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May 26, 1997 | Volume 86, Issue 21

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Deion Sanders Cover - Sports Illustrated May 26, 1997

May 26, 1997 | Tim Layden
Mary Slaney's disputed drug test proves one thing: Track and field isn't making the grade

May 26, 1997
Tom GoughFAIRFAX, CALIF.Gough, a 25-year-old Marine corporal, broke seven American senior records and had a total lift of 826½ pounds in the 218¼-pound class to win his third consecutive national...

May 26, 1997 | Edited by Richard O'Brien And Hank Hersch

May 26, 1997 | Edited by Richard O'Brien And Hank Hersch
1,200,000Average payroll, in dollars, of major league teams in 1976, the first year of free agency.

May 26, 1997 | Edited by Richard O'Brien And Hank Hersch
The Celtics may be in need of an outsized overhaul—starting, say, with two of the top six picks in the 1997 draft and a new coach worth $50 million—but that hasn't stopped the old mystique from...

May 26, 1997 | Edited by Richard O'Brien And Hank Hersch
Not so long ago an athlete letting fly with a middle finger (or two) was sure to ruffle feathers. Lately, this ornithological gesture scarcely raises eyebrows. In the last two weeks alone we've...

May 26, 1997 | Edited by Richard O'Brien And Hank Hersch
The winner of the Michael Johnson-Donovan Bailey 150-meter showdown on June 1 in Toronto will go home with not only the title of World's Fastest Human but also a million bucks—not bad for about 14...

May 26, 1997 | Christian Stone
Midway through her attempt to become the first person to swim from Cuba to the U.S., 22-year-old Susie Maroney confronted her biggest obstacle: darkness. "Seconds become hours; minutes become...

May 26, 1997 | John Walters
A high school senior passes on her prom to make a run at drag-racing history

May 26, 1997 | John Walters
Though finally conceding the correctness of tests taken at the 1995 French Open that showed traces of cocaine in their systems, tennis players Mats Wilander and Karel Novacek said they had...

May 26, 1997 | John Walters
Phil GarnerMilwaukee Brewers manager, on Seattle Mariners fireballing lefthander Randy Johnson, who beat Milwaukee despite throwing a wild pitch, hitting two batters and striking out only three:...

May 26, 1997 | S.L. Price

May 26, 1997 | Johnette Howard
The Jazz's Bryon Russell is making fans take notice with his dazzling postseason play

May 26, 1997 | Grant Wahl
JANUARY 31, 1966

May 26, 1997 | Michael Farber

May 26, 1997 | Gerry Callahan

May 26, 1997 | John Walters
Saturday 5/24

May 26, 1997 | John Walters
From as far back as 1969, when Charlie Brown misspelled the word beagle in A Boy named Charlie Brown, spelling has been anathema ("Anathema, a-n-a-t-h-e-m-a, anathema") to television. But the...

May 26, 1997 | Rick Reilly

May 26, 1997 | William F. Reed
Silver Charm won the Preakness by a head and closed in on racing's most coveted sweep

May 26, 1997 | Michael Silver

May 26, 1997 | Steve Rushin

May 26, 1997
Tiger Woods's performance at the Masters was a splendid black-Thai affair.GENE DRYDEN, SARASOTA, FLA.

May 26, 1997 | Tim Crothers

May 26, 1997 | Jackie MacMullan
Lakers to Van Exel: Get with the program, Indiana jones for Mullin?, Jackson may sit rather than split

May 26, 1997 | S.L. Price

May 26, 1997 | Gary Van Sickle
Mary Hafeman has gone where few women have gone before: to a head pro's job at a major resort

May 26, 1997
Daly to Sign With Callaway

May 26, 1997
For the last six months 40-year-old Nancy Lopez has been on a fitness crusade. With the help of trainer Leah Vann, Lopez has shed 40 pounds and is down to 150. That's a lot to lose for somebody...

May 26, 1997
•U.S. OPENS ON TV: There will be 27 hours of coverage from Congressional next month. The women will get 14 hours at Pumpkin Ridge.

May 26, 1997
1Canadians among the 39 players earning cards at last week's Canadian tour Q school, won by Grant Masson of the U.S. with a record 22-under-par 265.

May 26, 1997 | Gary Van Sickle
Tiger Woods didn't have his best game at the Byron Nelson Classic, so he had to grind his way to another Tour victory

May 26, 1997 | Thomas Henderson
Dear John,

May 26, 1997 | Kelli Anderson
Chris Johnson left no doubt that she's a big-time player with her victory at the LPGA Championship