't forget that Cleveland is host this year to the National Senior Games.  Held in venues all over the city, and featuring over 10,000 athletes, the games will run from July 19 - August 1.  Check out the schedule at http://www.nsga.com/2013-national-senior-games.aspx

Recently completed was Andy Murray's emotional men's singles victory at Wimbledon.  No male tennis player from Britain had won the tournament since 1936.  The women's winner was Marion Bartoli.  Coming up is the U. S. Open Tennis Champsionship, August 26-September 9.  Andy Murray and Serena Williams are the defending singles champions.

The PGA is halway through its Grand Slam cycle, with The Open and the PGA Championship ready to be contested.  The 142nd Open Championship will be played this year Muirfield in Scotland from July18-21.  Ernie Els will defend his title against an international field.  Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY, is the site of the PGA Championship from August 8-11.  Rory McIlroy scored a runaway victory last year at Kiawah, winning by 8 strokes.  Before that you can catch Akron's Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club from August 1-4.

The 100th Tour de France is entering its final week, concluding in Paris on July 21.  The race is contested in 21 stages, with 2 rest days, and covers over 2100 miles.  As I watch some of it on TV I'm once again impressed by the strategy of the teams and individual riders, amazed by the scenery, and frustrated by the crazy spectators who feel the need to be in the road with the cyclists.

After going 12-0 in 2012, The Ohio State Buckeyes enter this college football season eligible for postseason play and one of the favorites to win the national championship.  Their first game, against Buffalo, is in Columbus on Saturday, August 31.

Browns Training Camp kicks off at the end of July, with the rookies reporting on July 19, followed by the veterans on the 24th.  The new coaching staff is untested, the quarterback situation is still shaky, but the fans are ready and optimistic.

Did you know there are websites that track arrests of NFL players?  Just Google "NFL arrests" and you'll find a number of sites that chart this information.  Unfortunately the Browns rank right up there near the top.

Check out these new titles in the Sports Section:

Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere by Lucas Mann (796.35764 M281C - 2013).  An unforgettable chronicle of a year of minor-league baseball in a small Iowa town.

Going Deep:  How Wide Receivers Became the Most Compelling Figures in Pro Sports by Cris Carter (796.35764097 - 2013).  Carter and ESPN journalist Jeffri Chadiha chronicle the rise of the wide receiver and explain how it became the most complex, compelling, and talked-about position in all of professional sports.

Summer of Beer and Whiskey:  How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America's Game by Edward Achorn (796.35709 A179S - 2013).  A thoroughly enjoyable re-creation of the gusto, guts, glory, and grime of the game's early days.

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