NBA MVP Stephen Curry shoots way to AP Male Athlete of Year

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry, whose deft dribbling and long-range shooting led the Golden State Warriors to their first NBA title in 40 years, is The Associated Press 2015 Male Athlete of the Year.

Curry finished first in a vote by U.S. editors and news directors, joining LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Larry Bird as the only basketball players to win the honor in the 85 years of the award. Curry beat out golfer Jordan Spieth, who won two majors, and American Pharoah, who became the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown.

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Curry won the league MVP last season when he helped the Warriors topple LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals and then led Golden State to a record 24 straight wins to open this season.

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NBA MVP Stephen Curry shoots way to AP Male Athlete of Year
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 27: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and Riley Curry walk to the press conference before a game against the Houston Rockets in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 27, 2015 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: Ayesha Curry, Riley Curry and Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors poses for a portrait with the Larry O'Brien trophy after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Six of the 2015 NBA Finals on June 16, 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19: Stephen Curry, daughter Riley Curry (L) and wife Ayesha Curry (R) celebrate as confetti falls during the Golden State Warriors Victory Parade in Oakland, California. Thousands are expected to attend in celebration of the Warriors' first NBA title in 40 years. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry kisses his daughter Riley during a rally for winning the NBA basketball championship in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 16: NBA player Stephen Curry and daughter Riley Curry arrive at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2015 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 16, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 16: NBA player Stephen Curry (R) and Riley Curry at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2015 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 16, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/KCSports2015/Getty Images For KCSports2015)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 16: Riley Curry speaks onstage at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2015 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 16, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/KCSports2015/Getty Images For KCSports2015)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates with his daughter Riley after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Six of the 2015 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is joined by his daughter Riley at a news conference after Game 5 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The Warriors won 104-90 and advanced to the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry speaks with his daughter Riley at a news conference after Game 5 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The Warriors won 104-90 and advanced to the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry speaks with his daughter Riley at his side during a news conference after Game 5 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The Warriors won 104-90 and advanced to the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry holds his daughter Riley after Game 5 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The Warriors won 104-90 and advanced to the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, right, visits with his daughter, Riley, following their win over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of a Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in San Antonio. Golden State won 100-91.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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