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LOST IN THE HUBBUB OVER Zinédine Zidane's World Cup-- final head butt was a classic finish in the semis. Minutes before the match between Italy and host country Germany was headed for penalty shots, Italy's Fabio Grosso took a gorgeous pass from Andrea Pirlo and curled it by the German goalkeeper, putting Italy up 1-0 (it added another goal two minutes later). Italy beat France in the final, giving the Azzurri their fourth World Cup.
9. A STIRRING FAREWELL
PLAYING IN HIS 21ST consecutive U.S. Open, the last tournament of his pro career, Andre Agassi reminded fans why they had come to love the former denim-clad, punk pariah. Although he was dogged by a bad back, Agassi outlasted a younger, faster Marcos Baghdatis in a five-set, second-round thriller that took almost four hours. The raucous New York City crowd roared with every winning shot; after losing a few days later, a weepy Agassi thanked fans for inspiring him.
10. A MANAGER'S MIRACLE
FOR AUTISTIC TEENAGER JASON McElwain, the manager of the varsity basketball team at Greece Athena High School in Rochester, N.Y., just the chance to suit up for Greece Athena's final home game was a thrill. Then his coach put him on the floor. McElwain hit six three-pointers and one more shot, to finish with 20 points in just four minutes. After he sank his final basket at the buzzer, delirious fans carried McElwain off the court. And Columbia Pictures bought the rights to his story.