2014 APSE Contest

Big news: All writing entries will be submitted electronically via Google Drive.

This marks a significant change in our contest, one that we hope will be for the better. I would ask for your patience as we work out the kinks. And I welcome your feedback throughout the process.

Having trouble? Shoot me an email or call me. Our goal is that that the contest be a breeze to enter. So please help us make that a reality.

Below you’ll find all the info you need to enter. I’ve included all the contest basics (categories, rules, etc.) at the bottom.


_ All section entries must be postmarked Jan. 24. All writing entries must be submitted by midnight that same day.

_ Change: We’ve added “Game Story” to Under 30 and removed “Explanatory” from that division.

_ Mandatory dates are Monday, Jan. 20, and Monday, July 21, for Daily sections; and Sunday, Feb. 23 and Aug. 31 for Sunday sections.

_ Section catchers are:

Under 30:

Tim Stephens

Vice President


7520 SW 57th Ave. Suite D

Miami, FL 33143


Roger Simmons/Sports

Orlando Sentinel

633 N. Orange Ave.

Orlando, FL 32801


Jorge Rojas/Sports

3511 Northwest 91st Ave.

Miami, FL 33172

Over 175:

Kathy Laughlin

Assistant sports editor

Sun Sentinel

500 E. Broward Blvd.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394


_ Judging will take place Feb. 7-11 at the Doubletree Suites at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista. (Click here for hotel.) Be there for a 4 p.m. meeting Saturday, Feb. 7. With the move to online entries, rather than paper, please please please make this meeting.

_ Bring your laptop.

_ You must sign up for a Google account. You’ll need this both to submit entries and to judge come February.

_ If you’re a judge, please send an email to mary.byrne88@gmail.com with your cellphone, work email and gmail.

_ You must notify Mary that you have submitted all writing entries. Include your entries key with this note.

_ Questions? Contact Mary Byrne at 703-599-0061, mary.byrne88@gmail.com or mbyrne@usatoday.com


IMPORTANT CHANGE: Identify the publication at the top of the entry when you submit it. This is to guarantee that the USA TODAY Sports entries are indeed the entries in the USA TODAY Sports folder, not those of the New York Times. Without that ID there’s no way to tell.

When entries are moved into the official contest folders, the identifier will be deleted.


New version:

Daytona Beach News Journal

Writing division: Breaking News

Circulation category: Category C: 30,000 to 75,000

Numbered entry: Breaking News 1

Date entry was published: July 8, 2014

Old version:

Writing division: Breaking News

Circulation category: Category C: 30,000 to 75,000

Numbered entry: Breaking News 1

Date entry was published: July 8, 2014


A. How to prepare writing entries

 Copy and paste story from electronic library copy into a Google doc. (If you only have hard copies contact me, and we’ll work out a solution.) For ease of use, please do use Google Docs. Thank you.

 All entries must include the following information in the top right-hand corner of the first page of the story. For example:


Writing division: Breaking News

Circulation category: Over 175

Numbered entry: Breaking News 1 (This MUST match your entry key. This is how we know what story belongs to which publication and which author)

Date entry was published: June 18, 2014

 You must redact any mention of the publication. To do this, highlight the text you want to redact. Next, click on the “A” in the formatting bar across the top of the Google Doc. It will give you the option of text or highlight. Click on highlight, then choose the first box in the first row (black.) Done.


B. How to submit your writing entries:

1. Log in to Google Drive.

2. Get your upload link. The links are included at the bottom of this document and posted separately on the site. Don’t see your site? Email me (Mary) at mbyrne@usatoday.com, and I’ll get you set up.

3. The link takes you directly to your publication’s folder, which includes subfolders for each writing category.

4. Ready? Click on the link.

5. In the top right corner there is a blue button that says “Open in Drive.” Click on that.

6. Now we come to a fork in the road.

7. Have you already created your writing entries and just need to upload? Yes? Great. On the left is a red button titled “NEW.” Click on it to reveal its menu. You want “file upload.” Find the files on your desktop and upload them. Please put the breaking news entries in the breaking news folder, etc.

8. Need help uploading? Directions straight from google: https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2424368)

9. Wait, you say you have NOT created your writing entries yet? No problem. Let’s get started.

10. On the left is a red button titled “NEW.” Click on it to reveal its menu.

11. You want “Google Docs.” Click on it. You’ll get the following message: “Create in a shared folder? The created item will have the same sharing permissions as the selected folder.” Click yes.

