Top world sports stories

List of the top international sports stories of 2004 based on a worldwide poll of Associated Press subscribers (first-place votes in parentheses):

1. Upstart Greece wins 2004 European soccer championship, 444 points (10)

2. Athens Olympics go off successfully despite security and organization worries, 310 (21)

3. Lance Armstrong wins sixth straight Tour de France, 259 (4)

4. Michael Schumacher wins record 13 F1 races for fifth straight title, 257 (0)

5. Doping cases rock Athens Games, 189 (6)

6. U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps wins six Olympic golds and eight medals in total, 185 (4)

7. Russian revolution in women’s tennis, 181 (1)

8. China emerges as world force in Olympics and other sports, 170 (5)

9. Roger Federer wins three Grand Slam titles, 154 (0)

10. Arsenal wins English league without losing a game, sets 49-game unbeaten record, 147 (0)

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