BOSTON — Sports in 1998 included magical and dramatic images, stunning upsets, and frustrating moments. Below are the top 10 sports stories of 1998 as voted by the Monitor staff's sports enthusiasts:
1. The Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa home run race. First baseman McGwire hits a record 70 for the St. Louis Cardinals and right fielder Sosa 66 for the Chicago Cubs.
2. The Yankees pile a record 125 wins and take the World Series against the San Diego Padres in four straight games.
3. Michael Jordan leads the Chicago Bulls to a third straight NBA championship, the team's sixth overall.
4. The US women's ice hockey team earns a gold-medal at the Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Tara Lipinski, 15, is the youngest figure skater to win a gold.
5. France's soccer team wins the World Cup in a stunning upset of Brazil.
6. The our de France doping scandal. The Festina team is disqualified after its officials and riders admit to the use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
7. Veteran quarterback John Elway leads the Denver Broncos to a Super Bowl win, the first American Football Conference team to do it in 14 years.
8. The NBA lockout delays the 1998-99 season, with close observers saying it will be canceled altogether in January.
9. Player salaries go ballistic. Right-handed pitcher Kevin Brown signs an unheard of seven-year, $105 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
10. The ABL, a nine-team women's basketball league, files for bankruptcy, unable to compete with the rival WNBA.
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