CONTENTS

December 12, 1988

ON A MISSION 20
Charles Barkley and the Philadelphia 76ers are out to prove that they belong among the elite of the NBA
by Jack McCallum

A TRIO AT THE TOP 26
The Los Angeles Raiders defeated the Denver Broncos to create congestion in the mild, mild AFC West
by Rick Reilly

HIGH ON THE HEELS 36
At the new basketball Tournament of Champions, beleaguered North Carolina rose to the occasion
by Curry Kirkpatrick

A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY 42
In a stunner, NBC won the rights to the '92 Summer Games for a record sum of $401 million
by William Oscar Johnson

BIG HAND FOR A QUIET MAN 46
Though he was in Japan, Heisman hoopla got to Barry Sanders, the bashful winner from Oklahoma State
by Rick Telander

ONE ECK OF A GUY 50
With an assist from his wife, Dennis Eckersley, the Oakland A's ace reliever, beat a drinking problem
by Peter Gammons

INTO THE LIMELIGHT 60
After working in obscurity for many years, coach Dick Tarrant has put Richmond on the basketball map
by John Feinstein

LITTLE BIG LINEBACKER 66
Sam Mills, the New Orleans Saints' 5'9" fireplug, specializes in cutting rival players down to size
by Michael Bamberger

TRANSACTIONS 82
Every day newspapers list those whose roles in sports are changing. Here are five of the personal stories behind last week's agate type.

DEPARTMENTS

Letters 6
Scorecard 15
College Basketball 72
Tennis 76
College Football 78
For The Record 107
Point After 108

Cover Photograph by John Biever

PHOTOHEINZ KLUETMEIERSOMEONE WORTH CHEERING FOR: Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders, uptight about winning the Heisman, was laid-back about these Cowgirls giving him a sis-boom-bah before State met Texas Tech in Tokyo (page 46).

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