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16 Preview of Coming Attractions
A world record by an East German and three U.S. bests highlighted the opening trial of L.A.'s new Olympic track
by Kenny Moore

22 Sampson Opens to Mixed Reviews
In his professional debut Ralph Sampson displayed some good points—20 to be exact—and some bad
by Anthony Cotton

24 Murphy's Law Is Nice Guys Finish First
Atlanta's Dale Murphy was the National League's MVP and Gold Glove centerfielder in '82. Now he's even better
by Steve Wulf

32 Down on the Farm
Clayton Weishuhn plays linebacker for the Pats, but only so he can make money to buy acreage for his real love
by Giles Tippette

40 Court Is in Session
During the summer months pickup basketball steps out jauntily in leagues as colorfully varied as their locales
by Alexander Wolff

60 Across the Wide Pacific
Natoma, a luxury liner among racers in the '81 Transpac, held her own at sea, and her crew was unbeatable ashore
by Sam Moses


Scorecard 11
Baseball 48
Tennis 54
For the Record 79
19th Hole 80

Credits on page 79

Cover photograph by Andy Hayt