The original 24 teams have been pared 16 for the second round, starting July 2 in eight US cities. The quarterfinals follow on July 9 and 10. Semifinals are July 13; the final is July 17 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
Tour de France (See story at left).
Canadian Football League season begins
The expansion-minded CFL lifts the curtain on three new franchises in the United States. The addition of Baltimore, Las Vegas, and Shreveport, La., gives the league 12 teams altogether.
USA Cup youth soccer
The fourth-largest youth-soccer tournament in the world kicks off in Blaine, Minn. The week-long event celebrates its 10th anniversary with 680 teams from 20 nations and 31 states.
Baseball All-Star Game
With labor-management contract negotiations threatening to disrupt the second half of the major-league season, the National and American League stars meet at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium for the 65th annual midseason classic. The National squad hopes to break a six-game losing streak.
British Open golf
The third major tournament on the men's golf calendar will be played at Turnberry, Scotland. In 1986, this year's defending champion, Greg Norman, won his first major tour title there.
Davis Cup (men's tennis)
Eight of the 16 national teams that began this annual year-long competition will square off in second-round matches. The Netherlands hosts the US in Rotterdam, France hosts Sweden in Cannes, Russia hosts the Czech Republic in St. Petersburg, and defending champion Germany hosts Spain in Halle. The semifinals will be held in September, the final in December.
Federation Cup (women's tennis)
The women's counterpart of the Davis Cup. Thirty-two teams will meet in Frankfurt, Germany, for the second year in a row. Spain has won two of the last three years.
July 23-Aug. 7
Ted Turner began these Games in 1986 in Moscow as a way to foster international understanding after the Soviet and Eastern bloc boycott of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. They were held in Seattle in 1990 and now move on to St. Petersburg, Russia. Twenty-four summer and winter sports are on the program.
July 29-Aug. 6
Women's World Fast-Pitch Softball Championships
A record 28 teams will participate, with five of the teams competing in St. Johns, Newfoundland, qualifying for the first-ever Olympic softball tournament, to take place in 1996.