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Golf Plus

O'MEARA DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE

By Robinson Holloway

NEWS AND NOTES

BACKSPIN ANOTHER TAKE ON THE HEADLINES

By Gary B. Smith

FOR BETTER OR...

By Kathryn Marshall

THAIS THAT BIND TIGER WOODS HAD TO JUGGLE A SLEW OF DEMANDS IN THE HOMELAND OF HIS MOTHER

By Jaime Diaz

Catching Up With...

RUNNER MARY DECKER SLANEY FEBRUARY 18, 1980

By Merrell Noden

NBA Extra

THIS SUN IS READY TO SET POINT GUARD KEVIN JOHNSON VOWS HE'LL QUIT AT AGE 31, EVEN THOUGH HE'S AS GOOD AS EVER

By Tim Kurkjian

BEST CLUTCH BOMBER?

By David Fleming

NOT BIG BUSINESS

By Marty Burns

HOOP SCOOP

By Marty Burns

Faces In The Crowd

FACES IN THE CROWD

Television

SI VIEW THE WEEK IN TV SPORTS

By John Walters

College Basketball

DEMON DEACON TIM DUNCAN IS HAVING ONE OF THE BEST SEASONS EVER FOR A COLLEGE CENTER. BUT CAN HE CARRY WAKE FOREST TO THE TITLE?

By Tim Crothers

Hockey

OLD RELIABLE IN 17 YEARS IN BOSTON THE INCOMPARABLE RAYMOND BOURQUE HAS NEVER WON A STANLEY CUP--BUT YOU'LL NEVER HEAR HIM COMPLAIN

By Leigh Montville

College Football

SIGNED, SEALED AND WAITING FOR TOP RECRUITS WHO PLAY BOTH BASEBALL AND FOOTBALL, IT'S ONE DECISION DOWN AND A BIGGER ONE TO GO

By Gerry Callahan

Baseball

A RAY OF HOPE CATCHER DAVE VALLE ISN'T A STAR, UNLESS YOU CONSIDER HIS GOOD WORKS OUTSIDE BASEBALL

By John Garrity

Pro Footbball

IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE

Pro Football

THE FUTURE IS NOW

WITH THE CAROLINA PANTHERS AS THEIR MODEL, THE CLEVELAND KINGS LOAD UP WITH VETERANS WHO CAN MAKE THEM WINNERS IN A HURRY

By Peter King

YOUNG AT HEART

WITH 12 ROOKIES, SIX OF THEM STARTERS, ON THEIR ROSTER, THE LOS ANGELES Z'S HAVE A WARRIOR MENTALITY AND A DURABLE TALENT BASE

By Paul Zimmerman

High School Basketball [bonus Piece]

THE UNKINDEST CUT FOR BASKETBALLERS IN COATESVILLE, PA., AS FOR TEENAGE ATHLETES ALL ACROSS AMERICA, HIGH SCHOOL TEAM TRYOUTS ARE WRENCHING TESTS OF HEART AND EGO

By Mark Bowden

Inside The NBA

INSIDE THE NBA KEMP SAYS MONEY ISN'T HIS PROBLEM, SO WHAT IS? IVERSON RESPONDS TO HIS ELDERS RICE REIGNS IN CLEVELAND

By Jackie MacMullan

Inside College Basketball

AFTER A SLOW START, SOUTH CAROLINA HAS STREAKED TO THE TOP OF THE SEC CINCY REVISITED MR. MEAN IS BACK

By Kelli Anderson

THIS ISN'T SUCH A DUMB IDEA A NEW RULE WOULD ELEVATE SMART KIDS TO THE SAME STATUS AS STAR ATHLETES

By Leigh Montville

Departments

LETTERS

BIZARRE BRITISH BETS...ORIOLES OWNER MAKES BAD ALOMAR CALL...ANOTHER HEAVYWEIGHT FIASCO...TRACK STARS DIDN'T SHINE... JENNY MCCARTHY'S SISTERS...A THREE-POINT WIN

EDITED BY Jack McCallum AND Richard O'Brien; SCORECARD STAFF WRITER Kostya Kennedy

CLEVELAND, OHIO FEB. 8, 1997 LONG-RANGE PLANS: THE NBA'S THREE-POINT CONTEST IS A BIG-LEAGUE MIND GAME

By Phil Taylor