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Are there big changes coming to college campuses? The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) made a landmark decision last week, one that will hit home throughout American academia with ripple effects well beyond the top tier sports...
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...

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Aug 30, 2014 — NBA veteran Len Elmore sees something missing in conversations around Ferguson: the voices of black professional athletes. He talks to Arun Rath about his op-ed in USA Today.
Aug 30, 2014 — The former Missouri defensive end was edged out in a competition against undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks for a spot on St. Louis' roster.
Aug 30, 2014 — Howard Bryant of ESPN joins NPR's Scott Simon from the U.S. Open to talk about tennis and a new amendment to the NFL's personal conduct policy that's meant to curb domestic violence.
Aug 30, 2014 — Former NHL star Graeme Townshend was the first Jamaican-born player in the professional hockey league. Now he wants to bring hockey to Jamaica. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Townshend about his campaign.
Aug 29, 2014 — Robert Siegel talks with ESPN sportswriter Jane McManus about the NFL's new domestic violence initiative under its personal conduct policy. The plan comes the league leveled what some called a lenient penalty for running back Ray Rice's alleged domestic abuse.


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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.
Union College Dutchmen playing Yale in February, 2014. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/12400205764/">Doug Kerr</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Union College Dutchmen playing Yale in February, 2014. Photo: Doug Kerr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Parade honors Union College's hockey championship

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) Union College's championship hockey team is being honored with a parade in their home city.

The parade from Union's Schenectady campus to city hall several blocks away will be held Thursday afternoon. It will honor Union's win over Minnesota on Saturday for its first NCAA title.  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack looks at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks each weekend.

Higher than normal temperatures this weekend will keep trails wet and slushy at lower elevations.  Go to full article
Black bear. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/8749778@N06/12033862626/">Eric Kilby</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY hunters killed 1,358 bears in 2013 season

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State officials say New York hunters killed 1,358 black bears during the 2013 hunting seasons, the second-highest number on record.

Figures released by the Department of Environmental Conservation on Monday show hunters killed a record 636 bears from the Southeastern hunting area and a near record 342 from the Central-Western area.

The agency says the high numbers reflect a growing bear population and an abundance of acorns and other nuts last fall.  Go to full article
The Bills playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2009. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20456447@N03/6204627051">Matthew D. Britt</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Bills staying put for now following Wilson's death

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Ralph Wilson fulfilled his vow in keeping the Bills in Buffalo during his lifetime. And they won't be leaving any time soon following the 95-year-old Pro...  Go to full article
Late season ice on Lake Champlain. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/28555778@N00/433797414/">Rob Friesel</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermonters warned of weakening ice on lakes

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermonters are being warned to stay off the ice on the state's lakes and ponds.

Despite recent cold temperatures, the sun is shining brighter...  Go to full article
Saranac Lake turned out after the 2010 Vancouver games for a parade to honor returning North Country Olympic athletes. Photo: Nancie Battaglia

It's Saranac Lake Olympic Parade day today!

It's celebration day in Saranac Lake as Olympians who competed in Sochi return home for a parade and other events.

At least six Olympians will gather at Saranac...  Go to full article
The Adirondack Museum has three wooden crates full of antique soda bottles from the Riverside Bottling Works in Warren County.  Photo: Andy Flynn

Listen: Soda bottles trace a Warren County story

In the Adirondack Attic series, with Andy Flynn, NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the...  Go to full article
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...  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.
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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

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