By Jeff Rosen

APSE President

Tony Paul of the Detroit News took first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2017 contest in breaking news in the 30,000-75,000 circulation category.

Paul’s story was about a child-support suit being filed against Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera.

Paul 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.

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.

Breaking news is coverage of sports news (trades, hirings, firings, franchise shifts, etc) that occurred in the most recent news cycle.

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

1 . Tony Paul, Detroit News, 53 points, 2 first-place votes

Florida woman hits Miguel Cabrera with child-support suit

2 . David Teel, Daily Press, 49 points, 3 first-place votes

U.Va. hires Georgia deputy Carla Williams as AD

3 . Antonio Morales, Clarion-Ledger, 43 points, 1 first-place vote

Sources: Ole Miss will receive NCAA ruling on Friday

4 . John Beauge, Patriot-News/, 33 points

Penn State sues ex-defensive coordinator Bob Shoop, claims he owes $891,856 for leaving

5 . Pete Dougherty, Albany Times-Union, 32 points

Sources: Albany Devils leaving for Binghamton

6 . Tyler Cleveland, Clarion-Ledger, 31 points

Wheeler Brown out as JSU athletic director

7 . Brent Briggeman, The Gazette (Colo. Springs), 31 points

Triple-A baseball leaving Colorado Springs; Sky Sox will join a new league

8 . Mark Giannotto, Commercial Appeal, 24 points

Memphis Tigers DL Ernest Suttles charged with rape, dismissed from football team before Navy game

9 . Steve Hanlon, Times of Northwest Indiana, 21 points

Lighthouse basketball coach Marvin Rea and a Block Middle School teacher killed in car accident

10 . Will Sammon, Clarion-Ledger, 13 points

Mississippi State names Ron English as safeties coach