Times sports section is honored by Associated Press

The Los Angeles Times was named one of the top-10 daily Sports sections among large-circulation papers and received five top-10 writing awards in the annual section and writing contest conducted by the Associated Press Sports Editors, which concluded Wednesday in Indianapolis.

The Times also received top-10 honors for its special section on the life of former Lakers owner Jerry Buss, and for its website and multimedia presentation.


Bill Plaschke received three top-10 awards in the writing divisions.

The top-10 winners in the writing divisions for The Times:

•Plaschke for column writing.

•Mike Bresnahan, David Wharton and Plaschke in breaking news for their coverage of Buss' death.

•Gary Klein, also in breaking news, for his coverage of USC's firing of former football coach Lane Kiffin.

•Plaschke in project writing, for his seven-part series looking at mostly unheralded contributors to the Dodgers' 1988 World Series run.

•Ken Bensinger, Armand Emamdjomeh and Maloy Moore in the investigative category on professional athletes filing for workers' compensation in California.

Also, Mike Hiserman and Emamdjomeh were awarded top-10 honors in the multimedia category for their interactive online comparison of Major League Baseball salaries.

The Times was also given honorable mention for its Sunday sections.

Final voting on the 10 finalists in each writing category will be announced at the APSE annual summer conference in June.

at the APSE annual summer conference in June.