LeBron James beat this Boston star for 2018 AP Male Athlete of the Year

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LeBron James didn't carry the Cleveland Cavaliers to an NBA championship in 2018. In fact, his Cavs were swept by the Golden State Warriors.

But that didn't prevent him from being named the 2018 Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. The AP's Tim Reynolds unveiled the winner in an article published Thursday.

For the third time, James has been selected as The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year — after 2018 saw him continue to excel on the court, open the “I Promise” school for at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, and further use his voice as an activist who bristled at being told to “shut up and dribble.”

The voting was not particularly close, but one Boston athlete finished second: Red Sox star Mookie Betts. Here's a breakdown of the voting.

James received 78 points in balloting by U.S. editors and news directors announced Thursday, while Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts was second with 46. Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals was third, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was fourth and Triple Crown winner Justify was fifth.

Betts won the American League MVP Award, a Silver Slugger, an A.L. batting title and a Gold Glove in 2018, while making his third straight All-Star appearance. He also helped lead the Red Sox to a 2018 World Series triumph over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Boston won a franchise-record 108 games in the regular season as well.

James joins Michael Jordan as the only NBA players to be three-time winners of the AP Male Athlete of the Year award. 

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