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Fun Sochi fact: The system most media outlets (including NPR) are using is broken. Here’s how we can fix it: Going into today, Norway leads all nations with double digit Gold Medals with 10, but according to most media outlets  they rank...
Along with friends and neighbors, I’m rooting for all of the athletes representing the US and Canada and, most importantly, the Adirondack North Country, Vermont and eastern Ontario and Quebec. These are my people! By now, I hope you know we...
Ah, the Olympics. Where to start? The larger complaint is familiar: the dreams and energy of athletes feed a tightly-controlled monopoly – which throws a mega-party, for which host countries foot horrendous bills. I suppose one defense would...
OK, that’s a trick headline. The fact that such a swim did happen exploits a little-known geo-political detail: France still has territory on the edge of modern-day Canada. Here’s the swim story, by way of CBC. On August 9th, Jordan Wood...
It’s nice to get a mix of topics moving through the In Box, so here’s a modest sport news update for today. An Ottawa area team, the East Nepean Eagles, has won the Canadian Little League Championship and will compete at the Little...

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Apr 19, 2014 — Some of the NBA's hottest teams missed the cut for this year's playoffs. And to what lengths will Cuban athletes go for a chance to play in the MLB? ESPN.com's Howard Bryant tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn.
Apr 19, 2014 — The NCAA is facing scrutiny for how it treats student athletes. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to New York Times columnist Joe Nocera about changes the organization made this week.
Apr 18, 2014 — Among NHL fans, there's a favorite adage: "There's nothing like playoff hockey." The start of this year's playoffs has been no exception. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis comments on the first few games.
Apr 18, 2014 — The percentage of black Major League Baseball players is steadily declining, Pew reports. Meanwhile, a growing percentage of Latino players such as Yasiel Puig bring interesting stories to the game.
Apr 17, 2014 — Brazil is the spiritual home of soccer and a world powerhouse in the sport. It's woven into the Brazilian psyche. Wins and losses have had repercussions in other realms — including politics.


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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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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.
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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.
Carp angler Kevin Cox launches a boilie.
Carp angler Kevin Cox launches a boilie.

The Thrill of Carp Fishing

Carp are largely considered the mucky, ugly bottom-feeders of the fish world in this country. But in Great Britain and Europe, they're prized fighters and millions of anglers fish day and night to haul in a trophy catch. This week, a hundred young carp anglers and their families descend on the North Country for the inaugural St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament. Organizers hope the event will make the St. Lawrence a premier fishing destination. David Sommerstein recently spent time with a carp guide and a British angler to find out what carp fishing's all about.  Go to full article
Dozens of kids lined up for 'Draco Malfoy' autographs

'Draco Malfoy' Visits Massena

Actor Tom Felton, who plays the villian in the Harry Potter films spoke to hundreds of kids, signed books, and posed for photos yesterday at Massena High School. Felton is an avid carp angler and co-host of the St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament being held this week.  Go to full article
Actor Tom Felton on the shores of the St. Lawrence River

Anglers Prepare for Carp Tournament

Carp anglers are scoping out the hottest spots on the St. Lawrence River in preparation for this month's International Junior Carp Tournament. Hundreds of young people, mostly from Europe and England, will compete. As David Sommerstein reports, the hot and cold weather this summer has made carp fishing somewhat of a guessing game.  Go to full article

Clarkson University Settles with Former Hockey Coach

Last year, a popular coach at Clarkson University was fired over a controversial incident with a student. Former Hockey coach, Mark Morris was let go after he and a Clarkson...  Go to full article

Despite Ugly Weather, Few Ironman Injuries

Sunday's Lake Placid Ironman played out against a backdrop of windstorms and heavy rains. But the punishing weather may have actually cut the number of athletes injured...  Go to full article

Promise & Scandal as Saratoga Opens

The New York Racing Association may have it's greatest season yet at the Saratoga Racetrack, with the appearance of the almost Triple Crown winner Funny Cide and the opening...  Go to full article
Father Dan Callahan is chaplain and spiritual director at St. Josephs Rehabilitation Center.

The Iron Friar & The Lake Placid Ironman Triathlon

This week, North Country Public Radio has explored the world of outdoor recreation--everything from economic development to the growing conflicts between the different groups...  Go to full article

Outdoor Recreation Call-in

Playing outdoors is a way of life in the North Country. It's also a fast-growing industry and sometimes a cause for conflict between people who see outdoor fun differently. ...  Go to full article
Triathlete Sandy Izzo<br />photos by Nancie Battaglia

Focus On Outdoor Recreation: The Drama and the Perils of the Lake Placid Ironman

This week, North Country Public Radio is exploring outdoor recreation. It's a passion for many in the region, but also a major business - a cornerstone of the tourism...  Go to full article
John McCullough at his dock in the American Narrows.

Speed & Noise in the American Narrows

The waters, mountains, and forests of the North Country are where people go to relax and take in nature. They're also venues for occasional conflict. Snowmobiles and ATVs...  Go to full article

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