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David Lennon earns columnist honors as Newsday wins three top awards

The cover of Newsday's 2013 baseball preview.

The cover of Newsday's 2013 baseball preview. Credit: Newsday

Newsday's David Lennon was honored as one of the nation's top 10 sports columnists, and Newsday won two other top 10 awards in The Associated Press Sports Editors annual contest that concluded Wednesday in Indianapolis.

Newsday's baseball preview section and a video chronicling Chris Weidman's victory over UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva last July also won top 10. Newsday's Sunday sports section received honorable mention.

Lennon, Newsday's national baseball writer, won in the over 175,000 circulation category for a selection of columns that included pieces on the Japanese player posting system, Major League Baseball's battle with Alex Rodriguez over his 211-game suspension, Robinson Cano's contract situation with the Yankees, baseball's move toward expanded instant replay and a look at former Met Jordany Valdespin.

"This is a real honor for the whole sports staff," Newsday sports editor Hank Winnicki said. "It's great to be recognized for the work we do online and in print. I'm really thrilled for Dave. To be recognized among the country's top columnists is a tremendous honor. He deserves it."

Newsday's baseball preview was honored in the special section category, also in the over 175,000 circulation group. It included a cover story focusing on Mariano Rivera's final season, and a "Baseball 101'' feature on the game's past, present and future through a series of 101 numbers.

In the multimedia category (more than 2 million unique visitors), Newsday's winning entry by Mark La Monica, Arnold Miller and Mario Gonzalez brought viewers behind the scenes for six days in Las Vegas as Weidman, from Baldwin, trained and cut the final few pounds to get ready for his title shot.

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