NEW YORK -- Olympic
all-around champion Gabby Douglas has won Sportswoman of the Year
honors from the Women’s Sports Foundation.
The gymnast won the award
Wednesday night, beating out Lindsey Vonn, London Olympians Serena
Williams, Missy Franklin, Allyson Felix, and Paralympians Jessica Long
and Tatyana McFadden.
Douglas is the third gymnast to win the award,
joining fellow Olympic gold medalists Mary Lou Retton (1984) and Nastia
Liukin presented Douglas with the award, given to an
individual athlete who exhibits exceptional performances.
WASHINGTON -- The American Sports Council claims the U.S. Department
of Education's Title IX policies discriminate against boys and cost
male athletes "tens of thousands of organized athletic opportunities at
the collegiate level."
"We are trying to prevent boys from being
punished," American Sports Council Chairman Eric Pearson told The
Associated Press in announcing the lawsuit.
Pearson said that
1.3 million more high school boys than girls play organized scholastic
sports, and applying a Title IX "proportionality test" would make high
schools cut boys teams.