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December 02, 1996 | Volume 85, Issue 23

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Danny Fortson Cover - Sports Illustrated December 02, 1996

December 02, 1996 | Seth Davis
January 8, 1962

December 02, 1996 | Dana Gelin

December 02, 1996 | Jack McCallum

December 02, 1996 | Peter King
Sanders passes Simpson on career rushing list, Erickson, Seahawks sleepless in Seattle, A motivational gem

December 02, 1996 | Peter King
The Raiders, who bill themselves on the cover of their 1996 media guide as the TEAM OF THE DECADES—a reference to the Silver and Black's lofty .651 winning percentage from 1963 to 1995—have earned...

December 02, 1996 | Leigh Montville
As college basketball takes over the TV schedule, only the clichés outnumber the contests

December 02, 1996
Gail JetteMIDDLEBURY, VT.Jette, 60, the field hockey coach at Middlebury High, guided the Tigers to the Vermont Class I title for a seventh time, a state record in field hockey. Middlebury beat...

December 02, 1996 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Kostya Kennedy

December 02, 1996 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Kostya Kennedy
35Times this season (through Sunday) that NBA teams had scored fewer than 80 points.

December 02, 1996 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Kostya Kennedy
A mousse-head at UCLA is following the greasy trail of former Tinsel Town pro basketball coaches for whom a little dab is not nearly enough.

December 02, 1996 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Kostya Kennedy
A variety of imp aliens being sold in the Thompson & Morgan seed catalog— "stunning large flowers" that come in "scintillating, bright colors, "have "extra vigor" and are "easy to handle"—is...

December 02, 1996 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Kostya Kennedy
Charlie JustWomen's basketball coach at Bellarmine College in Louisville, on his team's inexperience: "We're so young, we've decided to dress only seven players on the road. We 're pretty...

December 02, 1996
The 92 directors of USA Track & Field (USATF) will meet in San Francisco on Dec. 3 in a session that will go a long way toward deciding their sport's future in the U.S. They will vote on...

December 02, 1996 | Michael Silver

December 02, 1996 | Gerry Callahan
When he signed Albert Belle, Jerry Reinsdorf broke the bank—and maybe the labor impasse

December 02, 1996 | Marty Burns
Unbeaten, No. 2-ranked Ohio State hosted an overmatched Michigan, and—as usual—the Wolverines won

December 02, 1996 | Tim Layden

December 02, 1996 | Phil Taylor

December 02, 1996 | Christian Stone
Iowa Stated Troy Davis rushes for 2,000 yards...again, A new boss for the Irish, Razing Arizona

December 02, 1996 | Alexander Wolff
DESPITE THE WAVES OF PLAYERS DEPARTING EARLY FOR THE NBA, THE COLLEGE GAME IS AS GOOD AS EVER

December 02, 1996
Revolutionary War enthusiasts may find it ironic that the man who led the Yankees to victory was a Torre.DAVID BLUESTEIN, NEW YORK CITY

December 02, 1996 | Alexander Wolff

December 02, 1996
LET OUR SCOUTING REPORTS BE YOUR GUIDE TO THE NEW FACES AND NEW FORCES ALONG THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR IN INDIANAPOLIS

December 02, 1996 | Alexander Wolff
Given the amount of preseason possum-playing that coaches engage in, the comments of Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins have been refreshing. Shortly after Mississippi State bounced his Bearcats from...

December 02, 1996 | Tim Crothers
Coach Roy Williams stood before a convocation of Jayhawks boosters on Nov. 8 and delivered a rousing sermon. "I know each one of you wants Kansas to win a national championship this year,"...

December 02, 1996 | Tim Crothers
At precisely 2 p.m. on May 8, Demon Deacons coach Dave Odom was driving to the airport when he placed a call to his office from his car phone. According to plan, center Tim Duncan answered the...

December 02, 1996 | Alexander Wolff
Thirty-two years old, $70,000 in debt and with uncertain job prospects, UCLA assistant coach Steve Lavin figured he'd be on the spot this season. What he didn't expect, after three years of...

December 02, 1996 | Kelly Whiteside
A record number of season tickets have been sold at the Pit, the Lobos' notoriously noisy home court, and expectations in Albuquerque are right up there with the mile-high altitude. "I can't go to...