12. Name the document. In the left-hand corner you’ll see “unnamed document.” Click on that text and enter your title _ “Breaking News 1,” “Columns 1,” etc. This is the title you’ll put on your entry key.

13. Now you’re ready to create a writing entry. Just follow the instructions for how to prepare writing entries

14. The bonus for you is the google doc has been created right there in your publication’s folder, no need to upload. When all your entries are ready, you’ll just need to drag and drop each into the appropriate subfolder


C. Let us know you’ve finished your entries.

_ Send Mary an email.

_ Include the entry key as an attachment.

_ Create a Google doc.

_ Label it “USA TODAY Sports (name of your org) Entry Key”

_ Break down entries by category, including separate links (use bitly) for each story submitted. Please be very mindful of the spellings as it’s what we will use.

For example:

Breaking News

1. Mary Byrne






2. Gerry Ahern







Who can enter?

Dues must be paid to be contest eligible.

If you haven’t paid your 2014 APSE dues, there’s still time to pay them and become eligible to enter APSE’s annual contests. Sign up here: http://apsportseditors.org/how-to-join/

What are the writing categories?


Three entries per paper; one article per entry; cover letter allowed.

 Article of a sports news development (trades, hirings, firings, franchise shifts, etc.) that occurred in the most recent news cycle.

 Online or print stories can be submitted.

 A cover letter should explain who broke the story, when the news was obtained relative to publication, publication time online, and how it might have been expanded upon for print. For judging purposes, only the final story and cover letter must be read, but up to three examples of complementary material may be included and read at the judges’ discretion. Judges, using their discretion, will weigh the various elements of a breaking news story: timeliness, thoroughness, exclusivity, significance. These should be explained in the cover letter.

EXPLANATORY (For all BUT Under 30)

Two entries per organization; one article per entry; cover letter allowed.

 Article along with any accompanying sidebars or graphics/charts that help supplement the story.

 Sidebars will not be required reading by the judges. They will be included to answer judges’ questions concerning why material may be missing from the single-story entry. An editor also can attach a cover letter that is a synopsis of the sidebars.

 Explanatory stories include trends, issues and original ideas. They shed new light on issues and personalities in the news. They are more than the feature and less than the project entry. They go beyond the “yesterday” of the breaking news story.

GAME STORY (Under 30 only)

Three entries per organziation; one article per entry.

 The best single article. No series; no sidebars.

 Judging will be on reader interest, and quality of writing and thoroughness of reporting.


Two entries per organization; five articles per entry; cover letter allowed.

 Collection of articles by a single author that shows authoritative, newsy and innovative coverage of a beat.

 Each entry should consist of five pieces: at least one breaking news story; one event or game coverage story; one enterprise piece and two wild-card stories from any of the aforementioned categories (or other stories or analysis related to the beat).

 Entries should include a cover letter with a synopsis of how the combined submissions demonstrate excellence on the beat. The cover letter should note other metrics that show authority and audience engagement on the beat.


Three entries per paper; one article per entry; no cover letter.

 The best single article. No series; no sidebars.

 Judging will be on human interest, reader interest, and quality of writing and thoroughness of reporting.

 Each paper or website will be allowed three entries in the feature writing category.


Two entries per paper; five articles per entry; no cover letter.

 Judged based on style, writing quality, originality and local appeal.

 No restriction on subject matter and no requirement that they appear regularly.

 Each paper or website will be allowed two entries in the column writing category.


One entry per paper; 1-10 articles per entry (refer to category explanation for more detail); cover letter allowed.

 Collection of articles that sheds new light on personalities and issues in the news, including trends and original ideas.

 For judging purposes, the project is limited to 10 stories. Additional material may be attached and read at the judges’ discretion.

 There should be a synopsis of the supplementary material in the cover letter. The material is not required to have appeared in a single day or on consecutive days.


One entry per paper; 1+ articles per entry; cover letter allowed.

 Best single article or best series.

 Judging will be based on the entry’s enterprise, initiative, documentation, resourcefulness and original reporting in uncovering newsworthy and significant facts and developments that otherwise might not have been reported. Impact and aftermath of the work should be considered.

 Investigative work should rely on reporting of facts discovered or uncovered by the author rather than reports from anonymous sources offering unverified statements.

 Investigative entries must not include articles for which payments were made for information. Pure and truly significant investigative reporting is rare. Relying solely on quotes from an FBI source does not make a story investigative. Doing the work the FBI would do in order to build a story might be investigative.

How do I write a cover letter?

