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Almanac: 2003

Top five athletes
1. Lance Armstrong: Wins record-tying fifth straight Tour de France.
2. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs: 23.3 points, 12.9 rebounds, MVP, Finals MVP.
3. Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants: 45 HRs, .341, 111 runs, .749 slugging, 6th MVP.
4. Annika Sorenstam: Wins two majors, finished one stroke back in the other two.
5. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts: 4,267 yards passing, 29 TDs, 10 INT, co-NFL MVP.

Top five teams
1. New Jersey Devils (108 points). Goalie Martin Brodeur leads third Stanley Cup in nine seasons.
2. Tampa Bay Bucs (12-4). Trounced 48-21 Raiders in Super Bowl.
3. San Antonio Spurs (60-22). Knocked off three-time champ Lakers and then New Jersey in Finals.
4. Florida Marlins (91-71). Rallied to stun Cubs in NLCS, beat Yankees in 6 in World Series.
5. Syracuse basketball (30-5). Freshman Carmelo Anthony led the way.

Sports moves

  • Cincinnati Reds into Great American Ball Park

  • Philadelphia Eagles into Lincoln Financial Field

  • Chicago Bears into Soldier Field II

  • Houston Rockets into Toyota Center

  • Phoenix Coyotes into Glendale Arena

    Pop culture trivia
    Oscar winner: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    Most popular TV show: CSI

    Top of the Pops: In Da Club, 50 Cent

    Fiction bestseller: The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold

    Nonfiction bestseller: The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren

    Pop culture potpourri: Dragonball, text-messaging are Internet hits; "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" is on its way to becoming biggest bestseller of all time.