?Tour de France
? Pepsi 400
ABC 3 PM (TAPE DELAY); CBS 8 PM
You don't have to be in the race yourself to shift gears. From pelotons to pileups, burning calories to burning rubber, Vaseline to gasoline, Road Rules France yields the pavement to Wheel World Daytona. In the two-tire division Lance Armstrong embarks on a defense of his stunning 1999 triumph in today's Prologue from Le Puy du Fou. (Beginning on Sunday there will be daily race coverage evenings on ESPN2 and ESPN.) The four-wheelers, including the '99 victor, Dale Jarrett, will take to Daytona's famed 2.5-mile oval under the lights.
?Euro 2000 Final
PPV ($24.95) 2 PM
Also discovered behind that Los Alamos copy machine with those computer discs containing nuclear secrets: D.B. Cooper, Bison Dele, the band Night Ranger and Angelina Jolie's sense of discretion, but not, apparently, sufficient domestic interest in Europe's most popular soccer tournament for a broadcast or cable network to show the final. Hence, today's telecast from Rotterdam, which at week's end seemed likely to include the homeland Netherlands squad, will run you almost 59 guilders. Holland's alltime leading scorer, striker Dennis Bergkamp, would think it keen to play his final international match in his backyard.
? White Sox at Royals
WGN 8 PM
You hear Royals and Dye, and you think, Enough about Prince Wills's bloody 18th birthday already. The Royal in question here is Jermaine Dye, whose 19 home runs at week's end paced Kansas City. Like their towheaded namesake across the pond, the Royals (35-38, 20-13 at Kaufman Stadium) are coming of age with players such as terrific 26-year-olds Dye, leftfielder Johnny Damon and first baseman Mike Sweeney.
? Wimbledon Women's Semifinals
NBC 1 PM, TNT 5 PM (BOTH TAPE DELAY)
This could be a two-Martina lunch drat, as often happens, runs into the dinner hour. Martina Hingis last won a Grand Slam singles tide in January 1999, but she is still ranked No. 1 and seeded thusly here. Martina Navratilova, winner of a combined 19 singles and doubles titles at the All England Club, returns after a five-year absence with faint hopes of tying Billie Jean King's record 20. Navratilova, 43, will play doubles with Mariaan De Swardt. The men's semifinals are scheduled for Friday ( NBC noon and TNT 5 p.m., both tape delay).
?Four on the Fourth
REDS AT CARDINALS ESPN2 2PM; ROCKIES AT GIANTS ESPN 4 PM; EXPOS AT BRAVES TBS 7 PM; DIAMONDBACKS AT ASTROS ESPN 8 PM
Some things, the tag line for The Patriot reads, are worth fighting for. After all, we could be watching cricket. Six likely National League All-Star starters—first baseman Mark McGwire, second baseman Craig Biggio, shortstop Barry Larkin, third baseman Chipper Jones and outfielders Barry Bonds (above) and Ken Griffey Jr.—answer TV's call on Independence Day. Also joining this Fourth of July parade are probable All-Star outfielders Jim Edmonds and Vladimir Guerrero and first baseman Todd Helton.
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.