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Leading Off

Dec. 29, 2003
Dec. 29, 2003

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Dec. 29, 2003

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Year In Review

Leading Off

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COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY DOUG PENSINGER/GETTY IMAGES A YEAR OF Heart To win his fifth straight Tour de France, Lance Armstrong overcame pileups, dehydration, saddle sores, broken equipment--not to mention the Pyrenees and 197 other riders--demonstrating the kind of fortitude that's often discussed in sports but rarely seen in such pure and simple form.B/W PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY SIMON BRUTY A YEAR OF Grace John Wooden used to tell his players that a layup was as good asa dunk--but how you do it counts for something, albeit not on thescoreboard. Witness the grace under pressure of Annika Sorenstam,the poise under defensive pressure of Pitt receiver LarryFitzgerald and the seemingly bottomless reserve of panachedisplayed by Michael Jordan, who retired this year, for the lasttime.COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY RICHARD MARTIN/AP A YEAR OF Stupidity At the highest levels, sports are about both brawn and brains, but that was hardly the case with Rush Limbaugh's theories about black quarterbacks, Vijay Singh's views on Annika Sorenstam or the lie-down strike of sprinter Jon Drummond (right), who refused to leave the track for 15 minutes after he was DQ'd for a false start in the 100-meter quarterfinals at the world championships.