Even with NBA players still on strike, with fall officially here, there's no shortage of sports starting up, from pee-wee leagues all the way up to the pros.
But there are also other athletic forms of competition that gain little notice every year despite a dedicated following. Here we explore some sports that you've likely never heard of (and should probably never attempt).
We begin with chess and boxing, together at last in a sport whose name is as unlikely as the combination itself: chess boxing.
So the name may not be original, but chess boxing is a singular sport that demands brains and brawn like no other athletic competition. Popular in Germany and the United Kingdom, the game is played with alternating rounds of chess and boxing. Competitors can win by winning the chess game, by knocking out an opponent or by judges' decision at the end.