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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Thirteen media groups won ''Grand Slam'' honors in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors writing and sections contest.

The Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Minneapolis Star-Tribune and Washington Post, competing in the over-175,000 circulation division, earned top 10 recognition for their daily, Sunday and special sections to go along with top 10 honors in the digital contest for website and mobile platforms.

The Indianapolis Star, Oklahoman, Omaha World-Herald and St. Louis Post-Dispatch won in the 75,000-175,000 circulation category.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel won in the 30,000-75,000 category, the Tuscaloosa News won in under 30,000 and the Charlottesville Daily Progress, Opelika-Auburn News and Wyoming Tribune Eagle all won in the under-15,000 category.

The APSE awards, voted on by sports editors and journalists from across the nation during four days of judging in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., honor work published in 2016.

Eleven publications won Triple Crowns, signifying top 10 honors in three of four section/website categories. Those include:

- Over 175,000 circulation: the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times and New York Times.

-75,0001-175,000: the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Tennessean and Seattle Times.

- 30,000-75,000: the Lincoln Journal Star and Tulsa World.

- Under 30,000: the Fort Collins Coloradoan and Beaver County (Pa.) Times.

- Under 15,000: the Laramie Boomerang.

The Washington Post led all news organizations with 16 total awards.

The New York Times earned 15 awards, and the Seattle Times earned 11 awards. The Indianapolis Star, Fort Collins Coloradoan and Tuscaloosa News garnered 10 apiece.

Matt L. Stephens of the Fort Collins Coloradoan and Brad Elliott Schlossman of the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald led the individual awards, capturing four each.

Jon Blau of the Herald Times, Erik Bacharach of the Opelika-Auburn News, Austin Meek of The Register-Guard, Dirk Chatelain of the Omaha World-Herald, Ross Dellinger of The Advocate and Kent Babb of The Washington Post each earned three awards.

The rankings of the top 10 in the writing, multimedia and video categories will be announced in March. Winners will receive their awards in June at the APSE summer conference in New Orleans.

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SECTIONS

OVER 175,000

DAILY

Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post

Honorable Mention

The Denver Post, Detroit Free Press, The Kansas City Star, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Orange County Register

SUNDAY

Chicago Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dallas Morning News, Denver Post, Detroit Free Press, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, New York Times, Newsday, The Kansas City Star, Washington Post

Honorable Mention

Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle, L.A. Times, Tampa Bay Times

SPECIAL

Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Mercury News, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Star-Tribune, Washington Post

Honorable Mention

New York Daily News, New York Times, Newsday, Orange County Register, Philadelphia Daily News, The Kansas City Star

75,0001-175,000

DAILY

The Buffalo News, The Charlotte Observer, The Indianapolis Star, The Oklahoman, Omaha World-Herald, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Salt Lake Tribune, San Antonio Express-News, The Seattle Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Honorable Mention

The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.), Austin American-Statesman, Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Tennessean

SUNDAY

Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald, Indianapolis Star, Louisville Courier-Journal, Omaha World Herald, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, San Diego Union-Tribune, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Oklahoman, The Salt Lake Tribune, The Tennessean

Honorable Mentions

Boston Herald, Seattle Times, The Buffalo News

SPECIAL

Detroit News, Hartford Courant, Indianapolis Star, Courier-Journal (Louisville), Omaha World-Herald, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Seattle Times, The Oklahoman, The Tennessean

Honorable Mention

Buffalo News, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Times-Picayune, Times-Union (Fla.)

30,000-75,000

DAILY

Canton Repository, Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, N.C.), Green Bay Press-Gazette, Idaho Statesman (Boise), Knoxville News-Sentinel, Lincoln Journal Star, News-Gazette (Champaign, Ill.), Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.), Tulsa World, Villages Daily Sun (Villages, Fla.)

Honorable Mention

Augusta Chronicle, Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.), Patriot News (Harrisburg, Pa.), Peoria Journal Star, Portland Press Herald (Maine), Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.), Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.), Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster, Ind.), The Gazette (Colorado Springs), The State (Columbia, S.C.)

