Surely, you remember the Dream Team. The 1992 USA basketball gold-winners proved that legends such as Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson could set rivalries aside to rip the rest of the world's sorry butts to shreds. Too bad those days are long gone, as America's greatest have bailed on this summer's games because of injuries and terrorist fears. Luckily, other countries have formed substantial Olympic rosters to pick up the B-ball slack, particularly China, whose team is led by Houston Rockets sensation Yao Ming and Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Del Harris. Catch one of a whopping four Team China appearances this weekend. Three games pit the visitors against the Mavs' summer league team at Texas Christian University's Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 2900 Stadium Drive in Fort Worth, Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Southern Methodist University's Moody Coliseum, 6024 Airline, Saturday at 8 p.m.; and Frisco's Dr Pepper StarCenter, 2601 Avenue of the Stars, Sunday at 4 p.m. Team China will also sign autographs Friday at the Stonebriar Centre, 2601 Preston Road, at 6 p.m. Autographs are free; tickets are $10. Call Ticketmaster at 214-373-8000. --Sam Machkovech
Jonesin' for Racing
Plucky "every horse" Smarty Jones has done for horse racing what David Cross recently did for televised card playing on Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown: given us a reason to care. Cross-whipping holy hell out of Creed's Scott Stapp at cards was reason enough to God bless the USA, but it's more fun to be drunk in public while watching small men piggyback horses. That's why Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie's Lone Stars and Stripes Fireworks and Festival features thundering Thoroughbreds this Saturday and Sunday. Gates open at 3 p.m. Let it ride on 10-race live racing cards, visit the Family Fun Park and stay late for the fireworks, but also remember to take a whiff while you're there. Mmm, that's the rarefied air of equine accessibility. Lone Star Park is at 1000 Lone Star Parkway in Grand Prairie. Call 972-263-7223. --Matt Hursh
Start your engines for Grapevine's Fourth of July
On July 4, 12,000 or so bikers will invade Grapevine. But don't hide your women and children just yet. These bike riders are here for Wing Ding, the 26th annual convention for Honda Gold Wing enthusiasts. So don't expect any Altamont-style violence or rumbles in the street. Sigh. The motorcyclists will announce their presence and kick off Grapevine's Independence Day celebration with a parade Sunday at 1 p.m. The parade of 1,500 bikes will begin at Grapevine Mills Mall and end on Main Street in the downtown historic district. Following the parade there will be a welcome party for the Wing Dingers, who will be in town through July 8, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and a fireworks display over Lake Grapevine at 9:30 p.m. All events are free. Call 817-410-3185 or visit www.grapevinetexasusa.com. --Rhonda Reinhart
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