Top five athletes
1. Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams: 4,353 yards, 65.1%, 41 TDs, 13 INT, MVP, Super Bowl MVP.
2. Pedro Martinez, Boston Red Sox: 23-4, 2.07 ERA, 213 IP, 313 K's, Cy Young.
3. Tiger Woods: 8 PGA Tour wins, 1 major, ranked #1 in world.
4. Lance Armstrong: Returns from cancer and wins first Tour de France.
5. Andre Agassi: Wins two majors (French, U.S. Open), ranked #1 in world.
Top five teams
1. U.S. women's World Cup team. Brandi Chastain's kick wins it on home turf.
2. Denver Broncos (14-2). John Elway, with help from Terrell Davis, goes out in style.
3. New York Yankees (98-64). Second straight World Series sweep.
4. Dallas Stars (114 points). Beat Buffalo in 6 games for Lord Stanley's Cup.
5. U.S. Ryder Cup team. Justin Leonard's putt provides dramatic 14½-13½ win over Europe.
New Cleveland Browns begin play in Cleveland Browns Stadium
Seattle Mariners into Safeco Field
Tennessee Titans into Adelphia Coliseum
Atlanta Thrashers join the NHL
Atlanta Hawks and Thrashers into Philips Arena
Toronto Raptors and Maple Leafs into Air Canada Center
Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche into Pepsi Center
Indiana Pacers into Conseco Fieldhouse
L.A. Lakers, Clippers, and Kings into Staples Center
Miami Heat into American Airlines Arena
Carolina Hurricanes into RBC Center
NFL reintroduces instant replay, in form of "challenge" system
Pop culture trivia
Oscar winner: American Beauty
Most popular TV show: Who Wants to be a Millionaire
Top of the Pops: Believe, Cher
Fiction bestseller: The Testament, by John Grisham
Nonfiction bestseller: Tuesdays With Morrie, by Mitch Albom
Pop culture potpourri: Pokemon, Eminem, Christina, Britney, "Blair Witch Project," Harry Potter, and Napster capture huge mindshare; Y2K bug brings new life to old COBOL programmers, who are brought out of retirement to save world from imminent disaster; Melissa virus infects 1 million PCs.