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Johnson Most Influential

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, for the second straight year, is ranked by Forbes as America's Most Influential Athlete.

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.

The rankings, released Tuesday, are done by public opinion polling.

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. Making the list this year was Jeremy Lin, Many Pacquiao, Eli Manning, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers.


Israel wants silent moment

Israel asked the International Olympic Committee to honor the Israeli team members who were killed by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Games.

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said Tuesday he has sent a letter to the IOC. He wants the London Olympics to open with a minute's silence honoring the 11 Israeli Olympic athletes and coaches slain by Palestinian terrorists. Israel is looking to draw attention to the attack as it marks the 40th anniversary this year.

From News Staff and wire service reports