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U.S. skier Vonn named Female Athlete of the Year

Lindsey Vonn flanked by Nadja Kamer, left, and Lara Gut.
Lindsey Vonn flanked by Nadja Kamer, left, and Lara Gut. (Franck Fife)

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Gold and bronze medals at the Vancouver Games, plus a third consecutive World Cup overall title, helped U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn become the 2010 Female Athlete of the Year, chosen by members of the Associated Press. She is the first skier - male or female - to win one of the annual AP awards, which began in 1931. Vonn received 77 of 175 votes submitted by news organizations that make up the AP's membership, more than double what anyone else got in the tally announced Saturday. "For sure, 2010 was the best year I've ever had," Vonn, 26, said by telephone from France, where she won a World Cup downhill earlier in the day. Zenyatta's 32 votes placed the racehorse No. 2 in the AP balloting for the second consecutive year. Connecticut basketball player Maya Moore finished third with 29 votes. . . . In Val D'Isere, France, Vonn won her first downhill race of the season to close the gap on overall World Cup leader Maria Riesch. Nadja Kamer and fellow Swiss Lara Gut were second and third, respectively. . . . In Val Gardena, Italy, Silvan Zurbriggen of Switzerland won a World Cup men's downhill to take the lead in the overall standings. He clocked 1 minute 57.21 seconds, edging Austria's Romed Baumann by 0.06 of a second. Defending World Cup downhill champion Didier Cuche of Switzerland was third.

College Football

Freshman Jake Heaps threw four touchdown passes, connecting with Cody Hoffman on three, and piled up 264 yards passing to help BYU (7-6) beat Texas-El Paso, 52-24, in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque. The Miners finished 6-7. . . . In Boise, Idaho, Chandler Harnish ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as Northern Illinois (11-3) routed Fresno State, 40-17, in the Humanitarian Bowl to reach 11 wins for the first time in school history. Ryan Colburn threw two touchdowns for the Bulldogs (8-5), now 0-6 in bowls against non-BCS teams since 1999. . . . Pat Devlin threw two touchdown passes and Delaware forced five turnovers to beat visiting Georgia Southern, 27-10, in the Division I-AA semifinals. The Blue Hens (12-2) advanced to the championship game against Eastern Washington on Jan. 7 in Frisco, Tex. Georgia Southern finished 10-5. . . . In Florence, Ala., David Nadeau's 32-yard field goal as time expired lifted Minnesota-Duluth (15-0) to a 20-17 victory over Delta State in the Division II championship game. . . . In Salem, Va., Levell Coppage ran for 299 yards and three touchdowns and Wisconsin-Whitewater forced five turnovers and shut out Mount Union in the second half for a 31-21 victory and its second consecutive Division III championship. The Warhawks completed their second straight 15-0 season. The Purple Raiders finished the season 14-1. . . . In Rome, Ga., quarterback Gary Wagner had an 83-yard touchdown run, and Tom Yaremko kicked a 22-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter as Carroll College (14-0) beat Sioux Falls, 10-7, in the NAIA championship game, snapping the Cougars' winning streak at 42 games. Sioux Falls (13-1), which won the previous two titles, is moving up to Division II next year. The two schools have combined to win nine straight NAIA titles.

Pro Football

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did not receive medical clearance after sustaining his second concussion of the season and was ruled out for Sunday night's game at New England. Matt Flynn, a seventh-round draft pick out of LSU in 2008, is expected to make his first career start for the Packers.

Soccer

Barcelona routed Espanyol, 5-1, behind two goals each from Pedro Rodriguez and David Villa to win its 10th straight league game and move five points ahead of second-place Real Madrid in the Spanish league. Espanyol had conceded only two goals in its seven victories at El Prat-Cornella Stadium, but Barcelona needed just 30 minutes to double that number and beat the league's best home team. Xavi Hernandez also scored for Barcelona, in the 30th minute. Osvaldo had the lone goal for Espanyol in the 62nd minute. Since halftime of Barcelona's match against Villarreal on Nov. 13, the champions had scored 31 goals without reply. . . . In Germany, U.S. defender Steven Cherundolo scored an own-goal, and Hannover's club-record run of five straight victories ended with a 3-1 loss at Nuremberg. . . . Inter Milan won the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi, defeating TP Mazembe, 3-0, to end the run of the African champion.

Misc.

Four-time winner Ernie Els took a two-shot lead into a marathon last day of the South African Open in Durban. Els's second straight 65, a flawless second round of 7 under par, lifted him to the top of the leader board at 14-under 130, two strokes clear of Retief Goosen, who finished with a 68. Els and Goosen will play the final 36 holes Sunday with 19-year-old Frenchman Romain Wattel, who shot a 66 to lie one stroke behind Goosen. . . . Spain's Mireia Belmonte Garcia matched American Ryan Lochte with her third gold medal at the short-course world swimming championships in Dubai. She was timed in a championship-record 2:05.73 in the 200-meter individual medley, adding to her back-to-back titles in the 200 butterfly and 400 IM on Wednesday's opening night.

- Associated Press


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