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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 24, 2014 — Major changes are expected for the NCAA, whose board meets Thursday. Directors will consider giving the five power conferences more autonomy, as well as changing the way scholarships are administered.
Apr 23, 2014 — Commentator Frank Deford considers a few athletic and cultural standards that have changed over the years.
Apr 22, 2014 — John Eric Goff, the chair of the physics department at Lynchburg College, explains the science of the 2014 World Cup soccer ball.
Apr 22, 2014 — NPR followed eight runners on their journey to the 118th Boston Marathon. Here is what it looks like to stare 26.2 miles in the face, and finish.
Apr 21, 2014 — The Boston Marathon is back, over one year since bombs rocked its finish line. NPR's Jeff Brady discusses the race, its heightened security and Meb Keflezighi, the first American to win it since 1983.


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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.

Theatre Review: Super Bowl XXXVII World Premiere, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

The SUPER BOWL was broadcast Sunday evening with its usual hoop-la. Resident theatre critic and football aficionado Connie Meng watched and has this review.  Go to full article
21st Annual Loppet gets underway. Photo provided by ORDA.

Loppet Race Run on Saturday, Locals Fare Well

More than 500 skiers turned out on Saturday for the Lake Placid Loppet, the North Country's premier cross-country ski race. As Brian Mann reports, local racers fared well in the competition, which drew a record number of athletes.  Go to full article
Tim MacIntyre and his son T.J. are two of the thousands of snowmobilers who play -- and spend money -- in the North Country each winter.

Snowmobile Clubs' Insurance Woes; Trails Close

Snowmobile clubs in Lewis, Jefferson, and St. Lawrence counties and across New York State have had to close their trail systems after discovering their insurance policy doesn't cover snowmobile riders. The interruption comes at the height of the season that generates tens of millions of dollars for local economies. As David Sommerstein reports, irresponsible drivers are fueling a perception that the sport is too dangerous to insure.  Go to full article

Root, Root, Root for the Rutabagas!

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...  Go to full article

December Snowmobile Deaths Mount

Authorities say one young person died and a second was injured in a snowmobile accident over the holiday weekend. Seventeen-year-old Christopher Ernest died in a crash near...  Go to full article

Buffalo to Host Indigenous Games

New York will host the next North American Indigenous Games in 2005. Buffalo won a bid for the games last week. It's the second time they've been held in the U.S. ...  Go to full article

SLU Relay to Benefit the Giving Tree Program

Track and field students at St. Lawrence University will be running a 24-hour relay to benefit the "Giving Tree" program, a charitable organization that serves needy families...  Go to full article

Saints Stress Team in Semifinals

Groundskeepers are working overtime to fend off snow and ice as St. Lawrence University hosts the NCAA Division III men's soccer championship today and tomorrow. The Saints...  Go to full article

Olympian Jimmy Shea Will Sit Out Sled Season

Olympic gold medallist Jimmy Shea says he'll sit out at least the first half of this year's skeleton world cup season. Shea -- a Lake Placid native and a popular athlete at...  Go to full article

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...  Go to full article

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