His elusive mojo, Andy Roddick. After a demoralizing first-round loss at the U.S. Open, Roddick (above) won both of his Davis Cup singles matches against Belgium last week, which kept the U.S. from having to go through regional qualifying in 2006. Competing on clay, his least favorite surface, Roddick demoralized Christophe Rochus on Friday 6-1, 6-2, 6-3. After twins Bob and Mike Bryan won the Saturday doubles match, Roddick clinched victory for the Americans by outlasting Olivier Rochus (Christophe's younger brother) on Sunday in a five-set passion play, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3. "I was pretty mad after the U.S. Open. I felt like I needed to prove myself all over again," says Roddick. "This was definitely one of the best matches that I've been involved in."
By Dan Wheldon, his first IRL title. The 27-year-old Brit wrapped up the championship last Saturday in the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix, the penultimate race of the season. (He finished fifth.) Wheldon has won an IRL-record six races in 2005, including the Indianapolis 500. "To win [the championship and the Indy 500] in the same year I think is an unbelievable achievement," Wheldon said. "I thought I would be able to do it in my career, but not so early."
The Formula One season title, Fernando Alonso, the series' youngest champ. The 24-year-old from Oviedo, Spain, is one year younger than Emerson Fittipaldi was when he won in 1972. Alonso wrapped up the title with two races left by finishing third in Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix, which was won by Juan Montoya.
With the IMG agency, U.S. Open champ Roger Federer, the most prominent pro athlete to operate without an agent or a manager. The 24-year-old, who has been No. 1 in the world for the last 87 weeks, had been relying on his girlfriend and his parents for business advice.
By a federal grand jury for writing illegal steroid prescriptions for members of the Carolina Panthers, James M. Shortt. Last March, CBS reported that Shortt, whose license to practice medicine in South Carolina was suspended last April, wrote the prescriptions during the Panthers' 2003 Super Bowl season for center Jeff Mitchell, tackle Todd Steussie (now with the Buccaneers) and punter Todd Sauerbrun (now with the Broncos). So far no player has been punished; commissioner Paul Tagliabue said the league is near the end of its investigation.