A cover letter actually isn’t a letter at all. It’s a form that gives judges pertinent information. You must follow this strict format or your letter may be tossed:

 Origin of the idea of the story: (Place your explanation here …)

 Timeliness of its publication: (Place your explanation here …)

 Difficulty in acquiring it: (Place your explanation here …)

 Impact, reaction, aftermath: (Place your explanation here …)

 Project reporting 1: (The numbered entry)

 DO NOT identify the organization or writer.

Can I enter the same story in five different categories?

With the exception of the beat writing category, no article may be entered in more than one writing division. There is a limit of one entry per writer per category, with a single exception: a writer may be entered in the same category a second time (and only a second time) if he/she is a member of a team (two or more writers) entry. A single team may not be entered twice. Example: Writer A could be entered once individually. She also could be entered a second time for an entry co-authored by Writer B. Or, Writer A could be entered twice as a part of a team, as long as the teams were not the same.

What’s my circulation category?

Contest categories remain the same as 2013. They are:

 Category A: Over 175,000

 Category B: 75,001 to 175,000

 Category C: 30,000 to 75,000

 Category D: Under 30,000

 There is a special fifth category for sections: Under 15,000. All papers under 30,000 enter Category D. Papers with a circulation of 15,000 and under — those that are not recognized in the Top 10 for Under 30,000 — are eligible for recognition in the special 15,000 and under division. A paper need not enter twice; it will automatically be judged in both categories, as eligible.

A paper may compete in a larger circulation category but not a smaller one.

All contest entries – writing and section divisions – must be made in the same category. Editors wanting to compete in a larger category must notify contest chair Mary Byrne (703-599-0061, mary.byrne88@gmail.com) before submitting entries. They will be required to pay the higher dues for the higher division.

When one staff publishes sports sections for several papers, they are considered one paper for APSE purposes. To enter individually, these papers need to pay dues individually. Questions on your organization and how it fits in should be directed to Sherman.

When one staff publishes sports sections for several papers, dues must have been paid accordingly, with the combined circulation determining the category. If you didn’t follow this procedure when you paid dues, your contest entries are subject to disqualification.

How are writing entries judged?

 Preliminary judges will select the top 10 stories in each group as finalists. Each judge, separately and on a secret ballot, will list the stories in order from 1 to 10, with 1 being the best story. The final 10 will be given to a second judging group, which also will rank the stories 1-10 in the same fashion as the first group. The final judges’ ballots and the final 10 stories will be turned into the contest chair. The chair will tally all the votes awarding points in reverse order (No. 1 story gets 10 points, No. 2 gets 9, etc.) It is the responsibility of the entering news organization, based on the judging guidelines, to select the proper division in which an entry should be placed.

 For articles that appeared in the newspaper as columns but are entered in game, feature or news divisions, the judging group will have disqualification authority.

How does the section contest work?

There are section categories for Daily, Sunday and Special sections.

Entries must include a 3-by-5 index card or facsimile with section division, news organization name, city, daily circulation, circulation category, and days of publication.

The information on the card should mirror the following format:

 Section division: (Example Daily)

 Newspaper: (Example Daily Bugle)

 City: (Example Dallas, Texas)

 Daily circulation: (Example 212,000)

 Dates of publication: (Example Two mandatory dates and two optionals of your choosing.)

 Circulation category: (Example Over 175,000).

 The Daily section entries must contain four issues. This includes the two mandatory dates. The two optional issues in the daily divisions may come from any days except Sunday.

 The Sunday section entry must contain four issues, including the two mandatory dates. On mandatory dates, papers enter all sports-related content from that day’s paper, including special sections and page A-1 material.

 Optional day entries may include: self-contained sports sections, sports-related Page A1 material and special sections that may include live (or yesterday) content and regular-scheduled preview content.

 Stand-alone special preview (season and major event) sections are not allowed for optional-day entries.

 On mandatory dates, papers enter all sports-related content, including special sections.

 Optional day entries may include self-contained sports sections, sports-related A-1 material and special sections that include live content and regularly-scheduled preview content. Stand-alone special preview (season and major event) sections are not allowed for optional-day entries. Special sections that are not live may not be entered with optional entries.

 Judges will select – but not rank – the top 10 sections in each circulation category and will select as many as 10 honorable mentions.

Section mandatory dates:

Daily: Monday, Jan. 20 and Monday, July 21

Sunday: Sunday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, August 31

 Section catchers:

Under 30:

Tim Stephens

Vice President


7520 SW 57th Ave. Suite D

Miami, FL 33143



Roger Simmons/Sports

Orlando Sentinel

633 N. Orange Ave.

Orlando, FL 32801



Jorge Rojas/Sports

3511 Northwest 91st Ave.

Miami, FL 33172


Over 175:

Kathy Laughlin

Assistant sports editor

Sun Sentinel

500 E. Broward Blvd.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394


How are Daily/Sunday sections judged?

