American Pharoah’s Triple Crown is AP sports story of year

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RACHEL COHEN
AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) – American Pharoah’s sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes for horse racing’s first Triple Crown since 1978 has been selected the sports story of the year in an annual vote conducted by The Associated Press.

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Eighty-two ballots were submitted from U.S. editors and news directors. Voters were asked to rank the top five sports stories of the year, with the first-place story receiving five points, the second-place story four points and so on.

American Pharoah’s Triple Crown win received 317 points and 43 first-place votes in results announced Thursday.

The No. 2 sports story was the “Deflategate” scandal that ensnared Super Bowl-winning Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. It had 191 points and 13 first-place votes.