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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...

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Jul 25, 2014 — The Jacksonville team revamped its stadium with a record-sized video display and luxury cabanas with swimming pools. The beleaguered team is banking on drawing more fans to its games.
Jul 25, 2014 — The Washington Redskins are kicking off their training camp more than a month after the football team's name was deemed offensive to Native Americans by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Despite pressures by activists to change the name, some fans continue to stand by the team.
Jul 25, 2014 — Tony La Russa, who won more games than any MLB manager in the past 60 years, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Links to steroids have kept notable players of his from getting that recognition.
Jul 23, 2014 — Tour de France cyclists need to eat up to 9,000 calories a day to maintain their health and weight during the race. But many teams hire chefs to elevate the meals to gourmet status.
Jul 23, 2014 — As the NFL begins training camp, Commentator Frank Deford wonders why Washington's team keeps its contentious nickname. He suggests alternatives, like the Lobbyists, the Presidents or simply the Who.


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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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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.

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. David Sommerstein and Brian Mann host a discussion of the getaway spots we love and the complicated issues surrounding them. Veteran guide and outfitter Brian McDonnell, Tug Hill Commission director Bob Quinn, and listeners from around the region join the discussion as guests.  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 economy from the Adirondacks to the Thousand Islands.
Many of the sports that are marketed to families and amateurs can be risky. This weekend, thousands of spectators will crowd Lake Placid for the fifth annual Ironman. The 140-mile race is a thrilling challenge, but often a third of those who compete need medical attention. Many wind up seriously ill or in the hospital.

Brian Mann's report on the Ironman first aired last fall. It has been updated for this week's broadcast.  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 compete with skiers and hikers for trails and access in the Adirondacks. On the St. Lawrence River, boats cause the controversy - the faster and the louder they are, the more they draw criticism. A new generation of high-performance power boats are becoming increasingly popular. And for some, they've become a symbol of recklessness and noise in an area that makes placid waters big business. David Sommerstein reports.  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

Focus On Outdoor Recreation: Mountain Biking

The Adirondack Park Mountain Biking Initiative holds its summer meeting this Thursday in Newcomb. The group - headed by Lee and Judi Borland of Lake Placid - is working to...  Go to full article
Jumping far and looking good...

Hoof Dreams: Lake Placid Hosts Annual Horse Competition

For two weeks every summer, Lake Placid's top athletes run and jump on four legs. The I Love New York Horse Show wrapped up over the weekend. The annual competition offers...  Go to full article

NCAA at SLU Preview

St. Lawrence University is host to the NCAA Division 3 track and field championships, everything from discus to the 100 meter sprint. It's brought thousands of participants,...  Go to full article

Anglers Can Fish Both Sides of Lake Champlain

Anglers holding a fishing license from either New York or Vermont can fish in most of Lake Champlain under an agreement announced yesterday. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Does Rafting Hurt the Hudson's Trout Fishery?

Martha Foley talks with Jim Nash, a veteran trout fisherman, who worries that all the rafting threatens the Upper Hudson's fishery.  Go to full article

Lake George: Jetski Ban Faces Opposition

Officials in Lake George plan to vote in two weeks on a rule that would ban jetskis and other personal watercraft. But a new group is organizing to block the change. As...  Go to full article

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