Forward Alex Morgan, who played for the Sounders Women this year, has won the U.S. Soccer Federation award as female athlete of the year.

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Morgan is voted U.S. Soccer’s

female athlete of the year

Forward Alex Morgan, who played for the Sounders Women this year, has won the U.S. Soccer Federation award as female athlete of the year.

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National-team standout Morgan, 23, prevailed in voting that was weighted equally between fans on Facebook and representatives from U.S. Soccer and national media, federation officials announced Monday.

Morgan leads Team USA this year with 28 goals, including the deciding score in the 123rd minute of the United States’ 4-3 victory over Canada in the Olympic semifinals. The Americans proceeded to win the gold medal at the London Games.

Morgan, 23, also leads the U.S. team with 19 assists.

“I want to keep improving and continue to make an impact on this team,” she said. “I want to continue to put the team first, help the team grow and obviously the World Cup in 2015 is on our minds every day.”

Last month, Clint Dempsey was honored as U.S. Soccer’s male athlete of the year.

Linesman dies after attack

A Dutch man working as a linesman during his son’s youth match was beaten and kicked by several players after the game and died the next day.

Richard Nieuwenhuizen collapsed and was taken to a hospital hours after players from Amsterdam team Nieuw Sloten punched and kicked him. Nieuwenhuizen’s club, Buitenboys, said the 41-year-old linesman died Monday but did not announce the exact cause of death.

Three players, whose ages range from 15 to 16, were arrested for alleged involvement in the beating Sunday in the town of Almere.

“It is too crazy for words that somebody involved in a sporting hobby becomes a victim of this kind of aggression,” Anton Binnenmars of the Royal Netherlands Football Association said in a statement.

Vancouver trades Harris

The Colorado Rapids acquired midfielder/forward Atiba Harris, 27, from the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for an international roster spot in the 2015 and 2016 Major League Soccer seasons.

Real Salt Lake is dealing

MLS team Real Salt Lake has traded veterans Fabian Espindola and Jamison Olave to the New York Red Bulls and midfielder Will Johnson to Portland in exchange for an undisclosed amount of allocation money.

Forward Espindola, 27, was an All-Star this year and Olave, 31, was voted 2010 MLS Defender of the Year.

Earlier, RSL traded forward Justin Braun to Toronto FC for defender Aaron Maund.


Role in Woods’ video game

thrills U.S. teen Thompson

American teenager Lexi Thompson is in the United Arab Emirates to defend her title at the Dubai Ladies Masters, which begins Wednesday.

Thompson, 17, was invited to play a role in the video game “Tiger Woods PGA 14.” She grew up with previous versions of the game, usually playing Woods’ role. For this game, there were sensors placed on her body, head and shoes to achieve realism.

“It’s an honor to be in the video game,” she said. “I’ve seen some of the pictures of my animation and it looks so real. …

“It will be interesting to play me in the video game. It will be pretty weird, but it will be awesome.”


Talks to resume Tuesday

NHL labor talks are set to resume Tuesday, with six owners and players scheduled to meet without a couple of key figures.

Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr will not be present.

Monday was the 79th day of the lockout.


• Sports Illustrated named NBA superstar LeBron James of the Miami Heat its Sportsman of the Year.

James became an NBA champion for the first time in 2012, a year in which he also won his second Olympic gold medal and his third NBA most valuable player award. He is the first NBA player to win the SI honor since Dwyane Wade of the Heat in 2006.

• Utah officials announced plans for a longshot bid for another Winter Olympics, saying they already have venues in place and have left behind the taint of scandal from the 2002 Salt Lake Games.

The bid for 2026 is contingent on the U.S. Olympic Committee deciding it will endorse a city.

Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina is retiring from pro tennis at 33; he won three ATP singles titles, all on clay courts. Chela is ranked 176th in the world.

Dan Carter of world champion New Zealand was named 2012 player of the year by the International Rugby Board. Carter, 30, is Test rugby’s all-time top scorer, with 1,385 points.

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