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December 17, 2009

AP honors Woods; wife reportedly plans split

On the day golfer Tiger Woods reached yet another sporting summit, word came that his personal life might have hit bottom.

Woods was named Athlete of the Decade by the Associated Press on Wednesday while several media outlets were quoting unnamed sources saying that his wife, Elin Nordegren, will be filing for divorce in the wake of his confessed infidelity.

"She plans to leave Tiger," one source told People magazine in the issue due out Friday.

ABC News and NBC News also posted online stories from unidentified sources, purportedly close to Woods and Nordegren, who echoed the sentiment.

In the AP balloting released Wednesday, Woods received 56 of the 142 votes cast since last month by editors at U.S. newspapers that belong to the AP. More than half the ballots were returned after the Nov. 27 car accident outside his Florida home that set off sensational tales of infidelity.

Lance Armstrong, a cancer survivor who won the Tour de France six times this decade, finished second with 33 votes. He was followed by Roger Federer, who has won more Grand Slam singles titles than any other man, with 25 votes.

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps of Baltimore came in fourth with 13 votes, followed by New England quarterback Tom Brady (6) and sprinter Usain Bolt (4).

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