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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.

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