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The first footballer tops Forbes Richest Athlete list

Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. He made his senior international debut in August 2003 at age 18, and has participated in seven major tournaments. With 140 caps, he is Portugal's most capped player of all time and the nation’s all-time top goal scorer. He was ranked the world's highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2016 and 2017.


The L. A. Lakers win a third straight NBA title

The 2001/02 season was the Lakers' 54th in the NBA. In that year's NBA Finals, the L.A. Lakers beat the New Jersey Nets in four games, handing them their 3rd straight NBA title with coach Phil Jackson. Shaquille O'Neal, who averaged 36 points and 12 rebounds in the Finals, was named the NBA Finals most valuable player.


France stuns Brazil with 3-0 World Cup victory

The 1998 FIFA World Cup Final was played at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. It was contested by Brazil, the defending champions, and France, the host nation, who had reached the final of the tournament for the first time. France won the match 3–0 to claim the World Cup for the first time.


O.J. Simpson's ex-wife found stabbed to death

Nicole Simpson was the German-American wife of retired professional football player and actor, O. J. Simpson, and the mother of their 2 children, Sydney and Justin. She was found murdered at her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California in June 1994 with her friend, 25-year-old American restaurant waiter Ron Goldman. O.J. Simpson was charged with both murders.


Chicago Bulls win first NBA championship

The 1991 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1990–91 NBA season. It was also the first NBA Finals broadcasted by NBC after 17 years with CBS. The Chicago Bulls of the Eastern Conference took on the Los Angeles Lakers of the Western Conference for the title, with Chicago having home court advantage. It was Michael Jordan's first NBA Finals appearance, Magic Johnson's last, and the last NBA Finals for the Lakers until 2000. The Bulls won win the series, 4-1.


The Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown, New York

The National Baseball Hall of Fame is an American history museum and hall of fame located in Cooperstown, New York, and operated by private interests. It was established in 1939 by Stephen Carlton Clark who sought to bring tourists to a city hurt by the Great Depression. The first five men inducted into the Hall of Fame were Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson. They were elected in 1936 by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

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