The best sections offer coverage, news, features and opinion, supported by scores, results and standings of the day’s activities as needed to reflect the interest of the readership. There should be an appeal to the fanatic as well as the casual fan – and an attempt to satisfy a range of readership diversity. Judges should look closely at three areas of content:

 Subject matter: Determine the quality of staff-written material. Space should be used wisely. Big-event coverage should be coordinated to avoid overlap. News should be played properly, and judges should look at reaction to breaking news. Where there are few professional teams, judges should look for strong treatment of college, high school and other results. Even where there are no professional teams, there should be coverage of such national stories as the Super Bowl, World Series, etc. Game coverage should reflect the reality of the web and have strong analytical and commentary components. Judges should look at the agate package – are there scores, statistics, standings and box scores to fit the needs of the readership within the confines of available space? Examples: Does a paper with interest in pro teams run enough information in home team and league-wide box scores? Does a paper in a prep-dominated area run enough names and statistical leaders?

 Enterprise: Judges must note if there is an effort to bring something extra. Does the section offer features, trend pieces, scoops, innovative standing features or reader nuggets? Do efforts show originality and a high level of reporting and writing? Is there an effort to entertain as well as inform? Are there light touches? Is there over-reliance on wires? Reliance on wires is OK on some days, but not as a steady diet.

 Organization and editing: The section should be easy on the reader. Look for consistency in positioning of standing features. See if related material is grouped. Headlines should be clear, yet appealing. There should be the proper mix of breakout boxes or pullouts that enhance stories. At-a-glance information should be organized and well positioned. Judges should look for staff editing that improves content of wires. A section’s editing should reflect its space. A small section, for example, should be tightly edited and what it does have room to do, it does exceptionally well.

How do I enter a special section?

 Must be accompanied by a 3-by-5 index card or facsimile that specifies the section as a special section entry and lists the name of the newspaper, city, daily circulation and circulation category. (See format above).

 Examples: Commemorative to mark the success of a team, a sports event (like Olympics) or the death of a major personality; a theme section on running, fishing, hunting, auto racing, etc. The section may contain live news (stories in which a team wins a championship) related to the theme, but it may not include unrelated articles.

 One per paper: Newspapers may submit only one special section. This includes one-subject or one-theme sections issued one time.

 What’s not eligible: Special sections sold only as stand-alone products on newsstands or elsewhere are not eligible. The special section must have been part of the regular newspaper run.

 What else is not eligible: Stories entered as a special section entry may not also be entered as a project writing entry.


How are special sections judged?

 Does the section have spunk? Does it project impact on big events?

 Does it grab? Is it distinctive? Does it have imagination and originality?

Photos & graphics: Is there a coordinated presentation of pictures, graphics and articles that give a grasp of the big stories? Does it make sense? Is it attractive? Does it help the reader understand? Does it illustrate? Do the graphics go with the articles they are supposed to illustrate? Are there enough pictures or perhaps too many? Are they properly sized? Are they easily understood? Judges may consider color reproduction.

 Is it well written, well edited and truly special. Is the content useful, informative and/or entertaining?

 Judges will select – but not rank – the top 10 sections in each circulation category and will select as many as 10 honorable mentions.


How do I enter the multimedia contest?

Multimedia includes video, audio, slideshows or combinations thereof. Entries will be judged, foremost, on the strength of storytelling. Visual and auditory quality will be considered.

 A single story may be a series on the same topic (such as following a team through a season) with a limit of five installments per entry.

 A cover letter (follow standard format above) can be submitted with the entry, and include the link. In instances where the multimedia entry supplemented a written story, that should be summarized in the cover letter. The story itself may be submitted for background purposes and can be read at the judges’ discretion. The written story will not be a part of the material judged.

 Judges will select a Top 5 and up to five honorable mention entries — unless the number of entries, at the contest chair’s discretion, supports expanding the number of entries honored. In any case, no more than 30 entries will be recognized.



Class A: 2 million uniques and above

Class B: 500,000 to 1,999,999 uniques

Class C: Below 500,000 uniques

_ Two entries per organization.

_ Create a Google doc with the URL to your multimedia entry and then upload that to your organization’s folder.


