The New York Times team of Matt Apuzzo, William K. Rashbaum, Sam Borden and Michael S. Schmidt won the breaking news award in the Over 175,000 circulation category in the 2015 Associated Press Sports Editors contest.

The four did a series of work on the corruption and trouble surrounding FIFA. See links to all the stories below.

Second and third place also went to The New York Times. Ken Belson captured second place for his work on the Hall of Fame induction ceremony of Junior Seau. Schmidt tied for third for his story on the St. Louis cardinals hacking into the Houston Astros’ database.

Also tying for third was Wayne Coffey of the New York Daily News, along with Tim Brown and Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. See links below for their work.

The New York Times team will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2016 APSE banquet. The banquet and awards dinner concludes the APSE Conference June 22-25 at the Omni-Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C.

Judging was held in late February-early March at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. by APSE members. The contest is open to all APSE members. Click here to join.

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

  1. Matt Apuzzo, William K. Rashbaum, Sam Borden and Michael S. Schmidt, The New York Times, 69 points, 6 first-place votes

FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges; Blatter isn’t among them

In a five-star setting, FIFA officials arrested the Swiss way

What about Sepp Blatter? Questions about FIFA case

After indicting 14 soccer officials, U.S. vows to end graft in FIFA

  1. Ken Belson, The New York Times, 47 points

Junior Seau’s family won’t be allowed to speak at his Hall of Fame induction

The Hall of Fame speech Junior Seau’s daughter couldn’t give

3t. Michael S. Schmidt, The New York Times, 45 points

Cardinals investigated for hacking into Astros’ database

3t. Wayne Coffey, New York Daily News, 45 points

James Blake, former tennis star, slammed to ground and handcuffed by white NYPD           cops who mistook him for ID theft suspect

3t. Tim Brown and Jeff Passan. Yahoo! Sports. 45 points

Aroldis Chapman allegedly fired gunshots, ‘choked’ girlfriend in domestic incident     

  1. Erik Brady and Scott Gleeson. USA TODAY Sports. 44 points, 1 first-place vote

A coach comes out of the closet

  1. Pat Forde. Yahoo! Sports. 36 points

Louisville investigating new book’s damaging sexual allegations involving basketball             team  

  1. Sam Farmer and Roger Vincent. Los Angeles Times. 23 points

 Owner of St. Louis Rams plans to build NFL stadium in Inglewood

  1. James Wagner. The Washington Post. 19 points

In wake of Matt Williams firing, Mike Rizzo will change his approach

By betting on Matt Williams, Nationals GM also bet on himself

Likely candidates to replace fired National manager Matt Williams

Seven decisions that doomed Matt Williams

After parting ways with Matt Williams, Nationals need to find a true leader  

  1. Gene Myers. Detroit Free Press. 12 points

Affair, job loss, lawsuit: Tangled legal battle at UDM