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Arthur Ashe Award for Courage
2002: Flight 93 passengers
2001: Cathy Freeman
2000: Dave Sanders
1999: Billie Jean King
1998: Dean Smith
1997: Muhammad Ali
1996: Loretta Claiborne
1995: Howard Cosell
1994: Steve Palermo
1993: Jim Valvano
Outstanding Team
2002: Los Angeles Lakers
2001: College and Pro honors were given in 2001.
2000: USA Women's World Cup Soccer
1999: New York Yankees
1998: Denver Broncos
1997: New York Yankees
1996: UConn women's hoops
1995: New York Rangers
1994: Toronto Blue Jays
1993: Dallas Cowboys
Pro Team of the Year (Combined w/college team award in 2002)
2001: New York Yankees
College Team of the Year (Combined w/pro team award in 2002)
2001: Oklahoma Sooners
Best Record-breaking Performance
2002: Tiger Woods
2001: Pete Sampras
Best Game
2002: Game 7 of World Series - Diamondbacks vs. Yankees
Best Play
2002: Derek Jeter's throw in World Series Game 3
Best Sports Movie
2002: The Rookie
Best Moment
2002: Barry Bonds breaking Mark McGwire's HR record
Best Breakthrough Athlete
2002: Tom Brady, New England Patriots
2001: Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota Vikings
2000: Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams
1999: Randy Moss, Minnesota Vikings
1998: Nomar Garciaparra, Boston Red Sox
1997: Tiger Woods, Golf
1996: Hideo Nomo, Los Angeles Dodgers
1995: Jeff Bagwell, Houston Astros
1994: Mike Piazza, Los Angeles Dodgers
1993: Gary Sheffield, San Diego Padres
Best Coach/Manager
2002: Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers
2001: Joe Torre, New York Yankees
2000: Joe Torre, New York Yankees
1999: Joe Torre, New York Yankees
1998: Jim Leyland, Florida Marlins
1997: Joe Torre, New York Yankees
1996: Gary Barnett, Northwestern
1995: George Siefert, San Francisco 49ers
1994: Jimmy Johnson, Dallas Cowboys
1993: Jimmy Johnson, Dallas Cowboys
Best Comeback Athlete
2002: Jennifer Capriati, Tennis Player
2001: Andres Galarraga, Atlanta Braves
2000: Lance Armstrong, US Cyclist
1999: Eric Davis, Baltimore Orioles
1998: Roger Clemens, Toronto Blue Jays
1997: Evander Holyfield, Boxer
1996: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
1995: Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins
1994: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
1993: Dave Winfield, Toronto Blue Jays
Best Female Athlete
2002: Venus Williams, Tennis Player
2001: Marion Jones, Track and Field
2000: Mia Hamm, Soccer
1999: Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee basketball
1998: Mia Hamm, soccer
1997: Amy Van Dyken, Olympic swimmer
1996: Rebecca Lobo, women's basketball
1995: Bonnie Blair, speed skater
1994: Julie Krone, jockey
1993: Monica Seles, tennis
Best Male Athlete
2002: Tiger Woods, Golf
2001: Tiger Woods, Golf
2000: Tiger Woods, Golf
1999: Mark McGwire, St. Louis Cardinals
1998: Ken Griffey Jr., baseball, and Tiger Woods, golf (co-winners)
1997: Michael Johnson, Olympic sprinter
1996: Cal Ripken, Baltimore Orioles
1995: Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers
1994: Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants
1993: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
Best Major League Baseball Player
2002: Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants
2001: Pedro Martinez, Boston Red Sox
2000: Pedro Martinez, Boston Red Sox
1999: Mark McGwire, St. Louis Cardinals
1998: Larry Walker, Colorado Rockies
1997: Ken Caminiti, San Diego Padres
1996: Greg Maddux, Atlanta Braves
1995: Jeff Bagwell, Houston Astros
1994: Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants
1993: Dennis Eckersley, Oakland A's
Best Football Player
2002: Marshall Faulk, St. Louis Rams
2001: Marshall Faulk, St. Louis Rams
2000: Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams
1999: Terrell Davis, Denver Broncos
1998: Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions
1997: Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers
1996: Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers
