2017 Sporting Calendar: key dates and event planner

AMERICAN FOOTBALL (NFL unless stated) JAN 1 Regular season ends. 7-8 Play-offs begin, wild card round. 9 US College Play-off National Ch’ship (Tampa, Florida). 14-15 Divisional play-offs. 22 AFC & NFC Ch’ship games. 29 Pro Bowl (Orlando, Florida). FEB 5 Super Bowl LI (Houston, Texas). APRIL 27-29 Draft (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). JUNE 10/11 (tbc) Big6 EuroBowl XXXI (tbc); EFL Bowl IV (tbc). SEPT 7 2017-18 season starts.  24 or OCT 1 Jacksonville v Baltimore (Wembley), Miami v New Orleans (Wembley). OCT 22 or 29 Cleveland v Minnesota (Twickenham), Los Angeles v Arizona (Twickenham). AQUATICS  DIVING FEB 3-5 British National Cup (Plymouth). 24-26 Grand Prix (Rostock, Germany). MARCH 3-5 World Series (Beijing). 23-25 World Series (Dubai).  31-APRIL 2 World Series (Windsor, Canada). APRIL 6-9 Grand Prix (Gatineau, Canada). 9-12 British Elite Junior Ch’ships (Plymouth). 21-23 World Series (Kazan, Russia). MAY 4-7 Grand Prix (San Juan, Puerto Rico). 26-28 Grand Prix (Madrid). JUNE 2-4 British Ch’ships (Edinburgh).  12-18 European Ch’ships (Kiev). 27-JULY 2 European Junior Ch’ships (Bergen, Norway). JULY 5-7 Grand Prix (Bolzano, Italy). 5-9 ASA National Age Group Ch’ships (Sheffield). 14-22 World Ch’ships (Budapest). 28-30 World Ch’ships, high diving (Budapest). OCT 26-29 Grand Prix (Kuala Lumpur). NOV 2-5 Grand Prix (Singapore). 9-12 Grand Prix (Gold Coast, Australia). OPEN WATER FEB 4 10km marathon World Cup (Patagones-Viedma, Argentina). 5 Grand Prix (Santa Fe Coronda, Argentina). 12 Grand Prix (Villa Urquiza Parana, Argentina). MARCH 11 10km marathon World Cup (Dubai). JUNE 9-11 Gt North Swim (Lake Windermere). 17 Gt East Swim (Alton Water, Suffolk). 24 10km marathon World Cup (Setubal, Portugal).  JULY 15-21 World Ch’ships (Budapest). 27 10km marathon World Cup (Lac St Jean, Canada). 29 Grand Prix (Lac St Jean, Canada). 30-31 ASA National Ch’ships (Rother Continue Reading

New in Scottsdale: Comfort-food restaurant Liberty Tavern, breakfast spot The Place

Two vacant restaurant spots in Scottsdale are no longer up for grabs: the old Cibo e Vino is opening soon as Liberty Station; and Heirloom Kitchen is now The Place — Mike and Ronda’s Restaurant, the second Valley location for the Glendale breakfast concept.The Keeler Hospitality Group is transforming the space formerly occupied by Italian restaurant Cibo e Vino into an all-American tavern. Liberty Station is set to open in February at Terravita Marketplace near Carefree Highway and Tom Darlington Drive in north Scottsdale.Keeler also owns Market Street Kitchen in Scottsdale’s DC Ranch and Steaks and Chops in Omaha, Neb.RELATED:  Scottsdale's newest restaurants: La Locanda, Weft & Warp | Review: Scottsdale's Bourbon & Bones is more sizzle than steak​ | 6 big-name chefs on the move in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona​ | Scottsdale lands some of Arizona's best barbecue, sushi jointsChef Michael Hunn, former executive chef of Anthem Country Club, will oversee both Market Street Kitchen and the new Liberty Station, which will open for lunch and dinner.Look for a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, salads, seafood, steaks and chops. Liberty Station also plans to feature smoked meats, such as brisket, smoked in a custom-made smoker from Camelback Smokers, which will be on display on the restaurant's patio.A sample of menu items: Tavern mac and cheese ($10), piggy wings ($9) and Liberty chopped salad ($8).For lunch, options include All-American Chicago hot dog ($8), Boston lobster roll ($18) and chopped brisket grilled cheese ($12). At dinner, they range from Kobe meatloaf ($17) to New England clam boil ($24).In addition to the comfort food-driven menu, Liberty Station plans to offer “vintage” cocktails, local craft beers and plenty of wine.Details: Opening at 34522 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 180, Scottsdale.Earlier risers in Scottsdale Continue Reading