Under 30

Ames Tribune: http://bit.ly/1zvSqAV

Antelope Valley Press: http://bit.ly/16OOQFZ

Athens Banner-Herald: http://bit.ly/1AGiFDH

Beaver County Times: http://bit.ly/1xeV9hT

Bottineau Current: http://bit.ly/1wiNgkz

Burlington Times-News: http://bit.ly/13XzMoo

Carroll County (Md. ) Times: http://bit.ly/1wu83s2

Casa Grande Dispatch: http://bit.ly/1JQe466

Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune: http://bit.ly/1wa8fJB

Cherokee Tribune: http://bit.ly/1B3Nn7N

Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune: http://bit.ly/1ue2rvw

Columbia Missourian: http://bit.ly/1wiNpnU

*Concord Monitor: http://bit.ly/1Hyb0Yo

Daily American Republican: http://bit.ly/1wu8cf5

Daily Chronicle (DeKalb, Ill): http://bit.ly/161AyRW

Daily Dunklin Democrat: http://bit.ly/1CFdTpx

Daily Hampshire Gazette: http://bit.ly/13CBGu2

Daily News: http://bit.ly/1x9hvyd

Daily News Journal (Tenn.): http://bit.ly/1ueykTN

Daily Record: http://bit.ly/1x26OOX

Decatur Daily: http://bit.ly/1sW7Uqm

Denton (Texas) Record-Chronicle: http://bit.ly/1z1fAwj

Dothan Eagle: http://bit.ly/1zgB7i5

Enid News & Eagle: http://bit.ly/1xeVNfl

Fort Collins Coloradoan: http://bit.ly/1A2q2VY

Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald: http://bit.ly/1yxPWwp

Herald and News: http://bit.ly/1t9Nb8j

Herald-Journal: http://bit.ly/1AZ8Bnz

Idaho State Journal: http://bit.ly/1CyBN8O

Index-Journal: http://bit.ly/1GVDHjF

Janesville Gazette: http://bit.ly/1A2qnb9

Journal & Courier (Lafayette, Ind.): http://bit.ly/1zHKPfe

Kennebac Journal: http://bit.ly/1zStnFQ

Kileen Daily Herald: http://bit.ly/1vHeplC

Kitsap Sun: http://bit.ly/12HldE0

LaCrosse Tribune: http://bit.ly/13CClLZ

Lake City Reporter: http://bit.ly/13CCrTT

*Laramie Boomerang: http://bit.ly/1GVDXiq

Lawrence Journal-World: http://bit.ly/1AZ8VCD

Log Cabin Democrat: http://bit.ly/1sW8Ivo

*Mail Tribune (Medford, Ore.): http://bit.ly/1qols1T

Marin Independent Journal: http://bit.ly/1zgBtFp

Messenger Post Media: http://bit.ly/1yuUclg

Midland (Mich.) Daily News: http://bit.ly/1yxQ9zI

Midland Reporter-Telegram: http://bit.ly/1JQe4TE

Morning Sentinel: http://bit.ly/1JQe7ib

Muscatine Journal: http://bit.ly/1t9O5BO

Napa Valley Register: http://bit.ly/1x9iTRm

Olean Times-Herald: http://bit.ly/1xJGqeg

Opelika-Auburn News: http://bit.ly/1qolFlE

Peninsula Daily News: http://bit.ly/1B3P2u7

Pierre Capital Journal: http://bit.ly/1t9OvYN

*Quincy Herald-Whig: http://bit.ly/1xy2nbt

San Angelo Standard Times: http://bit.ly/1EarBF6

Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.): http://bit.ly/1zmbj7J

Sauk Valley Media: http://bit.ly/1xeX5a0

Southeast Missourian: http://bit.ly/1w7MbRa

*St. Cloud (Minn.) Times: http://bit.ly/1s6AKJT

*Steubenville Herald-Star/Weirton Daily Times: http://bit.ly/1FzAHw6

Sun Journal: http://bit.ly/1x28sQR

*The Altoona Mirror: http://bit.ly/1wDGDhP

The Anniston Star: http://bit.ly/1CyDpzp

The Beaumont Enterprise: http://bit.ly/16OQYOb

The Berkshire Eagle: http://bit.ly/1sW9MiM

The Chronicle-Telegram: http://bit.ly/1rfYyKw

*The Citizens’ Voice: http://bit.ly/1CyDQcW

The Daily News Journal: http://bit.ly/1A2s6x7

*The Daily Progress: http://bit.ly/1zmby2o

*The Daily Record: http://bit.ly/1EasTQH

The Day: http://bit.ly/1wDH6R5

The Free Press: http://bit.ly/1sWacFV

The Hawk Eye: http://bit.ly/1t9PYhD

The Herald Times (Bloomington, Ind.): http://bit.ly/1w7Mn2N

The Indiana Gazette: http://bit.ly/1zSuBkr

The Island Packet/The Beaufort Gazette: http://bit.ly/131aa9G

The Journal Times: http://bit.ly/1Eatth8

The Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal: http://bit.ly/1A9X4kH

