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SPORTS EDITORS:

November 25, 1997

SPORTS EDITORS:

It’s time to determine the AP’s male and female athletes of the year.

Please vote for the top three male and female athletes. Send your ballot by mail or fax before Dec. 23, 1997.

The story on the male athlete of the year will move for PMs of Dec. 30 and the story on the female athlete of the year will move for AMs of Dec. 30.

Please include your name and other information at the bottom of the ballot and mail it to:

The Associated Press

Sports Department

Attention: Melissa Gallo

50 Rockefeller Plaza

New York, N.Y. 10020-1666

Or fax it to Melissa Gallo at 212-621-1639.

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Here are some suggestions. You may also vote for someone not on the list.

MALE

--- Roger Clemens, baseball.

--- Terrell Davis, football.

--- Oscar De La Hoya, boxing.

--- Todd Eldredge, figure skating.

--- Ernie Els, golf

--- Brett Favre, football.

--- Sergei Federov, hockey.

--- Haile Gebrselassie, track and field.

--- Jeff Gordon, auto racing

--- Maurice Greene, track and field.

--- Ken Griffey Jr., baseball.

--- Evander Holyfield, boxing.

--- Michael Jordan, basketball.

--- Dominik Hasek, hockey.

--- Wilson Kipketer, track and field.

--- Mario Lemieux, hockey.

--- Justin Leonard, golf.

--- Ryan Leaf, football.

--- Davis Love III, golf.

--- Karl Malone, basketall.

--- Peyton Manning, football.

--- Pedro Martinez, baseball.

--- Mark McGwire, baseball.

--- Hale Irwin, golf.

--- Barry Sanders, football.

--- Pete Sampras, tennis.

--- Miles Simon, basketball.

--- Tony Stewart, auto racing.

--- Jacques Villeneuve, auto racing.

--- Mike Vernon, hockey.

--- Larry Walker, baseball.

--- Tiger Woods, golf.

--- Charles Woodson, football.

--- Alex Zanardi, auto racing.

FEMALE

--- Kim Arnold, gymnastics.

--- Cynthia Cooper, basketball.

--- Cyndy Daws, soccer.

--- Mia Hamm, soccer.

--- Martina Hingis, tennis.

--- Chamique Holdsclaw, basketball.

--- Michelle Kwan, figure skating.

--- Marion Jones, track and field.

--- Tara Lipinski, skating.

--- Christy Martin, boxing.

--- Nikki McCray, basketball.

--- Ticha Penicheiro, basketball.

--- Christine Quance, swimming and diving.

--- Amy Skieresz, track and field.

--- Annika Sorenstam, golf.

--- Kate Starbird, basketball.

--- Karrie Webb, golf.

--- Venus Williams, tennis.

--- Kara Wolters, basketball.

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