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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 — 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.
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.


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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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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.
Dozens of kids lined up for 'Draco Malfoy' autographs
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 player got into a physical confrontation on the ice. Yesterday a settlement was reached between the university and Morris that will put an end to a trial and multi-million dollar lawsuit he filed. Jody Tosti has more.  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
A rookie on the Salmon.

Trout Rising: An Afternoon on the Salmon River

Flyfishing is one of those pastimes that outsiders view with a kind of awe--art, dance and science combine to lay a line and a tiny twist of feathers and hair along the water...  Go to full article

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