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Russian Maria Sharapova recognized as the best tennis player of the year according to a survey conducted on the ESPN website.
For the third time in a row, Sharapova played in the Roland Garros finals and won the tournament for the second time, beating Romanian Simone Halep. Users recognized Spaniard Rafael Nadal as the best tennis player, who won 10 tournaments of the Association of Professional Tennis Players (ATP), including Roland Garros and US Open, and finished the season in first place in the ATP ranking.
The striker of the Spanish Real Madrid and the Portuguese national team Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored 66 goals in 56 matches for the club and won the Golden Ball, as well as the FIFA player of the year, was named the best international athlete. Snowboarders Sage Kotsenburg and Jamie Anderson who won gold at the Sochi Olympics in the slopestyle discipline were recognized as the best Olympians among the members of the US national team.
Gregg Popovich was named the best coach, leading San Antonio Spurs to his fifth victory in the NBA championship, and Kavai Leonard, the Spurs forward, was recognized as the most valuable player in the NBA finals with the Miami Heat. . The prize for the best NBA player at the same time went to the regular season MVP Kevin Durant of the “Oklahoma City Thunder”. The best basketball player was the champion of the WNBA in the “Minnesota Links” Maya Moore.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby, who scored 104 (36 + 68) points for performance in the NHL regular season, was recognized as the best hockey player. The best player of MLS (Major League Soccer) recognized Australian midfielder “New York Red Bulls” Tim Cahill. The best MLB baseball player named Miguel Cabrera from the Detroit Tigers.
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and mixed martial arts representative Ronda Rusei are recognized as the best fighters. The best racer is Ryan Hunter-Rey, who became the first American since 2006 to win the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. In the “Best Moment” nomination, John Brooks decisive goal in the opening match of the US national team at the World Cup with the team of Ghana (2: 1).