Trio make Laureus kudos cut

Armstrong, Jordan, Lakers among noms

Lance Armstrong, Michael Jordan and the Los Angeles Lakers were among the athletes singled out as the third annual Laureus World Sports Awards nominations were announced Tuesday.

Kudos honor athletes from around the world in seven categories including team, comeback and alternative sportsperson of the year. Billed as the Oscars of Sports, celeb-studded kudocast will be held May 14 in Monte Carlo and air on NBC.

For the third consecutive year, golf phenom Tiger Woods found himself on the ballot. Woods has picked up the world sportsman prize every year since the kudos’ inception. Other domestic noms include tennis players Jennifer Capriati, Andy Roddick and Venus Williams.

Nominees are first selected by international sports journalists and then by members of the World Sports Academy, which includes track star Edwin Moses, tennis player Boris Becker and gymnast Nadia Comaneci.

Along with the announcement of noms, Olympian Michael Johnson was welcomed as org’s 43rd member.

“Obviously, this means my career is completely over,” he joked.

Org also promotes mission of social change with its Sport for Good foundation, currently involved in 11 charitable projects worldwide.

NBC Sports’ Hannah Storm hosted the ceremony alongside academy members at the New York Athletic Club. Thesp Marcia Gay Harden, and a presenter at last year’s kudocast, was also present.

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