The Medina Gazette: http://bit.ly/1GVGoBM

The Meridan Star: http://bit.ly/1zgCzB3

The Minot Daily News: http://bit.ly/16ORYBX

The Missoulian: http://bit.ly/1A2sLi3

*The News Leader (of Staunton): http://bit.ly/1wxcUlA

*The Post-Star: http://bit.ly/1wiQbJM

The Recorder: http://bit.ly/1t9QJaz

*The Rome News-Tribune: http://bit.ly/1C1zMi2

The Southern Illinoisan: http://bit.ly/1x9l1sl

The Standard-Times (Middletown, N.Y.): http://bit.ly/1wu8YIW

The Star Press: http://bit.ly/1Eaugid

The Times Argus: http://bit.ly/1AZbGEc

The Tuscaloosa News: http://bit.ly/1zHMjpN

The World: http://bit.ly/1GVHahV

*The York (Pa.) Dispatch: http://bit.ly/1yxQxhA

Times Daily: http://bit.ly/1sWbnoR

Times West-Virginian: http://bit.ly/1zSv2Ln

Times-News: http://bit.ly/1JQe85U

Tribune Chronicle (Warren, Ohio): http://bit.ly/1vyH0Vk

*Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News: http://bit.ly/1yuV4X6

Venice Gondolier Sun: http://bit.ly/1A2tsId

*Victoria Advocate: http://bit.ly/13CFhbu

Virgin Island Daily News: http://bit.ly/1CyGq2x

Watertown Daily Times: http://bit.ly/1xeZstq

*West Bend (Wis.) Daily News: http://bit.ly/1CaHRDr

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: http://bit.ly/1JQe6uM

Winona Daily News: http://bit.ly/1rfZnD2

Wyoming Tribune-Eagle: http://bit.ly/1It5REh

Yakima (Wash.) Herald Republic: http://bit.ly/1G8L4Up





Argus Leader: http://bit.ly/1yK2eWh

Boulder Daily Camera: http://bit.ly/1xJJdEr

Cape Cod Times: http://bit.ly/1zSvn0P

*Cedar Rapids Gazette: http://bit.ly/1w9RUoj

*Charlotte Sun: http://bit.ly/1JQe8mi

Chattanooga Times Free Press: http://bit.ly/1vlHDCJ

Commercial Appeal: http://bit.ly/1A8lSJz

Connecticut Post: http://bit.ly/1yK6dC6

*Corpus Christi Caller Times: http://bit.ly/1wVjmsO

Courier Post: http://bit.ly/1F2IIcq

Daily Press (Hampton Roads, Va.): http://bit.ly/1BuUDNC

Deseret News: http://bit.ly/1x9mr64

El Paso Times: http://bit.ly/1JQe8CS

*Erie Times-News: http://bit.ly/16OTX9h

Evansville Courier & Press: http://bit.ly/1vaCr3I

Florida Today: http://bit.ly/1Hyis5O

Free Lance-Star Publishing: http://bit.ly/1wVlJf0

Galveston County Daily News: http://bit.ly/16OUbNK

Idaho Statesman: http://bit.ly/1udFzw0

Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel: http://bit.ly/1G75n4r

Lafayette Daily Advertiser: http://bit.ly/13uMsSK

Lincoln Journal Star: http://bit.ly/1zHueIr

*Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: http://bit.ly/1BDBCr6

Minnesota Hockey Hub: http://bit.ly/13uMvh7

*Montgomery Advertiser: http://bit.ly/161oRL2

Naples Daily News: http://bit.ly/1A9MLNh

News & Record: http://bit.ly/1s6fgwK

*Northwest Herald: http://bit.ly/1zlUidH

Pensacola News Journal: http://bit.ly/1zgDWzz

Peoria Journal Star: http://bit.ly/1vywEVA

Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram: http://bit.ly/12kSyVf

Press & Sun Bulletin: http://bit.ly/13XCZUZ

Quad-City Times: http://bit.ly/1AZdHju

Reno Gazette-Journal: http://bit.ly/1yuIMhg

Santa Rosa Press Democrat: http://bit.ly/1yuIN4K

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: http://bit.ly/1Eaxy5a

Savannah (Ga.) Morning News: http://bit.ly/1vywOfE

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers: http://bit.ly/1sWdsRN

South Bend Tribune: http://bit.ly/1D1BtjZ

St. Joseph News-Press: http://bit.ly/13CGPlK

Staten Island Advance: http://bit.ly/1wDJmYx

Tacoma News Tribune: http://bit.ly/1wtY4Tl

Tallahassee Democrat: http://bit.ly/1setk1v

The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle: http://bit.ly/1vywXQ7

