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----------------------------------------------------------------- MANCHESTER UNITED'S BEST FINAL LEAGUE POSITIONS ----------------------------------------------------------------- (Premiership / First Division) 1st 8 times 2nd 10 3rd 3 4th 7 5th 2 6th 2 7th 2 8th 6 9th 3 10th 1 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Manchester United have been in the top division for 69 seasons out of a possible 91. ----------------------------------------------------------------- PA Sporting Archive -----------------------------------------------------------------

----------------------------------------------------------------- WORLD RANKINGS IN RUGBY LEAGUE ----------------------------------------------------------------- 1 Australia 2 England 3 New Zealand 4 Wales 5 France 6 Western Samoa 7 Papua New Guinea 8 Tonga 9 Fiji 10 American Samoa 11 Tokelau (South Pacific) 12 Moldavia 13 Russia 14 Niue (South Pacific) 15 Cook Islands 16 South Africa 17 United States 18 Canada ----------------------------------------------------------------- Open Rugby -----------------------------------------------------------------

TOP 10 YEARS OF DAYS LOST TO WEATHER IN HORSE RACING SINCE 1972 (Flat and National Hunt) ----------------------------------------------------------------- Year Aband Meetings 1976 74 948 1977 83 959 1978 85 956 1979 137 957 1981 112 958 1983 105 990 1985 110 991 1986 112 989 1987 91 1,012 1991 83 1,142 -----------------------------------------------------------------

ANNIVERSARIES

Today Birth of Bob Paisley, Liverpool manager from 1974 to 1983 (1919).

Monday San Francisco 49ers won Super Bowl XVI (1982), the first of a record- equalling four wins. BBC televised its first steeplechase (1948) from Sandown Park.

Tuesday Birth of Lord Lonsdale who lent his name to the coveted boxing belt (1857).

Wednesday Birth of ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky (1961).

Thursday New York Giants beat Buffalo Bills 20-19 to record the closest win in Superbowl XXV (1991).

Friday Birth of the South African golfer Nick Price (1957).

Saturday Birth of motor-racing driver Jody Scheckter (1950), who became the first and only South African Formula One World Champion (1979).

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