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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...
Baseball fans take note! According to the CBC: A New York filmmaker has discovered rare footage of the 1919 World Series — known for the Black Sox betting scandal — while working on a documentary about old films found in...

Sports
Aug 1, 2014 — Did ESPN's Stephen Smith need to apologize for saying women need to be aware of provocation? The Barbershop guys weigh in.
Aug 1, 2014 — Studies show the caffeine in just a few cups of coffee enhances performance in a wide range of sports. But more isn't better, and concentrated caffeine can be lethal.
Jul 31, 2014 — Some college athletes who dreamed of going into pro sports are instead finding full-time work on NASCAR pit crews. NASCAR is recruiting athletes, not mechanics, and has a special training center.
Jul 30, 2014 — The NCAA has settled a class-action lawsuit over its head injury policies, pending approval. Supporters laud a $70 million fund for medical monitoring; others say there's no money for injured players.
Jul 30, 2014 — The Hanwha Eagles lost over 400 games in five years. But online fans have stayed true. Now remote fans can control robots at the stadium that are wearing jerseys, cheering and bearing the fans' faces.


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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.

Profile: NBC Olympic Commentator Duncan Kennedy

The north country has an army of athletes, venue staff, and volunteers working in Salt Lake City. Also in the thick of things is Lake Placid's Duncan Kennedy. The world champion luge racer was forced by illness to abandon a come-back two years ago. He's made a second career working for television, helping to explain his sport to American viewers. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Olympic Women's Hockey: US Over China

It was another lopsided win on Thursday for the US women's hockey team. Saranac Lake's Andrea Killbourne helped to dominate the national team from China. As Brian Mann reports, the US faces stiffer competition as they head into the weekend.  Go to full article

Canada Win Over Kazakstan Could Set up US/Canada Match in Women's Hockey

In Olympic women's hockey, if the US and Canada do meet in the gold medal round, the North Country will have players on both sides of the puck. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Lake Placid Sledder Moves American Team Forward

Lake Placid sled racer Adam Heidt finished his Olympic competition in fourth place on Monday, as the singles luge event wrapped up in Salt Lake City. Heidt's finish was the...  Go to full article

North Country Athletes Make Strong Showing in Olympics' First Days

It was a big weekend for North Country residents at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Snowboarder Kelly Clark from West Dover, Vermont claimed a gold medal in the...  Go to full article

North Country Carries the Flag for Team USA

Two North Country athletes will lead the way tonight at the opening ceremonies in Salt Lake City. Amy Peterson, veteran speedskater from Ballston Spa, New York, will carry...  Go to full article

Ottawa's Ridaeu Canal Opens for Skating

The Rideau Canal in Ottawa is open for skating. The recent cold temperatures enabled the National Capital Commission to open the popular skating rink--just in time for the...  Go to full article

Lake Placid Turns Out to Honor Jack Shea, Olympian

Hundreds of people turned out on Friday in Lake Placid for a public funeral honoring 91-year-old Olympic medallist Jack Shea. Shea died last week after his car was struck by...  Go to full article

Remembering Winter Olympian Jack Shea

Lake Placid's legendary Winter Olympian, Jack Shea, died this week in a car crash near his home. The 91-year-old was the oldest living gold medalist. He was killed just three...  Go to full article

Lake Placid Hosts World Mogul and Aerial Jumping Competition

Lake Placid grabbed some of the winter sport spotlight over the weekend. Skiers from around the world competed in the mogul and aerial jumping competitions. Brian Mann...  Go to full article

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