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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 27, 2014 — President Obama has been widely criticized for not being combative enough. Commentator Frank Deford says we elected a basketball player, but ended up with a golfer.
Aug 26, 2014 — At 6 feet 11 and 285 pounds, Taishan Dong hopes to be the next big heavyweight fighter in a boxing class that's hurting for stars.
Aug 24, 2014 — Fear of lawsuits had kept tattoos out of previous editions of the video game, but San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick put those worries to rest when he secured the rights to his tattoos.
Aug 24, 2014 — The 91-year-old former Marine went from borrowing a mask at an Okinawa hospital to umpiring in the Negro League, where he made calls against legends like Satchel Paige, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays.
Aug 24, 2014 — NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Mike Pesca of Slate.com about the week's sports news.


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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.
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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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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.
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>
Sydney Aveson stopped 37 of the 39 shots she faced in Plattsburgh State's 9-2 win over Norwich. Photo via SUNY Plattsburgh

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 and Bridget Balisy combined for 11 to earn the Cardinals' third national crown -- on home ice at the Stafford Ice Arena Saturday night.  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 pumps trout and salmon into the lake each year. That brings out more than 2.5 million anglers to the lake and its tributaries.  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 first day of spring, winter conditions continue, with the entire region picking-up an inch or two of snow on Wednesday night, two to four inches in the southern half of the region. Additional snow opportunities through Saturday could leave a few more inches of wet snow, before conditions turn colder for the second half of the weekend. Expect conditions to harden-up again for Sunday which could make some trails icy into early next week.  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
Screenshot of the Discover the Adirondack Park app.

Tourism groups launch app for Adirondack visitors

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Planning a trip to the Adirondacks? There's an app for that.

The Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages and regional tourism groups have...  Go to full article
Luger Erin Hamlin has already received a hometown parade following her return to Remsen after the games. Photo: David Sommerstein

Olympic parades set for Saranac Lake, Lake Placid

Two Adirondack villages will hold parades this month to celebrate the North Country's success at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Lake Placid will hold a parade March...  Go to full article
Erin Hamlin celebrates with her brother, mother, and father in the Remsen high school gym Thursday night. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Olympian Erin Hamlin comes home to a town shining like bronze

America's first athlete to win a medal in singles luge was treated to a homecoming fit for a hero last night. Erin Hamlin's thrilling runs on the luge track in Sochi earned...  Go to full article

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