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Lakers forward Pau Gasol to receive Sportsman of the Year award

Lakers forward Pau Gasol will receive the 2009 Sportsman of the Year award at the fifth annual LA Sports Awards, which will be held Friday, Feb. 19 at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live.

The LA Sports Awards are presented annually by the Los Angeles Sports Council to celebrate the greatest moments of the year in sports in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. The Sportsman award is given to the local male athlete whose performance and character best exemplified the ideals of sportsmanship during the calendar year.

The awards show will be televised on FSN Prime Ticket at a date and time to be announced soon.

-- Houston Mitchell

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