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Sinclair-for-ESPY campaign may now begin

Former University of Portland soccer star Christine Sinclair has been named a finalist for best female college athlete at ESPN's 2006 ESPY awards.

The 14th annual ESPYs will be televised by ESPN at 6 p.m. PT on July 16. Cycling great Lance Armstrong will host the show.

Sinclair's co-finalists are Seimone Augustus of Louisiana State basketball, Cat Osterman of Texas softball, Virginia Powell of USC track and field and Courtney Thompson of Washington volleyball.

Sinclair finished her UP career last season, leading the Pilots to their second national title in four years. The native of Burnaby, British Columbia totaled 110 goals, which ranks second all-time among collegians.