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TOP SPORTING EVENTS: JULY 29-AUGUST 7

One of the closest pennant races in the history of the California Collegiate League has come down the final homestand of the Santa Barbara Foresters. They host Team Vegas in a three-game series at UCSB’s Caesar Uyesaka Stadium starting today (Fri., July 29).

The San Luis Obispo Blues (24-12) wrapped up their league schedule with an 11-2 victory over Orange County on Thursday night. The Foresters (23-10) kept pace with a 12-3 rout of the Academy Barons in Compton, and now they control their own destiny. They need one victory to clinch a tie for first place. With two wins, they would celebrate their ninth consecutive title outright.

Friday’s and Saturday’s games start at 5 p.m. The regular season finale Sunday is at 1 p.m. Following that game, the Foresters will board their bus and head off to Wichita, Kansas, for the 77th annual National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series. They will face the Hutchinson (Kan.) Monarchs in their opening game Wednesday.

At the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, the second of four high-goal championships (the Piaget Silver Cup) will be decided Sunday at 1 p.m.

Goleta Beach will be a beehive of activity early Sunday morning during the first Goleta Beach Triathlon and Duathlon.

The Old Spanish Days Fiesta next week brings two competitions to Earl Warren Showgrounds, professional bull riding and a three-day rodeo.

Friday, July 29

Polo – Piaget Silver Cup semifinals at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, 2 p.m.

Baseball – Team Vegas at Santa Barbara Foresters, UCSB Caesar Uyesaka Stadium, 5 p.m.

Saturday, July 30

Baseball – Team Vegas at Santa Barbara Foresters, UCSB Caesar Uyesaka Stadium, 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 31

Endurance sport – Goleta Beach Triathlon (Olympic – .93-mile swim, 24.8-mile bike, 6.2-mile run; Sprint – 440-yard swim, 8-mile bike, 3.1-mile run; Duathlon – 3.1-mile run, 24.9-mile bike, 3.1-mile run), Goleta Beach Park, 7 a.m. goletabeachtriathlon.com.

Baseball – Team Vegas at Santa Barbara Foresters, UCSB Caesar Uyesaka Stadium, 1 p.m.

Polo – USPA Piaget Silver Cup championship at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, 1 p.m. Lucchese America Cup games at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Tuesday, August 2

Running / swimming – Reef & Run Summer Series (1k swim, 1-mile swim, 2-mile run, 4-mile run), Cabrillo Bath House, 6:25 p.m. Continues every Tuesday through September 13. reefandrun.org .

Wednesday, August 3

Running / swimming – Nite Moves Summer Sunset Series (1k swim, 5k run), Leadbetter Beach, 6 p.m. Continues every Wednesday through August 31. runsantabarbara.com.

Baseball – Santa Barbara Foresters at National Baseball Congress World Series, Wichita, Kansas.

Thursday, August 4

Bull Riding – Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Challenger Tour, Earl Warren Showgrounds, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, August 5

Rodeo – Fiesta Competencia de los Vaqueros, Earl Warren Showgrounds, 7:30 p.m. sbfiestarodeo.com.

Saturday, August 6

Rodeo – Fiesta Competencia de los Vaqueros, Earl Warren Showgrounds, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 7

Polo – USPA Lucchese America Cup at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, 1 p.m.

Rodeo – Fiesta Competencia de los Vaqueros, Earl Warren Showgrounds, 1:30 p.m.

RUNNING, WALKINGCYCLING

Thursday, August 18 – Westmonster 5K cross country race, Westmont College, 6:15 p.m. westmont.edu.

Sunday, August 21 – McConnell’s Ice Cream Endurance Events (5K run, 10K run, children’s mile, mile swim, biathlon), Goleta Beach, 8:30 a.m. sbrunning.org.

Saturday, August 27 – Santa Barbara Triathlon, long course (1-mile swim/34-mile bike/10-mile run), East Beach Bathhouse, 7 a.m. sbtriathlon.com.

Sunday, August 28 – Santa Barbara Triathlon, sprint course (500-yard swim/6-mile bike/2-mile run), East Beach Bathhouse, 7 a.m. sbtriathlon.com.

Sunday, September 4 – Pier to Peak Half Marathon, Stearns Wharf to La Cumbre Peak, 6:30 a.m. runsantabarbara.com.

Saturday-Sunday, September 17-18 –Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, Chase Palm Park to Carpinteria State Beach. avonwalk.org.

Sunday, September 25 – Carpinteria Triathlon (1.5K swim/40K bike/10K run or 0.5K swim/15K bike/5K run) Carpinteria State Beach, 7:30 a.m. carpinteriatriathlon.com.

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