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February 17, 1977 | Volume 46, Issue 8

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Finn Lasse Viren Cover - Sports Illustrated February 17, 1977

February 17, 1977
Honest Pleasure (green silks) was the heaviest choice going into the Kentucky Derby since Citation, but bold, front-running Bold Forbes won by a length.

February 17, 1977
As a Net, Dr. J dunked Denver in the ABA finals. Then, before making a tricky move to Philly, he was a major reason the ABA finally netted a merger with the NBA.

February 17, 1977
Only 22, Jerry Pate wedged himself in among the immortals of his sport by becoming the youngest player this side of Jack Nicklaus to win the U.S. Open.

February 17, 1977
Niki Lauda was trapped and almost killed in the car engulfed by smoke and fire. Six weeks later he donned a flameproof mask (inset) and raced again.

February 17, 1977
An uncharacteristically grim and taciturn Muhammad Ali was far less than the greatest while rallying to win a controversial decision over Ken Norton in Yankee stadium

February 17, 1977
A sports year is unlike any other. It has a calendar all of its own and a lot more than just four seasons. Boxing, football, tennis, hockey, baseball, horse racing, basketball and golf filled the...

February 17, 1977
In the stormiest game of the season, the Steelers plowed over the Bengals 7-3 to keep alive a winning streak that eventually stretched to nine straight.

February 17, 1977
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February 17, 1977
Completing an unprecedented Olympic double, Alberto Juantorena of Cuba beats Fred Newhouse in the 400 at Montreal. He also won the 800.

February 17, 1977
Chris Evert so dominated the women's game that from Apr. 17 to Nov. 6 she didn't lose once, included were the two biggies at Wimbledon and Forest Hills.

February 17, 1977 | Ron Fimrite

February 17, 1977
Canadien Defenseman Larry Robinson stuck it to Mel Bridgman and the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers as Montreal won the Stanley Cup with unexpected ease.

February 17, 1977
Neither the Yanks in the Series nor anyone else during the rest of the season got to second base against the Reds, whose Joe Morgan repeated as the league MVP.