Newsday won six top-10 honors at The Associated Press Sports Editors annual contest this week in Orlando, Florida.
Newsday placed in the top 10 in the breaking news, investigative, sections, video and sports action photo categories.
"This is a tremendous honor for the whole staff," Newsday sports editor Hank Winnicki said. "It’s great to be recognized for the range of work we do. The competition is so tough, so to have our work among the best in the nation really is an accomplishment."
Jim Baumbach won in the breaking news category for reporting that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was set to announce an unusual agreement for the Islanders to split their home games between Barclays Center in Brooklyn and their old home, Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, for the 2018-19 season.
Baumbach and David Schwartz won in the investigative category for a story that raised questions about the qualifications of the investment team behind a 17,500-seat sports arena proposal in Ronkonkoma.
Newsday's baseball preview section was honored in the special section category. The baseball preview featured comprehensive previews of the Yankees and Mets. The enterprise package on 1968 by Bob Herzog was a look back on the 50th anniversary of the legacy of baseball’s landmark season, "the Year of the Pitcher," and Mark Herrmann wrote the 10th annual seminar called "Baseball 101," a study of the sport through 101 pertinent examples.
Newsday's Sunday section also was honored. The winning entry included Newsday's coverage of Justify winning the Triple Crown at Belmont.
The video “We are Brentwood: A season with the Brentwood High School girls soccer team” won in the video category. Two Brentwood High School students were allegedly murdered by the street gang, MS-13, in September of 2016 and several members of the girls soccer team were friends with the murdered teens. The video, by Jeffrey Basinger, Raychel Brightman, Robert Cassidy and Randee Daddona, chronicles the Brentwood girls soccer team during the 2017 season.
Jim McIsaac’s photo of Mets players Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith colliding and missing a pop-up won in the sports action photo category.
Newsday also earned honorable mention for its daily sports section.