Orlando Sentinel named among nation's best sports sections

LAKE BUENA VISTA -- The Orlando Sentinel's Sports section -- online and in print -- was named among the best in America by The Associated Press Sports Editors, winning four national awards Wednesday.

The Sentinel's online sports coverage on rated among the top 10 in the national website competition. The Sentinel's annual football preview was ranked among the nation's top 10 for special sections.

In addition, the Sentinel was recognized in the writing competition: Both Mike Bianchi and George Diaz were named Top 10 in the column writing category.

The Sentinel competed against the nation's largest newspapers and online sports organizations (papers with print circulation of more than 175,000 and online sites with more than 2 million unique monthly visitors). APSE, an association of sports journalists, announced the awards during its winter meetings at the DoubleTree Suites resort.

APSE does not rank sports sections or websites but groups them in two categories: top 10 and honorable mention. A top 10 list for each writing category is announced with first-, second- and third-place winners revealed later this summer during APSE's annual convention.

This year's four national awards are the most the Sentinel has won in the APSE competition since 2007.

"The recognition of the tremendous work our staff produces everyday online and in print is gratifying," said Roger Simmons, Executive Sports and Entertainment Editor for the Sentinel. "I'm extremely proud of everyone in our sports department."

Others finishing top 10 in the website competition: The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, The Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Newsday, USA TODAY Sports and The Washington Post.

Rounding out the national top 10 for special sections: The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, South Florida Sun Sentinel, The Kansas City Star, Star-Tribun