16 A Dandy in the Dome
In the season's best basketball game, before its largest audience, Houston beat UCLA in the Astrodome
20 Neck and Neck at Kitzb√ºhel
With Killy back on form and strong Austrian and Swiss competition, the Olympics shape up as anybody's race
22 Bold Bourkey for John Misha
An 18-year-old figure skater from Montana gave warning that the U.S. is a team to watch at Grenoble
24 Make No Mistakes About It
Pro scouts are turning more and more to computers to winnow top draft choices and plot strategy
36 A Boat To Go Places
Unlike most motorboats, the sturdy "Passagemaker" is happiest in mid-ocean
42 Ultimate Triumph at Melbourne
Overcoming training mishaps and bureaucratic delay, Ron Delany sweeps to his biggest victory. Last of a series
60 The Mouth of the South
The last word in Carolina is Bill Currie, who spices sportscasts with quotes from classics and classic quotes
56 Track & Field
71 For the Record
72 Basketball's Week
74 19th Hole
Credits on page 71
Cover photograph by James Drake
The Winter Olympics at Grenoble begin on Feb. 6. In a special 27-page section, 11 of which are in color, the Games are previewed, the teams profiled and the medalists picked.
Dear Pete: Tex Maule writes an open letter to the commissioner of professional football. The game will become a bore, he says, unless Rozelle acts to restore parity among teams.
Evel Knievel says he is no daredevil, so his plan to jump the Grand Canyon on a motorcycle should be considered routine. Gil Rogin writes of a highflying, hard-crashing man.