The 2003 Winston Cup championship, by Matt Kenseth. The 31-year-old fourth-year driver from Cambridge, Wis., wrapped up the title in the season's penultimate race in Rockingham, N.C., on Sunday. In '02 Kenseth led all drivers with five wins but finished in eighth place due to a handful of wrecks and bad finishes. ( NASCAR scoring places a premium on consistency, not wins.) This year he got his revenge. Though he has won only once—eight months ago—he has 25 top 10 finishes in 35 races and has finished outside the top 20 only three times. "I got all this stuff bottled up inside because I didn't want to get too excited the last few months," said Kenseth, who has led the standings by at least 200 points since July. "I don't know what I'm going to do now. It's an awesome feeling."
An attempt by Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and his father, Archie, to dismiss a defamation suit brought by a former University of Tennessee trainer. In 1996 Jamie Ann Naughright was a trainer for the Volunteers' football team. Naughright, now 35, alleges that while she was examining Peyton's foot, the Vols' quarterback placed his "naked butt" on her face. (In 1997 Naughright won a $300,000 settlement in a sexual harassment suit she brought against the school.) In Manning: A Father, His Sons and a Football Legacy, a book the Mannings wrote three years ago, they admitted only that Peyton dropped his pants but called the incident "harmless." They also wrote that Naughright had a "vulgar mouth," which prompted Naughright, who claims she was demoted from her position as director of an athletic program at Florida Southern College because of the notoriety from the book, to sue. She seeks at least $15,000.
For striking one of his players in the face, Kentucky State basketball coach Winston Bennett. During a practice Bennett, 38, and guard Ricky Green argued after Green threw a ball at a teammate. "I believe [Green] misunderstood and overreacted by challenging my authority," Bennett said in a statement. "When he postured aggressively, I also over-reacted...and we both started throwing blows." Green filed a complaint with the Franklin County attorney's office, and last Thursday, Bennett was dismissed. He faces a misdemeanor assault charge. In three years at the Division II school Bennett—a former state Mr. Basketball who played at Kentucky and was an assistant to Wildcats coach Rick Pitino—had a record of 44-43.
The PGA's Tour Championship for his first Tour victory, Chad Campbell, 29, who shot an event-record 61 last Saturday en route to finishing at 16 under par, also a tournament record. The quiet, even-tempered Campbell, who hails from Andrews, Texas, and made his PGA Tour debut in 2001, was featured on the cover of SI's special U.S. Open preview issue in June as the NEXT BIG THING after a poll of Tour players pegged him as being on the verge of winning a major. "It was a bit surprising, definitely a compliment," said Campbell of that designation. Of the win on Sunday, which earned him just over $1 million, he said, "It was nice to get one."