2012 TOP SPORTS STO­RIES Penn St. abuse case re­peats as top story

Arm­strong be­ing stripped of medals fin­ishes run­ner-up.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS BRIEFING - Jerry San­dusky was con­victed of mo­lest­ing 10 boys.

NEW YORK — The Penn State child sex abuse scan­dal was se­lected as the sports story of the year by U.S. edi­tors and news direc­tors in an an­nual vote con­ducted by The As­so­ci­ated Press.

The news broke in Novem­ber 2011, with a grand jury report out­lin­ing charges against Jerry San­dusky, and the out­rage that fol­lowed led to the fir­ing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno. But the af­ter­shocks were felt long into 2012: San­dusky was con­victed in June of as­sault­ing 10 boys, and the NCAA handed down bru­tal sanc­tions in July.

In both years, the scan­dal was picked as the top sports story, the first time since the AP be­gan con­duct­ing its an­nual vote in 1990 that the same story was se­lected twice in a row. The re­sults of this year’s tally were an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

The year ended with a small step to nor­malcy — joy on the foot­ball field. Un­der new coach Bill O’Brien, the Nit­tany Lions won eight of their last 10 games to fin­ish 8-4.

There were 157 bal­lots submitted from U.S. news or­ga­ni­za­tions. The vot­ers were asked to rank the top 10 sports sto­ries of the year, with the first-place story get­ting 10 points, the sec­ond-place story re­ceiv­ing nine points, and so on.

The Penn State saga re­ceived 1,420 points and 109 first-place votes. The No. 2 sports story, Lance Arm­strong stripped of his seven Tour de France ti­tles, had 10 first-place votes and 1,008 points.

In Fe­bru­ary, fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors closed an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether the star cy­clist doped. In June, the U.S. Anti-Dop­ing Agency ac­cused him of us­ing per­for­manceen­hanc­ing drugs, and in Au­gust, when he dropped his fight against the charges, USADA or­dered his Tour ti­tles wiped out. A report re­leased in Oc­to­ber laid out vivid de­tails of the ev­i­dence.

The year ends with Arm­strong dropped by many of the com­pa­nies he en­dorsed and no longer for­mally in­volved with the can­cer char­ity he founded, Live­strong.

NFL boun­ties, foot­ball con­cus­sions, Lon­don Olympics, col­lege foot­ball play­off de­ci­sion, NFL re­place­ment refs, Giants win Su­per Bowl, Pat Sum­mitt retires, and Pey­ton Man­ning’s resur­gence round off the top 10.

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