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16 Yes, Santa Claus, There Is a Virginia
Four different centers have tried to replace Ralph Sampson and games are no longer sellouts, but the Cavs are winning
by Bruce Newman

22 Zap! Pow! He's a Real-Life He-Man
With moves worthy of a cartoon favorite, WBA bantamweight champ Jeff Chandler beat challenger Oscar Muniz
by Franz Lidz

24 Dr. Z Lets You Know Who's All-Pro
Our resident expert weighs the strengths and weaknesses of the NFL's leading players and picks the best of the best
by Paul Zimmerman

32 Sportswoman of the Year
Mary Decker, whose victories in the 1,500 and 3,000 in the World Championships lifted us all, is the choice for 1983
by Kenny Moore

46 Nebraska May Be in for Double Trouble
Orange Bowl-bound Miami has been winning hand over fist since the arrival of Coach Howard Schnellenberger
by John Underwood

56 Basic Training
A picture essay examines aspects of athletic preparation, usually private, for the arena of public competition
Photographs by Brian Lanker

80 Greetings from Christmas
More than 200 years after Captain Cook discovered Christmas Island, a new wave of eager anglers hits its beaches
by Clive Gammon

102 As It Was in the Beginning
Most stars of the first Winter Games are gone, but a few can recall when, young and innocent, they met in France
by William Oscar Johnson


11 Scorecard
76 TV/Radio
94 College Basketball
123 For the Record
125 19th Hole

Credits on page 123

Cover photograph by Brian Lanker


LEADING OFF: Paula McGee of top-ranked USC may be trapped by the Dawgs' hounding defense, but the Women of Troy unhorsed Georgia; Little Mary, here at 14, grew up very fast; and Beverlee Schnellenberger just knows her husband's team is cut out to be No. 1.



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