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              === LeBron James named SI Sportsman of the Year ===
 
 New  York,  NY (Sports Network)  - Miami Heat  superstar LeBron James has been
 named Sports Illustrated's 2012 Sportsman of the Year.
 
 The award is presented annually to the person or team who transcended the year
 in both athletic performance and character.
 
 James  finally became an  NBA champion this past spring, leading the Heat to a
 victory over Oklahoma City in the finals, then helped Team USA to a gold medal
 at  the London  Olympics in the summer. He  was also the NBA's MVP for a third
 time, as well as the NBA Finals MVP.
 
 In addition to his on-court excellence, James was chosen for his philanthropic
 efforts in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
 
 James  is the first  pro basketball player to be honored by the magazine since
 teammate Dwyane Wade in 2006.
 
 Last  year's winners  were Duke  men's  basketball coach  Mike Krzyzewski  and
 Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt.
 
 12/03 10:53:08 ET

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