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Yani Tseng, Jeremy Lin nominated for ESPY Awards

2012/06/28 16:34:36

Taipei, June 28 (CNA) Top-ranked female golfer Yani Tseng of Taiwan has been nominated in two categories of the 2012 ESPY Awards, while Jeremy Lin, the first NBA player of Taiwanese descent, will vie for the Best Breakthrough Athlete award.

Tseng, the youngest golfer to garner five major titles at 22, is the only female nominee in the Best International Athlete category at the Excellence in Sports Performance of the Year (ESPY) Awards dubbed the "Oscars of sports", according to the nomination list released Wednesday by the U.S. TV network ESPN, the organizer of the annual event.

The other three nominees are Novak Djokovic, world No. 1 men's tennis player, and star footballers Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who play for Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain, respectively.

Tseng dominated the world of female golf in 2011 by first winning the LPGA Championship and then defending her title at the British Open to snatch her fifth major victory.

The golf star has also been nominated in the Best Female Golfer category. The other two to have been nominated are Cristie Kerr of the United States, last year's winner of the title, and So Yeon Ryu of South Korea.

Meanwhile, the New York Knicks point guard, who created the "Linsanity" craze by leading the team on a seven-game winning streak during the months from a benchwarmer to a starting player, faces stiff competition in his category.

Lin is up against NBA draft prospect Anthony Davis, Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins, Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, and U.S. women's soccer star Alex Morgan, ESPN said.

Online voting will continue through noon July 10 (Taiwan time). The winners will be determined by fan ballots as well as input from sportswriters, broadcasters and executives.

(By Oscar Wu, Leaf Chiang, and Kendra Lin)