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A Brief History of the Lakers-Celtics Rivalry

Last night's game 6 of the NBA Finals continued a new chapter in one of sports' most historic rivalries, and the Lakers' comprehensive 89-67 win sends the two...

Jump Ball

Magic Johnson, part owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, and Larry Bird, coach of the Indiana Pacers, have battled on the court for years; now their teams are facing...

Sport: The Best the Game Offers

Not just in the playoffs, Larry Bird and Dr. J love to play By the time pro basketball's interminable dance marathon turns into ballet, so few people are left...

Sport: Masters of Their Own Game

Anyone even casually aware of professional hockey and basketball knows Wayne Gretzky and Larry Bird as shades of no one else, except maybe each other: two...

Sport: Pure Gold in The Corn Belt

A pair of aces at Indiana State Tops in their sports, two remarkable stars with remarkably different styles are brightening the long winter in Terre Haute: LARRY...

Sport: A 16th Flag in Sight

Montreal's Canadiens and New York's Yankees have some cause to feel proprietary about ice hockey and baseball, but what other town or team ever possessed a sport...

Sport: The Complexities of Complexions

In 1980, not 1890, a curious circumstance struck Tony Perez as the great Cuban hitter chatted behind Boston's batting cage. "On the entire 25-man roster," he...

Sport: The Sharing of the Green

Michael Leon Carr is the best at his position in the history of the National Basketball Association. His position is the end of the bench, not far from the end...

A Letter From the Publisher: Mar. 18, 1985

When Tom Callahan was asked to join TIME as a sportswriter almost four years ago, he hesitated. He was reluctant to give up the freedom he had enjoyed for ten...

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