The Insider: Stegeman, Thompson top CLC Performers
Two Willmar Cardinals student/athletes were honored Tuesday as Central Lakes Conference Performers of the Week.
Cardinals gymnast Stephanie Thompson, in a dual meet against Sauk Rapids, won all four events and the all-around, with a career-best in both uneven bars and all-around.
Winston is AP’s
Player of the Year
The Winter of Winston continues for Florida State’s redshirt freshman quarterback.
Jameis Winston is The Associated Press national player of the year, adding to his cadre of postseason accolades. He’s this year’s Heisman Trophy winner, the Walter Camp national player of the year, the Davey O’Brien quarterback of the year and the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year.
The No.1-ranked Seminoles play No. 2 Auburn in the BCS championship game Jan. 6 with the opportunity to bring a third national title back to the Florida State campus.
Cowboys sign Kitna
The Dallas Cowboys are close to bringing Jon Kitna out of retirement to serve as the team’s emergency quarterback with Tony Romo at risk of missing the season finale against Philadelphia.
The team reported on its website Tuesday night that Kitna joined the team in time for practice Christmas Day. The 41-year-old Kitna retired after the 2011 season.
Romo injured his back in a 24-23 win over Washington that set up the Cowboys for their third straight playoffs-or-bust finale against an NFC East rival.
The Cowboys say Romo is getting treatment and being evaluated daily. Kyle Orton is the backup.
Serena Williams is AP’s Athlete of Year again
Serena Williams likes to make one thing clear: She is never satisfied, no matter how many matches and tournaments she wins.
Driven as ever, Williams won plenty this year. She went 78-4 with 11 titles, including at the French Open and U.S. Open, raising her Grand Slam championship total to 17. She compiled a 34-match winning streak. She earned more than $12 million in prize money, a record for women’s tennis. In February, she became the oldest No. 1 in WTA rankings history and never left that perch.
Thanks to all of that, Williams was honored Wednesday as The Associated Press’ 2013 Female Athlete of the Year. It’s the third AP award for Williams, following 2002 and 2009. Only two women have been chosen more often as AP Athlete of the Year since the annual awards were first handed out in 1931.
— AP/Reuters/Staff reports