10 Robin Comes Bobbin' Along
One boat goes down and the ultimate winner gets a bad scare in the SORC's sailing spree

14 Superdad Skates Up a Storm
Having lost little of his old NHL grandeur at 45, Gordie Howe rises to the top of the WHA

16 New Big E for a Big New Eye
Moving to Capital Centre gained the Bullets a slew of fans who watch a reformed Elvin Hayes on instant replay

18 And a Little Child Shall Lead Them
He looked like a high school kid among the Superstars in Florida, but Kyle Rote Jr. showed them all

22 This Miller Admits He's a Grind
What with championing big-leaguers and little old ladies, Marvin Miller has no time to sit down at the piano

28 The Agony and Drip-Dry Ecstasy
Running may hurt, but the truer triumphant pain comes to swimmers who suffer for their sport

36 Strong, Silent, Enduring
But is Walter Alston a superior manager? Players past and present are sharply divided on the question

66 Out of Control
The rites of racing unfold with studied slowness, even in a high-speed car hurtling toward disaster

The departments

5 Scorecard
50 People
52 College Basketball
58 Horse Racing
62 Track & Field
64 Bridge
81 For the Record
82 19th Hole

Credits on page 81

Cover photograph by Neil Leifer

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Next week

Make or break time has come for college basketball. A look at the NCAA tourney lineup plus reports on UCLA vs. USC and the ACC's annual donnybrook at Greensboro.

Meat hunters, blasting away from helicopters, are slaughtering deer on New Zealand's South Island with government approval. Robert F. Jones reports the warlike scene.

A Legend comes to life in the most discerning and forthright biography of Babe Ruth ever written. In Robert Creamer's first installment, Ruth quits pitching and turns to slugging.

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