After a month of soccer, the World Cup has finally come to a close. To some, this just means that they can continue on with their lives as usual. To the avid sports fan, however, this means that one of the most intriguing events in sports has come to a close, and something new must fill the void that the World Cup had previously occupied. Sadly, we have entered the “Dog days of Summer”, the time when the only sport being covered is baseball, and we al know that the MLB can be a little slow at times. For those who get bored of baseball during the summer, here are some of the other sporting events that are taking place during the dog days.
10. WNBA- May 16th –August 17th
For all those basketball lovers out there, the WNBA is perfect! The Women’s NBA provides the much needed basketball coverage that is lacking while the NBA is not in season, and the WNBA is a great place to tune in if you’re looking for some high tier basketball!
Watching two men box each other is always entertaining, and with all the fights this summer there’s sure to be spectacular fights. The biggest fights this summer include: Tyson Fury vs. Dereck Chisora for the British Heavyweight Title(July 26th) and Sergio Martinez vs. Miguel Cotto for WBC and Lineal Middleweight Titles(July 27th).
8. UFC Fight Night
While boxing is entertaining, UFC is insane. With two grown men doing everything they can to decimate their opponent, UFC never disappoints. Biggest fights: Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki (September 27th); Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero (September 27th); Patrick Cote vs. Stephen Thompson(September 27th).
7. Tennis- Atlanta Open- August 15th – August 23rd
With most of the tennis done for the year, the only tournaments left lacking the big names of tennis. The defending champion of the Atlanta open is John Isner, and he is looking as strong as ever, and is looking to claim the title once again.
6. Auto Racing
While racing isn’t for everyone, it is considered one of the purely American Sports, so try to tune in for at least a few laps! The biggest races of the summer are the Labor Day Classic 500(August 23rd) and the Geico 500(October 18th – 19th).
5. World Series of Beach Volleyball (July 22nd – July 27th)
Based in Long Beach California, the World Series of Volleyball never fails to disappoint. Beach Volleyball is a great sport to play on the beach, but these pros take the fun recreational sport to the next level. With live music performances every day, the World Series of Beach Volleyball is an event that you shouldn’t miss!
4. World Lacrosse Championship (July 10th – July 19th)
With 38 Nations competing from around the world, it’s amazing that more people aren’t aware of this championship. Much like the World Cup for Lacrosse, teams from all over the world come to compete, and with lacrosse growing as fast as it is, in a few years this event may become extremely popular.
3. PGA Championship (August 7th – August 10th)
The PGA Championship is always one of the biggest events in golf, and one of the most important. Jason Dufner will try to defend his title that he received last year, but it will be difficult due to the top tier competition. The last person to win the PGA Championship twice in a row was Tiger Woods in 2006 and 2007.
2. The Tour De France (July 5th – July 27th)
This three week cycling race is always one of the most anticipated cycling races of the year. Covering over 3,000 kilometers and 22 days, these cyclists have to be in top shape in order to compete. While the race is extremely long, it’s always fun to watch the race whenever it is on.
1. Champions Cup Soccer (July 24th – August 4th)
With the excitement of the World Cup still running high, the Champions Cup Soccer should be one of the best leagues to follow if your love for soccer has been rekindled. With some of the best players in the world, the level of play is extremely high. If you didn’t get enough soccer from the World Cup, Champions Cup Soccer is where you should look for more soccer!