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May 04, 1987 | Volume 66, Issue 18

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Julius Erving Cover - Sports Illustrated May 04, 1987

May 04, 1987 | Duncan Brantley
Last September, just before the America's Cup trials got under way off Fremantle, Western Australia, Stars & Stripes skipper Dennis Conner began spending at least 15 minutes every day with...

May 04, 1987 | Edited by Robert Sullivan
HOMERISM

May 04, 1987 | Edited by Robert Sullivan
•Kent Biggerstaff, Pirates trainer, on 240-pound pitcher Rick Reuschel's 4-pound weight gain: "Like putting just one more suitcase on the Queen Mary."

May 04, 1987
No, the Martians weren't landing in Montreal's Olympic Stadium. That spaceship look-alike is a roof, which was finally in place last week—11 years late and millions over budget.

May 04, 1987 | Austin Murphy
When provincial neighbors Montreal and Quebec meet in the playoffs, it's war

May 04, 1987 | Douglas S. Looney
With his victory in the Firestone, a tournament that Dad never won, Dick Weber's son gave bowling a needed boost

May 04, 1987 | Jack McCallum
Seattle guard Dale Ellis went back to Dallas and settled an old score

May 04, 1987 | Peter Gammons
Easy question. The Royals' Bo Jackson just might get himself a Rookie of the Year award to go along with his Heisman

May 04, 1987 | Donald J. Barr
Writer-reporter Austin Murphy is understandably leery of certain varieties of hockey. He remembers how a boy named Brian Hoskins punched his nose and broke his glasses during a street hockey game...

May 04, 1987 | Hank Hersch
A loss to the Soviets in Denver proved the U.S. men's gymnasts have fallen since L.A.

May 04, 1987 | William Nack

May 04, 1987 | Ron Fimrite

May 04, 1987 | Clive Gammon

May 04, 1987 | Edited by Gay Flood
THE FIGHTThe fight between Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvelous Marvin Hagler (Comeback for the Ages, April 13) illuminated a fundamental lesson in the power of the human will. Until Leonard climbed...

May 04, 1987 | Peter Gammons
YANKS A LOT

May 04, 1987 | Peter Gammons
HOW TO BE AN INSTANT CELEBRITYIn a single week Brewers manager Tom Trebelhorn appeared on Good Morning America, rookie pitcher Chuck Crim was on the 700 Club, and Paul Molitor and Rob Deer visited...

May 04, 1987 | Peter Gammons
The Niekro brothers, Phil of the Indians and Joe of the Yankees, need just four more victories between them to surpass Gaylord and Jim Perry as the majors' winningest brother combination. Here are...

May 04, 1987 | Duncan Brantley
Joey and Gary Seivold have the defending NCAA champs primed for the playoffs

May 04, 1987
AS JULIUS ERVING SAYS GOODBYE, SEVEN WRITERS REMEMBER

May 04, 1987 | Jack McCallum
Though the Philadelphia 76er season traversed a long and bumpy road, Julius Winfield Erving II never took a false step. He handled the NBA's longest goodbye, a 23-city, six-month farewell tour,...

May 04, 1987 | Peter Carry
Occasionally, in my more boastful moments, I like to say that I discovered Dr. J. That, of course, is ridiculous. Neither I nor anyone else—whether journalist, genius coach or playground flesh...

May 04, 1987 | John Papanek
It has been said that unless one saw him play in the ABA, one never saw the real Dr. J. And it's true. In May 1976, he was still a curiosity to most of America, just like the ABA's...

May 04, 1987 | Curry Kirkpatrick
It was the Summer of '76. The dawning of the NBA-ABA merger, when a Mr. J. Smiley of Detroit appeared at the Cobo Hall ticket window, whipped out his $200 Ford Motor Company payroll check and...

May 04, 1987 | Bruce Newman
Sometime after Julius Erving became Dr. J and before he became Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable—probably just prior to those rebellious Dr. ChapStick years in the late '70s, when he became a lip balm...

May 04, 1987 | Alexander Wolff
Two years ago this Spring, I thought we had seen the last of Dr. J. The Sixers had just dropped their third straight game to the Celtics in the 1984-85 Eastern Conference finals, which they would...

May 04, 1987 | Frank Deford
Julius Erving never played the role that Babe Ruth did, the savior of his sport. Nor was he ever a pioneer, as Jackie Robinson and Billie Jean King were. And certainly he was no revolutionary; no...

May 04, 1987 | John Garrity

May 04, 1987 | Compiled by Cathrine Wolf
PRO BASKETBALL—"We wouldn't even show up for the next game if the league would let us." joked Denver coach Doug Moe after the Los Angeles Lakers tied a playoff record with 82 first-half points and...

May 04, 1987
TOM GILCRESTVISALIA, CALIF.Gilcrest, 51, coached the College of the Sequoias women's basketball team to its sixth straight Central Valley Conference championship and the state community college...

May 04, 1987 | Craig Neff
Wheelchair racers merit our attention, not our pity