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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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Sep 1, 2014 — Audie Cornish talks with USA Today reporter Nate Ryan about Tony Stewart's return to NASCAR racing for the first time since fellow driver Kevin Ward was killed.
Sep 1, 2014 — The game started on Thursday and it ended on Sunday with the final score 3-0. The game was played in the semi-final round of the National High School Rubber Baseball Tournament.
Sep 1, 2014 — For the 19th consecutive season, the country's second-largest sports and media market will be relegated to watching. It's been nearly two decades since LA had an NFL team, but that may be changing.
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.


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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.
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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.
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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.
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Whiteface Mountain

Winter Season Opens In Adirondacks

After days of frosty temperatures and steady snowfall, the Adirondack ski season opens in earnest this weekend. Whiteface and Gore Mountain will be open; so will the Verizon Cross Country Ski Course. Brian Mann spoke with Sandy Caligiore, spokesman for the Olympic Regional Development Authorty, about the prospects for this year's season.  Go to full article

Peru HS Football Wins Quarterfinal Comeback

The Peru Indians are one of the North Country's most powerful high school football teams. They won the state championship two years ago. On Saturday, Peru performed another miracle, winning the Class B state quarterfinal 43-42.
What's remarkable about this game is that Peru trailed the Lansingburgh Knights by twenty-two points with just a few minutes left in the game. Brian Mann spoke with Peru coach Larry Ewald.  Go to full article
Chris Smutz (L) and Rick Smith show off their dB drag racer.

World's Loudest Car Stereo

This weekend, two of the North Country's own are in Nashville competing for the distinction of building the world's loudest car stereo at the dB Drag Racing World Finals. The sport has nothing to do with racing, or with music, for that matter. The goal is basically to turn a car into one big resonating audio bomb. Chris Smutz and Rick Smith both work at Northern Music & Video in Potsdam. Last winter they stripped down an old Chevy Astro van, leaving only the engine, dashboard, windshield, roof and doors intact. The rest is subwoofers, batteries, and a resonating chamber, all scientifically arranged to make a low, loud blast. David Sommerstein visited Chris and Rick earlier this week as rain pattered on the roof of their workshop in Hannawa Falls.  Go to full article

Doctor Works To Prevent Sports Injuries

Most people understand the relationship between clean water or clean air and their own health. But having a healthy environment doesn't stop with natural ecosystems. It also...  Go to full article
John Combs won the column climb, ringing the bell<br />at the top in only 7.2 seconds.

"High Steel" Prowess at Ironworker Festival

For generations, Mohawks and other Native Americans have built the world's most famous buildings and bridges, including the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center. ...  Go to full article

NYRA President Resigns

Governor Pataki says he hopes that the public will have new confidence in the New York Racing Association, now that its president, Terry Meyocks, has resigned. Karen DeWitt...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Fran Betters, Guide and Teacher

If you want to have a successful fly-fishing trip to the Ausable River, you might want to stop in at the Adirondack Sport shop just outside of Wilmington. Francis Betters...  Go to full article

Comptroller Criticizes NYRA

State Comptroller Alan Hevesi has issued a scathing report and audit detailing what he says are ten years of management and accounting abuses by the New York Racing...  Go to full article

Cannonball Commentary: 90 Miles by Canoe? in a Single Day

The Adirondack Canoe Classic begins tomorrow in Old Forge. The 90-mile race will take more than 250 canoes, kayaks, and guide boats all the way to Saranac Lake. Over the...  Go to full article
Photo by Tara LaFredo

Local Colleges to Fight Division III Proposal

Last month, North Country sports fans were shocked to learn about a proposal that could hurt the competitiveness of the St. Lawrence and Clarkson hockey programs. The plan...  Go to full article

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