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Starting Five: The to-do list for sports fans this week

June 24, 2012|By Chris Sosa | RedEye

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"Legends of pro wrestling"

Available Tuesday

Want to impress your friends with the Undertaker's career stats? Or trot out an obscure fact from a pro wrestler from the mid-1800s? This book is your chance to wow fellow enthusiasts—or anyone who might be within earshot. And if anyone argues with you, you could smack them over the head with the book. Just kidding; keep your exchanges to words, please.

ATTEND

Cubs vs. N.Y. Mets

Monday-Wednesday, Wrigley Field

It looks like the Cubs will miss knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey—aka the one-hitter wonder—but they will cross paths with Johan Santana, who's got a no-hitter this season. All right, so the Cubs are still in last place, but the forecast includes pretty much no rain, so raise your hand if you like fresh air!

WATCH

Euro 2012

Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, ESPN

In case you're wondering, this is what Europe has been up to the past three weeks. This soccer tournament of powerhouses might be the next best thing to the World Cup. Germany, Portugal, Spain and Italy are the last four standing. You don't have to worry about the semifinals (Wednesday and Thursday) or final (Sunday) ending in a tie, either.

PEDAL

L.A.T.E. Ride

Midnight Saturday, 500 S. Columbus Drive

While most people are fast asleep, you could tour Chicago's neighborhoods on your bike. This 25-mile trek costs $45 and runs from midnight to sunrise. And while you're staying in shape, the event also benefits Friends of the Parks. It's like running the Chicago Marathon, except you probably won't need to curl into the fetal position when you're done. It is a leisurely ride, after all. lateride.org

ATTEND

Sky vs. Atlanta

5 p.m. Sunday, Allstate Arena

You'll get a lot more than hoops at this WNBA contest. The Sky will showcase several church choirs as well as gospel superstar Marvin Sapp. The Grammy nominee's 2007 single, "Never Would Have Made It," became the first gospel single to reach 1 million digital downloads. In the meantime, if a higher power wants to help the Sky steamroll to the playoffs, that's cool too.

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