Four for Philadelphia

North Carolina put up a powerful front to beat Utah and Kansas State and win the West Regional title 14
by Bruce Newman

Virginia's two good halves against Tennessee and Brigham Young were enough to win the championship of the East 17
by Frank Deford

Louisiana State's superior depth, dash and power were too much for Arkansas and Wichita State in the Midwest 18
by Curry Kirkpatrick

Indiana's fine-tuned Hoosiers overwhelmed Alabama-Birmingham and St. Joseph's in the Mideast 20
by William F. Reed

Job Hunting in a Tight Market 22
Johnny Bench's desire to stay in the Reds' lineup but catch only twice a week is something less than a hit with his teammates
by Steve Wulf

"Genius Is Perseverance in Disguise" 28
Irrepressible Mike Newlin of the New Jersey Nets believes in making the most of his time, on and off the court
by Douglas S. Looney

A Desire to Excel 32
Ronnie Darling, baseball All-America at Yale, personifies the values that A. Barlett Giamatti, school president and fan, extols
by Frank Deford

It's Got Its Ups and Downs 54
Chris Landry climbs mountains just to ski death-defyingly down them, at times on 60-degree slopes
by William Oscar Johnson

The Departments

Scorecard 9
Hockey 42
Pro Basketball 46
Lacrosse 50
For the Record 73
19th Hole 74

Credits on page 73

Cover photograph by Manny Millan

Next Week

The spectacle in the spectrum, a/k/a the final four, a/k/a the national collegiate championship, features Virginia's Ralph Sampson, Indiana's Isiah Thomas, LSU's Durand Macklin and North Carolina's Al Wood. Curry Kirkpatrick reports.

Do it our way or else is the dictum of soccer's ruling body (FIFA) to the NASL as the league opens its season. At issue are two rules, but the "or else," Clive Gammon writes, may mean excommunication—even extinction—for the U.S. pro game.

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