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Abby Wambach voted top female

Updated: December 21, 2011, 12:49 PM ET
Associated Press

With the final seconds ticking down and the Americans on the verge of their earliest exit ever from the Women's World Cup, Abby Wambach kept waving her index finger at her teammates.

One chance, she screamed, all they needed was one chance.

When it came in the form of a left-footed cross from Megan Rapinoe, Wambach pounced. With one vicious whip of her head, she changed the course of the 2011 World Cup and sparked a nationwide frenzy rarely seen for women's sports.

Wambach's ...

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