Penn State Scandal Voted 2011 AP Sports Story Of Year; Lockouts Are No. 2

BELLEFONTE, PA - DECEMBER 13: Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse, on December 13, 2011 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Sandusky, who was charged with sexual abuse involving 10 boys he met through the Second Mile nonprofit organization, appeared briefly at today's preliminary hearing. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The Penn State scandal has been named the No. 1 sports story of 2011 by the Associated Press.

Though it had little to do with any kind of athletic contest, the Penn State scandal rocked the sports world in 2011. To no one's surprise, the Associated Press has named the scandal their No. 1 sports story of the year. What started with a grand jury indictment of Jerry Sandusky in early November blew up into a massive story that featured Joe Paterno's firing, a riot, more victims coming forward and perjury charges for Gary Schultz and Tim Curley.

The saga is still ongoing and will continue to make headlines into 2012. Hearings just recently began in the Sandusky case, featuring further testimony from Paterno, Curley, Schultz and Mike McQueary, who says he witnessed Sandusky sexually assaulting a young boy on the Penn State campus.

Also making the AP's top 10 list were the NBA and NFL lockouts, the Green Bay Packers' Super Bowl victory, NCAA conference realignment, the St. Louis Cardinals' World Series win, the Ohio State football scandal, the Dallas Mavericks' NBA championship, Dan Wheldon's death, the Bernie Fine investigation and the FIFA Women's World Cup.

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