No one in the sports world had heard of the 2014 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year until August.
That's when 13-year-old Mo'ne Davis of South Philadelphia became an instant celebrity as she took the mound in the Little League World Series and mowed down batter after batter as a pitcher for the Taney Dragons.
She was the first girl to win a Little League World Series game, and her performance dazzled fans young and old. Her steely gaze and demeanor on the mound were intimidating, while off-the-field, she shined in interviews. She told admirers that if they thought she was good at baseball, they should see her play hoops. Only in eighth grade, Davis already plays for her high school varsity basketball team at Springside Chestnut Hill.
A vote by U.S. editors selected Davis as the Associated Press 2014 Female Athlete of the Year. The youngest winner in history, Davis beat out Mt. St. Joseph freshman Lauren Hill - who played her first college basketball game while battling terminal brain cancer - and three-time winner Serena Williams.
HOCKEY Thatcher Demko made 17 saves and Sonny Milano scored late in the second period, leading the United States to a 3-0 victory over Slovakia in the World Junior Championship in Montreal. Dylan Larkin and John Hayden also scored as the United States remained unbeaten in Group A heading into its game Wednesday against rival Canada.
BASEBALL The Royals announced the signing of righthander Edinson Volquez to a $20 million, two-year contract that includes a mutual option for the 2017 season.
Volquez will make $7.5 million in 2015 and $9.5 million in 2016 under the deal. His option year is worth $10 million.
The San Diego Padres have acquired righthanded setup man Shawn Kelley from the New York Yankees for righthanded minor- leaguer Johnny Barbato.
ARENA FOOTBALL The Soul announced the addition of wide receiver Tyrone Goard, defensive lineman Justin Lawrence and offensive lineman Keith Newell to their roster for the 2015 season.