SUNDAY

Colorado Springs Gazette, Eugene Register-Guard, Harrisburg Patriot-News, Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Knoxville News-Sentinel, Lexington Herald-Leader, Spokesman-Review, Tacoma News-Tribune, The State (Columbia, S.C.), Tulsa World

Honorable Mention

Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.), Fort Myers News-Press, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Lincoln Journal Star, Roanoke TImes, Scranton Times Tribune, The Villages Daily Sun

SPECIAL

Augusta Chronicle, Idaho Statesman, Knoxville News Sentinel, Lincoln Journal Star, News-Gazette (Champaign, Ill.), Tacoma News Tribune, The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.), The Repository (Canton, Ohio), Tulsa World, Wisconsin State Journal

Honorable Mention

The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Mississippi), The State (Columbia, S.C.), Harrisburg Patriot-News/Pennlive.com, Lexington Herald-Leader, The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, California)

UNDER 30,000

DAILY

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Montgomery Advertiser, Northwest Herald, Savannah Morning News, The Chronicle Telegram, The Citizens' Voice, The Herald Times, Tuscaloosa News, Topeka Capital Journal, Yakima Herald-Republic

Honorable Mention

Beaver County Times, Colombia Missourian, Fort Collins Coloradoan, Grand Forks Herald, The Kitsap Sun

SUNDAY

Altoona (Pa.) Mirror, Bakersfield Californian, Beaver County (Pa.) Times, Fort Collins Coloradoan, Herald Times (Bloomington, Ind.), Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Opelika-Auburn News, The Citizens' Voice (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.), Topeka Capital-Journal, Tuscaloosa News

Honorable Mention

Macon Telegraph, Montgomery Advertiser, The Post-Star (Glens Falls, N.Y.)

SPECIAL

Beaver County (Pa.) Times, Denton Record-Chronicle, Fort Collins Coloradoan, Northwest Herald, Sauk Valley Media, San Angelo Standard-Times, The Tuscaloosa News, The Bakersfield Californian, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Honorable Mention

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, The Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, Ohio), The Citizens Voice (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.), The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.), The Post-Star (Glens Falls, N.Y.), Yakima Herald-Republic

UNDER 15,000

DAILY

Columbia Missourian, The Daily Progress, Hattiesburg American, Marietta Daily Journal, The Medina Gazette, Opelika-Auburn News, Wyoming Tribune Eagle

SUNDAY

Laramie Boomerang, The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Va.), Denton (Texas) Record-Chronicle, The Morning Sentinel (Waterville, Maine), Wyoming Tribune Eagle (Cheyenne, Wyo.)

SPECIAL

Charlottesville Daily Progress, Hattiesburg American, Laramie Boomerang, Marietta Daily Journal, Opelika-Auburn News

DIGITAL

OVER 175,000/MORE THAN 2 MILLION MONTHLY UNIQUE VISITORS

Top 10

Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, ESPN.com, Los Angeles Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune, New York Times, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Washington Post

Honorable mention

Baltimore Sun, Bleacher Report, CBSSports.com, Detroit Free Press, Kansas City Star, Miami Herald, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Philly.com, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle

75,001-175,000/750,001-1.999 MILLION UNIQUES

Top 10

Boston Herald, Charlotte Observer, Hartford Courant, Indianapolis Star, Omaha World-Herald, Palm Beach Post, Seattle Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Tennessean, The Oklahoman

Honorable mention

Austin American-Statesman, The Buffalo News, The Courier Journal, Salt Lake Tribune, Tacoma News Tribune, The News & Observer

30,001-75,000/250,000-750,000 UNIQUES

Top 10

Green Bay Press-Gazette, Jackson Clarion Ledger, Knoxville News Sentinel, Lexington Herald-Leader, Lincoln Journal Star, New Orleans Advocate, The Commercial Appeal, The Patriot News/Pennlive.com, The State, The Wichita Eagle

Honorable mention

Wisconsin State Journal, Daily Press, The Augusta Chronicle, The Idaho Statesman, The Register-Guard

UNDER 30,000/FEWER THAN 250,000 UNIQUES

Top 10

Beaver County Times, Boulder Daily Camera, Fort Collins Coloradoan, GamecockCentral.com, Opelika-Auburn News, SE Missourian/SEMOball, The Daily Progress, The Telegraph (Macon), The Tuscaloosa News, WyoSports

