Miami Herald staff writer Jay Weaver won the top honor in the Breaking News category of the Associated Press Sports Editors contest, which recognizes the nation’s best sports journalism.
Weaver, the Miami Herald’s federal courts reporter, broke the story about Alex Rodriguez’s confession to federal agents of his steroid use in connection with the Biogenesis case.
Linda Robertson, a Miami Herald sports columnist and reporter, placed third in the Explanatory division for “Turbulent Voyage,” a story on the secretive underground pipeline by which Cuban baseball players are smuggled off the island and their convoluted paths to the major leagues.
The Miami Herald reporting team of Patricia Mazzei, Douglas Hanks, Michelle Kaufman, Barry Jackson, Andres Viglucci and Nadege Green placed third in the Project category for 10 stories about soccer star David Beckham’s campaign to build a Major League Soccer stadium in Miami and the political fallout of his proposed sites and financing.
Weaver also placed eighth in Explanatory for a story on Rodriguez’s efforts to impede Major League Baseball’s investigation.