CONTENTS

December 21, 1981

18 Armed for the Playoffs
Under scholarly Coach Bill Walsh, the NFC West champion San Francisco 49ers have become a quick study in winning
by Paul Zimmerman

24 Troubled Doubles and a Singular Singles
Led by John McEnroe's performance in two extraordinary matches, the US. beat Argentina to win the Davis Cup
by Barry McDermott

26 Not with a Bang but a Whisper
After losing to Trevor Berbick, a subdued Muhammad Ali softly admitted that his boxing career had come to an end
by William Nack

30 Reverberation of a Gunshot
Missouri Center Steve Stipanovich accidentally wounded himself a year ago, then made up a tale he's just now living down
by Curry Kirkpatrick

36 Rolling onto a New Track
Tracy Austin has paid a steep price to climb to the top in women's tennis. Now she is having fewer ups and downs
by Sarah Pileggi

44 Yasser, That's My Baby
So Viktor Korchnoi indicated in picking Yasser Seirawan as his second. Now Yasser wants to be second to none
by William Nack

76 To the Giant Among Us
Andre the Giant, a 7'4", 500-pound wrestler, is one man who has made the most of being the biggest
by Terry Todd

The Departments

Scorecard 13
Horse Racing 58
College Basketball 64
Pro Football 73
For the Record 97
19th Hole 98

Credits on page 97

Cover photograph by Andy Hayt

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