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December 22, 1997 | Volume 87, Issue 25

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Dean Smith Cover - Sports Illustrated December 22, 1997

December 22, 1997 | Kelli Anderson

December 22, 1997 | Alexander Wolff

December 22, 1997 | Franz Lidz

December 22, 1997 | Franz Lidz
Haakonsen's specialty is the half-pipe, one of two snowboard events to be contested in Nagano. (The other is the slalom, patterned after the gated ski race.) A variety of moves are performed in...

December 22, 1997
Willie StewartREDLANDS, CALIF.Stewart, 35, who lost his left arm below the elbow as a result of a roofing accident in 1980, placed first in the disabled division and fourth overall in the San...

December 22, 1997 | Peter King
Jerry Jones is relishing his opportunity to rebuild the Cowboys, Decision time for Kelly, A Pro Bowl snub

December 22, 1997 | Peter King
After this Saturday's game against the Bills, Packers running back Dorsey Levens will have carried the ball almost as often during the 1997 regular season as he did in his previous seven years of...

December 22, 1997 | Peter King
1. GIANTS AMONG MEN"Times don't change," former Giants and Redskins linebacker Sam Huff said after New York won the NFC East for the first time in seven years. "The Giants won the division with...

December 22, 1997 | Peter King
In San Diego on Sunday, the AFC West-leading Chiefs predictably pounded the Chargers 29-7. This is the first time since 1991, Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau's second season, that the Chargers...

December 22, 1997 | Paul Zimmerman
They're a pretty sorry bunch of playoff contenders. They came into last weekend needing a win to stay alive or clinch a berth or even win a division outright. Some got blown away, a few played...

December 22, 1997 | Ivan Maisel
Woodson runs off with the Heisman, Nebraska's smooth transition, Northern Colorado has a blast

December 22, 1997 | Ivan Maisel
•I-AA CHAMPIONSHIP: McNEESE STATE (13-1) VS. YOUNGSTOWN STATE (12-2)Sophomore quarterback Blake Prejean came of age last weekend when he drove McNeese State to a game-winning field goal, but the...

December 22, 1997 | Steve Rushin

December 22, 1997 | Jesse Jackson
This incident isn't about race but about athletes who are allowed to play by different rules

December 22, 1997
To declare any all-white team that competed before full integration as "the best in history" is dead wrong.MATT CHANEY, WARRENSBURG, MO.

December 22, 1997 | John Walters
Saturday 12/20COLLEGE BASKETBALLNorth Carolina at Florida StateHats off to Steve Robinson, new coach of the Seminoles (8-1 at week's end). "The first time we met him, I had my hat on backwards [in...

December 22, 1997 | John Walters
During last Saturday's North Carolina-Princeton basketball game, ESPN's Dick Vitale took the students at Old Nassau to task for not regularly filling Princeton's Jadwin Gym (capacity: 7,550) in...

December 22, 1997
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 photos on...

December 22, 1997 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien

December 22, 1997 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
11,500Distance, in miles, traveled by Kentucky's basketball team between Nov. 24 and Dec. 10 for games in Maui, Phoenix, Chicago, Indianapolis and Buffalo.

December 22, 1997 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
Some big-name figures from other sports have been seen lately with top players from the women's tennis tour. Can you figure out who's teaming up with whom for some mixed doubles?

December 22, 1997 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
Having been hung by the chimney with care, Vince Lombardi—or at least an official cardboard-cutout Lombardi mask—can gaze with pride (or horror) upon a wonderland of other Green Bay Packers...

December 22, 1997 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
For $27.95 plus shipping and handling, FishDoctor, a Wisconsin company, will digitally alter a snapshot, turning, according to an ad, "a 3 lb. smallmouth into a 6 lb. Hog!"

December 22, 1997 | Edited by Jack McCallum and Richard O'Brien
Mike ShanahanCoach of the Denver Broncos, when asked how severely he would punish a player who choked him: "It all depends on how good he is."

December 22, 1997 | Alexander Wolff

December 22, 1997 | Alexander Wolff
Though we didn't hear from him in the previous pages, Dean Smith does have something to say. He recently sat down with SI senior writer to share his reflections on nearly half a century in...

December 22, 1997 | John Walters
JANUARY 7, 1963

December 22, 1997 | Phil Taylor

December 22, 1997 | Richard Hoffer
Finding refuge on the court, the suddenly resurgent Warriors learned that life after Latrell Sprewell has its benefits

December 22, 1997 | Grant Wahl
A skateboarder and a keeper with yellow toenails led UCLA to the NCAA title

December 22, 1997 | Michael Farber
Paul Kariya's storybook return buoyed the Ducks and may boost the fortunes of other NHL stars

December 22, 1997 | David Fleming
Rookie coach Jim Fassel, who can be both tough got the Giants to believe in him and then led them from worst to first in the NFC East

December 22, 1997 | Austin Murphy
Playoff-bound Pittsburgh is well aware that its All-Pro strong safety, Carnell Lake, plays a mean corner, too