Honorable mention

Ames Tribune, Athens Banner Herald, Marietta Daily Journal, The Post Star, Santa Cruz Sentinel

VIDEO/MULTIMEDIA

SHORT VIDEO

UNDER 30,000

Jake Adams, The Sentinel (Carlisle, Pa.); Kathy Jensen, American News (Aberdeen, S.D.);

Madison McCord, Yakima Herald-Republic; Matt L. Stephens and Kevin Lytle, Fort Collins Coloradoan; Daryn Stover, Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine)

30,001-75,000

Amanda Berg and Dustin Hockensmith, The Patriot-News/PennLive.com; Chris Pietsch, The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.); Justin Sellers, The Clarion-Ledger

75,001-175,000

Bettina Hansen and Corinne Chin, Seattle Times; Kelsey Kremer, Des Moines Register; Mykal McEldowney, Indianapolis Star

Over 175,000

Leslye Davis and Alexandra Garcia, New York Times; Ryan Dornbusch, Alan Springer, Keri Barron, Scott Brooks, Brian Caruso and Wesly Varghese, Yahoo; Thomas Johnson, Dani Johnson, Kent Babb and Steven Rich, Washington Post; Justin King and Justin Yurkanin, AL.com; Hunter Mandel, Marc Kohn and Christian D'Alessio, Bleacher Report

LONG VIDEO

UNDER 30,000

Chelsae Ketchum, Fort Collins Coloradoan; Madison McCord, Yakima Herald-Republic; Jason Munz, Hattiesburg (Miss.) American; John Terhune, Journal-Courier (Lafayette, Ind.); Tyler Waldrep, The Tuscaloosa News

30,001-75,000

Caitie McMekin, Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel; Andrea Melendez, The News-Press (Florida);

Jim Seip, York (Pa.) Daily Record/Sunday News; Chris Ware, Brian Simms and Mathew Graf, Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader; Anthony Zilis, The News-Gazette (Champaign, Ill.)

75,001-175,000

Bettina Hansen, Corinne Chin, Seattle Times; Jay Janner, James Gregg, Austin American-Statesman; Shelly Lum, Ricmond Times-Distpatch; Mykal McEldowney, Indianapolis Star; Michael Zamora, Des Moines Register

Over 175,000

Dan Bradley, Christine de la Rosa, Giovanni Reda, Roger Bagley, Shane Smith, Eddy Moretti, Suroosh Alvi, Hosi Simon, Ciel Hunter and Sara Rodriguez, Vice Sports; Courtney Cronin and Marcus Thompson, Bay Area News Group; Leslye Davis, Alexandra Garcia and Sergio Pe�anha, New York Times; Michael Hogue, Dallas Morning News; Chris Mannix, Ryan Dornbusch, Alan Springer, Marcus Vanderberg, Mario Framingheddu, Htet Gyaw and J.J. Brown, Yahoo; Mel Melcon, Los Angeles Times; Aaron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post; Jorge Ribas, Julio C. Negron, Adam Kilgore and Dan Steinberg, Washington Post; Martin Rogers and Sandy Hooper, USA Today; Johnny Sweet, Mike Kattenburg, Marc Kohn, Rory Brown, Joe Yanarella, David Finocchio, Kameron Mogadam, Gregg Hoedermann, Sam Hoedermann, Tom Fillip, Ben Root, Ric Hine, Isaac Fisher, Ryan Ricker, Jacob Satterfield, Juan Lopez, Kyle Blake, Louis Hamwey, Lance Becker, Thomas Moore, Chip Crell, Jon Wermuth and Fulton Dingley, Bleacher Report

MULTIMEDIA

UNDER 30,000

Bret McCormick, The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.); Bret McCormick, Garrison Gist and Reid Williams, The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.); Brad Elliott Schlossman, Grand Fork (N.D.) Herald; Daniel Shirley and Caitlyn Stroh, The Telegraph (Macon, Ga.); Matt L. Stephens, Fort Collins Coloradoan