The St. Petersburg Times sports section has been rated in the top 10 among major newspapers in six categories and in the top 20 in another in judging by the Associated Press Sports Editors organization, completed last week.
In addition to the previously announced top 10 ranking for best Newspaper Sports Web Sites, the Times was selected as one of the 10 best among major newspapers (circulation more than 250,000) in 2009 for Sunday sports section, sports special section (our high school football preview sections), column writing (Gary Shelton), explanatory journalism (Stephen F. Holder and Michael Kruse, story about how the Bucs manage the salary cap) and feature writing (Izzy Gould, story about a Ridgewood High School swimmer who reached the state final after overcoming amnesia that caused him to forget how to swim).
The Times also was top 20 for daily sports section. The individual writing awards go on to further judging, where they will be divided into the top five and honorable mentions.
Jack Sheppard, Times sports editor