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Golf Plus

THE LAST LAUGH PHIL BLACKMAR OVERCAME A LATE MISTAKE AT THE HOUSTON OPEN FOR HIS FIRST WIN SINCE 1988

By Gary Van Sickle

TO OUR READERS

By Bill Colson

TAKING THE FIFTH TAMMIE GREEN GOT HER CAREER BACK ON TRACK BY WINNING WHAT SOME SEE AS AN EXTRA LPGA MAJOR

By Kelli Anderson

NEWS AND NOTES

BOTTOM LINES

COMPILED BY Gary B. Smith

PLAYING FOR TIME

By Allen Doyle

RAIN OF TERROR WHEN THE WEATHER GETS FRIGHTFUL, WATCHING THE PROS COPE IS DELIGHTFUL

By Gary Van Sickle

Faces In The Crowd

FACES IN THE CROWD

Television

SI VIEW THE WEEK IN TV SPORTS

By John Walters

NBA Playoffs

BOOM OR BUST? AFTER ALMOST TRIPPING OVER SMALL, SWIFT PHOENIX, SEATTLE LIFTED OFF TO VICTORY. BUT SHAWN KEMP & CO. CRASHED IN GAME 1 AGAINST HOUSTON

By Phil Taylor

FEEL THE BURN THE HEAT WAVERED BEFORE MAKING THE MAGIC DISAPPEAR

By S.L. Price

CALL TO ARMS THE FIRED-UP JAZZ CAME AT THE LAKERS WITH UNCHARACTERISTIC ARDOR IN THE OPENER OF THEIR SEMIFINAL SERIES

By David Fleming

Horse Racing

LUCKY CHARM AFTER A STRIDE-FOR-STRIDE STRETCH DUEL AND A PHOTO FINISH, THE KENTUCKY DERBY WENT TO SILVER CHARM

By William Nack

NHL Playoffs

ON HIS WAY FAST, BRUISING AVALANCHE POWER FORWARD ADAM DEADMARSH IS READY TO BE A BIG-TIME NHL STAR

By Michael Farber

Baseball

A GIANT QUESTION ARE THE PITCHING-POWERED GIANTS FOR REAL, OR ARE THEY HEADED FOR A BIG SLIDE?

By Michael Bamberger

HITTING HIS PRIME KEN GRIFFEY JR.'S GAME HAS MATURED, HEIGHTENING EXPECTATIONS FOR A SEASON OF MARISIAN MAGNITUDE

By Tom Verducci

Golf

PEER GROUP ANNIKA SORENSTAM AND KARRIE WEBB ARE ALONE TOGETHER ATOP THE LPGA TOUR, BUT DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH WAITING FOR THEM TO TEAR INTO EACH OTHER

By John Garrity

Pro Football

BLUE PLATE SPECIAL CONTRARY TO SNIDE ASSERTIONS IN A TEAMMATE'S NEW BOOK, NEW YORK JETS RECEIVER WAYNE CHREBET HAS A SIMPLE RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: HARD WORK

By John Ed Bradley

Inside Baseball

HOUSTON'S NEW SKIPPER IS LEAVING HIS STARTERS ON THE MOUND LONGER A TIGER'S TALE TINO CLEANS UP

By Tim Crothers

Inside The NBA

A PENNY SAVED EVEN IN DEFEAT, THE MAGIC'S HARDAWAY COMES OUT A WINNER THE TIMBERWOLVES LOOK TO LOCK UP GARNETT

By Jackie MacMullan

College Basketball [bonus Piece]

KNIGHT ERRANT AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF FEEBLE FINISHES AND NOW A PUBLIC SQUABBLE BETWEEN COACH AND PLAYER, EVEN INDIANA BASKETBALL FANS ARE ASKING, HAS BOB KNIGHT LOST IT?

By Gerry Callahan

A NOSE RING RUNS THROUGH IT WITH HIS LATEST TOME, DENNIS RODMAN CONTINUES THE VENERABLE TRADITION OF ATHLETE AS AUTHOR

By Rick Reilly

Departments

LETTERS

SPRING FOOTBALL SAFETY...U.S. UMP CALLS 'EM IN JAPAN...RICK BARRY ON THE STUMP...A HARROWING BOOK ON EVEREST...COLLEGE RUSHING RECORD LOST...CHINESE SWIMMERS BANNED

EDITED BY Richard O'Brien AND Hank Hersch SCORECARD STAFF WRITER Kostya Kennedy

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN

By Ron Fimrite EDITED BY Richard O'Brien AND Hank Hersch

COLUMBUS, OHIO MAY 3, 1997 A DRAMATIC NCAA MEN'S VOLLEYBALL FINAL ENDS WITH A DYNASTY IN DISREPAIR

By Leigh Montville