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Last week I blogged about Ottawa’s newest pro team, the Redblacks. As best I can tell, that name has nothing to do with the type of controversy associated with teams like the Washington Redskins. (Although one reader pointed out on a Facebook...
Sure, the FIFA World Cup has been really exciting. But in North America “football” still means moving a pointy pigskin up and down the field, with lots of padding and bruising tackles. The NFL stands on top of that heap, but...
                  I’m going to argue here that we replace football with soccer as the number one field sport in the U.S. Before I give you my irrefutable and carefully researched reasons, let me...
It’s a tradition for politicians to bet amongst themselves on the outcomes of local sports events; it generates publicity and goodwill, and if you’re a politician that’s never a bad thing. Today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced another...
Baseball fans take note! According to the CBC: A New York filmmaker has discovered rare footage of the 1919 World Series — known for the Black Sox betting scandal — while working on a documentary about old films found in...

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Aug 1, 2014 — Did ESPN's Stephen Smith need to apologize for saying women need to be aware of provocation? The Barbershop guys weigh in.
Aug 1, 2014 — Studies show the caffeine in just a few cups of coffee enhances performance in a wide range of sports. But more isn't better, and concentrated caffeine can be lethal.
Jul 31, 2014 — Some college athletes who dreamed of going into pro sports are instead finding full-time work on NASCAR pit crews. NASCAR is recruiting athletes, not mechanics, and has a special training center.
Jul 30, 2014 — The NCAA has settled a class-action lawsuit over its head injury policies, pending approval. Supporters laud a $70 million fund for medical monitoring; others say there's no money for injured players.
Jul 30, 2014 — The Hanwha Eagles lost over 400 games in five years. But online fans have stayed true. Now remote fans can control robots at the stadium that are wearing jerseys, cheering and bearing the fans' faces.


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NCPR Special Reports

Donkey Basketball
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Donkey Basketball in Edwards
The loopy sport of donkey basketball has been used by North Country schools as a fundraiser since the 1950s. Visit a game in the St. Lawrence County town of Edwards. David Sommerstein reports.
Kars Derby
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Demolition Derby on Ice
A bang-up guilty pleasure. Lucy Martin takes us to Kars, Ontario for a winter variation on the theme of automotive destruction.
Watson's Mill
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Sens fans rally for Stanley Cup
Thousands of Stanley Cup-thirsty Senators fans took over Festival Plaza at City Hall in Ottawa for a lunchtime rally in May 2007. Lucy Martin joined the jubilant crowd.
amish school
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Jonathan Hammond: interpretive freestyle canoeist
Defending his title in Ohio at the National Interpretive Freestyle Canoeing championships is the youngest canoeist to win top honors in the sport’s 20-year history – 10th grader Jonathan Hammond of Alexandria Bay. David Sommerstein has this profile.
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Olympic Slideshows:
Photographer Nancy Battaglia Covers the Torino Winter Olympics
At the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy more than a dozen North Country athletes will be competing in everything from men’s hockey to biathlon. Nancy Battaglia is a freelance photographer covering the games for North Country Public Radio.
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bobsled
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NASCAR on Ice
NASCAR veteran Geoff Bodine has raised more than a million dollars to build better bobsleds in the US. He invited other NASCAR drivers to race the Olympic bobsled track in Lake Placid. David Sommerstein reports.
Sports Exclusive
Team NCPR Hits the Pits
Team NCPR battles for racetrack glory in a gritty expose of epic rivalry and staggering loss.
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Fishing on the St. Lawrence
Walleye and northern pike season opened the first Saturday in May. David Sommerstein spent a morning with two veteran guides.
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International Rutabaga Curling Championship
Behind every winter sport, there’s probably a founder who was just trying to stay warm and alert through the dark months. That’s the history behind one of the more obscure sports – Rutabaga Curling. David Sommerstein came across the 5th Annual International Rutabaga Curling Championships in Ithaca. He sends this tuber-tossing postcard.
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A Fading Tradition: The November Hunt For Whitetail Deer
In the north country, deer hunting is a family tradition. The passion and the skills are passed along through generations, usually from father to son. But these days, many hunters worry that their tradition is fading.
Clarkson president Tony Collins and the Golden Knight welcome the team with high fives. Photo: David Sommerstein
Clarkson president Tony Collins and the Golden Knight welcome the team with high fives. Photo: David Sommerstein

