Q. Bill Clinton is reported to run three miles each morning "in around 18 minutes". I do not believe it, seeing him on TV. What evidence is there of the President's level of fitness and/or sporting achievements, or indeed of any other US President?
A. Perhaps Clinton has learnt from the experience of the last Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. Shots of him suffering on a run hardly helped an ailing image; Carter lost the next election.
Dwight D Eisenhower (1890-1969) played American football in his army days, and was known as the "Kansas Cyclone", but a knee injury in his second season ended a promising career. Gerald Ford (1913-) did even better, turning down professional offers from the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions after a successful stint as centre at Michigan. He went on to coach boxing and football at Yale.
Richard Nixon (1913-94), despite his fanaticism for American football, had limited abilities. At Whittier College he made the team in his freshman year - when only 11 men tried out for it. - Tim Mickleburgh, Grimsby
Q. What is the record for an amount raised by a cricketer's benefit/testimonial?
A. According to The Cricketer magazine, the record is Mike Gatting's pounds 205,000 in 1988 (worth pounds 256,250 in 1993). In real terms Geoff Boycott sets the record with two benefits, in 1974 and 1984 (though The Cricketer makes it 1985), which by 1993 were worth pounds 329,931. - David Rimmer, Middlesbrough