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December 28, 1992
1Despite finishing fifth at the Tour championship in Pinehurst, N.C., Fred Couples clinches PGA Player of the Year honors, his second consecutive Vardon Trophy (for best scoring average) and the money title, with $1,344,188.... Willie Mtolo, who until May had been unable to compete outside his native South Africa because of sanctions against apartheid, wins the New York City Marathon in 2:09:29. Lisa Ondieki of Australia, the women's champion, finishes in 2:24:40, setting a course record.
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Riddick Bowe knocks down Evander Holyheld in the 11th round and goes on to win a unanimous decision and become the undisputed heavyweight champion.

They Said It
Tom Hammond, NBC announcer, before Notre Dame routed Boston College 54-7: "You know this is a big game when you see a sign saying, The Pope needs four tickets.' "

In the baseball expansion draft the Colorado Rockies make Atlanta Brave pitcher David Nied the first player chosen. The other new National League team, the Florida Marlins, selects Nigel Wilson of the Toronto Blue Jays as its No. 1 choice.

Pittsburgh Pirate outfielder Barry Bonds is named National League Most Valuable Player for the second time in three years.

Dennis Eckersley, the Oakland A's ace reliever, who racked up 51 saves in 54 appearances and who earlier won the American League Cy Young Award, is named the league's MVP as well.

They Said It
Jim Bouton, former major league pitcher, on the sad state of affairs in baseball: "The reason baseball calls itself a game, I believe, is that it is too screwed up to be a business."

Five months after being diagnosed with cancer, basketball coach turned announcer Jim Valvano returns to ESPN to broadcast a quarterfinal game of the preseason NIT between Iowa State and Florida State.

Coyote, the boat manned by solo around-the-world sailor Michael Plant, is discovered floating upside down 460 nautical miles north of the Azores. Plant, who left New York bound for France on Oct. 16, is still missing, and on Nov. 25 the U.S. Coast Guard will discontinue its search and announce that he is presumed dead.

They Said It
Cleveland Brown coach Bill Belichick, discounting talk about a quarterback controversy before his team's game with the San Diego Chargers: "I don't think there's a problem. I don't think there's anybody in this organization not focused on the 49ers.... I mean, Chargers."

After suffering his ninth concussion in eight NFL seasons, New York Jet wide receiver Al Toon, 29, retires from football.

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