The Clarion-Ledger: http://bit.ly/1wVjjwV

The Daytona Beach News-Journal: http://bit.ly/1BuUDNC

The Desert Sun: http://bit.ly/1wDJt6t

The Fayetteville Observer: http://bit.ly/1vyx2Dx

*The Gainesville Sun: http://bit.ly/1A2vdW3

The Gazette (Colorado Springs): http://bit.ly/1qob5Ls

*The Journal Gazette: http://bit.ly/130Xgsn

*The Journal News (White Plains, N.Y.): http://bit.ly/1wVlVuT

The (Lakeland) Ledger: http://bit.ly/16OUUyc

*The Monitor: http://bit.ly/1x2cxEx

The Morning Sun: http://bit.ly/1xJKFXi

The National: http://bit.ly/1rg0cMa

The News Tribune: http://bit.ly/1CFonVI

The News-Gazette (Champaign, Ill.): http://bit.ly/12H9Ewq

The News-Herald: http://bit.ly/1D1EssN

The News-Press: http://bit.ly/1qobjSR

The Oakland Press: http://bit.ly/1yK9VM2

The Patriot News/PennLive.com: http://bit.ly/1xf1hXq

The Post-Tribune: http://bit.ly/1D1BmVF

The Providence Journal: http://bit.ly/1CFoznQ

*The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.): http://bit.ly/1yxL4Y2

The Repository: http://bit.ly/1qobrSl

The Roanoke Times: http://bit.ly/1A9PxCa

The Spokesman-Review: http://bit.ly/1IsViRt

The State: http://bit.ly/1s6lBbo

*The Sun News: http://bit.ly/1HykvH6

The Telegraph: http://bit.ly/1rg0liR

The Times-Tribune: http://bit.ly/1rg0lPW

The Topeka Capital-Journal: http://bit.ly/1wiSMU8

The Tribune: http://bit.ly/13XDuhZ

*The Villages Daily Sun: http://bit.ly/13CHBz6

The Vindicator: http://bit.ly/1CFp81b

*The Wichita Eagle: http://bit.ly/1A9Q2wj

Times-Herald Record: http://bit.ly/1rg0ylY

Times-Union: http://bit.ly/1zvZVb4

Washington Times: http://bit.ly/1G8PXLk

Wausau Daily Herald: http://bit.ly/1sWeFIO

Wilmington Star News: http://bit.ly/161svEX





Akron Beacon Journal: http://bit.ly/1HylQgV

Arizona Daily Star: http://bit.ly/1zgELsf

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: http://bit.ly/1w5zbvo

Asbury Park Press: http://bit.ly/1A2wlst

Austin American-Statesman: http://bit.ly/16OVVX7

BamaOnline: http://bit.ly/1Hym87w

Buffalo News: http://bit.ly/1A8lD1j

Charlotte Observer: http://bit.ly/15ZxRR3

*Cincinnati Enquirer: http://bit.ly/1u9jkaB

Dayton Daily News: http://bit.ly/1B3U8GL

Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY): http://bit.ly/1yHoyj6

Des Moines Register: http://bit.ly/1x9p1sE

Detroit News: http://bit.ly/1s4j7dA

*Florida Times-Union: http://bit.ly/1ATana2

Fresno Bee: http://bit.ly/1yvEJfz

Green Bay Press-Gazette: http://bit.ly/1wiTBMD

Hartford Courant: http://bit.ly/1CZ69m8

*Indianapolis Star: http://bit.ly/12XlG64

Lexington Herald-Leader: http://bit.ly/1JQe9GO

Louisville Courier-Journal: http://bit.ly/1G8Kl3u

News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.): http://bit.ly/12i3Klw

