CONTENTS

March 09, 1981

And Now for My Reappearing Act 14
Magic Johnson has returned to the Los Angeles Laker lineup after a knee injury caused him to vanish for 100 days
by John Papanek

Going for Broke at Breakneck Speed 18
Edmonton's 20-year-old Wayne Gretzky is closing in on Phil Esposito's "unbreakable" NHL season scoring record
by E.M. Swift

High Times for the Valley 20
An infusion of outstanding players and coaches has revived memories of the Missouri Valley Conference's glorious past
by Curry Kirkpatrick

Kenny, Dying Young 30
To be in sports, to be active, was all that mattered to him. Then came the shattering accident, and all that ended
by Frank Deford

Annual Flights of Spring 36
Once again the national pastime has migrated lock, stock and batting helmet to the Sun Belt
by Arnold Roth and Kathleen Andria

Sitting on Top of the World 58
Battling exhaustion and cold, three Americans continue their climb to the summit of New Guinea's Carstensz Pyramid
by Sam Moses

The Departments

Scorecard 9
College Basketball 48
Boating 52
For the Record 80
19th Hole 82

Credits on page 80

Cover photograph by Andy Hayt

Next Week

Familiar faces like those of Rollie Fingers and Ted Simmons, Fred Lynn and Rick Burleson, Bruce Sutter and Darrell Porter are popping up in new places, specifically the Milwaukee, California and St. Louis camps. Ron Fimrite reports.

Death spirals, triple salchows and sit spins are on display at the World Figure Skating Championships in Hartford, Conn. Bob Ottum describes the clash of blades as America's Zayak, Hamilton and the Carrutherses take on the rest of the globe.

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)