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December 18, 1991

SI names Bulls' Jordan its Sportsman of Year

Michael Jordan, who swept the league's most coveted awards while leading the Chicago Bulls to the NBA title last spring, yesterday was named as Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year.

Jordan, 28, led the Bulls to their first NBA title in their 25-year history. Jordan's year included winning his fifth NBA scoring title, the season MVP award, championship series MVP honors and a spot on the 1992 U.S. Olympic team.

"This year Michael dominated his sport and led his team to great championship," SI managing editor John Papanek said. "At the same time, he displayed a kind of joy and exuberance that captured the imagination of an entire population."

Jordan will appear on the cover of the Dec. 23 issue of thmagazine.

Tennis

Pete Sampras, beaten twice in the Davis Cup finals against France, was named to the 1992 U.S. team by captain Tom Gorman.

Also named to the team was Andre Agassi, who had the lone American victory in the loss to France earlier this month.

Agassi has played Davis Cup every year since 1988 and is 12-4 in singles competition. Sampras was making his Davis Cup debut in the finals against France.

The U.S. team will face Argentina in a first-round Davis Cup match in Kohala Coast, Hawaii, Jan. 31-Feb. 2.

College basketball

Kentucky basketball coach Rick Pitino is interested in having ineligible Syracuse center Conrad McRae play for the Wildcats.

The Syracuse Herald-Journal said that if McRae unsuccessfully exhausts all his appeals at Syracuse, he likely would visit the Lexington campus, possibly on Dec. 28 when Kentucky is host to rival Louisville.

On Monday, Pitino confirmed that Kentucky is pursuing McRae, but said NCAA rules prohibited him from commenting further.

The NCAA's Subcommittee on Eligibility is scheduled to heaSyracuse's final appeal for restoration of McRae's eligibility Friday. A hearing is scheduled Dec. 26 in state Supreme Court in Syracuse on McRae's lawsuit against the university and the NCAA.

Sailing

The fourth and final New Zealand America's Cup challenge yacht, rumored to have a radical new design, has arrived in San Diego.

The boat will not be ready to sail until after Christmas, said Alan Sefton, spokesman for the New Zealand challenge syndicate.

Sefton also said the yacht will sport a security skirt to keep its underwater lines and features as secret as possible.

Luge

Hansjoerg Raffl and Norbert Huber, the favorites in the luge doubles at the Olympics, won their fourth consecutive World Cup race of the season in Igls, Austria.

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