The Penn State child sex-abuse scandal was selected as the sports story of the year by U.S. editors and news directors in an annual vote conducted by the Associated Press.

The news broke in November 2011, with a grand jury report outlining charges against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, and the outrage that followed led to the firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno. But the aftershocks were felt long into 2012: Sandusky was convicted in June of assaulting 10 boys, and the NCAA handed down brutal sanctions in July.

In both years, the scandal was picked as the top sports story, the first time since the AP began conducting its annual vote in 1990 that the same story was selected twice in a row. The results of this year's tally were announced Wednesday.

The Penn State saga received 1,420 points and 109 first-place votes. The No. 2 sports story, Lance Armstrong stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, had 10 first-place votes and 1,008 points.

COLLEGES: Temple senior placekicker/punter Brandon McManus, a North Penn graduate; senior running back Montel Harris; and freshman linebacker Tyler Matakevich were named ECAC Football Bowl Subdivision all-stars. Matakevich was the defensive rookie of the year.

Ursinus senior running back Ben Abitz was one of 30 football players from all divisions selected to attend the Future Football Coaches Academy in January in Nashville. Abitz was a Centennial Conference all-Academic selection.

OLYMPICS: Leaders of seven sports bodies have made their pitch to the International Olympic Committee for inclusion at the 2020 Summer Games.

Bidders gave presentations to the IOC's program commission, following visits by an Olympic delegation to their top-level events.

The newly merged baseball and softball confederation is competing with karate, roller sports, squash, sport climbing, wakeboard, and wushu (martial arts) for one place on the 2020 slate.

SOCCER: A court in London overturned the original inquest verdicts of accidental death in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, when 96 Liverpool soccer fans died in a stadium crush.

Twenty-two years after the initial verdicts were reached - and three months after an independent panel exonerated the fans and placed the blame on the authorities - England's lord chief justice, Igor Judge, ordered fresh inquests after an application by the attorney general, Dominic Grieve.

The Football Association is investigating allegations that a player was racially abused by spectators during an FA Cup second-round match.

Macclesfield manager Steve King complained that his captain, Nat Brown, was called a monkey by some fans of nonleague Barrow as he came out for the second half of Tuesday's game in England.

HORSE RACING: Captaintreacherous, who won eight of 10 races and earned $918,253, on Wednesday became the first 2-year-old pacer in 25 years to be named pacer of the year, earning the nod over 3-year-olds Michael's Power and American Jewel and defending champion Foiled Again.

GOLF: Rory McIlroy was the near-unanimous choice as the best male player by the Golf Writers Association of America.

McIlroy received 190 of the 194 votes cast by GWAA members. Three votes went to FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker, and the other went to Tiger Woods.

- Staff and wire reports