File - Ray Rice arrives with his wife Janay Palmer for an appeal hearing of his indefinite suspension from the NFL, in this Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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The NFL's troubles with domestic violence were selected the sports story of the year Tuesday in an annual vote conducted by the Associated Press.Voters were asked to rank the top 10 sports stories of the year, with the first-place story receiving 10 points, the second-place story nine points and so on.NFL domestic violence received 659 points and 29 first-place votes.The No. 2 sports story, Clippers owner Donald Sterling forced out by the NBA after his racist statements, had 518 points.NFL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice knocked his now-wife unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator Feb. 15, but it wasn't until July 24 that domestic violence cases spiraled into a crisis roiling the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice for just two games, which drew widespread derision. The year ends with Rice reinstated by an arbitrator but without a team and Peterson suspended and suing the NFL.Then the San Francisco ace topped himself with a shutout in Game 5 . He outdid himself yet again with five scoreless innings of relief in Game 7 to clinch the Giants' third championship in five years.6 .
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