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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 28, 2014 — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described the change in a letter to team owners. The league was criticized for suspending Ray Rice for only two games after his arrest on domestic violence charges.
Aug 28, 2014 — Payers recently gathered in Toronto for the Jamaica Olympic Ice Hockey Federation trials. The Toronto Sun is accusing Jamaica of "poaching" Canadians of Jamaican descent.
Aug 28, 2014 — College football's top division has a new playoff system this season. We'll talk about how it works, and how the field of potential contenders looks.
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.


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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.
amish school
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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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bobsled
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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.
Luge racer Erin Hamlin of Ramsen, NY. NCPR file photo: Nancie Battaglia
Luge racer Erin Hamlin of Ramsen, NY. NCPR file photo: Nancie Battaglia

Lake Placid to host international luge conference

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) The International Luge Federation will host its annual congress in Lake Placid in 2016.

State Olympic Regional Development Authority and USA Luge officials secured the 64th congress during the federation's recent meeting in Innsbruck, Austria.  Go to full article
33,000 fans pack the Carrier Dome for an SU game. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/tamurray5/5378719050/">Theresa Murray</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Syracuse hoops topped nation in 2013-14 attendance

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse is back as the No.1 draw in college basketball.

NCAA figures released recently show that Syracuse averaged 26,253 fans for its 18 home games at the Carrier Dome in 2013-14, the team's first as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference  Go to full article
Instructors Brett McLeod and Bob Brhel teach the students how to saw down a tree. Photo: David Sommerstein

Summer school, lumberjack style

The Adirondack woodsman is a North Country archetype - brawny, independent, deeply versed in the ways of the North Woods. There are still loggers working in the forests of the Adirondacks and Tug Hill Plateau, though most are aided by chain saws and huge machinery today.

At Paul Smiths College, a summer school program is keeping the skills and ethos of the Adirondack woodsman alive. The program's 5th year starts next month.  Go to full article
Larger, heavier "UTVs" increase trail erosion, the Adirondack Council says. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimmysmith/6780565430/">Jimmy Smith</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Groups: keep larger ATVs off New York trails

A coalition of environmental groups wants to make sure bigger, heavier all terrain utility vehicles stay off of New York's public trails.

The environmentalists...  Go to full article
Third grader Ty Lester is serious about dodgeball. Photo: Sarah Harris

Inside School: 5th graders organize sports day, raise money

North Country schools have their budgets set for the coming year. Canton Central School District managed to keep the tax levy low and not make any job cuts by relying heavily...  Go to full article
President Obama greets guests at the baseball hall of fame. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO

Obama pitches tourism in Cooperstown

President Barack Obama sees tourism as a valuable American export, and he wants to make it easier for foreigners to visit and spend money in the United States. He made his...  Go to full article
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:National_Baseball_Hall_of_Fame_and_Museum.jpg">Beyond My Ken</a> via Wikimedia Commons

President Obama highlights tourism at Baseball Hall of Fame

President Barack Obama is speaking this hour at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown to highlight the economic benefits of the tourism industry.  Go to full article
Cheerleaders doing splits. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/richelleantipolo/97771959/">Richelle Antipolo</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY moving to classify cheerleading as a sport

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) New York education officials are moving to recognize competitive cheerleading as a sport for the safety of its participants.

A committee of the...  Go to full article
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/60/Rubin_Carter_4.jpg">WikiMedia</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is remembered for work with wrongly convicted

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is being remembered for his work fighting for the wrongfully convicted.

The former American boxer who took up the cause after spending...  Go to full article
The start of the Boston Marathon "shadow run" at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in 2012. This year's shadow run will be the last, as the drawdown from Afghanistan continues. Photo: US Army.

US troops in Afghanistan hosting "shadow" marathon

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) The Fort Drum-based 10th Mountain Division will host what will be the last Boston Marathon "shadow run" to be held at Bagram air base in Afghanistan....  Go to full article

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