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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 29, 2014 — Robert Siegel talks with ESPN sportswriter Jane McManus about the NFL's new domestic violence initiative under its personal conduct policy. The plan comes the league leveled what some called a lenient penalty for running back Ray Rice's alleged domestic abuse.
Aug 28, 2014 — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described the change in a letter to team owners. The league was criticized for suspending Ray Rice for only two games after his arrest on domestic violence charges.
Aug 28, 2014 — Payers recently gathered in Toronto for the Jamaica Olympic Ice Hockey Federation trials. The Toronto Sun is accusing Jamaica of "poaching" Canadians of Jamaican descent.
Aug 28, 2014 — College football's top division has a new playoff system this season. We'll talk about how it works, and how the field of potential contenders looks.
Aug 27, 2014 — Chicago has gathered for a parade to celebrate the Jackie Robinson West baseball team, which won the U.S. championship at the Little League World Series.


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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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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.

Ron Griffin is North Country Public Radio

Ron Griffin of Dekalb describes the trials and tribulations of a NASCAR devotee.  Go to full article
Matt Dawson, Hamilton, Ont. places a carp on a padded mat for weighing

St. Lawrence Carp Tourny A Success

Organizers are calling the inaugural St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament a success. 100 young carp anglers reeled in 55 carp over the weekend. Anglers from Ogdensburg, Waddington, and Lisbon finished in the top ten. The grand prize went to a 15 year-old carp enthusiast from a suburb of London. On Friday, David Sommerstein chatted with competitors on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.  Go to full article
Looking out from Pyramid...

The Big Loop: Hiking Gothics, Armstrong & Upper Wolfjaw

As the summer winds to a close, this is the best time of year for hiking in the Adirondacks. The trails are dry and relatively bug-free. The days are still long enough to enjoy a leisurely ramble. Brian Mann made a trek recently in the mountains above Keene Valley, following a classic route that loops over three high peaks. He sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Placing bets in Saratoga Springs...

Saratoga Horse Racing More Popular, More Scandalous

Updated: 1:21 pm Friday

Horse racing fans in Saratoga Springs won't see the widely anticipated rematch Saturday, between Funny Cide and Empire Maker. Both horses...  Go to full article
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...  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. ...  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,...  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

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