Remember life before Sochi? 5 sporting events during the Olympics' final days

Five sporting events going on during Sochi's final days. (AFP/Reuters/USA Today)

Five sporting events going on during Sochi's final days. (AFP/Reuters/USA Today)

John Matisz, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:05 PM ET

We know, we know: Who cares about anything but the Olympics when the Olympics are on, right?

Well, by now you're likely so deep into the Sochi rabbit hole you've actually forgotten which sporting events typically take place in the month of February.

We're here to help.

Here's five events you probably pushed aside that will go down between Day 8 (Feb. 15) and the closing ceremony (Feb. 23):

5) WGC Match Play Championship (Feb. 20 to 23)

The Arizona-based tournament won't feature the likes of Tiger Woods and Adam Scott, but Matt Kuchar, No. 9 in the world and the reigning champ, is back looking for a repeat. Woods has won the event, the first of four annual World Golf Championships tournaments, three times since its inception in 1999.

4) ATP Rio Open 500 (Feb. 17 to 23)

With heavyweights Rafael Nadal (No. 1) and David Ferrer (5) scheduled to compete, the Rio Open is a must-follow. Knocking off Nadal will be a difficult task for Ferrer and the rest of the field, considering the Spaniard is a clay court master. That US$1.25 million purse has Nadal's name on it.

3) NASCAR Daytona 500 (Feb. 23)

The points handed out may be equal to any other Sprint Cup race, yet the 200-mile Daytona 500 is clearly NASCAR's crown jewel. The season opener will boast Jimmie Johnson, the oddsmakers' favourite to win, as well as other contenders like Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin.

2) NBA all-star weekend (Feb. 15, 16)

Held at the Smoothie King Centre in New Orleans, the 63rd edition of the yearly spectacle is, as usual, highlighted by the skills portion of the weekend rather than the all-star game. There's the three-point and dunk competitions, a skill challenge, and a rising stars game. LeBron James unsurprisingly led all players with 1.4 million votes.

1) MLB spring training (Feb. 12 to 22)

Baseball's back. Yes, the boys of summer begin spring training with winter still lurking. Each Major League Baseball team has different first days of camp, but before the Olympics conclude all teams will be down south. For what it's worth, the Toronto Blue Jays are set to have its full roster in Florida by Feb. 20.

(Photos courtesy AFP, USA Today, QMI Agency)


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