*NOLA.com/The Times Picayune: http://bit.ly/1rg0Qth

Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald: http://bit.ly/12i3MtS

Orange County Register: http://bit.ly/1sWfph1

Palm Beach Post: http://bit.ly/1w6tBaB

Philadelphia Daily News: http://bit.ly/1AGrHR6

Richmond Times-Dispatch: http://bit.ly/13CIDeD

*San Antonio Express-News: http://bit.ly/1ATcdaV

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: http://bit.ly/1yHxchB

St. Paul Pioneer Press: http://bit.ly/1ubYtCs

Tampa Tribune: http://bit.ly/12EdS80

The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.): http://bit.ly/1ATcOJI

*The Blade (Toledo, Ohio): http://bit.ly/1vw4zhy

*The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch: http://bit.ly/1ytmxID

The Daily Herald: http://bit.ly/1sWfHo2

The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.): http://bit.ly/1ubZ3Ap

The Oklahoman: http://bit.ly/12XnMTu

The Oregonian: http://bit.ly/1IpEc77

*The Post and Courier: http://bit.ly/14lSruq

The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.): http://bit.ly/14lSruq

The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.): http://bit.ly/15ZFbfy

The Salt Lake Tribune: http://bit.ly/1Btec98

The Star-Advertiser (Honolulu, Hawaii): http://bit.ly/1ubZBGc

The Tennessean: http://bit.ly/1ubZL0i

The Virginian-Pilot (Newport News, Va.): http://bit.ly/1CZ8cGQ

Tulsa World: http://bit.ly/1CZaBRF

Wisconsin State Journal: http://bit.ly/1sWfJfP

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: http://bit.ly/1vaDCQD




Over 175:

247Sports: http://bit.ly/1AFSEnZ

Atlanta Journal Constitution: http://bit.ly/1yK2eWh

Boston Globe: http://bit.ly/161lyDM

*Boston Herald: http://bit.ly/1CK2i83

CBSSports.com: http://bit.ly/1AYfYfh

Chicago Sun-Times: http://bit.ly/1wDsX6p

*Chicago Tribune: http://bit.ly/1vGMOBb

CineSport: http://bit.ly/1JQdNA8

Dallas Morning News: http://bit.ly/1AYg72r

*Denver Post: http://bit.ly/1G8x5Oi

Detroit Free Press: http://bit.ly/1G8x8K6

ESPN: http://bit.ly/1zHqarC

Florida Times-Union: http://bit.ly/13uwiIW

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel: http://bit.ly/1uejlJi

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: http://bit.ly/1xJpe91

FoxSports.com: http://bit.ly/1zlQ7Pe

GamecockCentral.com: http://bit.ly/1vavXSm

Houston Chronicle: http://bit.ly/1BuSGAT

Los Angeles News Group: http://bit.ly/1BuSJfR

Los Angeles Times: http://bit.ly/1yxI6CJ

Miami Herald: http://bit.ly/12kOSTJ

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: http://bit.ly/1x8TUNT

NESN.com: http://bit.ly/1GVm17w

New York Daily News: http://bit.ly/1GVmaIn

Newsday: http://bit.ly/1yxI8e5

*OnMilwaukee.com: http://bit.ly/1xQfwAD

Orlando Sentinel: http://bit.ly/1w7ve9n

Philadelphia Inquirer: http://bit.ly/130RpTQ

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: http://bit.ly/1zgnLlR

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: http://bit.ly/12H3UTC

San Francisco Chronicle: http://bit.ly/1Cy6o6p

San Jose Mercury News: http://bit.ly/12H44u8

Saturday Down South: http://bit.ly/1wDtwNH

*SI.com: http://bit.ly/1zNkekf

Sporting News: http://bit.ly/1vytVv3

St. Paul Pioneer Press: http://bit.ly/1CEFPtF

Star Tribune: http://bit.ly/1wiCcDZ

Tampa Bay Times: http://bit.ly/1zvxnOS

The Arizona Republic: http://bit.ly/1G7eodV

The Associated Press: http://bit.ly/14R2lDT

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer: http://bit.ly/1rfLMvv

The Kansas City Star: http://bit.ly/1E9VNjP

The New York Times: http://bit.ly/1yuGA9w

The Oregonian: http://bit.ly/1AFVclW

The Seattle Times: http://bit.ly/1yxIscy

The Star Ledger: http://bit.ly/161nUlY

The Sun (Baltimore): http://bit.ly/1vGRqr7

The Washington Post: http://bit.ly/1G8yLYa

U-T San Diego: http://bit.ly/1wVj0m2

USA TODAY Sports: http://bit.ly/1w7x8H9

Wall Street Journal: http://bit.ly/13CiT1J

Yahoo! Sports: http://bit.ly/130Tpvf