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Wambach the AP's top female athlete

Abby Wambach, whose thunderous header in the final seconds of the Women's World Cup quarterfinals led the U.S. to an improbable victory and sparked a nationwide frenzy rarely seen for women's sports, has been voted the 2011 Female Athlete of the Year.

The 31-year-old forward won the award handily, receiving 65 of the 214 votes cast by members of the Associated Press. Teammate Hope Solo (38 votes) was a distant second and UConn basketball player Maya Moore (35) was third.

Wambach, a Rochester native, is the first individual soccer player -- man or woman -- to win one of the AP's annual athlete awards, which began in 1931.

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Cuddyer signs with Colorado

Rockies General Manager Dan O'Dowd says outfielder Michael Cuddyer is a perfect fit in Colorado.

With Coors Field as the backdrop, Cuddyer donned a Rockies jersey and cap for the first time at his introductory news conference Tuesday after finalizing a $31.5 million, three-year contract.

The 32-year-old Cuddyer spent 11 seasons in Minnesota before agreeing to a free-agent deal with the Rockies late last week. He went to his first All-Star Game last season as the Twins' lone representative.

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Columnist accused of molestation

A veteran sportswriter and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News was accused in a newspaper report Tuesday of molesting three girls and a boy in the 1970s, including his niece, who is now a prosecutor.

Authorities said no criminal charges would be pursued against Bill Conlin because the allegations of abuse happened too long ago.

Conlin, a Hall of Fame baseball writer and author, retired just ahead of the story's publication online by The Philadelphia Inquirer, his former editor said.

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UB women defeated in D.C.

The University at Buffalo's women's basketball team made 56.5 percent of its shots from three-point range Tuesday night but it wasn't enough to offset a 10-rebound deficit and 24 turnovers in an 81-57 nonconference loss to Howard University at The Burr in Washington, D.C.

The Bulls made 13 of 23 threes -- they were only 6 for 26 from inside the arc -- as they fell to 3-7 for the season. The 13 three-pointers were just one off the school record of 14, which was set in 1996-97. Howard shot 42.6 overall, 29 for 68, including 10 for 23 on threes.

Nicki Hopkins had a career-high 18 points (6 of 9 on threes) and Brittany Hedderson 17 for UB. Hedderson added two blocks and three steals. Christa Baccas chipped in 10 points off the bench, adding six rebounds and two blocks.

From News Staff and wire service reports

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