Images from a year of roses and thorns
Riverfront gambler: For months Pete Rose sparred with his inquisitors, before being banned from baseball.
Sky five: In Cleveland, Reggie Langhorne (88) and Webster Slaughter raised self-congratulation to dazzling new heights.
Blood money: Moments after nailing Frank Bruno with this uppercut, Mike Tyson had a fifth-round TKO and $8 million.
Rocket man: Bruno Gouvy aimed himself earthward on a descent that reached 335 mph—before his chute opened.
Athletic ability: Oakland's Dave Henderson executed a handstand on third base, but Angel Jack Howell wasn't particularly impressed.
End of the line: Lawrence Wilson of Southeast Missouri had a bawl after North Carolina Central's win in the Division II title game.
Body parts: A rugby player in England faced a fist; Texas's Julio Franco got the cold shoulder from Toronto's Kelly Gruber.
Judgment day: No matter that rhythmic gymnast Wang Xiaoyan soared, the panel at this French meet seemed bored.
A face in the crowd: The outlook for Louisville quarterback Browning Nagle wasn't good against the West Virginia defense.
Net result: In his typical knee-scraping fashion, Boris Becker went flat out to hit a drop-shot winner in the U.S. Open.
Rapt audience: Before wondering eyes on a Brooklyn corner, Brian Cleaver pressed onward in the New York City Marathon.
Aquatic sports: In the Ryder Cup, Payne Stewart splashed his way toward 18; in Miami, E.J. Junior looked every bit a true dolphin.
Great escape: Mauricio Gugelmin of Brazil somehow avoided injury after his car flipped over in the French Grand Prix.
Candid camera: Larry Roberts was the picture of relief and exhaustion in the seconds after his 49ers won Super Bowl XXIII.
Special K: After 20 illustrious NBA seasons, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar retired, leaving a basketful of records for others to aim at.
JOHN W. MCDONOUGH