For the first time in the 85-year history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, stock cars are invading the premises. Two days of practice and qualifying will precede the main event, for which the Speedway received an estimated 1 million ticket applications. Roughly 275,000 grandstand seats were sold out.
PGA Golf Championships
It's into the home stretch, with the last ``major'' men's tournament of the year beckoning at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. Defending champion Paul Azinger, a Massachusetts native, is not likely to be in the hunt this time, since he only recently made a courageous return to the tour following a serious illness.
US/Pan-African track meet
First held in 1971, and subsequently in 1975 and 1982, this major ``dual'' meet offers a window on the growing strength of Africa in track and field. Leroy Walker, president of the US Olympic Committee and former US Olympic track-and-field coach, spearheads the Durham, N.C., competition.
Cycling World Championships
Every discipline under the cycling sun, both road and track events, will be contested in Sicily, Italy.
15th Commonwealth Games
Sixty-five nations bonded by their historical ties to the British crown meet in Victoria, British Columbia, for this quadrennial Olympic-style competition. South Africa , long banned because of its apartheid policies, will take part for the first time in 36 years.
Little League World Series
The 48th annual championship brings together eight teams at Little League headquarters in Williamsport, Pa. - four regional winners from within the United States, and four from outside the US. ABC Sports, as is traditional, will carry Saturday afternoon's championship game live at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on ``Wide World of Sports.''
College football begins
The Universities of Nebraska and West Virginia jump-start the new season by squaring off in the Kickoff Classic, played each fall since 1983 at Giants Stadium in New Jersey's Meadowlands.
August 29-September 11
US Open tennis
The year's fourth and final Grand Slam tournament, played in New York, can be its hottest and noisiest, especially when the jets from neighboring LaGuardia Airport roar overhead. ``If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere'' is the underlying theme. Pete Sampras prevailed at the National Tennis Center last year and won Wimbledon this year. Steffi Graf, who was upset in her opening match at Wimbledon, is defending women's champion.