?To be an NFL players' agent, baseball's ruthless superagent Scott Boras, who will take an NFL Players Association certification test later this month. Boras's prospective first client: former Stanford QB Chad Hutchinson.
?By Queen Elizabeth II, the title of Commander of the Order of the British Empire upon boxer Lennox Lewis. The title, which is one rank below knighthood, was also conferred upon Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb—a.k.a. the Bee Gees.
?In Los Angeles Superior Court, a suit claiming that Lakers guard Kobe Bryant owes $362,156 to Calex Engineering, a company that remodeled Bryant's Pacific Palisades property. Two other suits by construction companies accusing Bryant of nonpayment for services are also pending against him. Lawyers for Bryant told the Los Angeles Times that the suits are "without merit."
?Stefan Teelen, a player for Belgium's First Division soccer team Racing Genk, of waving his genitals at opposition fans from the team bus; the exposure was allegedly seen by an off-duty policeman and could result in a 12-month prison sentence.
?A hip-hop concert that was to be held at an East Hartford, Conn., nightclub on Dec. 30, due to poor attendance. Rap fan O.J. Simpson. had been scheduled to host the event, for which 800 tickets were available. Only 100 people showed up.
?The Jan. 1 inauguration of New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, by Mets pitcher Al Leiter, who, in light of former mayor Rudy Giuliani's passion for the Yankees, said he was representing "constituencies that may feel they've been ignored."