Athletes of the year Ochoa repeats; Brady is first football player to win since 1990: Lorena Ochoa of Mexico was voted The Associated Press...
Athletes of the year
Ochoa repeats; Brady is first football player to win since 1990: Lorena Ochoa of Mexico was voted The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year Friday; a golfer has won the award five times in a row, the longest streak of any sport.
Meanwhile, quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots (14-0 this season) was voted The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. He is the first football player to win the honor since quarterback Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers in 1989 and 1990.
Ochoa, 26, joined Annika Sorenstam, Kathy Whitworth, Mickey Wright and Babe Zaharias as the only golfers to win the award in consecutive years.
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Ochoa received 71 votes from members of The Associated Press. Tennis player Justine Henin of Belgium was second with 18 votes.
Brady, 30, received 51 votes. Tennis ace Roger Federer of Switzerland was runner-up with 33 votes.
AP’s top story of the year was San Francisco’s Barry Bonds surpassing Hank Aaron’s home-run record before being indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly telling a federal grand jury he did not knowingly use performance-enhancing drugs.
Australian Open organizers establish anti-corruption commission: Australian Open organizers have created an anti-corruption commission and appointed an investigator to combat gambling and potential fixing of matches at the season-opening Grand Slam tournament.
Nephew and another man are convicted: A nephew of Trevor Berbick has been convicted, along with another man, of killing the former heavyweight champion. Berbick was in his 50s.
A jury in Jamaica found Harold Berbick, 21, guilty of murder and Kenton Gordon, 19, guilty of manslaughter in the 2006 beating death of the former boxer.
Mayweather mulls switch: Floyd Mayweather Jr., unbeaten in 39 boxing matches, met with NBA Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on Thursday in Las Vegas to discuss competing in mixed martial arts.
Santos’ daughter charged under new law: The daughter of retired jockey Jose Santos has become one of the first people charged under a new law in New York that aims to heighten penalties for some drunken drivers involved in deadly accidents.
Sophia Santos, 20, pleaded not guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide in a Nov. 11 crash that killed Virginia Casazza-Urgo, 62, who was out celebrating a birthday. Santos was ordered held on $1 million cash bond until a Jan. 7 court date. She would face from five to 25 years in prison if convicted.
Hall of Famer Jose Santos retired in July.
Driver Maier convicted of trying to fix a race: Driver Daniel Maier, 23, was convicted of trying to fix a May 2006 race at Cal Expo in Sacramento, Calif., and faces up to three years in prison and a lifetime ban from the sport. Maier is to be sentenced next month.
Italy-England matchups set: Defending champion AC Milan of Italy will play English Premier League leader Arsenal in the second round of the UEFA Champions League. Inter Milan will face Liverpool in another Italian-English matchup.
Spanish federation decides against sanctioning Mayo: Spain’s federation doesn’t intend to sanction Iban Mayo despite a positive result on a retest of a “B” sample taken from him during the Tour de France.
Court documents include alleged Jones doping ledger: Marion Jones used several different performance-enhancing drugs over a substantial period of time, according to a detailed doping calendar that was part of several pages of court documents released in White Plains, N.Y.
Jones’ alleged doping regimen was part of a ledger that featured the names of athletes, along with the performance-enhancing drugs they were taking and results of urine tests.
The other names on the list are redacted.
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