Tiger Woods' humbling return to professional golf followed by a winless season on the golf course has been voted the top sports story of the year by members of The Associated Press.
Woods' return after making a public confession about infidelity edged out the New Orleans Saints for the top spot with 1,316 points to the Saints 1,215, according to the AP. U.S. news organizations submitted 176 ballots that ranked the top 10 sports stories. Points were awarded on a sliding scale, with 10 points for the No. 1 story and one point for the No. 10 story.
The rest of the top 10 according to AP were:
--The frenzy of free agents in the NBA.
--The World Cup.
--San Francisco Giants winning the World Series.
--New posters distributed to the NFL warning of the dangers of concussions.
--Jimmie Johnson winning his fifth straing Sprint Cup title.
--Brett Favre's comeback.
--UConn's women's basketball team winning a second straight title.
--John Wooden's death.
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