ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Rupert Murdoch, whose Fox network has become a leading player in sports television, heads the 100 most powerful people in sports as chosen by The Sporting News.

Murdoch, 64, also topped last year's list, becoming the first person to do so in consecutive years. The St. Louis-based weekly announced the names of those on the ``TSN 100'' Wednesday.

``It is clear that Rupert Murdoch is transforming the way sports are seen around the globe,'' said John Rawlings, editor of The Sporting News. ``In the space of just two years, Murdoch has built a Fox Sports programming arsenal that includes the National Football League and Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, boxing and the perennially high-ratings sport of figure skating.''

Others in the top 10 included, in order: Dick Ebersol, president of NBC Sports; Phil Knight, Nike chairman and chief executive officer; John Malone, president and CEO of TeleCommunications Inc.; Mark McCormack, chairman and CEO of International Marketing Group; Michael Eisner, Disney chairman and CEO; Juan Antonio Samaranch, International Olympic Committee president; Ted Turner, president and chairman of cable network TBS and soon-to-be vice chairman of Time Warner; David Stern, commissioner of the National Basketball Association, and Steve Bornstein, ESPN president and CEO.