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20 Everything's Coming Up Roses
The 101st Kentucky Derby will be run this Saturday, and a rare collection of successful colts will go to the post, among them, remarkably, the winners of every late 1‚⅛-mile prep run this season. "My Old Kentucky Home" may be most hospitable to a Prince of a colt.
by Whitney Tower

12 Jackpot for Jimbo
In their million-dollar TV spectacular, Jimmy Connors finally beat John Newcombe
by Joe Jares

16 It Might As Well Be Fall
The Oklahoma spring football game had all the crackle and pop of October

18 A Little Help from His Friends
Goalposts starred in the amazin' comeback of the New York Islanders
by Mark Mulvoy

26 Tearing Up from Nowhere
Houston McTear, 18, from backwoods Florida, is one of the world's best sprinters
by Ron Reid

40 A Wee Grand Prix
Tiny open-wheelers are careening around twisty circuits in a race-it-yourself game
by Coles Phinizy

82 Wild West Showdown
Wild Horse Annie and her band of school kids have risen to defend the mustang
by Herman Weiskopf

The departments

7 Scorecard
36 Archery
59 TV/Radio
60 Golf
64 Nature
67 Track & Field
68 Dogs
73 Baseball
79 Pro Basketball
97 For the Record
98 19th Hole

Credits on page 97

Cover photograph by Tony Triolo



Next Week

Semifinals wholly tough begin in the NBA. Pat Putnam reports as the top regular-season teams, Boston and Washington, meet in the East, and Barry McDermott covers Chicago vs. Golden State in the West.

A man on the run is Mark McCormack, manager, merchandiser and media manipulator—and the most powerful man in pro sports. Ray Kennedy portrays him as he sprints through locker room and life.