JOLLY GOOD SHOW 18
Nick Faldo overcame weather redolent of his native England and, in a playoff, Scott Hoch to win the Masters
by E.M. Swift

A WAKE-UP CALL 26
It's playoff time, so naturally the Oilers, after a drab season, bolted to a big lead over the Great One's Kings
by Austin Murphy

JUST HAPPY TO BE HERE 34
Opening Day 1989 was special for the White Sox' Greg Walker. Eight months ago he thought he had died
by Bruce Newman

WHO'S MOST VALUABLE? 42
For a welcome change, the NBA this season has more than just a couple of contenders for its MVP award
by Jack McCallum

DARK FORCES 52
A study shows that teams dressed in black are meaner and tougher than their more brightly arrayed brethren
by Sarah Boxer

THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB 58
Bo Schembechler finally named Steve Fisher basketball coach at Michigan—but what took him so long?
by Alexander Wolff

IT'S A REAL KICK 64
The rapidly improving U.S. soccer team has its best chance since 1950 of getting into the World Cup finals
by Clive Gammon

A GENTLEMAN AND A SCHOLAR 86
Bart Giamatti comes to his new job as baseball commissioner with the best of credentials—love for the game
by Frank Deford

DEPARTMENTS

Letters 6
Scorecard 13
Inside Baseball 70
Tennis 76
Horse Racing 78
Movies 84
For The Record 103
Point After 104

Cover by Heinz Kluetmeier; Inset by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBA

PHOTOJACQUELINE DUVOISINLIP SERVICE: Though this blast from a bunker on the 2nd hole at Augusta on Sunday dropped for a birdie, favored Seve Ballesteros could finish no better than fifth at the 53rd Masters (page 18).

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