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Dirk Nowitzki named Germany's Sportsman of the Year

  • (FILES) - Picture taken on June 12, 2011 shows Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks celebrating a point against the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Nowitzki was voted Germany's Athlete of the Year 2011 in Baden-Baden, southwestern Germany, on December 18, 2011. AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT

  • Basketball player Dirk Nowitzki is seen on a giant screen celebrating with the trophy of Germany's Athlete of the Year 2011 during a satelite transmission from USA to the gala of the awarding of Germany's Athlete of the Year 2011 in Baden-Baden, southwestern Germany, on December 18, 2011. AFP PHOTO THOMAS KIENZLE

  • Basketball player Dirk Nowitzki is seen on a giant screen celebrating with the trophy of Germany's Athlete of the Year 2011 during a satelite transmission from USA to the gala of the awarding of Germany's Athlete of the Year 2011 in Baden-Baden, southwestern Germany, on December 18, 2011. AFP PHOTO THOMAS KIENZLE

  • Basketball player Dirk Nowitzki is seen on a giant screen celebrating with the trophy of Germany's Athlete of the Year 2011 during a satelite transmission from USA to the gala of the awarding of Germany's Athlete of the Year 2011 in Baden-Baden, southwestern Germany, on December 18, 2011. AFP PHOTO THOMAS KIENZLE

  • Basketball player Dirk Nowitzki is seen on a giant screen celebrating with the trophy of Germany's Athlete of the Year 2011 during a satelite transmission from USA to the gala of the awarding of Germany's Athlete of the Year 2011 in Baden-Baden, southwestern Germany, on December 18, 2011. AFP PHOTO THOMAS KIENZLE

BERLIN: NBA star Dirk Nowitzki has been named Germany's Sportsman of the Year, the first basketball player to take the award.

In a poll of 1500 sports journalists, the 33-year-old, who led the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA title in June and took the MVP award for the series in the process, came in ahead of Sebastien Vettel, who won the Formula One world title for the second straight year.

The Sportswoman of the Year award went for the second time to biathlete Magdalena Neuner ahead of tennis player Andrea Petkovic.

The team award went to Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund ahead of the German national team.

 

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