Curry named AP athlete of the year

Stephen Curry has been named the Associated Press Athlete of the year for his achievements with the Championship-winning Golden State Warriors.

The 27-year-old point guard was rewarded for an amazing year that saw him win the NBA's Most Valuable Player after leading Golden State to its first title in 40 years.

The Warriors have also started their title defence with a bang, setting a new record by winning their first 24 games of the season.

Curry joins LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Larry Bird as the only basketball players to have won the award.

He beat out golfer Jordan Spieth, who won two majors, and American Pharoah, who became the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown.

"That's a real honor," Curry said. "I'm appreciative of that acknowledgement because it's across all different sports. It's pretty cool."

His coach Steve Kerr said: "The thing I would say about Steph, what makes him who he is, is that nobody has to challenge him to get to the next level because he does it on his own.

"I didn't think he could get that much better from last year but I do think he's gotten considerably better, which is quite a feat when you're the reigning MVP."