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December 09, 1985 | Volume 63, Issue 26

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Kirk Gibson Cover - Sports Illustrated December 09, 1985

December 09, 1985 | Compiled by BAILEY BREENE GENDRON
PRO BASKETBALL—Boston stretched its winning streak to seven with four wins, including a 98-91 victory over Philadelphia and a 132-124 defeat of Detroit in which Larry Bird scored a season-high 47...

December 09, 1985
BILL HENDERSONMIAMIBill, a junior quarterback at Westminster Christian School, broke the state single-game passing yardage record and tied the mark for most completions as he connected on 27 of 37...

December 09, 1985 | Edited by Gay Flood
THE TOP 40Sir:This One's for You, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, for your wonderful 1985-86 College Basketball Issue (Nov. 20). This praise comes Straight From the Heart, because you're a Hard Habit to Break...

December 09, 1985 | Edited by Craig Neff
STEROID JUSTICE

December 09, 1985 | Edited by Craig Neff
•Tom McVie, coach of the AHL Maine Mariners, on the cramped hotel room he occupied during a team road trip: "It was so small that when I stuck the key in the lock I broke the window."

December 09, 1985 | Alexander Wolff
That's where No. 2 Michigan went after beating No. 1 Georgia Tech

December 09, 1985 | Ralph Wiley
The 49ers annihilated Washington to pull within a game of the Rams

December 09, 1985 | Steve Wulf
Free agent Kirk Gibson had expected to be a multimillionaire by now, but the baseball owners have closed their vaults

December 09, 1985 | Douglas S. Looney

December 09, 1985 | Jaime Diaz
Snow and rain couldn't keep Wisconsin, Pat Porter and Lynn Jennings from winning cross-country titles

December 09, 1985 | Bruce Newman

December 09, 1985 | Donald J. Barr
Blair Luke is retiring. For those who know and work with Luke, SI's production director and assistant advertising sales director, his departure signals the end of an era.

December 09, 1985 | Sheldon S. Cohen
On Dec. 11, 1935, The New York Times reported that New York City's Downtown Athletic Club had awarded a trophy to the University of Chicago's All-America halfback, Jay Berwanger, for being the...

December 09, 1985 | Jack McCallum
In verse as well as on the court, Alex English gets his points across

December 09, 1985 | Hank Hersch
Jackie Sherrill has put once-lowly Texas A & M into the Cotton Bowl

December 09, 1985 | Hank Hersch
Maryland and Tennessee wrapped up conference titles, with inspiration from surprising sources. The Terrapins earned their third straight ACC championship by beating Virginia 33-21. It was...

December 09, 1985 | Hank Hersch
OFFENSE: Freshman running back Gene Jelks rushed for 192 yards on 18 carries—one of which was a 74-yard touchdown gallop in the fourth quarter—to help Alabama beat Auburn 25-23 in Birmingham.

December 09, 1985 | William Taaffe
NBC's sassy NFL program is little more than a glorified tout service

December 09, 1985 | Jack Falla
Winnipeg unloaded Dave Babych, and nobody can figure out why

December 09, 1985 | Jill Lieber
With crowd noise a bigger problem than ever in the NFL this season, Tex Schramm, the head of the league's competition committee, says there is a new movement to adopt the space-age transmitter...

December 09, 1985 | Jill Lieber
So you think Richard Todd, the Saints' quarterback who will make $660,000 as a third-stringer this season, has the best life in the NFL. Well, Mike (Too Tan) Saxon, the Cowboys' punter, may not be...

December 09, 1985 | Jill Lieber
Here's the World According to Cleveland's Bob Golic.

December 09, 1985 | Jill Lieber
OFFENSE: Backup QB Wade Wilson, yanked in the third period, returned with 11:43 left in the game and threw three TD passes to rally Minnesota, down 23-0, to a 28-23 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

December 09, 1985 | William Jaspersohn
On Sept. 23 Ben Rose, 26, stood beside a white pine tree in Warren, Vt., hammer in hand. As co-blazer of the Catamount Trail, a cross-country ski route that covers the length of Vermont, Rose was...

December 09, 1985 | Austin Murphy
Duke outplayed Kansas to win the inaugural preseason NIT championship

December 09, 1985 | Austin Murphy
DAVID HENDERSON: Duke's 6'5" senior forward scored 79 points in the first Big Apple NIT, with a career-high 30 on 12-for-14 shooting in the Blue Devils' 92-86 win over Kansas in the title game.

December 09, 1985 | Clive Gammon

December 09, 1985 | Jack Falla
In somber counterpoint to a bright autumn afternoon, the granite buildings of the U.S. Military Academy loom above the Hudson River at West Point, silently delivering a message of enduring...

December 09, 1985 | Franz Lidz
Snow fell last night at Rattlesnake Butte, and frost feathered the cottonwood trees. This morning the temperature hangs at freezing, and the trails are wet and muddy. It's roundup time, and Harry...