In England, the FA Premier
League kicks off a new season on the weekend of 13th/14th. The 2005/2006
Premiership Season will be intriguing, with Chelsea, Arsenal
and Manchester United all fighting it out for top spot. Wonder
who'll be grinning at the end of the season: Jose Mourinho, Arsene
Wenger or Alex Ferguson. Or will Rafa Benitez have the last laugh
after May's spectacular Champions League win in Istanbul?
Other major highlights of
August's sporting programme come from Golf and Tennis, and both take
place in the USA.
The fourth and final majors of
both sports take place; from the 11th to 14th at Baltusrol Golf Club,
Springfield, New Jersey hosts the 87th US PGA Championship, then the action
moves from green to (hard)court with the US Open Tennis Championship
at Flushing Meadows in Flushing, New York from the 29th (through to 11th September).
Athletics aficionados will look
forward to the IAAF World Championships which take place in
Helsinki, Finland from the 6th through
to the 14th of September.
York Racecourse in the north of England hosts its annual
Ebor Festival meeting in August from the 16th to 18th, the highlights being the Juddmonte
International Stakes (16th), the Aston Upthorpe Yorkshire Oaks
(17th), and the Victor Chandler Nunthorpe Stakes (18th). In the
USA, racegoers look forward to the Arlington Million at Arlington
Park, Illinois (13th), a key race in the World Series Racing
Cricket: England's 2nd, 3rd and 4th
Ashes Tests against Australia at Edgbaston
(Birmingham), Old Trafford (Manchester) and Trent Bridge (Nottingham) run from 4th to 8th, 11th to 15th and from the 25th to 29th, respectively.
In Cycling, there is the
Tour of Spain (27th to 18th September), also known as Vuelta a Espana.
There is only one Formula 1
race this month: the Turkish Grand Prix from Istanbul (21st).
These are just some of August's
highlights. Unfortunately, a full schedule is not available for
the month of August. However, a full schedule, is now available for
events in September 2005.