FORBES' annual ranking of America's Most Influential Athlete has placed NASCAR driver
at the top of the list for the second consecutive year.
The rankings are done by public opinion polling. Forbes said Tuesday that Nielsen and E-Poll surveyed more than 1,100 adults about dozens of well-known athletes to measure their likability and whether they are considered influential to marketers.
This year, six of the 10 featured on the list are NFL quarterbacks, including Peyton and Eli Manning, as well as Tim Tebow, who debuted last year at No. 10 but is now ranked second.
Five-time NASCAR champion Johnson was joined on the list by his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr. But Earnhardt slipped from third to seventh, while teammate Jeff Gordon dropped off the list completely.
Israel has asked the International Olympic Committee to honor the Israeli team members who died at the 1972 Munich Games. Deputy Foreign Minister
said he sent a letter to the IOC. He wants the London Olympics to open with a minute's silence honoring the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches killed by Palestinian terrorists 40 years ago.
* Britain Olympic soccer coach Stuart Pearce will travel to the United States next week to watch David Beckham play for the Los Angeles Galaxy before deciding whether to select the 36-year-old midfielder for the London Games. Beckham has been included in an 80-man list that must be whittled down to 18 players. British soccer is preparing to compete in the Olympics for the first time since 1960.
College Football *
Penn State will play back-to-back prime-time Big Ten games, the conference announced. Penn State is at Iowa on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. on the Big Ten Network and then hosts Ohio State on Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2.