1. Captain Cafu lifts the World Cup after Brazil's record fifth victory. It was a personal triumph for striker Ronaldo who sealed his triumphant return from a long-term injury by scoring both goals in a 2-0 victory over Germany in the final in Yokohama, Japan. He won the Golden Boot, awarded to the tournament's leading marksman. 2. It's lift off for Formula One racing driver Ralf Schumacher after an open-ing lap crash in the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne in March. But it was the same old story on the final lap as his brother Michael took the chequered flag for Ferrari. Michael went on to clinch the World Champion-ship with a record 11 wins. 3. Chinese giant Yao Ming swoops to conquer as the Houston Rockets see off Cleveland Cavaliers 97-80 in November. The 2.28-metre Yao is the first player not to go through the US college system to become the NBA's top draft pick. He made his debut in October after signing a US$18 million (HK$140.3 million), four-year contract. 4. Hong Kong sporting legend Lee Lai-shan takes a rare break from the action on Stanley Beach last month. In October the 1996 Olympic gold medallist struck gold again, at the Asian Games in Pusan, South Korea, despite being plagued by abdominal pain. 5. Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson rants at the press moments after attacking rival Lennox Lewis at a New York City press conference in January to promote their World Heavyweight title fight. Tyson is now facing a US$56 million lawsuit from promoter Jose Sulaiman, who said he was injured in the melee. Lewis won the subsequent bout in Memphis in June, a performance that prompted boxing legend Muhammad Ali to hail the British fighter 'the greatest'. 6. South Korea's Ahn Jung-hwan celebrates his World Cup goal against the United States with a speed-skating simulation - a reference to this year's Winter Olympics in which an American won a gold medal after a South Korean skater was disqualified. The match finished 1-1 but South Korea later controversially eliminated Italy and Spain to reach the semi-finals, an Asian first. 7. Baseball's Anaheim Angels were in seventh heaven after a remarkable comeback saw them secure the World Series for the first time in October. They made a spirited recovery to clinch game six against the San Francisco Giants, the favourites, and eventually won 4-3. Quote: 'If you're going against the rules and trying to punch somebody low, head butt, break somebody's arm, bite somebody ... that brings a different context to boxing.' World heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis considers opponent Mike Tyson's boxing style. Quote: 'I did my best in Italy ... but I have no desire to return.' South Korean striker Ahn Jung-hwan, who scored the goal that knocked Italy out of the World Cup, prompting an angry response from his Italian club Perugia's president that Ahn would 'never set foot in Perugia again'.