Top five athletes
1. Steffi Graf: Wins tennis Grand Slam (and Olympic gold), has 72-3 match record.
2. Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls: 35.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, NBA MVP.
3. Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State: NCAA-record 2,628 yards rushing, 7.6 per carry, 37 TDs.
4. Orel Hershiser, Los Angeles Dodgers: 23-8, 2.26 ERA, 59 scoreless IP, World Series MVP.
5. Jackie Joyner-Kersee: Olympic gold medals in heptathlon and long jump.

Top five teams
1. Los Angeles Lakers (62-20). First repeat NBA champ since '69 Celtics.
2. Notre Dame football (12-0). Back in power with first national championsip since '77.
3. Washington Redskins (11-4). Doug Williams leads 42-10 Super Bowl romp over Broncos.
4. Los Angeles Dodgers (94-67). Gibson's HR and Hershiser's arm lead World Series champs.
5. Edmonton Oilers (99 points). Four Cups in five years -- and then Gretzky gets traded.

Sports moves

  • Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat join the NBA as an expansion teams
  • St. Louis Football Cardinals to Phoenix
  • First night games in Wrigley Field
  • Detroit Pistons into The Palace of Auburn Hills
  • Sacramento Kings into Arco Arena
  • Milwaukee Bucks into Bradley Center
  • MLB requires catcher's helmet

    Pop culture trivia
    Oscar winner: Rain Man

    Most popular TV show: The Cosby Show

    Top of the Pops: Faith, George Michael

    Fiction bestseller: The Cardinal of the Kremlin, Tom Clancy

    Nonfiction bestseller: The 8-Week Cholesterol Cure, Robert E. Kowalski

    Pop culture potpourri: "Don't Worry, Be Happy" is huge hit, but doesn't dampen sales of new antidepressant, Prozac; Jimmy Swaggart tells TV followers "I have sinned against you," after it's revealed that he's been hanging with hookers; Oliver North's talk radio career is soft-launched when he's indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud U.S.

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