Paterno’s firing is AP sports story of the year

    And the award for Associated Press’ sports story of the year goes to . . . the firing of Joe Paterno.

    The now-former Penn State football coach was terminated for not reporting to authorities an alleged incident of child sex abuse by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

    Paterno’s firing got more than 2,000 votes as story of the year by AP members, and 172 of those were for first place. Trailing way behind as the next-biggest story is the NFL and NBA labor disputes, which got 15 first-place votes and 1,345 overall.

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