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August 20, 1984 | Volume 61, Issue 9

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Carl Lewis Cover - Sports Illustrated August 20, 1984

August 20, 1984 | Jim Schottelkotte
There is a scene in the movie The Natural in which the hero, Roy Hobbs, played by Robert Redford, slides safely across home plate to the accompaniment of an explosion of flash bulbs. Like many of...

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August 20, 1984 | Chris Burritt
After an hour on the river, I'm ready for a pitch of white. Except for a few ledges, the river has been gentle. It runs smooth and dark as far as I can see.

August 20, 1984 | Jill Lieber
The only things Bear quarterback Jim McMahon throws at wide receiver Willie Gault these days are verbal barbs.

August 20, 1984 | Jill Lieber
The Cincinnati Bengals lost three defensive backs in their preseason opener against the New York Jets, leaving only six healthy bodies in camp. No wonder Dick LeBeau, the defensive...

August 20, 1984 | Henry Hecht
Darryl Strawberry has a lot of growing up to do. On Friday night, the Mets' rightfielder was late for batting practice for at least the second time this season and was fined and benched for an...

August 20, 1984 | Henry Hecht
As Braves owner Ted Turner knows too well, the Yankees' Phil Niekro isn't ready for the rocking chair he received Aug. 6 during Phil Niekro Night ceremonies in Atlanta. The Braves were thanking...

August 20, 1984 | Henry Hecht
JOHNNY RAY: The Pirate second baseman went 17 for 31 (.548), knocked in nine runs and scored five. With five doubles and his first homer of the year, he also had a 1.129 slugging percentage.

August 20, 1984 | Compiled by HERM WEISKOPF
BOWLING—LISA RATHGEBER of Palmetto, Fla. was a 248-191 victor over Aleta Sill in the finals of the LPBT's $25,000 Joliet (Ill.) Classic.

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TAB HODGEEMPORIA, KANS.Tab, 8, pinned two opponents and outscored two others at the state wrestling championships to win the 61-pound division for his age group. He won all 16 tournaments he...

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2, 3—Ronald C. Modra4—Ronald C. Modra15—David Cannon/All Sport18—Rich Clarkson20—Jerry Cooke22—Rich Clarkson (top), Photosport/Szwarc-lundt (bottom)23—Photosport/Szwarc-lundt (top). Rich Clarkson...

August 20, 1984 | Frank Deford
After Carl Lewis won his third and last individual gold medal, in the 200 meters, the first thing he said was, "I'm really glad to get all of this over." Edwin Moses had won 90 finals in a row,...

August 20, 1984 | Kenny Moore
Epitomizing victory was Carl Lewis with four gold medals. In stark contrast was Mary Decker

August 20, 1984 | Robert L. Miller
When the Olympics aren't in Los Angeles, 5'6", 110-pound Katy Feland is a secretary in a business office. So what's she doing holding up the Honda GL650 Interstate in the far right of the...

August 20, 1984 | Alexander Wolff
At long last we've settled the NBA world championship—like well-trained lab mice, we don't lapse into that inadequate appellation of yore, NBA playoffs—and we're about ready to consign to the...

August 20, 1984 | Pat Putnam
The home team won nine Olympic titles, but even it yelped about being jobbed by judges and squabbled within its own ranks

August 20, 1984 | Jeremiah Tax
"I longed to hit as a starving man longs for food. The ball coming toward me was a rabbit, and I was a wolf waiting to devour it." Thus does Japan's Sadaharu Oh describe the compulsion that drove...

August 20, 1984 | Curry Kirkpatrick
U.S. basketballers of both sexes were so strong their sport became the Official Ennui of the '84 Games

August 20, 1984 | William Taaffe
ABC's 180 hours of Olympic coverage added up to superb entertainment

August 20, 1984 | Craig Neff
As usual, Greg Louganis of the U.S. was on a flight path all his own in the men's diving, but the women were full of surprises

August 20, 1984 | Ron Fimrite
The U.S. men's volleyball team was blown out by Brazil early on, but when it counted it was no contest

August 20, 1984 | Bob Ottum
With many of the world's finest wrestlers absent, the rough and tough U.S. had the right stuff

August 20, 1984 | Robert Sullivan
In the opening ceremony, when Rafer Johnson took the Olympic flame on the long ascent to the lofty cauldron, where it burned for 16 days, he also uplifted the tens of thousands in the L.A....