July Sports Preview
The FIFA World Cup continues well into the month, reaching a climax on July 13th. With the host nation still involved, all eyes will be on Brazil to deliver a rousing Samba crescendo.
With international duties over the stars of European Football turn their attentions to their upcoming domestic leagues. Premier League Champions Manchester City take part in the International Champions Cup alongside Liverpool and Manchester United, with Arsenal lining up, as usual, in the Emirates Cup.
Following the heartbreak and drama of the Sri Lanka test series, the England Cricket team will be hoping for better fortunes when they take on India in the first three of a series of five tests. With Captain Cook rested by Essex and reputation of the notoriously travel sick Indians, the time might be right for England to take the series.
Britain's Cyclists aim to make it three Tour De France victories in a row when the wheels start turning on 5th July in Yorkshire this year. Team Sky have left out Sir Bradley Wiggins for the 101st staging of the historic race, pinning their hopes on last year's winner, Chris Froome, to be the fastest between Leeds and Paris.
Barring torrential downpours the action at Wimbledon concludes on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th, with the majority of the British public hoping that Andy Murray can repeat his feat of the last two years and make the final. Even better if he can win his second title in as many years.
The cream of the Golfing world descend on Hoylake for the 143rd Open. Tiger Woods is "getting stronger" after his layoff following back surgery, but is surely still too early to consider him a serious challenger to Phil Mickelson's title. Martin Kaymer has strong claims for the Golf Champions Trophy, more commonly known as the Claret Jug, following his recent US Open win and subsequent good form.
July's racing highlights include the aptly named July Cup meeting from Newmarket, The King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, and Glorious Goodwood. The Greyhounds bolt out of the traps at Sunderland for the William Hill sponsored Classic and Grand Prix semi-finals, taking place on Saturday July 5th, with the finals on the 16th.
The Formula One season continues throughout the month, kicking off on the 6th with Lewis Hamilton going for only his 2nd British Grand Prix victory of his career. His Mercedes team mate won the race last year and Nico Rosberg is the second favourite, behind Hamilton, to take top spot on the Silverstone podium again. The action then comes thick and fast, from Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix on the 20th and the Hungarian Grand Prix from Budapest the following week. Spanish superstar Marc Marquez goes for an unprecedented ninth win in nine races at the MotoGP Germany on the 13th of the month. Can anyone beat him this season?
The World Matchplay Darts from Blackpool's famous Winter Gardens takes place from 19th - 27th, with all the usual suspects lining up on the oche for a tilt at Phil 'The Power' Taylor's title. As ever, Dutchman Michael van Gerwen and Taylor are the favourites to lift the trophy this year.
The month comes to an explosive end as Dereck 'Del Boy' Chisora steps into the ring to take on Tyson Fury in a WBO Heavyweight Championship final eliminator. The bout at the Manchester Arena is one of the most anticipated fights of the year, and one not to be missed.