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December 23, 1996 | Volume 85, Issue 26

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Tiger Woods Cover - Sports Illustrated December 23, 1996

December 23, 1996 | Mike Littwin

December 23, 1996 | Peter King
Second-year Jaguars make a playoff run, Simeon Rice simmers in the desert, Wuerffel's future in question

December 23, 1996 | Peter King
The host team has won 58.8% of the games his decade, so it's clear that home field advantage is a significant factor in the NFL—except in the case of the Jets. With its 21-20 loss to the Eagles...

December 23, 1996 | Alexander Wolff
To avoid a stomping by David Stern, the new women's ABL should heed this advice

December 23, 1996
On the baseball fields and the battlefields, when he was needed, Ted Williams was there.ALLEN E. MERRILL, CLEARWATER, FLA.

December 23, 1996 | John Walters
Saturday 12/21COLLEGE FOOTBALLI-AA Championship GameA year ago Eric Kresser was Heisman Trophy-winner Danny Wuerffel's understudy at Florida, and Randy Moss was a redshirt freshman wideout at...

December 23, 1996 | John Walters
When it comes to blonds, MTV has given us the fractious (Beavis, Puck), the fulsome (Jenny McCarthy) and the faux (Madonna). Now comes Dennis Rodman (below), who has been all three, in The Rodman...

December 23, 1996 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien

December 23, 1996 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
10,076Holes of golf played in 1996 by Jake Engel of Oklahoma City, breaking by one the world record set in '69.

December 23, 1996 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
As Roger Clemens's average annual salary has risen, his pitching prowess has fallen. Will the newestToronto Blue Jay earn his riches?

December 23, 1996 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
WBC super lightweight champion Oscar De La Hoya gave his 1992 Olympic gold medal, which at the time of his victory he dedicated to his late mother, to his promoter, Bob Arum, as a birthday present.

December 23, 1996 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
Lou Duva Veteran boxing trainer, on the spartan training regimen of heavyweight Andrew Golota (page 76): "He's a guy who gets up at six o'clock in the morning regardless of what time it is."

December 23, 1996
The only digit of importance on this play during Philadelphia's 21-20 win Saturday was the "6" Eagle Irving Fryar scored despite Jet Aaron Glenn's snatching of his handwarmer.

December 23, 1996
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED offers current and past articles, photos and special multimedia features on CompuServe (GO SPORTS) and on the Internet ( To subscribe to CompuServe,...

December 23, 1996 | Leigh Montville
Jerry Maguire, TriStar Pictures

December 23, 1996 | Gary Smith
<b>Tiger Woods Was Raised To Believe That His Destiny Is Not Only To Be The Greatest Golfer Ever But Also To Change The World. Will The Pressures Of Celebrity Grind Him Down First?</b>

December 23, 1996 | Bill Colson
This could have all been avoided, of course. The Elite Ones could have just huddled up, talked it out, not been quite so bull-headed. There are other years available, after all. They didn't all...

December 23, 1996 | Ron Fimrite
Many of this holiday season's sports volumes are actually worth reading

December 23, 1996 | Grace Cornelius
Or how one woman felt joining a team at the macho New York Athletic Club

December 23, 1996 | Douglas Gantenbein

December 23, 1996 | Albert Kim
New video releases in baseball, hoops and hockey are more realistic than ever

December 23, 1996 | Jaime Diaz

December 23, 1996 | Michael Farber
In a blockbuster $89.1 million spending spree, the Marlins hauled in half a dozen free agents, led by native Floridian Alex Fernandez

December 23, 1996 | Michael Silver
Sputtering on offense and beset by new drug rumors, Dallas needed staunch defense to beat the Pats and clinch the NFC East

December 23, 1996 | Peter King
Dennis Green finds his job in jeopardy, though he led the Vikings into the playoffs for the fourth time in five years

December 23, 1996 | Franz Lidz
Andrew Golota again sank to the depths to squander a sound beating of Riddick Bowe

December 23, 1996
Darlene FinneganMIDLAND, MICH.Finnegan, 31, a mother of three and a senior on the Northwood University tennis team, won her second straight Great Lakes Athletic conference title by beating Ann...

December 23, 1996 | Phil Taylor

December 23, 1996 | John Garrity

December 23, 1996 | Tim Crothers

December 23, 1996 | Franz Lidz
Aromatherapy and yoga helped Maharishi High win the Iowa state title

December 23, 1996 | David Fleming
Despite a rash of injuries, the Colts have remained cool and confident—and in the playoff chase

December 23, 1996 | David Fleming
CHIEFS at BILLSBetween them, these AFC stalwarts have failed to make the playoffs only once in the '90s. Yet they are empires in decline. Buffalo's Jim Kelly is the lowest-rated starting passer in...

December 23, 1996 | William F. Reed
Bengals wide receiver Carl Pickens leads the AFC in catches, but he's content to let publicity slip through his fingers. After a game he is apt to snap "Go away!" to an approaching reporter, even...

December 23, 1996 | John Walters
Kudos to the Panthers, who have been penalized for fewer yards than their opponents in 19 straight games. They have also averaged better starting field position than the opposition in 12 of their...

December 23, 1996 | Richard Deutsch
It has been 24 years since Randy Montgomery brought back a kick 94 yards against the Chargers, marking the last time a Denver kickoff return man went all the way. If that scoreless streak bothers...

December 23, 1996 | Paul Zimmerman
Ray Rhodes's fire and brimstone took Philly to the brink of defeat against the lowly Jets