38 Joe Bites the AstroDust
The Jets got ambushed in Houston—and now they have to face Miami, the only undefeated team left
42 Waking Up from a Nightmare
Out of obscurity skated Paul Henderson with the goals that salvaged some dignity for Team Canada
44 Man with a Key to a Championship
Trainer Elliott Burch's record of three Horses of the Year is unrivaled, and now he has a fourth, Key to the Mint
Baseball's Extra Innings
46 Cincinnati and Pittsburgh square off for a pennant row
54 The Oakland A's win the AL West for Charlie O
62 Hockey Launches a New Season
An already chastened NHL takes the ice in a state of war with an emerging league, the free-spending WHA
84 The Swiss to the Swift
America's best cyclists raided California for records and, pedaling madly, made off with a slew of them
96 Soundings from Titanic
The gambler who for half a century cut a figure in fact and fable now tells the tales of his sporting life
78 College Football
93 Harness Racing
116 For the Record
118 19th Hole
Credits on page 116
Cover photograph by Neil Leifer
The roundball bounces again and the stars of the game (well, most of the stars) are suited up as pro basketball—league-jumpers, holdouts and all—moves into a new season.
Trojan Warriors have made USC the top-ranked college football team, but beating two-time Rose Bowl champion Stanford may just turn out to be a horse of another color.
WHAT MAKES ILIE TICK—or is it more of a buzz? Curry Kirkpatrick explores Nastase's personality as the Rumanian prepares for the Davis Cup final round against the U.S.