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----------------------------------------------------------------- MOST POPULAR SPORTS BY PARTICIPATION IN ITALY ----------------------------------------------------------------- (Regular participants, 000s) 1 Football 3,050 2 Gymnastics/Dance 2,405 3 Tennis 1,672 4 Swimming/diving 1,162 5 Basket/volley/handball 1,135 6 Skiing 1,108 7 Cycling 706 8 Athletics 609 9 Fishing 443 10 Running 359 ISTAT 10 BOXERS LISTED AMONG WBC'S TOP 10 CHALLENGERS 1 Joe Hipp (US) (No 5 heavy) 2 Randall Yonker (US) (No 1 light-heavy) 3 Prince Charles Williams (US) (No 6 light-heavy) 4 Frankie Liles (US) (No 2 super-middle) 5 Yori Boy Campas (Mex) (No 2 welter) 6 Sharmba Mitchell (US) (No 2 light) 7 Cuauhtemoc Gomez (Mex) (No 10 super-fly) 8 Chatchai Elite-Gym (Thai) (No 2 fly) 9 Pretty Boy Lucas (Phil) (No 5 light-fly) 10 Toto Pow Phongsawang (Thai) (No 5 straw) TOP TRY-SCORERS IN RUGBY LEAGUE 1= St John Ellis (Castleford) 24 Stuart Cocker (Workington) 24 3= Nick Pinkney (Keighley) 21 Paul Newlove (Bradford N) 21 5 Greg Austin (Keighley) 19 Mark Riley (London C) 19 Mark Johnson (London C) 19 8= Ian Thomas (Huddersfield) 18 Carl Hall (Doncaster) 18 Jason Critchley (Salford) 18 ANNIVERSARIES Today Death of BBC sports commentator Ron Pickering (1991). Monday Birth of Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan (1951). Tuesday Birth of Graham Hill (1929). Wednesday Birth of John McEnroe (1959). Thursday Birth of Michael Jordan (1963). Friday Births of Bobby Robson (1933); Enzo Ferrari (1898); and footballer Roberto Baggio (1967). Saturday Gary Sobers knighted (1975). -----------------------------------------------------------------

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