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Serena gets fourth Female Athlete of the Year award...Heat make a habit of holiday winning

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 25, 2015 at 1:50 p.m.



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UNDATED (AP) — Serena Williams' run to a near Grand Slam has earned the tennis star her fourth The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year award. Williams came within two wins of tennis' first Grand Slam in over 25 years. She received 50 first place votes to easily outpoint runner-up Carli Lloyd, the US soccer team's World Cup star.

MIAMI (AP) — Like Santa Claus, the Miami Heat deliver on Christmas Day. Chris Bosh scored 30 and had 10 rebounds, while Dwyane Wade chipped in with 19 points in Miami's 94-88 overtime win over New Orleans. The Heat have won seven in a row on Christmas and are a league best 10-2 all-time on the holiday.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The NBA's two conference leaders meet later today when Golden State hosts Cleveland in a rematch of the NBA Finals. The Warriors have rolled through the early portion of the schedule with a league best 27-1 record. The Eastern Conference-leading Cavaliers take a seven-game winning streak into the showdown.

HOUSTON (AP) — San Antonio will put its seven-game winning streak on the line when it travels to Houston tonight. The Spurs top the Southwest Division, 10 games in front of the fourth-place Rockets who have won 10 of 15.

HONOLULU (AP) — Third-ranked Oklahoma has its sights set on bringing home the trophy from the Diamond Head Classic when it faces Harvard in the title game. The Sooners have built their 10-0 record on the strength of the second best 3-point shooting percentage in the country at 47.2. The Crimson are 5-6 including losses to against Providence and Kansas, which are both ranked in the top ten in this week's AP poll.

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