KING JAMES WINS AP’S MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD
cleveland» LeBron James ended Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought in 2016 and capped his big year by being named the Associated Press male athlete of the year.
James led the Cavs to a historic comeback in the NBA Finals, where they overcame a 3-1 deficit to stun the defending champion Golden State Warriors. James previously won AP’s award in 2013.
James collected 24 first-place votes, beating out a pair of Olympic legends: Michael Phelps (16) and Usain Bolt (9), the fastest men in water and on land.
Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, the NL MVP who led his team to its first World Series title since 1908, tied for fourth with Golden State star guard Stephen Curry, last year’s winner.
The Broncos’ Von Miller, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andy Murray received one vote apiece.
Blackhawks send Hossa to IR
B chicago» The Blackhawks activated center Artem Anisimov off injured reserve and placed veteran right wing Marian Hossa on IR retroactive to Dec. 20.
Both forwards have been sidelined by upper-body injuries.
Anisimov was put on injured reserve last Thursday and missed three games. His 14 goals and 27 points both rank third on the team.
Hossa has been out since leaving early in a loss to Ottawa a week ago. He leads the Blackhawks with 16 goals.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Hossa will probably miss Chicago’s next three games and will “hopefully be ready to come back” when the Blackhawks face the St. Louis Blues in the NHL Winter Classic at Busch Stadium on Jan. 2.
• Buffalo Sabres top-line center Ryan O’Reilly is out indefinitely after having his appendix removed during the NHL’s holiday break this past weekend.
Without providing details, the Sabres said the appendectomy was successful and there is no timetable for O’Reilly’s return.
McRoberts out indefinitely
B miami» Josh McRoberts of the Miami Heat has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left foot, and the team said the oft-injured forward will be sidelined indefinitely.
McRoberts broke that foot during last season’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against Toronto, and had a stress reaction in the same foot that kept him out for training camp and the first seven games of this season.
McRoberts had appeared in 19 consecutive Heat games, his second-longest streak in his three seasons with the club.
Hayes leads Badgers over Rutgers
B madison, wis.» Nigel Hayes scored 20 points, Zak Showalter added 18 and No. 14 Wisconsin used an active start on the defensive end to build an early lead and defeat Rutgers 72-52.
Hayes scored 12 points in the first half, when the Badgers opened with a 16-4 run over the first 12 minutes to take control in both team’s Big Ten opener.
Wisconsin needed the cushion after the Scarlet Knights rallied from a 20-point deficit with 14 minutes left.
Allen records a career first
B chattanooga, tenn.» Lindsay Allen recorded her first career tripledouble and Brianna Turner scored 24 points to help No. 2 Notre Dame beat Chattanooga 79-58 for its 15th consecutive road victory.
Allen had 11 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists for the Irish.
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