December 02, 1996 | Tim Crothers
Wildcats center Jason Lawson traveled to Chicago this summer to be photographed with the other members of this year's Playboy All-America team. Lawson and 10 other players from across the nation...

December 02, 1996 | William F. Reed
The celebration finally is over at Kentucky, where coach Rick Pitino is working feverishly to retool his defending national champs. The talent is good enough for the Wildcats to make a return trip...

December 02, 1996 | Tim Crothers
Moments before the two would face each other in a pickup game this summer at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan guard Louis Bullock met his idol, former Detroit Pistons star Isiah Thomas, for...

December 02, 1996 | Tim Crothers
Thirty-one and thirty-one. That's Duke's record over the last two seasons. Worse than Liberty's. Worse than Dartmouth's. Whatever happened to the program that sent teams to seven Final Fours and...

December 02, 1996 | Seth Davis
Utah coach Rick Majerus has a simple rule during practice: If you're not willing to talk, you'll be forced to run. When 6'11", 260-pound junior center Michael Doleac arrived in Salt Lake City two...

December 02, 1996 | Kelly Whiteside
At last chance U, otherwise known as Fresno State, everyone starts off with a clean slate. It doesn't matter that 6'7" newcomer Terrance Roberson, a three-time Parade All-America, was kicked off...

December 02, 1996 | Tim Crothers
"What record?"

December 02, 1996 | Alan Shipnuck
Despite being 7'1", Tim Young, Stanford's redshirt sophomore center, is remarkably down to earth. While endearingly self-deprecating off the court, Young may need to be more assertive on it. "A...

December 02, 1996 | Tim Crothers
How could you send God to the NIT?

December 02, 1996 | Tim Crothers
The colonials' Alexander Koul and Shawnta Rogers are affectionately known to their teammates as the Twins, which is amusing because Koul is a TV Belarussian behemoth and Rogers is a 5'4" Baltimore...

December 02, 1996 | Seth Davis
There wasn't much in senior guard Dedric Willoughby's past to indicate that he would ever be more than an average college player. After sitting out his first season at New Orleans in 1992-93 as a...

December 02, 1996
comes around next March, Shea Seals (left) and Tulsa should be sitting pretty as they gain entry to the NCAAs along with the rest of these conference winners and at-large invitees. Here's how the...

December 02, 1996 | Steve Rushin
THE BOARD GAME FOR HOOP HEADS OF ALL AGES, IN WHICH YOU TAKE A TEAM TO THE FINAL FOUR—OR GO DOWN IN FLAMES TRYING

December 02, 1996 | John Walters
Boomer Esiason's hot hand has helped surprising Arizona rake in three consecutive wins

December 02, 1996 | John Walters
GIANTS at EAGLESIf New York's defense can hold Philadelphia's Ricky Walters as it did Emmitt Smith on Sunday (11 carries for 18 yards), then 1996 might become a flashback of '94 for the Eagles,...

December 02, 1996 | David Fleming
Seattle defensive END Michael Sinclair, who is an ordained preacher at Christ Church in Kirkland, Wash., knows where he stands in the NFL's pass-rushing hierarchy, "if [Green Bay's] Reggie White...

December 02, 1996 | Richard Deutsch
Since game 7, when wide receiver Robert Brooks suffered a season-ending knee injury, Green Bay's passing attack has dropped off dramatically. Without Brooks, who was averaging 15.0 yards per...

December 02, 1996 | David Fleming
After catching two touchdown passes on Sunday in a 28-14 win over Kansas City, San Diego wide receiver Tony Martin leads the NFL with 13 TD grabs. A seven-year veteran, Martin credits pickup...

December 02, 1996 | David Fleming
"I want a Land Cruiser for that one."—Denver tight end Shannon Sharpe, after quarterback-car dealer John ElWay floated a pass that got him creamed.

December 02, 1996 | Richard Deutsch
FALCONS 1990-94, 78 GAMES5.4 catches71.2 yards.72 TDs

December 02, 1996 | Paul Zimmerman
Without the eye in the sky to watch over them, officials are blowing many a call