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22 Battle of the Ages
At Forest Hills it was youth—Connors and Goolagong—challenging experience—Rose wall and King

26 'We Shoulda Run One More Test'
All steamed up, the Sky-Cycle fired, but so did the parachutes—and the great canyon jump fizzled out

30 Going from Bad to Best
Once a street fighter, Bobby Chacon proved that the good life is a grand way to the title

32 A Great Plunge Forward for China
The People's Republic's participation in the Asian Games ended 20 years of athletic exile

Pro Football '74

42 A look ahead at why it will be an upside-down season
44 A look back at the hoopla of Super Bowl VIII
54 Scouting reports measure the game's new powers and old
82 Semi-irreverent assessments of the 26 NFL coaches

122 On a Dicey Cruise
The voyage was sure to be rough with all the high rolling at the world's richest backgammon tournament

The departments

19 Scorecard
97 TV/Radio
98 Baseball
106 Bridge
109 College Football
113 Golf
119 Motor Sports
141 For the Record
142 19th Hole

Credits on page 141

Cover painting by Bernard Fuchs













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