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Ochoa Wins AP Athlete Award for 2007


World number one women's golfer Lorena Ochoa of Mexico has been selected as the Associated Press female athlete of the year for 2007, beating out Belgian tennis player Justine Henin and marathoner Paula Radcliffe of Britain.

Ochoa received 71 votes from Associated Press members in the United States - the same combined number the seven athletes after her received.

Ochoa won eight tournaments on the LPGA Tour this year, including the women's British Open at St. Andrews, the Wegmans LPGA, the Samsung World Championship and the ADT Championship. She earned nearly $4.5 million.

Justine Henin finished second with 17 votes followed by Radcliffe, University of Tennessee basketball player Candace Parker and sprinter Allyson Felix.

New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady won the Male Athlete of the Year award with 51 votes, 18 more than tennis star Roger Federer.

Major League slugger Barry Bonds - who broke Hank Aaron's home run record but was later indicted on perjury and obstruction of justice charges - was voted the story of the year. Bonds told a grand jury in 2003 that he never knowingly took steroids, but his name was one of several mentioned in a report on doping in baseball put out this month by former Senator George Mitchell.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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