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Boston Marathon bombing named sports story of the year by AP

The Boston Marathon bombing was named the sports story of the year Friday in a vote conducted by the Associated Press.

Ninety-six ballots were submitted by U.S. editors and news directors. Voters were asked to rank the top 10 sports stories of the year, with the first-place story receiving 10 points, the second-place story nine points and so on.

The marathon attack received 761 points and 67 first-place votes. The No. 2 sports story, Lance Armstrong's admission of doping, had five first-place votes and 517 points.

Two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line of the April 15 race in an area packed with fans cheering the passing runners. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured, including at least 16 who lost limbs.

Authorities say brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechens from Russia who emigrated to the United States as children, planned and carried out the bombings in retaliation for U.S. involvement in Muslim countries.

The rest of the top 10:

3. NFL concussion settlement

4. Baseball drug bans

5. Aaron Hernandez arrest

6. Red Sox win World Series

7. Ravens win Super Bowl

8. Auburn's turnaround

9. Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax

10. Miami Heat wins NBA title

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