Top five athletes
1. Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers: 3,899 yards, 59.9%, 39 TDs, 13 INT, NFL MVP.
2. Michael Johnson: Won unprecedented 200 and 400 golds at Atlanta Olympics.
3. Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls: 30.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, MVP, Finals MVP.
4. Alex Rodriguez, Seattle Mariners: 36 HRs, 123 RBI, .358, 141 runs, .631 slugging.
5. Amy Van Dyken: Swimmer captured four gold medals at Olympics.
Top five teams
1. Chicago Bulls (72-10). Jordan returns, Bulls win record 72 games, title in 6 games over Seattle.
2. Kentucky basketball (34-2). Beat Syracuse to win it all.
3. Dallas Cowboys (12-4). Beat Steelers for third Super Bowl title in four seasons.
4. New York Yankees (92-70). They were a feel-good story at this point.
5. Detroit Red Wings (131 points). Second-most points ever, but upset by Colorado in conference finals.
Winnipeg Jets move and become the Phoenix Coyotes
Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers into Wachovia Center
Montreal Canadiens into Bell Centre
Ottawa Senators into Corel Center
Buffalo Sabres into HSBC Arena
Tampa Bay Lightning into St. Pete Times Forum
College football introduces overtime tiebreakers
Women's pro basketball, the American Basketball League, debuts
Pop culture trivia
Oscar winner: The English Patient
Most popular TV show: ER
Top of the Pops: Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix), Los Del Rio
Fiction bestseller: The Runaway Jury, John Grisham
Nonfiction bestseller: Make the Connection, Oprah Winfrey and Bob Greene
Pop culture potpourri: Everybody's doing the Macarena; the Spice Girls rock our world; Muhammad Ali lights the torch in Atlanta; "Dilbert" is all the rage.