Jay Weaver of the Miami Herald took first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2014 contest in Breaking News in the over-175,000 circulation category for his story on Alex Rodriguez’s confession to the DEA that he had used steroids.

Weaver will be presented a first-­place plaque at the 2015 APSE banquet. The banquet and awards dinner on June 27 concludes the APSE conference  at The Westgate Hotel in San Diego, Calif.

Weaver received three of a possible six first-­place votes from APSE judges, who ranked him ahead of runner-­up Justin Fenton of The Baltimore Sun and third­-place finishers Eliot Shorr-Parks and A.J. Perez of the The Star-Ledger.  

The top 10 is listed below with links to each writer’s Twitter page and available entries.

Sports editors in the over 175,000 circulation category submitted a total of 90 entries from APSE member sports departments in 2014. 

The contest is open to APSE members. Go to this link to join.

In early February, preliminary judges at the APSE Winter Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., selected a top 10, with each judge ranking the entries in order from 1 to 10 separately on a secret ballot. Entries were given 10 points for a first-­place vote, nine points for second and so on down to one point for a 10th-­place vote. The final 10 were given to a second judging group, which ranked the entries 1­-10 in the same fashion. The winner and final rankings are determined by tallying the ballots.

The breaking news category recognizes the best story of a sports news development (trades, hirings, firings, franchise shifts, etc.) that occurred in the most recent news cycle.

Online or print stories are eligible. Judges weighed the various elements of a breaking news story, including timeliness, thoroughness, exclusivity and significance. Cover letters explaining these elements are permitted in this category.

Here are the top 10, listed in order of finish:

  1. Jay Weaver, Miami Herald, 52 points, 3 first-­place votes

Alex Rodriguez’s DEA confession: Yes, I used steroids from fake Miami doctor

  1. Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun, 49 points

Ravens running back Ray Rice arrested after incident in Atlantic City

  1. Eliot Shorr-Parks and A.J. Perez, The Star-Ledger, 34 points, 2 first-­place votes

DeSean Jackson’s gang connections troubling to Eagles

  1. John Branch, The New York Times, 33 points

N.F.L. Prospect Michael Sam Proudly Says What Teammates Knew: He’s Gay

  1. Mike Klis, The Denver Post, 32 points

Pat Bowlen resigns control of Denver Broncos, acknowledges he is dealing with Alzheimer’s disease

(tie) 6. James Rainey, Chris O’Brien and Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times, 30 points

NBA record $2 billion offered for Clippers

T6. Greg Auman and Rick Stroud, Tampa Bay Times, 30 points

Party house brings more trouble for Bucs’ Williams

  1. Sam Dolnick, The New York Times, 27 points

A Mad Dash for Salt Rescues Olympic Slopes

  1. Matthew Stanmyre | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, The Star-Ledger/NJ.com, 23 points, 1 first-­place vote

Sayreville football parent reveals sexual nature of alleged locker room hazing ritual

  1. Brad Briggs, Chicago Tribune, 20 points

Aaron Kroner makes emotional apology to offense for remarks on Jay Cutler

 (Tommy Deas, APSE second vice president , is sports editor of The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Email him at tommy.deas@tuscaloosanews.com, follow him at @tommydeas or call 205-722-0224.)