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December 08, 1997 | Volume 87, Issue 23

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December 08, 1997 | Ivan Maisel

December 08, 1997 | Ivan Maisel
The Bowl Alliance and its predecessor, the Coalition, were formed to create a national championship game and put the best teams in the biggest bowls. But the system hasn't been flawless. For...

December 08, 1997 | Ivan Maisel
1. BOB DAVIEEnjoy it while you can, Bob. This is the last time anyone associated with Notre Dame will be happy with a one-point win over Hawaii.

December 08, 1997 | Johnette Howard
NAVY'S SMALL-TOWN SENSATION

December 08, 1997 | Ivan Maisel
•SEC CHAMPIONSHIP:AUBURN (9-2) VS. TENNESSEE (10-1)Florida fans might point to the fact that the Volunteers needed help to win the SEC East, but Tennessee is laughing all the way to Atlanta. A...

December 08, 1997 | Peter King

December 08, 1997 | Peter King
If Broncos coach Mike Shanahan were playing against his defense, he knows what he would do: run the ball, often. "Wouldn't you?" Shanahan said earlier this season. "If someone went in there with...

December 08, 1997 | Peter King
1. BOBBYBALLThree weeks ago Eagles quarterback Bobby Hoying took over a stumbling 4-6 team. Since then, he has completed 60% of his attempts, passed for 278 yards per game and thrown six touchdown...

December 08, 1997 | Peter King
A team usually has six days between games, seven if it's scheduled to play on a Monday night. But typically there are a handful of Thursday games, which require teams to significantly shorten...

December 08, 1997 | Paul Zimmerman
Hey, doesn't anyone want to win this thing? The Giants, leaders of the NFC East, are 1-2-1 in their last four games. But they're hanging on at the top because the second-place Redskins blew one at...

December 08, 1997 | John Ed Bradley

December 08, 1997
Wrestling, one of the world's oldest and proudest sports, is unheralded by most Americans, but it is the life of the minority who embrace it.CHRIS JACKSON, COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS

December 08, 1997 | Bruce McCall
How to bring the superannuated game of croquet into the go-go world of modern sports

December 08, 1997 | Ron Fimrite
NOVEMBER 21, 1955

December 08, 1997 | John Walters
Saturday 12/6

December 08, 1997 | John Walters
Video killed the rodeo star? Each night this week—on ESPN2 at 11:30 p.m., except Friday, when the telecast is on ESPN at midnight—and continuing on both channels through Dec. 14, cowboys can...

December 08, 1997
(WWW.CNNSI.COM)SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and CNN team up on the Internet to offer up-to-the-minute sports news and stats as well as stories and photos from the magazine. You can also find SI articles and...

December 08, 1997 | Edited By Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien

December 08, 1997 | Edited By Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
2,066,833Prize money, in dollars, won by Tiger Woods this year, a PGA Tour record.

December 08, 1997 | Edited By Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
Penny Hardaway's pip-squeakish sidekick can be a Big Pain-y, but he got us thinking about what a few other li'l incarnations might be like.

December 08, 1997 | Edited By Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
Tropicana Field, which will be the home of the American League's Tampa Bay Devil Rays beginning in 1998, will offer fans an in-stadium hair salon.

December 08, 1997 | Edited By Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
Paul GascoigneEnglish soccer star, on the attraction of playing in MLS after the 1998 World Cup: "In America, once you're famous, you're famous for life. And they make great piña coladas!"

December 08, 1997 | Edited By Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
The trade demand that Scottie Pippen leveled at the Chicago Bulls last week was only the latest incident in a career filled with emotional spikes and dips. Some HIGHLIGHTS and LOWLIGHTS:

December 08, 1997 | S.L. Price

December 08, 1997 | S.L. Price
Many young blacks are so intent on becoming the next Jordan that they forgo more realistic paths to success

December 08, 1997 | S.L. Price

December 08, 1997 | Michael Silver

December 08, 1997 | Paul Zimmerman
Barry Sanders is running circles around NFL defenses with an electrifying style unlike anything the legaue has seen

December 08, 1997 | Michael Bamberger
Two silly acts by the Skins' Michael Westbrook have soiled his image and slowed his ascent into the ranks of the top wideouts

December 08, 1997 | E.M. Swift

December 08, 1997 | Austin Murphy

December 08, 1997
Art HarringtonWILLOW STREET, PA.Harrington, 55, coached the Solanco High girls' cross-country team to the Mares' second AAA state title. Since the team's inception in 1985, Harrington has amassed...

December 08, 1997 | S.L. Price

December 08, 1997 | Marty Burns
Miami heat center Isaac Austin isn't the only NBA understudy who, as an emergency replacement for an injured star, has raised his game this season. Here's our list of the subs-turned-starters who...

December 08, 1997 | Tim Layden

December 08, 1997 | Tim Layden
Pat Tillman (above) may never be a household name, but the teams he played against this year probably will never forget him. Here are five other outstanding players whose efforts this season went...

December 08, 1997 | S.L. Price
Davis Cup hero Jonas Bjorkman has shot to No. 4 in the world on the strength of his rocket returns, fortified forehand and fabulous funny bone

December 08, 1997 | Kelli Anderson
Tennessee relies on three players called Meek, but the No. 1 Lady Vols aren't the least bit retiring

December 08, 1997 | John Garrity

December 08, 1997 | Gary Van Sickle

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•TOM BYRUM: Statistically, he was the second-best player on Tour in '97, finishing behind Bill Glasson in the all-around category. Yet Byrum was 42nd on the money list.

December 08, 1997
Because of the four-year, $800 million television contract signed by the PGA Tour and the networks earlier this year, tournament purses could double in 1999, when the new deal kicks in. However,...

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What do these players have in common?

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December 08, 1997 | Johnny Bench
If you come across an old catcher standing on the 1st green sizing up a four-foot putt, have some compassion. I'm still struggling with my short game. Last month I entered the first stage of the...

December 08, 1997 | Jaime Diaz
IN THE TOUGH NEW WORLD OF GOLF, A MEAN STREAK IS AN ADVANTAGE

December 08, 1997 | Alan Shipnuck
Tom Lehman got a big kick out of stealing the show at the suddenly resurgent Skins Game