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December 08, 1986 | Volume 65, Issue 25

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Walter Payton Cover - Sports Illustrated December 08, 1986

December 08, 1986 | Robert W. Creamer
Roger Kahn is a fine writer and a meticulous reporter, as readers of such excellent books as The Boys of Summer and Good Enough to Dream can attest. While he has written mostly about sports,...

December 08, 1986 | Edited by Craig Neff

December 08, 1986 | Edited by Craig Neff
•Magic Johnson, marveling over how well he and Laker teammate James Worthy work together on the court: "It's almost like we have ESPN."

December 08, 1986 | E.M. Swift

December 08, 1986 | Jill Lieber
On the day following Thanksgiving, Charles (Too Mean) Martin sat in his Green Bay, Wis., apartment, trying to relax. But as soon as the Packer nose-tackle would flop his 6'4", 282-pound body into...

December 08, 1986 | Franz Lidz
Bicycle motocrossing has evolved from a mere backyard diversion to a consuming—and pricey—way of life

December 08, 1986 | Anita Verschoth
The women's World Cup season began for the first time in the U.S. and with an improved home team

December 08, 1986 | Donald J. Barr
In this issue we unveil a new feature, a weekly section devoted to college basketball presided over by senior writer Curry Kirkpatrick. The space will provide a forum for the provocative insights...

December 08, 1986 | Alexander Wolff
...were much on Fred Akers, who, after winning nearly 75% of his games, was fired as coach

December 08, 1986 | William Taaffe
One afternoon last season I was given a chance to direct a camera for NFL Films. It was a big game, too—the NFC championship between the Bears and Rams at Soldier Field in Chicago. I walked...

December 08, 1986 | Curry Kirkpatrick

December 08, 1986 | Curry Kirkpatrick
3 Louisville began its defense of the NCAA title by misplacing its survivalist instincts and losing all three of its games in the Great Alaska Shootout. But where there's a 'Ville there's a way:...

December 08, 1986 | Curry Kirkpatrick
Gerald (Daddio) Paddio of UNLV hit 7 of 10 3-pointers, including a buzzer-beater to beat Temple, then got cocky against Western Kentucky and hoisted one from 30-foot land in the first overtime. He...

December 08, 1986 | William Taaffe
Fuzzy Zoeller hit a $370,000 TV jackpot as he won the Skins again

December 08, 1986 | Douglas S. Looney

December 08, 1986 | Douglas S. Looney
When offensive tackle Harris Barton and kicker Lee Gliarmis arrived at North Carolina five years ago, they decided to put SPORTS ILLUSTRATED covers on their walls each week of the school year. The...

December 08, 1986 | Douglas S. Looney
OFFENSE: In Notre Dame's 38-37 win over USC, Irish junior flanker Tim Brown amassed 252 total yards, including a 56-yard punt return to set up the winning held goal.

December 08, 1986 | Bob Kravitz
Ex-hero Bobby Carpenter wore out his welcome in Washington

December 08, 1986 | Peter Gammons

December 08, 1986 | Pete Dexter

December 08, 1986 | Robert Sullivan
This has been an uneven year for adventurers seeking challenge in Asia. The major success belonged to Italy's Reinhold Messner, who at 42 stands at the pinnacle of mountaineering. Sixteen years...

December 08, 1986 | Compiled by AMY LENNARD
PRO BASKETBALL—There were no surprises in the East this week, as the Celtics beat the Knicks 101-90 and notched their 48th straight home win, against San Antonio, 111-96. Boston's only loss was a...

December 08, 1986
LEIF CARLSONBLOOMINGTON, MINN.Leif, a 16-year-old junior at Kennedy High, won the state boys' all-around gymnastics title with a record 55.2 score and finished first in all six individual events:...

December 08, 1986 | Edited by Gay Flood
PORTRAIT OF KNIGHTSir:John Feinstein's article on Indiana coach Bob Knight in your 1986-87 College Basketball special issue ("You Love Him, And You Hate Him", Nov. 19) was one of the best pieces I...