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Top five athletes
1. Greg Maddux, Atlanta Braves: 19-2, 1.63 ERA, 209 IP, 191 K's, 23 BB, 4th straight Cy Young.
2. Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers: 4,413 passing yards, 38 TDs, 13 INT, NFL MVP.
3. Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys: 1,773 yards, 4.7 per carry, 25 TDs.
4. Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets: 27.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, Finals MVP for 2nd straight year.
5. Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers; 122 catches, 1,848 yards, 15 TDs.

Top five teams
1. Nebraska football (12-0). Averaged over 50 points per game, beat Florida 62-24 in Orange Bowl.
2. Atlanta Braves (90-54). Baseball's powerhouse of '90s wins only World Series crown of the decade.
3. Connecticut women's basketball (39-0). Rebecca Lobo and Co. dominated with perfect season.
4. San Francisco 49ers (13-3). Steve Young tossed six TDs in Super Bowl win over San Diego.
5. UCLA basketball (31-2). First title since John Wooden retired in '75.

Sports moves

  • Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers join NFL as expansion teams
  • L.A. Rams to St. Louis and into Edward Jones Dome
  • L.A. Raiders back to Oakland
  • Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies join the NBA as expansion teams
  • Quebeque Nordiques move to Colorado, become the Avalanche
  • Boston Celtics and Bruins into Fleet Center
  • Colorado Rockies into Coors Field
  • Vancouver Canucks into General Motors Palace
  • World League of American Football debuts; will later become NFL Europe

    Pop culture trivia
    Oscar winner: Braveheart

    Most popular TV show: ER

    Top of the Pops: Gangsta's Paradise, Coolio

    Fiction bestseller: The Rainmaker, John Grisham

    Nonfiction bestseller: Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, John Gray

    Pop culture potpourri: Windows '95 debuts, to the tune of the Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up"; O.J. is found "not guilty" of murder, because "If the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit;" Kosher McDonald's opens in Israel; blue M&M's debut.








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