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BEST-SELLING SPORTS BOOKS (at Sportspages, Charing Cross Road, London WC2):

1 Soccer City - the Future of Football in London, by Dennis Campbell and Andrew Shields (Mandarin, pounds 5.99).

2 When Push Comes to Shove - Rugby League, the People's Game, by Ian Clayton, with pictures by Michael Steele (Yorkshire Art Circus, pounds 9.95).

3 The Official Wimbledon Annual 1993, edited by John Parsons (Chapmans, pounds 16.99).

4 A Game of Two Halves, edited by Stephen F Kelly (Mandarin, pounds 6.99).

5 The Official National Football League 1993 Record and Fact Book (Partridge, pounds 12.99).

6 Rothmans Football Year Book, 1993- 94, edited by Jack Rollin (Headline, pounds 16.99).

7 Rothmans Rugby Union Year Book, 1993-94, edited by Stephen Jones (Headline, pounds 14.99).

8 The Ring Chronicle of Boxing, edited by Stanley Weston and Steven Farhood (Hamlyn, pounds 19.99).

9 The Sporting News Complete Hockey Book, 1993-94, edited by Craig Carter and George Puro (Sporting News, pounds 16.95).

10 Fall From Grace, by Freddie Maertens (Ronde, pounds 12.95).

UK'S MOST POPULAR

SPORTS (BY PARTICIPATION)

1 walking; 2 keep fit/yoga; 3 cycling; 4 snooker/pool/billiards; 5 swimming; 6 weightlifting; 7= running, darts; 9 football; 10 golf.

UK'S MOST DANGEROUS SPORTS (BY FATALITIES)

1 swimming (27 fatalities in 1990); 2 sub-aqua diving (nine); 3= motorcycle racing, sailing (eight each); 5 mountaineering/climbing (seven); 6 fishing (six); 7= canoeing/rowing, horse riding, cycling, motor car racing (five each).

BEST-SELLING SPORTS SHOES (at Lillywhites, London W1):

1 Reebok Newport Classic (tennis shoes, pounds 39.99); 2 Reebok Freestyle Lo (ladies fitness, pounds 34.99); 3 Reebok Freestyle Hi (ladies fitness, pounds 39.99); 4 Bauer XE3 (in-line skate, pounds 79.99); 5 Reebok X O Fit (men's fitness, pounds 49.99); 6 HiTech Squash (squash, pounds 24.99); 7 Wilson Pro Staff (tennis, pounds 49.99); 8 Dunlop Green Flash (tennis, pounds 15.99); 9 Nike Pegasus (running, pounds 49.99); 10 Reebok Aurora (fitness cross-trainer, pounds 39.99).

UK'S BEST-SELLING SPORTS MAGAZINES:

1 Shoot]; 2 Match; 3 Golf World; 4 Today's Golfer; 5 Golf Monthly; 6 Anglers Mail; 7 Horse & Hound; 8 Improve Your Coarse Fishing; 9 Soccer Stars; 10 Horse & Pony.

ANNIVERSARIES

Monday: births of Danie Craven (1910), Bobby Charlton (1937), Maria Bueno (1939), Alan Pascoe (1947); slowest day's play in cricket (Australia 80, Pakistan 15-2 in Karachi, 1956); first transmission of Grandstand (1958).

Wednesday: first Merseyside derby (Everton won 3-0 at Goodison Park, 1894); first World Series (Boston Red Sox beat Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3, 1903).

Thursday: birth of Steve Cram (1960); first football match under floodlights (at Bramall Lane, 1878).

Friday: birth of John L Sullivan (1858); Preston 26 Hyde 0 (1887).

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