Scumacher is top paid athlete

Tiger Woods might be number one in golf, but when it comes to money in sports he's a runner-up.

Formula One driving champion Michael Schumacher heads Forbes Magazine's list of the highest paid athletes for the year 2000 with $59 million US in earnings.

That was $6 million more than Woods, who won three of the four major golf championships last year.

Woods made $9 million on the PGA Tour and, with endorsements, his income for the year reached $53 million.

Heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson, who won three fights last year, is third with $48 million, almost half of that from a $20 million settlement of a conflict-of-interest lawsuit.

He was followed by former Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan at $37 million, much of it from his IMAX film, which grossed $15 million in the United States.

Grant Hill, who signed a free agent contract with the Orlando Magic, but has missed almost all of the NBA season because of injury, is fifth at $26 million.

Auto racer Dale Earnhardt, killed two weeks ago in the Daytona 500, came in sixth with $24.5 million.

Completing the top 10 were Shaquille O'Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers ($24 million); boxers Lennox Lewis and Oscar De La Hoya ($23 million each); and Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolves ($21 million).

The top woman on the list is tennis star Martina Hingis, 22nd with $11 million.

She was followed by four other women tennis players: Anna Kournikova and Venus Williams ($10 million each), Serena Williams ($7.5 million) and Lindsay Davenport ($6 million).

Mets catcher Mike Piazza, in 19th at $15 million, was the highest-paid baseball player listed by Forbes, even though several other players had higher salaries under baseball's accounting methods.

Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning was the top NFL player, tied with Piazza.