Top five athletes
1. Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers: 212 points, 92 goals, 120 assists, NHL MVP.
2. Moses Malone, Houston Rockets: 31.1 points, 14.7 rebounds, NBA MVP.
3. Robin Yount, Milwaukee Brewers: .331, 29 HRs, 114 RBI, Gold Glove SS, hit .414 in World Series
4. Tom Watson: Wins two majors (U.S Open, British Open), Player of the Year.
5. Herschel Walker, Georgia: 1,752 rushing yards, 17 TDs, Heisman Trophy winner.

Top five teams
1. North Carolina basketball (32-2). Freshman Michael Jordan delivers Dean Smith a national title.
2. New York Islanders (118 points). Go 8-0 in final two rounds of playoffs for third straight Stanley Cup.
3. San Francisco 49ers (13-3). The first of Niners' four Super Bowl titles in the 1980s.
4. Los Angeles Lakers (57-25). Showtime beats the Sixers 4-2 in the NBA Finals.
5. Penn State football (11-1). Joe Paterno wins his first national title.

Sports moves

  • Oakland Raiders to Los Angeles
  • Minnesota Twins and Vikings into Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
  • Colorado Rockies move to New Jersey, become the Devils

    Pop culture trivia
    Oscar winner: Ghandi

    Most popular TV show: 60 Minutes

    Top of the Pops: Physical, Olivia Newton-John

    Fiction bestseller: E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial Storybook, William Kotzwinkle

    Nonfiction bestseller: Jane Fonda's Workout Book, Jane Fonda

    Pop culture potpourri: "Cats" opens on Broadway; liposuction debuts; Trivial Pursuit is hot board game; Michael Jackson releases "Thriller"; "War on Drugs" begins; Barney Clark gets first artificial heart, lives for three months.

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