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Once More to the Well 20
Ali left them roaring with a last-round rally against Earnie Shavers, but one day soon the champ is going to come up empty
by Pat Putnam

Pelé, Pelé, Pelé 24
The legendary Brazilian ended his competitive career before a huge crowd that was both a tribute to him and a part of his legacy

A Decision With Bite 26
Las Vegas basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian went to court and won a ruling that threatens the NCAA's power
by Rick Telander

It Turned to Aggie-ny 28
Michigan made up for a sloppy beginning by running and throwing (!) for 34 points against Texas A&M in the second half
by Joe Jares

The Land of Peter Pan 34
Plus Slats Cabbage and the Ruggerfesters. In fact, it seems just about everybody has found the Mountain of Youth in Aspen
by Sam Moses

Have a Whale of a Time 44
When it comes to golf, let your kids take a mighty cut—and cut up a bit—and they'll grow to like the game
by Jack Nicklaus

The Yankee Clipper 122
Not Joltin' Joe but controversial New York owner George M. Steinbrenner Ill, who controls his team from head to hose
by Ron Fimrite

The Departments

Scorecard 15
Conservation 50
Football 60
TV/Radio 98
Baseball 100
Nature 103
Motor Sports 108
Pro Football 111
Horses 118
For the Record 137
19th Hole 138
Credits on page 137

Cover photograph by Neil Leifer

Credits on page 137

Next Week

Hockey '77 faces off with a discussion between new NHL President John Ziegler and Players' Association chief Alan Eagleson of the many problems besetting the game, followed by Peter Gammons' analysis of the 18 NHL teams and the eight in the beleaguered WHA. Plus accounts of the major league playoffs by Ron Fimrite and Larry Keith and a look at pro football's In defense, the 3-4, by Joe Marshall.