March 30, 2018

By Robert Gagliardi, APSE Third Vice President

Gregg Doyel of The Indianapolis Star won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2017 contest in column writing in the 75,000-175,000 circulation category.

Doyel will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2018 APSE banquet. The banquet and awards dinner concludes the APSE Summer Conference June 17-20 at the Marriott Hotel Nashville/Vanderbilt University. The second- through 10th-place winners will receive frameable certificates.

The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.

Second place went to Tim Sullivan of The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., and third place went to John Canzano of The Oregonian/OregonLive.

Contest chair John Bednarowski and fellow APSE officers Jeff Rosen, Todd Adams and Robert Gagliardi numbered each entry. Preliminary judges selected a top 10, and from there another group of judges ranked the finalists in order from 1 to 10 separately on a secret ballot. Entries were given 10 points for a first-place vote, nine for second, etc. The winner and final rankings are determined by tallying the ballots.

A column writing entry consisted of five columns, and was judged based on style, writing quality, originality and local appeal.

The top 10 is listed below with links to writers’ Twitter pages, APSE member websites and the winning entries.

  1. Gregg Doyel, The Indianapolis Star, 50 points, 5 first-place votes

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  1. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 33 points

   Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino out of chances

   Justin Thomas talks trash, cleans up on PGA Tour

   The University of Kentucky should take a stand against abusive fans

   Jim Bunning one of a kind lately out of production

   University of Louisville donor withdraws $6 million pledge over Tom Jurich firing


  1. John Canzano, The Oregonian/OregonLive, 32 points

   Nike executive fights brain cancer with family — and the sports world — at his side

   Oregon Ducks Final Four journey started with belief, and the hire of coach Dana Altman

   Willie Taggart won’t say it, but I will … if Florida State offers, he’s gone

   Custom high school uniform captures football, a father and a small Oregon town

   Heated debate en route to Omaha leads to Ducks and Beavers question


  1. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 points

   Spanos, Chargers stumble amid unprecedented NFL PR blunders

   Death of ‘vibrant’ Edwards leaves ache at San Diego City College

   Matt Bush’s Petco Park return includes baseball promise, family’s pain

   Inspiring ‘Crawford 18’ teach us about far more than football

   Enberg absolutely, indisputably ‘touched ‘em all’


  1. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 28 points

   Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo’s coolness comes from his father

   Phoenix Suns have responsibility to help Josh Jackson grow as player, man

   Setting the scene for Mayweather-McGregor

   After protests, NFL players should stand for national anthem

   Penn State, Washington players leave it all on the field in PlayStation Fiesta Bowl


  1. Barry Jacobs, The News & Observer, 26 points

   This time, Krzyzewski is wiser about his surgery, return

    Coming to grips with Duke’s Grayson Allen

    White House sports salutes increasingly fraught with political drama

    Among a group of ground-breaking African American football players at Wake, a star QB

    What UNC academic scandal ruling, FBI college basketball case say about the NCAA


  1. Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 points

   Bud Lea a vital link to Wisconsin’s sports past

   Finally, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar lets us in

   MATC basketball player’s death in crash comes just nine months after teammate was shot and killed

  Mayweather, McGregor laughing all the way to bank

  No disputing Bob Koehler as Brewers’ No. 1 fan


  1. Joe Rexrode, The Tennessean, 19 points

   In the Titans words on concussions: “Whether I have it or not, why quit now?”

   Appreciate later, stew now: Predators’ season ends in brutal fashion

   What do you email your wife when you think you’re going to die?

   Butch Jones fired at Tennessee: Coach let things that didn’t matter distract him from what does

  Titans’ awful offense puts Mike Mularkey on defensive


  1. Berry Tramel, The Oklahoman, 18 points

   Durant gets his trophy — trophy wife

   Lincoln Riley should suspend Baker Mayfield

   Why is Westbrook so angry with Durant?

   BREAKING BRAD: Plenty of blame to go around for OSU losing a coach it loved

   Stoops wanted to leave program in great shape


  1. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, 16 points

     This year, the Seahawks have crossed the line from brash to just plain unlikable

     Seattle’s Bat Man runs to the rescue of damaged Ken Griffey Jr. statue

     Seahawks’ Matt Tobin wanted to stand for the national anthem. Here’s why he didn’t

     No. 1 Nathan Hale: A joy to watch or an artificial All-Star team

     For 40 minutes of fun, it’s hard to top Washington women’s basketball



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