Serena Williams likes to make one thing clear: She is never satisfied, no matter how many matches and tournaments she wins.
Driven as ever, Williams won plenty this year. She went 78-4 with 11 titles, including at the French Open and U.S. Open, raising her Grand Slam championship total to 17. She compiled a 34-match winning streak. She earned more than $12 million in prize money, a record for women's tennis. In February, she became the oldest No. 1 in WTA rankings history and never left that perch.
Thanks to all of that, Williams was honored Wednesday as The Associated Press' 2013 Female Athlete of the Year. It's the third AP award for Williams, following 2002 and 2009. Only two women have been chosen more often as AP Athlete of the Year since the annual awards were first handed out in 1931.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State has suspended senior linebacker Max Bullough for violating team rules, making him ineligible to play in the Rose Bowl.
In a news release sent early Thursday, Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said Bullough had been suspended for the rest of the season. He did not say what rules the two-time team captain violated.
''It is extremely disappointing for all parties involved,'' Dantonio said.
The No. 4 Spartans will play No. 5 Stanford in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif.
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Kyle Orton and Jon Kitna sat at opposite ends of a couch in the Dallas Cowboys' locker room Wednesday, turned toward each other and started chatting.
They probably were talking about Dallas' offense.
Orton will make his first start at quarterback in his two seasons with the Cowboys on Sunday night, unless Tony Romo can recover from a herniated disc. Dallas will be playing a winner-take-all game at home against the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East title and a playoff berth.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The Denver Broncos got their three ''W's'' back at practice on Christmas Day - Wes Welker, Derek Wolfe and Kayvon Webster.
It's unlikely that Welker and Wolfe will play against Oakland in the regular-season finale Sunday, but both were cleared to practice after prolonged absences and are working to regain their timing and conditioning.
Welker's practice was his first since suffering a second concussion on Dec. 8. He was allowed to participate on a limited basis according to the NFL's concussion protocol.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Packers linebacker Clay Matthews will miss Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears for the NFC North title after aggravating a right thumb injury.
Green Bay didn't practice Wednesday but issued an injury report as if it did. Matthews was listed as out.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Mike Hegan, a former major league player who was a longtime broadcaster with the Cleveland Indians, has died. He was 71.
The Indians say Hegan had his family by his side when he died Wednesday morning in Hilton Head, S.C. No other details were provided by the team.
Hegan was a radio and TV broadcaster for the Indians for 23 years. He retired after the 2011 season. He also spent 12 seasons as a broadcaster with the Milwaukee Brewers.
The son of former Indians catcher Jim Hegan made the AL All-Star team with the Seattle Pilots in 1969 and helped the Oakland Athletics win the 1972 World Series. He also played in the 1964 World Series with the New York Yankees.
Hegan hit .242 with 53 homers and 229 RBIs in 965 games with three organizations, getting most of his time at first base and in the outfield.
MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's Cabinet has approved the allocation of nearly $50 million in extra subsidies for the organizers of the Sochi Olympics.
The Cabinet's decision, reported by the RIA Novosti news agency on Wednesday, takes the total number of subsidies for the Sochi Organizing Committee to the equivalent of more than $420 million.
The Cabinet said without elaboration that the extra money would help finance the committee's activities.
The allocations for the organizing committee are a small share of the total Sochi Games costs that amount to $51 billion, making them the most expensive Olympics in history.
LAUSSANE, Switzerland (AP) - Gunnar Ericsson, a long-time International Olympic Committee executive and former member of the executive committee, has died. He was 94.
The IOC says on its website that the former Swedish parliamentarian died Tuesday but did not provide a cause of death.
IOC President Thomas Bach says Ericsson ''personified the Olympic values and was a true Olympic gentleman. The IOC will always remember him with deep gratitude and great respect.''