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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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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.

Sports Illustrated: The Adirondacks Issue

It's been a banner winter for the Adirondacks. First NASA named a lumpy bit of rock on Mars after our state park. Then, last week, the Lake Placid Olympics were celebrated in a new Disney film about the legendary 1980 hockey tournament.
Now, the region is being featured in Sports Illustrated's new swimsuit issue, which appears on newsstands this week. The models and crew stayed at the Wawbeek Lodge on Upper Saranac Lake last summer. Owner Norman Howard talked about the experience with Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Miracle Previews In Lake Placid

The film Miracle opens today in the North Country. The movie is Disney's potrayal of the legendary 1980 Olympic hockey tournament in Lake Placid. There was a gala screening of the film last night, attended by Gov. Pataki and by members of the US team that made history by beating the Soviets. As Brian Mann reports, the movie catches a moment when Lake Placid's history was world history.  Go to full article
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A Rink-Side Seat to History

David Sommerstein talks with Steve Yianoukos, associate athletic director at Clarkson University. He drove the zamboni at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics, including the "Miracle on Ice" game between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.  Go to full article

Lewis County Speedway Deal Under Investigation

State officials are looking into whether Lewis County properly transferred $500,000 of highway funds to an auto racetrack near Lowville. The speedway's owner was a large...  Go to full article

Pataki's Sports Surcharge Plan Draws Fire

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver blasted a plan by Governor Pataki to place a surcharge on tickets to sports events. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
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Lake Placid Gets First Look At Miracle

A new movie about the 1980 Olympic hockey tournament in Lake Placid wasn't filmed in the Adirondacks, but the Walt Disney picture will have an early screening in the Olympic...  Go to full article

Runners Warmup for SLU Marathon

Training for an upcoming marathon in Canton begins later this month. As Jody Tosti reports, the public is invited to put on their running shoes and join the program.  Go to full article

Local Colleges Applaud NCAA Vote

St. Lawrence and Clarkson Universities are breathing a sigh of relief after the NCAA shot down a proposal yesterday that could have endangered their thriving hockey programs....  Go to full article

A Second Skier Dies on North Country Slopes

A skier died Monday at the West Mountain ski center outside of Glens Falls. The death was the second skiing fatality in a week to hit the region's slopes. Brian Mann has...  Go to full article
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Lake Placid: Free Skiing, Part Hype, Part Grace

Lake Placid's "Ultimate Bumps & Jumps" competition aired Sunday afternoon on CBS Sports. The two-day competition held at Whiteface Mountain featured some of the best free...  Go to full article

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