1995: Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions
1994: Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys
1993: Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys
Best NBA Player
2002: Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles Lakers
2001: Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles Lakers
2000: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
1999: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
1998: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
1997: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
1996: Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
1995: Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
1994: Charles Barkley, Phoenix Suns
1993: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
Best NHL Player
2002: Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
2001: Chris Pronger, St. Louis Blues
2000: Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres
1999: Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres
1998: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
1997: Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche
1996: Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Flyers
1995: Mark Messier, New York Rangers
1994: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
1993: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
Best Male College Athlete
2002: Cael Sanderson, Iowa State
Best Female College Athlete
2002: Sue Bird, Connecticut
Best College Football Player (Discontinued in 2002)
2001: Chris Weinke, Florida State
2000: Michael Vick, Virginia Tech
1999: Ricky Williams, Texas
1998: Peyton Manning, Tennessee
1997: Danny Wuerffel, Florida
1996: Eddie George, Ohio State
1995: Rashaan Salaam, Colorado
1994: Charlie Ward, Florida State
1993: Garrison Hearst, Georgia
Best Male College Basketball Player (Discontinued in 2002)
2001: Kenyon Martin, Cincinnati
2000: Elton Brand, Duke
1999: Antawn Jamison, North Carolina
1998: Keith Van Horn, Utah
1997: Tim Duncan, Wake Forest
1996: Ed O'Bannon, UCLA
1995: Grant Hill, Duke
1994: Bobby Hurley, Duke
1993: Christian Laettner, Duke
Best Female College Basketball Player (Discontinued in 2002)
2001: Tamika Catchings, Tennessee
2000: Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee
1999: Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee
1998: Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee
1997: Saudia Roundtree, Georgia
1996: Rebecca Lobo, Connecticut
1995: Charlotte Smith, North Carolina
1994: Sheryl Swoopes, Texas Tech
1993: Dawn Staley, Virginia
Best Men's Tennis Player
2002: Lleyton Hewitt
2001: Pete Sampras
2000: Andre Agassi
1999: Pete Sampras
1998: Pete Sampras
1997: Pete Sampras
1996: Pete Sampras
1995: Pete Sampras
1994: Pete Sampras
1993: Jim Courier
Best Female Tennis Player
2002: Venus Williams
2001: Venus Williams
2000: Lindsay Davenport
1999: Lindsay Davenport
1998: Martina Hingis
1997: Steffi Graf
1996: Steffi Graf
1995: Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario
1994: Steffi Graf
1993: Monica Seles
Best Men's Golfer
2002: Tiger Woods
2001: Tiger Woods
2000: Tiger Woods
1999: Mark O'Meara
1998: Tiger Woods
1997: Tom Lehman
1996: Corey Pavin
1995: Nick Price
1994: Nick Price
1993: Fred Couples
Best Female Golfer
2002: Annika Sorenstam
2001: Carrie Webb
2000: Juli Inkster
1999: Annika Sorenstam
1998: Annika Sorenstam
1997: Karrie Webb
1996: Annika Sorenstam
1995: Laura Davies
1994: Betsy King
1993: Dottie Mochrie
Best Jockey
2002: Victor Espinoza
2001: Kent Desormeaux
2000: Chris Antley
1999: Kent Desormeaux
1998: Gary Stevens
1997: Jerry Bailey
1996: Jerry Bailey
1995: Chris McCarron
1994: Mike Smith
Best Bowler
2002: Pete Weber
2001: Walter Ray Williams Jr.
2000: Parker Bohn III
1999: Walter Ray Williams
1998: Walter Ray Williams
1997: Bob Learn Jr.
1996: Mike Aulby
1995: Norm Duke
Best Driver
2002: Michael Schumacher
2001: Bobby Labonte
2000: Dale Jarrett
1999: Jeff Gordon
1998: Jeff Gordon
1997: Jimmy Vasser
1996: Jeff Gordon
1995: Al Unser Jr.
