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Tiger Tops Forbes’ List Of Highest-Paid Athletes; A-Rod Comes In At No. 18

Tiger Tops The List While New York Stars Round Out The Field
Tiger Woods (credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GettyImages)

Tiger Woods (credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GettyImages)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Tiger Woods is back on top of Forbes’ list of highest-paid athletes.

The star golfer spent 11 straight years at No. 1 on the magazine’s list before falling to third in 2012. The magazine put him back in the top spot after he made $78.1 million over the last year from prize money, endorsements, appearance fees and golf course design work. Woods has enjoyed a resurgence in his play that has earned him over $13.1 million the past 12 months — double his total from the prior year.

Tennis star Roger Federer is second at $71.5 million while Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is third at $61.9 million.

LeBron James comes in fourth with $59.8 million and Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees rounds out the top five at $51 million.

Last year’s highest-paid athlete, Floyd Mayweather, is 14th.

David Beckham was No. 8 overall and the highest-ranked soccer player at $47.2 million.

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was tops among the 27 baseball players on the list and No. 18 overall with $30.3 million, although he is currently facing the possibility of a 100-game suspension.

New York Knicks stars Carmelo Anthony ($28 million) and Amar’e Stoudemire ($27 million) are listed at No. 25 and No. 27, respectively. The Mets’ Johan Santana ($25.5 million) comes in at No. 34, the highest ranked amongst pitchers, and Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter ($25.4 million) falls in at No. 36.

Two women, both tennis players, made the list. Maria Sharapova ($29 million) came in at No. 22, and Li Na ($18.2 million) was 85th.

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