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Abby Wambach, whose thunderous header in the final seconds of the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals led the U.S. to an improbable victory, has been voted the 2011 Female Athlete of the Year.

The 31-year-old forward received 65 of the 214 votes cast by members of the Associated Press. Teammate Hope Solo (38 votes) was a distant second and UConn basketball player Maya Moore (35) was third.

From wire dispatches and staff reports