1994: Nigel Mansell
1993: Nigel Mansell
Best Male Track Athlete
2002: Maurice Greene
2001: Maurice Greene
2000: Michael Johnson
1999: Maurice Greene
1998: Wilson Kipketer
1997: Michael Johnson
1996: Michael Johnson
1995: Dennis Mitchell
1994: Michael Johnson
1993: Kevin Young
Best Female Track Athlete
2002: Marion Jones
2001: Marion Jones
2000: Marion Jones
1999: Marion Jones
1998: Marion Jones
1997: Marie-Jose Perec
1996: Kim Batten
1995: Gwen Torrence
1994: Gail Devers
1993: Evelyn Ashford
Male USA Olympic Athlete (Discontinued in 2002)
2001: Rulon Gardner
Female USA Olympic Athlete (Discontinued in 2002)
2001: Marion Jones
Best USA Olympic Athlete
2002: Sarah Hughes
Best Boxer
2002: Lennox Lewis
2001: Felix Trinidad
2000: Roy Jones, Jr.
1999: Oscar De La Hoya
1998: Evander Holyfield
1997: Evander Holyfield
1996: Roy Jones Jr.
1995: George Foreman
1994: Evander Holyfield
1993: Riddick Bowe
Best WNBA Player
2002: Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)
2001: Sheryl Swoopes, Houston Comets (WNBA)
2000: Cynthia Cooper, Houston Comets (WNBA)
1999: Cynthia Cooper, Houston Comets (WNBA)
1998: Cynthia Cooper, Houston Comets (WNBA)
Best Male Soccer Player
2002: Landon Donovan
Best Female Soccer Player
2002: Tiffeny Milbrett
Best Soccer Player (Discontinued in 2002)
2001: Mia Hamm
2000: Mia Hamm
Best Outdoors Athlete
2002: Kevin VanDam
Best Disabled Athlete
2002: Erik Weihenmayer
Action Athlete of the Year (formerly Alternate Sports Athlete)
2002: Kelly Clark
2001: Shaun Palmer
2000: Tony Hawk
Memorable Performance of the Year
2001: Cathy Freeman lighting the Olympic torch.
2000: Justin Leonard's putt on 17 wins the Ryder Cup.
Most Spectacular Play
2001: Antonio Freeman
Championship Performance
2001: Tiger Woods
Come-from-behind Performance
2001: Tiger Woods
Lifetime Achievement Award
2001: Jack Nicklaus
Outstanding Performance Under Pressure
1999: Mark O'Meara, golf
1998: Terrell Davis, Denver Broncos
1997: Kerri Strug, Olympic gymnast
1996: Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
1995: Mark Messier, New York Rangers
1994: Joe Carter, Toronto Blue Jays
1993: Christian Laettner, Duke
Baseball Play of the Year
1998: Jim Edmonds of the Angels, catch on the dead run away from the plate
1997: San Diego's Ken Caminiti makes backhand grab, and throws to first
1996: Braves catcher Javier Lopez in the World Series
1995: Kenny Rogers' perfect game
1994: Greg Maddux eludes tag at the plate
1993: Francisco Cabrera's game-winning hit for Atlanta in NL playoffs
NBA Play of the Year
1998: Rex Chapman of Phoenix hits a wild three-pointer
1997: Michael Finley steals and scores in mid-air
1996: Back-to-back buzzer-beaters by Scottie Pippen and Walter Bond
1995: Isaiah Rider's fling shot falling out of bounds
1994: John Starks' lefty dunk vs. Bulls in playoffs
1993: Michael Jordan flip shot vs. Dallas
NHL Play of the Year
1998: Darren McCarty of Detroit scores on a great move
1997: Steve Yzerman's OT goal in a scoreless Game 7 vs. St. Louis
1996: Tomas Sandstrom scores from the seat of his pants
1995: John Vanbiesbrouck with a glove save (and no stick)
1994: Wayne Gretzky plucks the puck out of the air to score
1993: Jaromir Jagr goal around three players
College Basketball Play of the Year
1998: Kwan Johnson of New Orleans with a long-distance three-pointer
1997: Tulane's Jerald Honeycutt's falling-out-of-bounds game-winner vs. Florida
1996: Tyus Edney's game-winning drive in the NCAA Tournament
1995: Buzzer-beater by Charlotte Smith wins the NCAA title for North Carolina
1994: Bryant Reeves half-court bomb, and Jason Kidd behind-the-back pass (tie)
1993: Christian Laettner buzzer-beater against Kentucky
College Football Play of the Year
1998: Nebraska's Scott Frost to Matt Davison: the Immaculate Reception II
1997: Memphis' Kevin Cobb somehow doesn't fall, scoring on a kickoff vs. Tennessee
1996: Nebraska's Tommie Frazier's TD scramble in Fiesta Bowl
