SIMONE BILES WINS AP’S FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD
In voting by U.S. editors and news directors announced Monday, 19year-old gymnast Simone Biles received 31 out of a possible 59 votes and won The Associated Press female athlete of the year award.
Biles became the fifth gymnast to win the honor.
“It’s kind of a blur,” Biles said of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Maybe to Biles, but not to the rest of the world. Her massive medal haul in Rio de Janeiro — a record-tying four Olympic golds to go with a bronze for the U.S. women’s team — propelled her to stardom and rendered her last name superfluous.
U.S. Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, who won four golds and a silver at the Rio Games, finished second with 20 votes. Serena Williams, who won Wimbledon for the seventh time to tie Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles, and three-time NCAA women’s basketball player of the year Breanna Stewart tied for third with four votes each.
The AP male athlete of the year will be announced Tuesday.
Jet lost all its fuel before crash
B bogota, colombia» Colombian aviation authorities said Monday an airliner that crashed with a Brazilian soccer team aboard had run out of fuel before it could land. Seventy-one people died in the Nov. 28 accident.
A statement by the Civil Aeronautics agency said the conclusion was based on the plane’s black boxes and other evidence. It said the evidence points to human error rather than technical problems or sabotage.
Experts had earlier suggested that fuel exhaustion was a likely cause of the crash that wiped out all but a few members of the Chapocoense soccer team, as well as team officials and journalists accompanying them to a championship playoff match in Medellin, Colombia.
The jetliner’s maximum range was 1,600 nautical miles — just under the distance between Medellin and Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where the plane had taken off at almost full capacity.
The plane was in the air for about four hours and 20 minutes when air traffic controllers in Medellin put it into a holding pattern because another flight had reported a suspected fuel leak and was given priority.
In a recording of a radio message from the pilot of the LaMia flight, he can be heard repeatedly requesting permission to land due to a lack of fuel and a “total electric failure.”
A surviving flight attendant and a pilot flying nearby also overheard the frantic pleas from the doomed airliner.
There was no explosion upon impact, pointing to a scarcity of fuel.
Former pitcher fatally shot
B little rock, ark.» Police and family members said former Texas Rangers pitcher John Barfield died in a shooting in Little Rock. He was 52.
Little Rock police said Barfield was fatally shot Saturday after an altercation with an acquaintance in downtown Little Rock. Barfield, a lefthander, pitched three seasons for the Rangers beginning in 1989.
Penguins extend coach’s deal
B pittsburgh» Mike Sullivan’s arrival in Pittsburgh last season provided the spark that turned the Penguins’ listless season around.
The NHL franchise rewarded its fiery coach with a three-year contract extension that will keep Sullivan with the team through 2019-20.
The 48-year-old Sullivan is 55-24-10 with Pittsburgh, the second-best point total in the NHL over that span.
The Colorado women’s basketball team dropped five slots to No. 20 in The Associated Press top 25 after Wyoming dealt the Buffs their first loss of the season on Wednesday. … The United States defeated Latvia 6-1 in a preliminary round of the World Juniors hockey championship tournament in Toronto. The Americans are grouped with Canada, Latvia, Russia and Slovakia. Tyler Parsons got the win in net for the U.S., and Clayton Keller scored twice.