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Coffee Talk: Serena Williams Named AP's Athlete of the Year

This is the third time Williams will receive the honor in her career.
Coffee Talk: Serena Williams Named AP’s Athlete of the Year
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See what we’ve got bubbling over in the kitchen:

• Serena Williams is the Associated Press’ 2013 Female Athlete of the Year for the third time in her career (2002 and 2009). The award caps off another amazing year for the tennis star, who picked up 11 titles, increased her Grand Slam championships to 17 and earned $12 million in prize money. LeBron James was selected as the organization’s Male Athlete of the Year. [ESPN]

• AEG believes Katherine Jackson is wasting her time appealing the jury’s not guilty verdict in the Michael Jackson wrongful death suit. Jackson said the jury didn’t quite understand the instructions under which they may or may not convict someone. On January 3rd, a judge will either dismiss or grant Jackson’s appeal. [TMZ]

• Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings appear on The Wolf of Wall Street soundtrack. The vocal titan remakes Shirley Bassey’s “Goldfinger,” which originally appeared in the James Bond film of the same name in 1964. Click here to check out the soulful rendition. [Rolling Stone]

• Mary J. Blige was tapped to perform at Jimmy Iovine’s fancy holiday bash at his home this week. The singer, who released her first Christmas album this year,  was among the many guests which included Rita Wilson, Diddy, Dr. Dre, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale. [Page Sixx]