1. Stephen Curry, basketball, United States
Golden State’s Stephen Curry averaged 28.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists as the Warriors raced to an unbeaten record in the NBA postseason in May. Curry’s play helped the Warriors capture a perfect 12-0 record in the first three rounds of the NBA playoffs.
2. N’Golo Kante, soccer, France
Chelsea Blues soccer midfielder N’Golo Kante, a native of France, was awarded the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year award on 18 May 2017. He also won the EA Sports Player of the Season award and the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award. In addition, Kante was named the Chelsea Players’ Player of the Year. Kante’s record included 2,122 completed passes, 127 tackles, 82 interceptions and 3,049 minutes of playing time for London-based Chelsea, which won this season’s Premier League title.
3. Si Woo Kim, golf, South Korea
South Korea’s Si Woo Kim, 21, became the youngest player in history to win The Players Championship tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on 14 May 2017. Kim shot a 10-under-par 278 to win the title and was the only player to finish bogey-free on the final day of play.
4. Eliud Kipchoge, marathon, Kenya
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge ran a marathon with an unofficial world record time of 2:00:25, more than two and a half minutes faster than the previous record, in Nike’s Breaking2 event on 6 May 2017 in Monza, Italy. Kipchoge’s time is unofficial because of rules regarding pace setting.
5. Lance McCullers, baseball, United States
Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers was named Major League Baseball’s American League Pitcher of the Month for May after finishing the month with a 4-0 record, 0.99 ERA, 0.85 WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) and 37 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings. The Astros pitcher won five of his six starts and opponents had just a .164 batting average against him in the month. He threw 22 consecutive scoreless innings between 6-23 May.
6. Pekka Rinne, hockey, Finland
Nashville’s Pekka Rinne made 38 saves as the Predators defeated Anaheim in game six of the Western Conference Finals on 22 May 2017 and advanced to their first Stanley Cup Finals series. Rinne, of Finland, had a .942 save percentage this postseason, the best percentage of any goalie in the past five postseasons who has played a minimum of 15 games. Rinne also led the league in three other major postseason statistical categories with 12 wins, 1.7 goals against average and two shutouts.
1. Gwen Berry, track and field, United States
Gwen Berry broke the American record in the women’s hammer throw on 6 May 2017 with a throw of 76.77 meters (251 feet, 10 inches) at the Ole Miss Classic in Oxford, Miss. Not only did Berry’s throw break the American record, it was also the top throw in the world this year.
2. Celliphine Chespol, track and field, Kenya
Kenya’s Celliphine Chespol, 18, ran the second-fastest time in history in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the Prefontaine Classic, an IAAF Diamond League event, in Eugene, Ore., on 27 May 2017. Chespol finished the race with a time of 8:59:78, which also set the world record for runners under the age of 20.
3. Sylvia Fowles, basketball, United States
Minnesota’s Sylvia Fowles was named the WNBA Player of the Month for May in the Western Conference. Fowles averaged 20 points and 2.3 blocks and recorded four double-doubles in six games for the Lynx in May. She leads the Western Conference in field goal percentage with 61.1 percent and rebounds with 10.7 per game.
4. Sam Kerr, soccer, Australia
Sky Blue Football Club forward Sam Kerr was named the National Women’s Soccer League May Player of the Month after scoring two goals and two assists in five games in May. Both of her assists came on game-winning goals for New Jersey’s Sky Blue, which finished the month in third place in America’s top women’s soccer league.
5. Elina Svitolina, tennis, Ukraine
Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina defeated Romania’s Simona Halep 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 to capture the Italian Open title on 21 May 2017 in Rome. It was the most prestigious tournament victory of Svitolina’s career and her fourth title this season.
6. Lexi Thompson, golf, United States
American golfer Lexi Thompson shot a tournament record 20-under-par 264 to capture the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va., on 21 May 2017. She shot a 6-under-par 65 in the final round to win the tournament. It was Thompson’s eighth career LPGA title.