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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...

Jul 29, 2014 — Linda Wertheimer talks with Bloomberg View sportswriter Kavitha Davidson about the NFL's suspension of the Baltimore Ravens running back for assaulting his then-fiancee, now wife.
Jul 28, 2014 — A Los Angeles judge has issued a preliminary ruling against embattled LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Jul 28, 2014 — A California judge gave the green light to the sale of the team, which Donald Sterling's estranged wife had arranged in May.
Jul 28, 2014 — The Rockies won a home game Saturday night, and fans at Coors Field received replicas of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki's jersey. But the shirts misspelled his last name.
Jul 27, 2014 — The cyclist had dominated the Tour, wearing the yellow jersey through all but two stages of the grueling three-week competition.

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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
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
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.
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 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.
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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.
Luger Erin Hamlin has already received a hometown parade following her return to Remsen after the games. Photo: David Sommerstein
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 16, honoring home-town silver medalist Andrew Weibrecht, and bronze medalist Erin Hamlin from Remsen. Also on hand will be two bronze-winning bobsled racers, Steve Holcomb and Steve Langton. That parade will begin at 5:30 in the evening and will conclude with fireworks over the Olympic village.

On March 26, a second parade will be held in Saranac Lake. That parade, on Broadway, will also include local Olympians and their families, as well as young athletes from downhill and cross-country ski teams. The Saranac Lake parade will kick off at 3:30 pm. In all, more than a dozen athletes from the North Country region competed in the Sochi Oympics in sports ranging from luge sled racing to Alpine Super-G.  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 her the bronze.

After interviews, celebrity appearances, and photo shoots in New York City this week, Hamlin touched down at the Syracuse airport. A police escort and fire trucks guided her past miles of cheering crowds to the tiny town of Remsen in the foothills of the southern Adirondacks.  Go to full article
One of Battaglia's iconic images from 2014 will be Erin Hamlin's moment of victory in Sochi.  Photo:  Nancie Battaglia

Hamlin celebration set for Thursday in Remsen

A tiny town on the southern tip of the Tug Hill Plateau is getting ready for an Olympic-scale celebration. Luger Erin Hamlin, who won a Bronze medal in the Sochi Olympic Games, is scheduled to return home to the town of Remsen Thursday around 7 pm.  Go to full article
Olympian Erin Hamlin (left) and Duncan Kennedy of the United States Luge Association work with Professor Doug Bohl, grad student Brian Heckendorf, and Professor Brian Helenbrook on sizing a sled so that they can model it electronically, and then manufacture it.  Photo: Clarkson University

Clarkson engineers designing a faster luge sled

The Sochi winter Olympics have wrapped up, but Clarkson University researchers are already working on the 2018 Winter Games: Mechanical engineering professor Doug Bohl uses...  Go to full article
Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid won silver in Super-G in Sochi. He will be among the local Olympians honored by the parades. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia

Saranac Lake and Lake Placid planning Olympic parades

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) Parades are being planned for the Adirondack Mountain villages of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake to honor local Olympic athletes after they return...  Go to full article
Nancie Battaglia has been covering Olympic Games, summer and winter, since 1980.  Photo:  Nancie Battaglia

Nancie Battaglia: A photographer's Olympics

After months of anticipation, and weeks of dramatic competition, the 2014 Winter Olympic Games are officially over.

North Country athletes wrapped up their...  Go to full article
Photo: © Nancie Battaglia

Sochi recap: some big wins, some losses, some bittersweet moments

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi have given us a dramatic couple of weeks in Russia, for the US, for our neighbors in Canada, and certainly for athletes here in the North...  Go to full article

This Weekend in the Adirondacks

Each Friday, John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack looks at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for the coming weekend.

It's been a great week...  Go to full article
Team USA Captain Zach Parise. Photo: <a href="">Christine Grabig</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

U.S.-Canada showdown in men's hockey today in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (AP) One day after the Canadians beat the Americans in a thrilling gold medal game in women's hockey, the men from both hockey powers square off in a semifinal.  Go to full article
After triumph in Sochi, where will Andrew Weibrecht's journey take him next?  Photo:  &copy; Nancie Battaglia

Andrew Weibrecht's remarkable journey to Sochi

Over the last couple of months, our Adironadack bureau chief Brian Mann has been focusing a lot of his attention on the Winter Olympics in Sochi. He's interviewed remarkable...  Go to full article

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