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18 They Came to Play
The ABA survivors in the NBA have shown they're fit, and Denver is giving everyone fits
by Curry Kirkpatrick

22 Choking on a Boilermaker
Giddy with visions of a national title, Michigan couldn't knock back a strong Purdue team
by Larry Keith

24 Youth Was Swerved
France swept the International, but the U.S.-bred winner had to survive a foul claim
by William Leggett

26 Shooting for the Super Bowl
Rifle-armed Quarterback Bert Jones has Baltimore on target atop the AFC East
by Robert F. Jones

34 Down a Dark Hall at 185 mph
Bone-weary and alone, Le Mans drivers hurtle through a night they fear will never end
by Sam Posey

44 Jim Dandy Gym
San Rafael (Calif.) High offers 45 phys-ed courses, including rock-climbing and Frisbee
by Jim Kaplan

80 On the Firing Line
For $5.80 a day, tennis officials at Forest Hills get a lot of static from players and fans alike
by George Plimpton

The Departments

13 Scorecard
50 TV/Radio
55 College Football
64 Motor Sports
70 Pro Football
77 Soccer
97 For the Record
98 19th Hole

Credits on page 97

Cover photograph by Heinz Kluetmeier













Next Week

A team grows in Brooklyn, and while its budget wouldn't cover Woody Hayes' phone bill, the Kingsmen are 7-1 already. John Papanek reports from the student union, also known as the Jolly Bull Pub.

Tennis flourishes in Texas, especially in the cowtown of Mason, where rackets abut rifles in the gun racks of pickups. Giles Tippette relates how 23 courts serve 2,000 residents and games go on until 3 a.m.