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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

LeBron James, Serena Williams named AP Athletes of the Decade

Serena Williams and LeBron James Named the Associated Press' Athletes of the Decade 2010-2019.

The Associated Press has selected Tennis Star Serena Williams and Basketball Star LeBron James as the Athletes of the Decade.

 Simone Biles and Tom Brady were the runner-ups for the male and female title, respectively

 The AP sports news announced that Williams, 38, edged out Olympic gymnast Simone Biles to take the title for the females, while James, 35, handily beat out New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for the men.

 Swimmer Katie Ledeck placed third behind Williams and Biles, followed by ski racers Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin.

On the men’s category, Olympian Usain Bolt of Jamaica was third, soccer superstar Lionel Messi was fourth and retired U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps placed fifth.

 Williams, 38, has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, more than anyone else in the history of professional tennis, As well the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles trophy in the professional era.

 In the past decade, Williams won a dozen Grand Slam singles titles and sat atop of the Women’s Tennis Association rankings for over three years in a row,  equaling Steffi Graf’s record for most consecutive weeks atop the rankings.

 James, meanwhile, has scored more points than anybody else in the NBA in the last 10 years. While starting the decade at 124th in the league’s all-time scoring list, he’s now within reach of surpassing Kobe Bryant for third place (Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are second and first, respectively).

 “You add another 10 years of learning and adversity, pitfalls, good, great, bad, and any smart person who wants to grow will learn from all those experiences,” James told the AP. “A decade ago, I just turned 25. I’m about to be 35 and I’m just in a better (place) in my life and have a better understanding of what I want to get out of life.”

 Last month, James set another record in the NBA when he became the first player in league history to log a triple-double against all 30 NBA teams. The triple-double accomplishment is when a player records double-digit numbers in three different stat categories during a game.

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