NBA phenom Shaquille O'Neal appears on The Arsenio Hall Show and proves basketball is not his only talent: He sings with his favorite rap group. Fu-Schnickens.
A federal judge awards Butch Reynolds, the world-record holder in the 400 meters, $27.3 million in compensatory and punitive damages in his suit against track and field's international governing body for having suspended him for alleged drug violations.
They Said It
Paul Daugherty, "Cincinnati Post" columnist, on Red CEO Marge Schott: "We don't need a committee to tell us that Marge can make Andrew Dice Clay look like Miss Manners. In just two weeks, she has managed to offend Africans-Americans, Asians and Jews, and she hasn't even hit Europe yet."
In a game attended by 50 photographers, 220 journalists and eight NBA scouts, two-time defending NCAA champion Duke defeats Michigan 79-68.... John McEnroe and Pete Sampras come from a two-sets-to-none deficit to win their doubles match against Switzerland's Marc Rosset and Jakob Hlasek and give the U.S. a 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup final. The next day Jim Courier will clinch the cup for the U.S.
The Giants announce the signing of Barry Bonds, who will earn—earn?—$43.7 million over the next six years, the largest contract in baseball history. In all, baseball owners this day spend more than $130 million to sign players
Florida Marlin president Carl Barger suffers a heart attack during baseball's winter meetings and dies during surgery.
They Said It
The Los Angeles Lakers' Elden Campbell, asked if he had earned his degree from Clemson: "No, but they gave me one anyway."
Miami quarterback Gino Torretta wins the Heisman Trophy, easily beating out San Diego State running back Marshall Faulk, with Garrison Hearst of Georgia, another running back, third.
Expressing disgust with the WBC for stripping him of his title for refusing to defend it against Lennox Lewis, heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe dumps his WBC belt in a garbage can.
Thirteen months after breaking his neck in a car crash, Vinny Pazienza, former WBA world junior middleweight champ, wins a 10-round decision against Luis Santana.
After only 20 regular-season games as coach of the San Antonio Spurs, Jerry Tarkanian is fired.
Nick Faldo survives a furious final-round comeback by Greg Norman and wins the $2.7 million Johnnie Walker World Championship, golf's richest tournament, on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.