? Pel�, as Player of the Century by FIFA, soccer's world governing body. He won the balloting by FIFA's football committee and readers of its magazine, but when Diego Maradona outpolled the Brazilian great in voting on its website, FIFA quickly whipped up a special Internet Award to honor the drug-troubled Argentine.
?For the second time in two months, Jazz center Olden Polynice, with impersonating a police officer. The latest charge stems from a September incident in which a Salt Lake City couple alleged that Polynice flashed a badge during a traffic dispute and told them, "I'm with the California Sheriff's Office, and I can have you arrested." In October he also allegedly flashed a badge at a West Valley, Utah, couple. His lawyer says they're working with police and prosecutors to resolve the cases.
?By the city of Beijing, standards for toilets as part of its quest for the 2008 Olympics. The city will institute a one-to four-star ratings system for public rest rooms; according to the China Daily, amenities that will earn top ranking include granite floors, automatic flush capability and "lively music."
?By CBS, a $2.5 million Super Bowl ad buy from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, for a spot in which cows sing out against leather. CBS said it doesn't take advocacy ads.
?To some Bank of America clients, a poster celebrating the Giants' first season in Pacific Bell Park. The accompanying letter notes, "While the team didn't make it to the playoffs, they nevertheless had a very special year." The Giants won the National League West.