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10 HIGHEST FOOTBALL

GROUNDS ABOVE SEA LEVEL

1 The Hawthorns, WBA 165m 542ft

2 Vale Park, Port Vale 160m 525ft

3 Boundary Park, Oldham 155m 509ft

4 Spotland, Rochdale 145m 476ft

5 Molineux, Wolves 131m 430ft

6 St Andrews, Birmingham City 123m 404ft

7 Turf Moor, Burnley 119m 390ft

8 Field Mill, Mansfield Town 118m 387ft

9 Valley Parade, Bradford City 117m 384ft

10 Kenilworth Road, Luton 116m 381ft

'Top 10 of Sport'

FASTEST SERVERS OF 1993

Men: 1 Michael Stich (Ger) 131mph; 2 Marc Rosset (Swit) 130+; 3= Goran Ivanisevic (Croa), Pete Sampras (US) 128+; 5 Brian Dunn (US) 128; 6 Richard Krajicek (Neth) 127+; 7= Arnaud Boetsch (Fr), Andrew Foster (GB), Marc Goellner (Ger), Lars Rehman (Ger), Greg Rusedski (Can) 127.

Women: 1= Brenda Schultz (Neth), Jana Novotna (Cz Rep) 115mph; 3 Miriam Oremans (Neth) 110+; 4 Natalia Medvedeva (Ukr) 109; 5= Jennifer Capriati (US), Steffi Graf (Ger) 107; 7= Renata Kochta (Ger), Monica Seles (Serb), Helena Sukova (Cz Rep) 106; 10= Lori McNeil (US), Larisa Neiland (Lat) 105.

EUROPE'S TOP COUNTRIES

FOR GOLF COURSES

(golf facilities per country)

1 England 1,612

2 France 518

3 Scotland 478

4 Germany 352

5 Sweden 293

6 Ireland 271

7 Spain 139

8 Wales 130

9 Italy 120

10 Finland 73

Golf World

BEST AND WORST

SNOOKER PLAYERS OF 1993

1 S Hendry 50,050pts; 2 J Parrott 44,200; 3 J White 44,050; 4 S Davis 43,700; 5 J Wattana 41,450; 6 A McManus 40,400; 7 W Thorne 35,600; 8 T Griffiths 35,200; 9 H Bond 35,130; 10 D Horgan. 589= M Congram, A Bridge 20; 591 J Mulready 18.75; 592 A Amin 15.625; 593 J Rosenfield 15; 594= A Healy, G Flight, S Phillips 12.5; 597 S Thakkar 6; 598 P Cadogan 3.125.

ANNIVERSARIES

Today: birth of Lanny Wadkins (1949); first rules of Association Football published (1863); England beat Australia by a Test record 675 runs in Brisbane (1928); Newcastle and Portsmouth play 90 minutes without producing one corner (1931).

Tomorrow: birth of Lancashire and England cricketer Cyril Washbrook (1914).

Tuesday: Martin Pipe saddled the 1,000th winner of his training career at Kempton Park (1990); Scarborough play Wrexham in front of the smallest Fourth Division crowd ever (1990).

Wednesday: birth of Geoff Hurst (1941); birth of Brian McClair (1963); Chicago Bears beat Washington Redskins 73-0 - a new NFL record (1940); Tom King beat John C Heenan in the first world title boxing match, at Wadhurst in Kent (1863).

Thursday: births of Billy Bremner (1942); and Tom Kite (1949); Ballyregan Bob, the greyhound that won a record 62 races in a row, is retired to stud (1984).

Friday: birth of Jahangir Khan (1963); Michael Dokes wins the shortest world heavyweight title fight in history, beating Mike Weaver in Las Vegas in 62 seconds (1982).

Saturday: East Fife record the biggest Scottish League win this century - 13-2 against Edinburgh City (1937).

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