Three

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sports writers were honored in the Boxing Writers Association of America annual writing contest. The

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is the only newspaper in the country to have three separate individuals recognized.

Mark Kram won first place in feature story (under 1,500 words) for "Gypsy Joe, they haven't forgotten," a piece about a campaign to get a headstone for the grave of Philadelphia welterweight Gypsy Joe Harris. The story appeared March 23, 2006.

Bernard Fernandez placed third in the news story division for his April 21, 2006, story "Reputation rehab is ex-IBF boss' toughest fight." The piece was an interview with Bob Lee shortly after his 22-month stay at Lewisburg Federal Prison.

Stan Hochman earned honorable mention for a column headlined "Hopkins learned these lessons well." The column, which ran Oct. 17, 2006, focused on Bernard Hopkins' longstanding relationship with his fourth-grade teacher, James Villarreal.

The awards, known as the "Barneys" for former BWAA president Barney Nagler, will be presented at the group's 82nd annual awards dinner on June 8 in New York.

To read the winning stories, go to http://go.philly.com/boxawards. *