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Tainted Tiger still tops popularity Chart

sports Updated: Jul 21, 2010 15:04 IST

His reputation might be in tatters after revelations of extra-marital affairs but America still loves ace golfer Tiger Woods, who jointly topped a Sports Popularity chart.

Since 2006, this was a title Woods held solo, but in 2010, NBA star Kobe Bryant has also become 'America's Favorite Sports Star' after being fourth in 2009.

Rounding off the top five are New York Yankee Derek Jeter at number 3, Minnesota Viking Brett Favre at number 4, and this season's losing Super Bowl quarterback, Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts at number 5.

Two stars dropped off the top ten this year NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon dropped from number 6 and baseball great Albert Pujols dropped from number 10.

Different groups have their different favorites.

For men, Tiger is still number one, but for women it's Kobe Bryant.

There are also generational differences.

Meanwhile, famous Tennis sisters Serena and Venus Williams are number one and number two on the 'Favourite Female Sports Star' list, followed by race car driver Danica Patrick.

Thanks to the World Cup excitement, Mia Hamm moved up from number 5 to number 4 in 2009, followed by tennis star Maria Sharapova who moves to number 5.

Next in the top ten is another tennis star, Anna Kournikova at number 6.