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Milos Raonic wins Lionel Conacher Award for male athlete of the year by The Canadian Press


Make it two straight Lionel Conacher Awards for Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic.

He’s the first repeat winner of the Canadian Press male athlete of the year award since Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby in 2009 and 2010.

Raonic made it to the final four at Wimbledon last summer to become the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam men’s singles semifinal in the Open era.

He also qualified for the ATP Finals and won his first World Tour 500-level event in 2014.

Raonic, who grew up in Thornhill, Ont., finished with 29 of the 82 votes (35 per cent) in balloting of sports editors and broadcasters across the country, finishing ahead of Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty and freestyle skier Alex Bilodeau.

The winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada’s female athlete of the year will be announced Sunday and the team of the year will be named Monday.

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