Clarkson Golden Knights bring championship trophy to Potsdam

The Clarkson womens' hockey team came home to hugs and cheers yesterday. The Golden Knights defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers for the North Country's first Division I national championship.

Hundreds of fans met at Cheel Arena in Potsdam.

Senior and most valuable player Jamie Lee Rattray and her teammates passed the NCAA trophy on their home ice. "Coming home today and coming through the whole North Country,"Rattray told the crowd, "these girls are so proud to bring it back here. We have a such a great community here and I couldn't be more excited to bring this back to Clarkson. Thank you."

David Sommerstein was there and captured the sounds of the celebration (click "Listen" to hear the story.)  Go to full article
The Plattsburgh Cardinals after their big win on Saturday. Photo via <a href="http://www.gocardinalsports.com/index.aspx?path=whockey">SUNY Plattsburgh</a>.

SUNY Plattsburgh: the other big North Country victory

While Clarkson was duking it out for the Division I championship on Sunday, the Division III Women's Ice Hockey team at SUNY Plattsburgh was already celebrating.

Over the weekend, the Cardinals beat Norwich University, 9-2, for their third national title.  Go to full article
Photo by Ting-Li Wang, courtesy Clarkson University.

Clarkson hockey wins first national title

The Clarkson womens hockey team is a national champion. The Golden Knights upset the two-time champion Minnesota Gophers 5 to 4 at the NCAA Division I Frozen Four yesterday.  Go to full article
Sydney Aveson stopped 37 of the 39 shots she faced in Plattsburgh State's 9-2 win over Norwich. Photo via <a href="http://www.gocardinalsports.com/news/2014/3/22/WHOCKEY_0322141839.aspx?path=whockey">SUNY Plattsburgh</a>

Plattsburgh women score Division III ice hockey title

Plattsburgh State women won their national Division Three hockey championship this weekend, beating Norwich 9-2 in the final Saturday.

Ali Vakos, Chelsea VanGlahn...  Go to full article
Fishing the Salmon River, one of the Lake Ontario tributaries stocked by the DEC. Photo: David Chanatry, New York Reporting Project

Lake Ontario sport fishery is a $110M business

A successful stocking program has led Lake Ontario to be one of the premier fishing destinations in the Great Lakes.

The Department of Environmental Conservation...  Go to full article

This Weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack brings your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.

Despite the passing of the...  Go to full article
Photo: Zach Hirsch

Clarkson Women's Ice Hockey heads to Frozen Four

The Clarkson Women's Ice Hockey team is making history. For the first time, the Golden Knights made it to the Frozen Four. Tomorrow, the team faces off against Mercyhurst...  Go to full article
Olympians parade on a wintry day in Lake Placid. Photo: Andy Flynn

In Lake Placid, Oympians parade home

Lake Placid celebrated its Olympic heritage Sunday by welcoming back a dozen athletes who competed in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Many live there, full time or part...  Go to full article
Angler and TV personality Don Meissner holding a smallmouth bas. Photo courtesy St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce

Seven ways to keep bass safe when angling

With so much snow on the ground, bass fishing might seem far away, but for anglers it's always time to think about bass fishing. New research that finds the ...  Go to full article
Bassmaster Elite angler Randy Howell reels in a small mouth during a tournament practice session near Ogdensburg last summer. Photo: David Sommerstein

How much do Bass fishing tournaments hurt the fish?

Last summer, the country's top professional anglers were catching hundreds of pounds of Bass in the St. Lawrence River for the Bassmasters Elite tournament. Elite series...  Go to full article

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