CONTENTS

December 22, 1986

BEANTOWN SHOWDOWN 28
L.A.'s rejuvenated Lakers snapped the Celtics' Garden winning streak, exposing a barren Boston bench
by Jack McCallum

A CROWN FOR THE BROWNS 32
Cleveland's erratic defense shut down a high-powered Cincinnati attack to take the AFC Central title
by Douglas S. Looney

BOUNCED ON THE BOUNDING MAIN 34
The America's Cup challengers are down to four, and among the missing is, alas, the New York Yacht Club
by Sarah Ballard

MIAMI VS. PENN STATE

Rick Reilly previews the Fiesta Bowl's battle for No. 1 36
Rick Telander profiles 'Canes linebacker George Mira Jr. 52
Craig Neff visits Nittany Lions linebacker Shane Conlan 58

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR 64
In the world of college sports, Penn State coach Joe Paterno is a beacon of integrity—and he knows how to win
by Rick Reilly

A GRAND AND HEAVY LEGACY 74
Schoolboy standout Rich Mount faces the pressure of being a third-generation basketball star in Lebanon, Indiana
by Kevin Cook

A LETTER FROM SOUTH AMERICA 94
An American used to the richness of sport finds the opposite in an Andean town in which there aren't even dreams
by Gary Smith

PICTURES OF THE YEAR 102

LAKE WOBEGON GAMES 124
The whole town turned out to watch in awe and wonder as the dying Babe stepped shakily to the plate
by Garrison Keillor

DEPARTMENTS

Letters 8
Scorecard 23
Baseball 137
Pro Football 140
Television 144
Boxing 148
College Basketball 150
For The Record 169
Point After 172

Cover photograph by Ronald C. Modra

PHOTORONALD C. MODRAJOES TO GO: More than once our Sportsman of the Year (page 64) has shown that he can't be bought, but life-size likenesses of him can. The Paterno cutouts are $24.95 near the Penn State campus.

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