Like every year, this one had its ups and downs. For motor-boat driver Enrico Vidoli of Italy, Sept. 15 was a definite down. He and his 550-hp catamaran were charging along at 140 mph in a Grand Prix race in Lyon, France when the boat suddenly went airborne, catapulting its driver into the Rhone. Miraculously, Vidoli was bruised but not broken.
Clockwise, from right: Laker coach Pat Riley poured after the NBA final; George Brett faced the froth for Kansas City; the Al Unsers, Jr. and Sr., celebrated Dad's Indy Car title; Oiler Glenn Anderson saluted the Stanley Cup; Britain's Ian Woosnam offered a bit of the bubbly when his side won the Ryder Cup.
HIGHS AND LOWS
Mixed blessings (clockwise, from right): Harold Pressley snipped a net as Villanova marched to the NCAA title; middleweight Thomas Hearns couldn't see the light after Marvin Hagler KO'd him in the third; though Larry Holmes's cornermen gave it their best, Michael Spinks took the heavyweight champion's belt; West Germany's Boris Becker wowed 'em at Wimbledon.
Heysel Stadium, Brussels: Rampaging British fans turned a soccer match with Italy into a bloody battle that killed 38.
December 23, 1985
Six for the record book (clockwise, from right): Phil Niekro, 46, pitched his 300th win; Rod Carew hammered his 3,000th hit; Britain's Steve Cram lowered the mile mark to 3:46.31; Tom Seaver got a terrific hug from his father-in-law after victory No. 300; Pete Rose singled for his 4,192nd hit, topping Ty Cobb; Grambling's Eddie Robinson won his 324th game to become college football's winningest coach.
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FUN AMD GAMES
Clockwise, from above: Jesse Ventura was wrestling's Goldilocks; William (The Refrigerator) Perry gave new meaning to cubic capacity; 7'7" Manute Bol took basketball to new heights, 5'5½" Spud Webb to new lows; Peter Jacobsen threw in the towel when a streaker crashed the British Open.
Hana Mandlikova (below) checked Martina Navratilova's hopes for a third U.S. Open title; Kareem was the cream of the team as he led the Lakers to victory over the Celtics for the first time in playoff history.