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The Royals Are Flush 16
Kansas City's stars have been dealt an assortment of illnesses and injuries, yet the team remains in the chips
by Ron Fimrite

Out of the Swing of Things 20
Nancy Lopez-Melton somehow slipped out of the groove, and a lot of folks—but not her rivals—hope she gets back in
by John Papanek


The Scandal Gets Worse 22
With two indictments on 53 counts in, the New Mexico basketball probe goes on. Gambling is a pending issue
by Robert H. Boyle

He'll Make Your Child a Champ 26
In the Vince Lombardi tradition, Nick Bollettieri turns prospects into winners, demanding only blood, sweat and tears
by Barry McDermott

Here's the New Pelè 36
From Argentina on sturdy legs comes Diego Maradona, who, though only 19, has the richest sports contract ever
by Clive Gammon

Open Question 78
Tom Watson is No. 1, but some of golf's prizes have eluded him. Next week he takes aim at the big one at Baltusrol
by John Underwood

The Departments

Scorecard 9
Baseball 61
Lacrosse 66
Tennis 70
For the Record 99
19th Hole 100

Credits on page 99

Cover photograph by Richard Mackson

Next Week

The battered belle of the Preakness, Derby winner Genuine Risk, hooks up again with Codex, her tormentor at Pimlico, in the Belmont. This time they may also have to contend with the improving stretch runner, Rumbo. William Leggett reports.

The battering bruiser of boxing, Roberto Duran, is in rigorous training for his title bout with welterweight champ Sugar Ray Leonard in Montreal. William Nack writes of the triumphs and trials of the Panamanian, Leonard's toughest foe yet.