See also: 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics
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Yesterday’s really shocking and horrifying bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon continue to be a mystery, and I’m not going to go into it here except to send you to NPR’s ongoing coverage of the story. There’s been some really...
(4/10/13) Update on the big game: USA 3, Canada 2. Some losses are loudly attributed to bad calls from suspect officials. By most accounts, this game simply showcased a strong, motivated US team that carried the day. CBC reports: The Canadians got...
Two cultural moments converged this month in American sports that bear thinking about. The first was the scandal that erupted around Rutgers college basketball coach Mike Rice, who was filmed physically, verbally and emotionally abusing his...
It’s a trying time to be a hockey fan. As David Sommerstein reported in mid-October, a stand-off between owners and players has lead to no games and frustrations galore. CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada has been a cultural institution...
Monday night’s big NFL game between the Packers and the Seahawks drove a stake through the heart of anyone still trying to pretend that a group of third-tier referees could officiate a sport that involves guys the size of appliances who move...
May 22, 2013 — The Boston Bruins are ahead three games in their series with the New York Rangers. The reigning champion Los Angeles Kings, meanwhile, lost to San Jose and their series is tied at 2-2.
May 21, 2013 — After the announcement that David Beckham is retiring, there's been much discussion about how good of an athlete he's really been. Sports commentator Frank Deford says Beckham's talents have been overlooked.
May 21, 2013 — Rebellious athletes, drained budgets, dysfunctional management and a string of embarrassing scandals. Persistent turmoil at U.S. Speedskating threatened American success at the looming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. So USS has undergone a major reorganization.
May 21, 2013 — Jackson is famous for his philosophical take on basketball and for the many stars he led to championship triumphs. He taught his players yoga and gave them assigned reading — but also pushed them to intensely practice fundamental skills. His new book looks back on a legendary coaching career.
May 19, 2013 — Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Mike Pesca about wrestling. The Iran and U.S. teams were supposed to face off in Los Angeles, and the sport is battling to stay in the Olympics.
NCPR Special Reports
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.
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.
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.
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 sports 20-year history 10th grader Jonathan Hammond of Alexandria Bay. David Sommerstein has this profile.
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 mens 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.
Team NCPR Hits the Pits
Team NCPR battles for racetrack glory in a gritty expose of epic rivalry and staggering loss.
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.
International Rutabaga Curling Championship
Behind every winter sport, theres probably a founder who was just trying to stay warm and alert through the dark months. Thats 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.
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.