1995: Kordell Stewart to Michael Westbrook: Colorado's last-second win at Michigan
1994: Mike Brechler's surprise punt return for a TD, Beloit College vs. Lawrence
1993: Western Washington's Chris Moore catch between the legs
NFL Play of the Year
1998: Brad Johnson of Minnesota completes a pass to himself, and scores
1997: Desmond Howard scores a kickoff-return TD in the Super Bowl
1996: Kordell Stewart scrambling TD pass
1995: Robert Bailey's "surprise" punt return
1994: Eric Metcalf's game-winning punt return, Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh
1993: Don Beebe strips the ball from Leon Lett on 1-yard line in Super Bowl
Outrageous Play of the Year
1998: Lansdale (Pa.) Catholic with a "Cal-Stanford" play vs. Upper Perkiomen
1997: Michigan's Mike Legg scores an amazing goal with stick control
1996: Fan Mike Pantazis' jump from stands on Monday Night Football
1995: Half-court shot by Cincinnati student Corie Clouse at Midnight Madness
1994: Leon Lett attempts to recover a blocked field goal
1993: The Rabbit scores a TD in Michigan-Purdue game
Showstopper of the Year
1999: Mark McGwire's No. 62
1998: Tiger Woods wins the Masters
1997: Warren Morris wins the College World Series for LSU with ninth-inning homer
1996: Cal Ripken Jr.'s record-breaking 2,131st game
1995: High school football: Incredible comeback/letdown, Plano East vs. Tyler
1994: Jim Abbott's no-hitter, Yanks vs. Indians
1993: Injured Derek Redmond finishes in Olympics
Outstanding Performance by an Athlete in Entertainment
1996: George Siefert does the Bossa Nova
1995: John Kruk on Late Night with David Letterman
1994: Charles Barkley vs. Barney on Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Performance by a Sports Personality in a Commercial
1993: Larry Johnson as Grandmama for Converse
Outstanding Performance by a Sports Personality in an Attempt to Break into Show Business
1993: Shaquille O'Neal raps with Fu Schnickens on the Arsenio Hall Show
Dramatic Individual Performance of the Year
1999: David Wells' perfect game for the New York Yankees
1998: Michael Jordan fights off the flu in Game 5 of the NBA Finals
1997: Evander Holyfield takes the heavyweight
Game of the Year
1998: Denver Broncos win a thrilling Super Bowl XXXII
1997: Ohio State edges Arizona State in the Rose Bowl
1996: AFC Championship between Indianapolis and Pittsburgh
Humanitarian of the Year
1999: Sammy Sosa
Hockey Decade Award (1990's)
Mario Lemieux Four scoring titles
Pro Football Decade Award (1990's)
Jerry Rice 100 or more receptions four times
Pro Basketball Decade Award (1990's)
Michael Jordan Led the Bulls to six NBA championships
Baseball Decade Award (1990's)
Mark McGwire 405 home runs in the decade
Tennis Decade Award (1990's)
Pete Sampras Won four U.S. Opens, six Wimbledons and two Australian Opens
Boxing Decade Award (1990's)
Evander Holyfield 12-3 in '90s but won heavyweight title three different times
Golf Decade Award (1990's)
Tiger Woods Won over $6.6 million in 1999 ... Won 72-hole record for Masters with his 1997 win
Auto Racing Decade Award (1990's)
Dale Earnhardt Four Winston Cup championships ... Won Daytona 500 in 1998
American Male Olympian Decade Award (1990's)
Michael Johnson First man to win the 200 and 400 meters in the same Olympics
American Female Olympian Decade Award (1990's)
Bonnie Blair Four speed skating gold medals ('92, '94)
Pro Team Decade Award (1990's)
Chicago Bulls Six NBA championships
College Team Decade Award (1990's) TIE
Tennessee Lady Vols Four national championships, including three straight (1996-98)
Florida State football Most wins in a decade, 1993 national champion
Coach/Manager Decade Award (1990's)
Phil Jackson Led Bulls to six NBA championships
Female Athlete Decade Award (1990's)
Steffi Graf Won 14 Grand Slam titles, including Wimbledon five times
Male Athlete Decade Award (1990's)
Michael Jordan Four-time NBA MVP

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