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MOST POPULAR OCCUPATIONS OF RUGBY UNION PLAYERS

(in Courage League Division One)

1. Student (17.7 per cent).

2. Financial services (8.5 per cent).

3. Engineer (5.5 per cent).

4. Sales (4.8 per cent).

5=. Teacher/lecturer; builder (4.4 per cent each).

7. Surveyor (2.8 per cent).

8. Marketing/advertising (2.5 per cent).

9=. Accountant; farmer; policeman (2.3 per cent each).

BEST-SELLING SPORTS VIDEOS

(at Sportspages, Charing Cross Rd, London WC2)

1. The Official History of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club 1882-1993 (VCI Distribution, pounds 15.95).

2. Michael Jordan Air Time (CBS Fox, pounds 12.50).

3. Football Phoenix: Stories of the Five Resurrected Ex-Football League Clubs (Trans Video Productions, pounds 11.95).

4. 1993 Giro d'Italia (Famous Cycling Videos, pounds 21.95).

5. The Untouchables: Wigan RLFC 1992-93 Season Review (Micron Video, pounds 18.50).

6. Match of the Day: the Entertainers (BBC, pounds 12.50).

7. World of Cricket Volume 4 - September 1993 (World of Cricket, pounds 11.50).

8. Barbarians v All Blacks 1973 (BBC, pounds 7.99).

9. Wee Willie - the Willie Henderson Story (Cameron Williams, pounds 12.50).

10. Cricket's Entertainers (BBC, pounds 12.50).

PGA EUROPEAN TOURTOP MONEY EARNERS

1. Nick Faldo ( pounds 467,713)

2. Bernhard Langer ( pounds 416,794)

3.Ian Woosnam ( pounds 407,253)

4. Sam Torrance ( pounds 379,428)

5. Colin Montgomerie ( pounds 363,682)

6. Peter Baker ( pounds 360,863)

7. Costantino Rocca ( pounds 359,616)

8. Gordon Brand Jr( pounds 333,299)

9. Mark James ( pounds 309,457)

10. Barry Lane ( pounds 309,001)

PGA US TOUR TOP MONEY EARNERS

1. Nick Price (dollars 1,419,757)

2. Paul Azinger (dollars 1,329,256)

3. Greg Norman (dollars 1,160,903)

4. Payne Stewart (dollars 932,475)

5. Lee Janzen (dollars 877,135)

6. David Frost (dollars 831,967)

7. Fulton Allem (dollars 778,145)

8. Tom Kite (dollars 774,311)

9. Jeff Maggert (dollars 721,363)

10. Fred Couples (dollars 713,479)

HIGHEST PAID ATHLETES INUSA

(salary packages by total guaranteed value, excluding possible performance bonuses)

1. Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants (baseball), dollars 43.75m over six years.

2. Larry Johnson, Charlotte Hornets (basketball), dollars 84m over12 years.

3. Bernie Kosar, Cleveland Browns (American football), dollars 27m over seven years.

ANNIVERSARIES

Today: births of Harry Carpenter (1925), Ann Jones (1938); first professional golf championship, at Prestwick (1860).

Monday: birth of Martina Navratilova (1956); death of Frank Woolley (1978); Bob Beamon's world long jump record (1968); rules of American football formulated (1873); Denis Law becomes youngest player ever to play for Scotland (1958).

Wednesday: birth of Ian Rush (1961).

Thursday: birth of Geoffrey Boycott (1940); Grete Waitz became first woman to run sub-2hr 30min marathon (1979); Niki Lauda wins third world championship (1984); Terry Venables plays for England v Belgium, so becoming first man to hold England caps at every level (1964).

Friday: death of Bob Fitzsimmons (1917); Gordon Banks damages eye in car crash (1972); first floodlit rugby match (Broughton v Swinton, 1878).

Saturday: birth of Douglas Jardine (1900), Pele (1940); death of WG Grace (1915).

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