sports·​writ·​er | \ ˈspȯrts-ˌrī-tər How to pronounce sportswriter (audio) \
variants: or less commonly sports writer or sports-writer

Definition of sportswriter

: a person who writes about sports especially for a newspaper In an opening-day column for the Huntsville Times, one sportswriter beseeched readers not to let football poison friendship and provoke brawls.— Steve Kemper

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sportswriting \ ˈspȯrts-​ˌrī-​tiŋ How to pronounce sportswriting (audio) \ or sports writing noun

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Here are the complete Sept. 10 Associated Press rankings as voted on by a panel of state newspaper sportswriters. Buddy Collings,, "Edgewater climbs a notch in Class 7A state football rankings," 11 Sep. 2019 What happens when a sportswriter picks some of the toughest games of the week and goes head-to-head against a sharp? Joseph Goodman, al, "Muschamp not ready for Tua; Jalen goes to Hollywood," 12 Sep. 2019 Actors, tycoons, comedians, fellow sportsmen, even Ed Sullivan, then a New York sportswriter decades from becoming America’s most popular television talk-show host. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "For George Rugg, curating Notre Dame's collection of sports gems has been labor of love," 18 June 2019 According to the cable network: A longtime sportswriter who claims in a new book that President Donald Trump frequently cheats at golf likened Trump’s... James Freeman, WSJ, "After Mueller Report, CNN Turns to Mulligan Report," 3 Apr. 2019 The former UConn star received 29 out of 43 votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters, becoming the fifth Husky to win the award, joining Diana Taurasi (2004), Tina Charles (2010), Maya Moore (2011) and Breanna Stewart (2016). Alexa Philippou,, "Former Husky Napheesa Collier is WNBA rookie of year," 16 Sep. 2019 Ogwumike received seven votes from a national panel of 43 sportswriters and broadcasters. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, "Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike to receive WNBA’s sportsmanship award," 15 Sep. 2019 Rick Chandler Rick Chandler, a Peninsula sportswriter and inveterate humorist, died Aug. 10. John Horgan, The Mercury News, "Horgan: San Mateo to observe its 125th birthday next month," 16 Aug. 2019 Both players were unanimously voted to the first team by a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. Jenna West,, "Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell Top NBA's 2017-18 All-Rookie Team List," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of sportswriter

1907, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sportswriter

: someone who writes about sports for a newspaper, magazine, etc.

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