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December 11, 1989 | Volume 71, Issue 24

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Mark Langston Cover - Sports Illustrated December 11, 1989

December 11, 1989 | Sam Moses
Last March in the middle of Dick Trickle's first NASCAR Winston Cup race this year, the Goodwrench 500, in Rockingham, N.C., his car screeched into the pits during a caution period. Two mechanics...

December 11, 1989 | Peter King
SEASON OF SEASONS

December 11, 1989 | Peter King
WEIRD TIMES

December 11, 1989 | Peter King
Giants at Broncos. This is their first meeting since Super Bowl XXI, and it's a special matchup for Denver coach Dan Reeves. In 1979 Giants general manager George Young narrowed the candidates for...

December 11, 1989 | Richard Hoffer

December 11, 1989
KRISTEN CARPENTERSANTA CRUZ, CALIF.Kristen, 6, a midfielder for the Rudleigh Earthquakes, an under-eight Santa Cruz Youth Soccer league team, scored four goals to lead her unbeaten team to its...

December 11, 1989 | Compiled by Sally Guard
PRO BASKETBALL—Knick center Patrick Ewing scored 135 points in victories over the Hornets (119-108), Warriors (129-111) and Suns (122-112) and a loss to the SuperSonics (127-122) before he and his...

December 11, 1989 | William F. Reed
Jerry Claiborne bows out after a shining UK career

December 11, 1989 | John Garrity
With an iron in her hand—a Sunbeam, not a five-iron—Anne Sander contemplated, first, the pile of clothes and, second, the drizzle outside her Seattle home. "I told you, I'm basically a housewife,"...

December 11, 1989 | Bill Schwicker
I have a passion for old quality stuff—tools, boat fittings and fishing equipment—and I keep a lot of it stuck away. This is not like a museum collection; everything works, and it waits around...

December 11, 1989 | Edited by Craig Neff

December 11, 1989 | Edited by Craig Neff
•Jason Chaffetz, BYU placekicker, describing his position: "It's like being a ballet dancer—tight pants, a little contact and a whole lot of kicking."

December 11, 1989 | Paul Zimmerman

December 11, 1989 | Donald J. Barr
In sportswriting circles a fine writer is said to be able to really "type." But when Richard Hoffer, our newest senior writer, landed his first job with a newspaper—the Massillon, Ohio, Evening...

December 11, 1989 | William Oscar Johnson
Nadia Comaneci, Olympic heroine, reached the U.S. after escaping from Romania

December 11, 1989 | Jack McCallum

December 11, 1989 | Hank Hersch

December 11, 1989 | Curry Kirkpatrick

December 11, 1989 | Edited by Gay Flood
NEON DEIONCongratulations! I would have thought it impossible to capture in a single photo the essence of all that is wrong in sports, but you succeeded with your cover shot of the Falcons' Deion...

December 11, 1989 | Peter Gammons

December 11, 1989 | Franz Lidz

December 11, 1989 | Peter King
Christian Okoye of the Chiefs may be the NFL's gentlest player. He is certainly its most dangerous runner

December 11, 1989 | Alexander Wolff

December 11, 1989 | Jay Greenberg
Big tough and hugely gifted, 16-year-old Eric Lindros is already being touted as the NHL's next superstar

December 11, 1989 | William F. Reed

December 11, 1989 | William F. Reed
MEN:Gary Payton, a senior point guard at Oregon State, scored 46 points, dished out 22 assists and had 9 rebounds and 10 steals as the Beavers opened Pac-10 competition by defeating Arizona State...

December 11, 1989 | Clive Gammon
Santa Clara tied Virginia in the gelid NCAAs