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July 21, 1997 | Volume 87, Issue 3

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Frank Gifford Cover - Sports Illustrated July 21, 1997

July 21, 1997
How many championships would the Lakers, Celtics, Pistons or 76ers have won had they not had to face each other on the way to the title?BRETT M. JACKSON, MONTCLAIR, N.J.

July 21, 1997
Jim LorberCLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OHIO

July 21, 1997 | Jeff Pearlman
JULY 20, 1981

July 21, 1997 | John Walters
Saturday 7/19

July 21, 1997 | John Walters
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest of the tall? Is it still 6'3" volleyball player Gabrielle Reece. 27, the avatar of beauty and the beach who is profiled on Model(E! Saturday, 7:30...

July 21, 1997 | Edited by Hank Hersch and Kostya Kennedy

July 21, 1997 | Edited by Hank Hersch and Kostya Kennedy
5Soccer clubs among the 16 in Colombia's first division that have owners wanted on drug-related charges, according to government investigators.

July 21, 1997 | Edited by Hank Hersch and Kostya Kennedy
Four Hall of Fame football coaches are being honored on U.S. postage stamps that go on sale next week. But even these storied leaders had their sticky moments. Below each stamp is the worst...

July 21, 1997 | Edited by Hank Hersch and Kostya Kennedy
Cyclists are about halfway through the Tour de France, which began on July 5 in Rouen. (The route changes each year.) By week's end, 19 of the 198 who started the race had dropped out. Those who...

July 21, 1997 | Ivan Maisel
Faced with data showing that spring football has the highest injury rate among 16 college sports, football coaches nonetheless bristled at changes in the spring practice limits proposed earlier...

July 21, 1997 | Jackie MacMullan
Even in his unfamiliar coach's garb, Larry Bird was comfortable at courtside

July 21, 1997 | Jackie MacMullan
A Virginia entrepreneur is selling a set of trading cards depicting 79 of the nation's top high school athletes.

July 21, 1997 | Jackie MacMullan
Kevin ElsterPittsburgh Pirates shortstop, on his partial interest in the Mission Viejo Vigilantes of the independent Western League: "I'm a typical owner. It doesn't matter what our record is just...

July 21, 1997 | Tom Verducci
Hideki Irabu proved to be an attraction in every way as he made his long-awaited debut with New York an evening to remember

July 21, 1997 | Peter King

July 21, 1997
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED offers current and past articles, photos and special multimedia features on CompuServe (GO SPORTS) and on the Internet (www.sportsillustrated.com). To subscribe to CompuServe,...

July 21, 1997 | Alan Shipnuck

July 21, 1997
Over the last 43 years, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has published numerous memorable portraits of prominent figures in sports. In these 24 pages, we proudly present a gallery of the finest portraiture in...

July 21, 1997 | David Fleming

July 21, 1997 | Tom Verducci

July 21, 1997 | Gerry Callahan
As he showed in a dazzling return to Boston, Roger Clemens is the one bright spot for the Blue Jays

July 21, 1997 | Jack McCallum
An avid jet skier defends a sport scorned by mainstream boaters

July 21, 1997 | Steve Jones
Tiger Woods is a phenom because he can do things no one else can, but there are some things I can do that Tiger can't, like go to a mall, a movie or a barbershop without attracting a crowd, even...

July 21, 1997 | Gary Van Sickle
A SPECIAL ROAD TRIP TO VALDERRAMA KICKED OFF THE RYDER CUP SEASON

July 21, 1997 | William F. Reed
Larry Gilbert might not be a household name, but he smoked the stars at the Senior Players

July 21, 1997
The Big Five Are Ready to Roll

July 21, 1997
•ANNIKA SORENSTAM: On her husband, David Esch: "I'm low if I have a bad round, but at least I know that he still loves me—or I think so."

July 21, 1997
10,500The difference, in dollars, between the winner's checks received by David Toms at last week's Quad City Classic ($243,000) and Alison Nicholas at the U.S. Open ($232,500).