Crown for Kings (Galaxy, too) tops L.A. Sports Council awards

How could the Kings’ Stanley Cup victory last summer not be named the top Southern California sports moment of 2012?

The eighth annual L.A. Sports Awards held tonight at The Beverly Hilton confirmed that place in history, capping the event sponsored by the Los Angeles Sports Council.

Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick was honored as the 2012 Sportsman of the Year, beach volleyball Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings were Sportswomen of the Year, the Kings’  Darryl Sutter was Coach of the Year award and AEG President & CEO Tim Leiweke was the Sports Executive of the Year.

With the Kings’ Game 5 clinching win over New Jersey on June 11 for the first title in the franchise’s 45 year history was at the top of the Top 10 moments of 2012 as picked by a media panel as well as on-line fan voting. The rest of the list included:

2. Galaxy wins the MLS Cup: The 3-1 win over Houston at Home Depot Center on Dec. 1 was the second straight league title for the franchise.

3. Mike Trout wins AL Rookie of the Year award: The award given to the Angels’ outfielder on Nov. 12 was in recognition for his .326 batting average to go with 30 home runs and a league-best 129 runs scored.

4. Clippers win 17 straight: The longest streak in franchise history went from Nov. 28 to Dec. 30.

5. Guggenheim buys the Dodgers: The May 1 announcement came with a $2.15 billion price tag, and Magic Johnson as the center of attention.

6. Steve Nash and Dwight Howard join the Lakers: One arrived on July 4, the other on Aug. 10.

7. Kim Rhode ,medals at her fifth straight Olympics: When the Monrovia native won gold in women’s skeet on July 29, she became the first American athlete to medal in an individual or team event in five  consecutive Olympic Games.

8. UCLA defeats USC to win Pac-12 South football title: A 38-28 win at the Rose Bowl on Nov. 17 elevated the Bruins to the Pac-12 Conference title game.

9. Clippers outlast Memphis in a first-round playoff series: The Clippers won Game 7 on the road on May 13, a series win that included a rally from 27 points back in Game 1.

10. Allyson Felix sprints to three gold medals in London: The former L.A. Baptist star and USC grad won in the 200 meters as well as the 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams from Aug. 8-11.

Prime Ticket will air this awards show on Sunday, March 10 at 9:30 p.m. The complete list of winners for 14 individual team awards will be posted Monday on the Sports Council’s website: www.lasports.org.

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