14 Showcase for Crisis
The future of a bedeviled sport hangs in the balance as Madison Square Garden stages its phony title bout

18 Skating Scared in Montreal
Hockey's Canadiens are on the hottest streak ever, under the whip of a tough coach and tougher fans

20 Three on the Line in the 600
The most dramatic race of the indoor track season saw Martin McGrady win in a blanket finish

22 Pistol Pete, the Hottest Shot
LSU's Maravich, the coed hoppers' bomb, shoots baskets with either hand, from any angle, game after game

30 When Ice Turns to Corn
In the spring months skiers find popcorn effects on many slopes—and some of the best skiing of the year

36 Guns Who Go to the Dogs
The shotgunners who work field trials are the country's best wing shots and the dogs' best friends

48 Crossing the Bar
An amateur athlete who once dreamed of glory ponders whether life begins at 40—or ends there

The departments

9 Scorecard
41 People
42 Golf
44 Motor Sports
46 Horse Racing
61 For the Record
62 Basketball's Week
64 19th Hole

Credits on page 61

Cover photographs by Rich Clarkson

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Next week

The Sands and Cacti of Florida and Arizona form the backdrop for baseball's annual surge of optimism. A report on the main source of hope: the new crop of rookies.

Once a winter the sun and sky and sea are in perfect balance—and surfers ride the wild ones off Oahu, Hawaii. Our patient photographer, Neil Leifer, portrays it all in color.

The timid generation is the way a Duke professor describes today's students, and a close look at his school supports the theory that in some areas youth is not in revolt.

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