*And so they’re off … sports fans are deciding who their favorite players are in. Recently, Tiger Woods dropped from his top position into a tie with Kobe Bryant as the favorite American sports star.

According to the AP, Woods had held the position strong all by his lonesome since 2006, but the oh so hated-on Lakers guard moved up from fourth last year to share the top spot.

Well, we can all expect fans to release LeBron James from their favorite player clutches. He dropped from third to sixth in the company’s survey of 2,227 adults conducted online from June 14-21, but that’s before he left Cleveland.

Retired NBA star Michael Jordan fell from second to seventh. Yankees captain Derek Jeter moved up one spot to third and quarterback Brett Favre went from ninth to fourth. Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning was fifth, up from seventh.

New England quarterback Tom Brady, made it back to no. 8; he didn’t even make the top 10 last year. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. came in after Brady.
Among the ladies, sisters Serena and Venus Williams were 1-2, followed by racecar driver Danica Patrick, retired soccer star Mia Hamm, and tennis stars Maria Sharapova and Anna Kournikova.

Volleyball player Misty May-Treanor was tied for seventh with gymnast Shawn Johnson, basketball player Lisa Leslie was ninth, and retired tennis players Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova were tied for 10th.

Dropping out of the top 10 were Candace Parker, golfer Annika Sorenstam, former tennis champion Chris Evert and skater Michelle Kwan.