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Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis is charged with murder after a pre-Super Bowl fight in Atlanta leads to the deaths of two men. Lewis plea bargains to obstruction of justice and testifies against his co-defendants.
Showtime comes back as the Lakers return to prominence under Phil Jackson, who wins his first championship without Michael Jordan. Shaquille O'Neal wins league, All-Star Game and Finals MVP awards.
Dubbed the "Year of the Tiger," Tiger Woods becomes the first player to earn nine PGA Tour wins since Sam Snead in 1950. He wins the British Open to become the youngest golfer to complete a career Grand Slam, and the second player to win three majors in one season.
Shortstop Alex Rodriguez signs the richest contract in sports -- a 10-year, $252 million deal with the Texas Rangers.