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Almanac: 2001

5/28/2004

Top five athletes
1. Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants: 73 HRs, 137 RBI, .328, .863 slugging, NL MVP.
2. Lance Armstrong: Crushed the field in winning third straight Tour de France.
3. Randy Johnson, Arizona Diamondbacks: 21-6, 2.49 ERA, 372 K's, Cy Young, World Series MVP.
4. Sammy Sosa, Chicago Cubs: 64 HRs, 160 RBI, 146 runs, .737 slugging.
5. Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles Lakers: 28.7 points, 12.7 rebounds, Finals MVP.

Top five teams
1. Miami football (12-0). Outscored opponents 512-117.
2. Colorado Avalanche (118 points). Dominant year wrapped up with Game 7 win over New Jersey.
3. Arizona Diamondbacks (92-70). Won World Series with two runs in bottom of 9th of Game 7.
4. Seattle Mariners (116-46). Lost in ALCS, but won record 116 games.
5. Duke basketball (35-4). Coach K wins third national championship.

Sports moves

  • Milwaukee Brewers into Miller Park

  • Pittsburgh Pirates into PNC Park

  • Pittsburgh Steelers into Heinz Field

  • Denver Broncos into Invesco Field at Mile High

  • Dallas Mavericks and Stars into American Airlines Arena

    Pop culture trivia
    Oscar winner: A Beautiful Mind

    Most popular TV show: Friends

    Top of the Pops: Hanging By A Moment, Lifehouse

    Fiction bestseller: Desecration, Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye

    Nonfiction bestseller: The Prayer of Jabez, Bruce Wilkinson

    Pop culture potpourri: Harry Potter and Britney Spears absorb too many brain cells; Xbox and GameCube duke it out in video-game wars; Enron goes bust.