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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 20, 2014 — Forget peanuts and Cracker Jack. Sausages are the food most closely linked to the national pastime, says Frank Deford.
Aug 19, 2014 — Once, Brazilians were welcomed in other countries with talk of Brazil's soccer dominance; now, everyone merely speaks of their historic World Cup defeat against Germany.
Aug 16, 2014 — She made history at the Little League World Series, becoming the first girl to pitch a shutout. With an uncanny arm and easy cool, she's leading a band of underdogs deeper into the postseason.
Aug 16, 2014 — Leena Gade of Audi Sport oversees mechanics, engineers and drivers. In 2011, she became the first female race engineer to win the Le Mans.
Aug 16, 2014 — There's a new Major League Baseball commissioner, and a new star Little League pitcher. NPR's Scott Simon talks to sports correspondent Tom Goldman about the latest from the world of sports.


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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.
Sports Exclusive
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.

New York Welcomes Olympians Home

Governor Pataki met with New York's newest Olympians. He presented them with the state flag that flew at Ground Zero. It will be displayed at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

North Country Olympians Return Home Triumphant, Eager for Return To Small Town Life

The North Country's Olympic athletes were welcomed home from Salt Lake City on Saturday with a parade in Lake Placid. Hundreds of people lined the streets to shake hands and cheer. As Brian Mann reports, it was a chance for locals to share some of the glow of Olympic gold.
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Cool Fundraiser

The annual Polar Bear Dip netted over 6-thousand dollars this year for the Colton Rescue Squad. The fundraiser was held Sunday at the Shoreline Restaurant in Hannawa Falls. Sunny skies and mild temperatures were on tap for the 30 dippers who plunged into the icy waters of the Raquette River. Jody Tosti visited the Raquette River during last year's Polar Bear Dip.  Go to full article

Canadian Dies While Ice Climbing in Adirondacks

A 34-year-old Toronto man died Friday afternoon on
Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain in the Adirondack town of Chesterfield. Kevin Bailey fell while ice climbing on the...  Go to full article
The NCPR logo as rendered by snow artists Todd Moe, Jody Tosti and Connie Meng.

Snow Art in St. Regis Falls

A team from Dickinson Center won the 2002 New York State Snow Sculpting Competition in St. Regis Falls yesterday. Jody Tosti spoke with some of the sculptors.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence University Students Test Themselves Against a Mountain

Last month, a group of students from St. Lawrence University traveled to central Mexico. They were hoping to scale Orizaba - the third highest peak in North America. The...  Go to full article

Lake Placid Photographer Nancy Battaglia in Salt Lake City

During the Salt Lake City Games, we've been checking in with Lake Placid sports photographer Nancy Battaglia. She's had a front row seat throughout the last two weeks. ...  Go to full article

Lake Placid's Jim Shea, Jr. Wins Olympic Gold

Seventy years after his grandfather won a pair of gold medals at the Lake Placid Winter Games, Jim Shea Jr. claimed his own Olympic gold medal on Wednesday in Salt Lake City....  Go to full article

Snow Sculpture

The 2002 New York State Snow Sculpting Championships get underway in St. Regis Falls today. North Country Public Radio will have a team of sculptors at the contest this...  Go to full article

Olympics: Preview of Skeleton Sledding

The Olympics heat up again today and tomorrow, as North Country athletes compete in some of Salt Lake City's most anticipated events. Today's main event is the skeleton...  Go to full article

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