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guardian.co.tt Wednesday, March 1, 2017
AP sports columnist Tim Dahlberg and a
global team of reporters won story of the year
honours for coverage of Muhammad Ali's death
and funeral in the annual contest for AP staffers
judged by the Associated Press Sports Editors.
The series, anchored by Dahlberg, Louis-
ville-based reporters Claire Galofaro and Bruce
Schreiner, Cape Town, South Africa-based sports
writer Gerald Imray and a team of AP journalists
examined Ali's impact from his hometown of Lou-
isville to points around the globe.
"Muhammad Ali was different things to different
people. He was a political figure as well as an ath-
lete and became an icon. It's not easy to succinctly
capture all of that, but this series did so effectively,"
the judges said.
Other contest winners from the AP:
• Paris-based sports writer John Leicester won
the Grimsley award for body of work for a series that
examined the ramifications of doping from elite races
to 5Ks in small-town America. "The global issues
addressed were relatable at a local level, which made
the work appealing to the widest variety of readers.
And that's not always an easy task to accomplish,"
the judges said. "Also, the writing throughout was
clear, and it struck the right tone at the right time."
• Los Angeles-based photographer Mark J Terrill
won for best portfolio of work for a collection of
work that included Kobe Bryant's final game.
• Atlanta-based national writer Paul Newberry
won in two categories. His story of Clemson quarter-
back Deshaun Watson's first home, built by Habitat
for Humanity, won in the feature writing catego-
ry. A column about the Cubs World Series win was
awarded with the deadline writing prize.
• Denver-based national writer Eddie Pells and
Washington, D.C.-based sports writer Howard Fen-
drich won an enterprise writing award for a story
that surveyed NFL players and determined that
concussions were not their top concern, despite
a growing body of research that shows long-term
• Pittsburgh-based photographer Gene Puskar
received an award for feature photography for a
picture that showed LeBron James celebrating at
Cleveland's championship parade.
• Chicago-based photographer Charles Arbogast’s
picture of "The Anti-Bartman" from the Cubs World
Series run won an award for action photography.
What makes the photo truly terrific is the one Cubs
fan - complete with a beer in his left hand - using his
right arm to push back his fellow spectator just to
make sure the Chicago right fielder Jason Heyward
is able to make the play."
The awards, selected during a recent meeting of
the nation's top sports editors in Lake Buena Vista,
Florida, will be handed out at APSE’s annual con -
vention in New Orleans in June.
MONTMELO, SPAIN---Mercedes driver
Lewis Hamilton recorded the fast-
est time and the most laps through
yesterday's morning session of pre-
Hamilton's lap of 1 minute, 20.983 sec-
onds was 0.782 seconds faster than the
leading time he set during the opening
day of Formula One testing at the Circuit
Barcelona-Catalunya on Monday.
As expected from the new regulations
intended to boost speeds, Hamilton's pace
through two days is more than a second
faster than the top time set on the same
track through eight days of preseason
testing in 2016.
The three-time world champion will
hand over the wheel of the Mercedes to
new teammate Valtteri Bottas for the af-
Just like Ferrari teammate Sebastian
Vettel from Day 1, Kimi Raikkonen was
the nearest challenger to Hamilton's top
speed, albeit almost two seconds slower.
Hamilton and Raikkonen also got in the
most laps with 66 and 47, respectively,
as Mercedes or Ferrari have yet to report
any mechanical problems so far.
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen could
only muster the fifth fastest time.
While world champion Mercedes and
Ferrari continue to outperform rival Red
Bull, a pair of the more modest teams
struggled to get their cars rolling.
Antonio Giovinazzi, who has substi-
tuted for Pascal Wehrlein while he re-
covers from a back injury, spent most of
the morning waiting for Sauber to replace
his car’s engine. Jolyon Palmer’s Renault,
meanwhile, only emerged from the ga-
rage in the final minutes of the four-hour
The opening test will run through
The track near Barcelona will host a
second round of testing from March 7-10
before the season starts at the Australian
Grand Prix on March 26. (AP)
Hamilton fastest midway through Day 2
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain sits in his car in the
team box during a Formula One pre-season testing session at
the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, outside Barcelona,
Spain, yesterday. AP PHOTO
AP's global coverage
of Ali's death wins
story of the year
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