ESTORIL, Portugal -- The Boston Red Sox won the inaugural
spirit of sport award Monday from the Laureus World Sports Academy
for winning their first World Series in 86 years.
Boston overcome a 3-0 deficit against the New York Yankees in
the AL championship series and swept St. Louis in the World Series
for its first title since 1919.
Roger Federer was honored as sportsman of the year after
dominating men's tennis in 2004, and Britain's Kelly Holmes was
selected sportswoman of the year for winning Olympic gold in the
800 and 1,500 meters at Athens.
Federer won three of the four Grand Slams and became No. 1 at
age 23 last year. He won the award over Tour de France winner Lance
Armstrong, 2004 recipient and Formula One world champion Michael
Schumacher, six-time Olympic gold-medal swimmer Michael Phelps,
Olympic 1,500 and 5,000-meter champ Hicham El Guerrouj, and world
motorcycling champ Valentino Rossi.
Liu Xiang was selected newcomer of the year for becoming the
first Chinese man to win an Olympic short-distance track event, the
Ellen McArthur of Britain got the world alternative sportsperson
of the year award after sailing solo around the world in record
time. Italian F1 driver Alessandro Zanardi, who returned to the
track after an accident in which he lost both legs, received the
comeback of the year prize.