Los Angeles - As
the presidential candidates sprint the final leg of the race for the
White House, sports luminaries are lining up behind their preferred
LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Martina Navratilova have said they
will vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton on November 8, while Republican
candidate Donald Trump has the support of Mike Tyson, Jack Nicklaus and
Here is a rundown of some of the famous US sports figures who have entered the campaign fray:
The NBA superstar - who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the key
swing state of Ohio - voiced support for Clinton in early October in a
piece that ran in the Akron Beacon Journal, his hometown newspaper.
"Only one person running truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty," James wrote.
"And when I think about the kinds of policies and the ideas the kids
in my foundation need from our government, the choice is clear. That
candidate is Hillary Clinton."
Asked in an interview who he would support in the 2016 election, the
two-time reigning NBA Most Valuable Player replied, "Hillary."
Lakers legends Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also back
Clinton's bid to become the first female US president, as does the owner
of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban.
Once one of the world's top tennis players and a gay rights activist,
Navratilova has made no secret of her support for Clinton. She
regularly praises Clinton and disparages Trump on her Twitter account.
Another female tennis legend, Billie Jean King, also supports the Democratic candidate.
The US women's football goalie considers Clinton "the best candidate, the best leader, the best diplomat."
Solo especially has high praise for Clinton's agenda to close the
gender pay gap. The football star is one of several members of the US
women's team to file a complaint against US Soccer in March 2016
alleging wage discrimination.
The heavyweight boxing champion has thrown his heft behind Trump, saying he and the billionaire are "really good friends."
Boxing promoter Don King has also stepped out in favor of Trump.
The former top golfer who has 18 career major championships to his name voiced admiration for Trump in May.
"I like what Donald has done," he said in a network television interview. "I like that he's turning America upside down.
John Daly, winner of two major titles in the 90s, also praised
Trump's candidacy on Twitter: "That's y I luv my friend @realDonaldTrump
he's not politics he's business! It's what our country needs."
Brady, the star quarterback of the New England Patriots, has called
Trump a friend but has not publicly endorsed him for president.
Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson have offered their support to the real estate mogul.
Jenner, the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion once known as Bruce, is
an avowed Republican who defended transgender rights on the sidelines of
the Republican convention that nominated Trump to run for president.
"Our best hope to get back to a constitutional government... is in the Republican Party," said Jenner.
The former Chicago Bulls team-mate of basketball legend Michael Jordan is hoping for a Trump victory.
"@realDonaldTrump has been a great friend for many years," the
eccentric former NBA player tweeted. "We don't need another politician,
we need a businessman like Mr. Trump! Trump 2016."
Besides his basketball talents, Rodman is also known for his many
piercings and tattoos, as well as his controversial travels to North