Monica Abbott Named Sportswoman of the Year

October 15, 2007

NEW YORK (AP) -- Some top athletes will be honored tonight at the 28th annual Salute to Women in Sports in New York.

LPGA star Lorena Ochoa (lohr-AY'-nah oh-CHOH'-uh) and former Tennessee softball pitcher Monica Abbott have been named Sportswomen of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation.

Ochoa overtook Annika Sorenstam as the top-ranked golfer this season and won her seventh tournament yesterday to up her record earnings to 3.3 million dollars this year.

Abbott was chosen in the team category. She had a nation-best 50-and-5 record with a 0.68 ERA and 29 shutouts while helping the Lady Vols reach the NCAA title game.

Five-time world champion figure skater Michelle Kwan will receive the Billie Jean King contribution award for her visits to China and Russia as the first U.S. public diplomacy envoy.

And the Rutgers women's basketball team gets the Wilma Rudolph courage award. It's for the way the NCAA tournament runner-up withstood a slur by radio host Don Imus and conducted itself at a nationally televised news conference that addressed issues of race and gender.

The annual awards dinner raises more than one million dollars for girls and women in sports.

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