Sports

8:08am

Wed September 17, 2014
Sports

New law targets Washington Redskins' mascot use

Keith Allison Flickr

The Oneida Indian Nation and the Change the Mascot campaign have spent more than a year putting public pressure on the Washington D.C. football franchise to drop its nickname, the Redskins. They say it’s offensive.

Change the Mascot is continuing its push on Washington’s pro football team to change its name by reaching out to owners of all the NFL teams and taking action in Congress.

Half the U.S. Senate and a growing chorus of newspapers and public officials have chimed in too, but so far the team itself has refused to budge.

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11:55am

Thu August 21, 2014
Sports

Student athletes at Nottingham get a new kind of lesson from coaches

Some Nottingham High School athletes will take part in a pilot program teaching them how to have better relationships.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

There’s a new kind of playbook for some of the athletic coaches in the Syracuse City School District. The district is teaming up with Vera House to pilot a program encouraging male athletes to have healthy relationships, especially with the women in their lives.

Coaches for Nottingham High School's football team, freshman basketball team and modified soccer team will be dealing with more than X’s an O’s when the season starts. They will also carry a playbook and flip cards that have topics like "Disrespecting Behavior towards Girls," and "Understanding Consent."

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7:19am

Tue July 22, 2014
Recreation

Residents along Erie Canal are rediscovering it via bike

Doug Kerr via Flickr

Many New Yorkers who live along the Erie Canal are rediscovering the waterway via long-distance bicycle trips.

The recreational trail along the canal is becoming a well-used resource by people living in towns that were built by the canal. And they’re spending money too.

A survey by Parks and Trails New York finds a million and a half people take to the Erie Canal Trail every year. A large majority, nearly 90 percent, of those are bikers.

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10:22am

Fri June 20, 2014
Academic Research

Playing youth sports a sign of career success?

Joseph Gilbert via Flickr

Earning a varsity letter in high school for playing sports will mean better jobs and increased philanthropy later in life. That's the consensus of new research from Cornell University.

Two coinciding studies looked at the success of people who played a sport in school. The first asked potential employers and co-workers to look at extra-curricular activities of potential hires.

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1:09pm

Wed June 18, 2014
Sports

Washington Redskins name loses patent protection

Keith Allison via Flickr

The U.S. Patent Office has canceled the trademark of the Washington Redskins professional football team, ruling that it is offensive to Native Americans. 

It was efforts from the Oneida Indian Nation that put the name back in the spotlight.

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled Wednesday the Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and will no longer be protected. Patent law disallows the use of offensive names as trademarks.

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6:13am

Wed May 7, 2014
Sports

State lawmakers join pressure on Washington football team's mascot

Keith Allison via Flickr

A group of New York state lawmakers are joining a growing national push for the pro football team the Washington Redskins to change its name.

The group plans to introduce a resolution in the state legislature denouncing the football team's use of the word "redskin" and urging team owner Daniel Snyder to pick a new name.

"The word is absolutely offensive to the Native American community and beyond," said Democratic Assemblyman Keith Wright, noting names like New York Giants and Jets are not offensive, except maybe to broken down jet engines.

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6:11am

Fri May 2, 2014
Sports

New Syracuse sports stadium is still possible

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner's stadium task force discusses the prospect of a new stadium.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The sports stadium expert advising Syracuse University in the recent debate over building a new stadium on Syracuse’s east side, says the future of a stadium for Syracuse sports is still under discussion. The urgency of the plan now is nowhere near what it was earlier this year, when a potential pot of state money could have become available.

Irwin Raij, of Foley and Lardner, the law firm SU hired as a consultant, says the stadium study conducted late last year was worth it for a couple of reasons.

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5:24pm

Tue April 29, 2014
Sports

Cheerleading moves from sidelines to being a sport in New York

High school cheerleading is now a sport in New York state.
Herald Post via Flickr

As human pyramids get taller, jumps and throws higher, and tumbles more elaborate, cheerleading in New York state will come under more regulation.

The state Board of Regents Tuesday gave the final approval to make cheering a sport starting next school year. It was a four year effort for state coordinators.

"What it does, is it just brings that legitimacy to the sport and that recognition to the sport that we for so long have tried to bring to these athletes," said Nina Baker, the cheerleading coordinator for Section III athletics in central New York.

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6:44am

Tue April 22, 2014
Sports

Syracuse runners show they're Boston Strong

Runners take part in an event at Onondaga lake Park.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

About 200 central New York runners marked the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings last night. The running bond remains strong a year after the bombing that left three people dead and scores injured.

A bagpipe serenaded runners hitting the pavement of Onondaga Lake Park to mark the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.
 

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6:30am

Mon March 31, 2014
Sports

Opening day for baseball in New York... as soon as the snow melts

The Baldwinsville High School baseball team has been forced by cold weather to practice indoors all spring.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

It's the first full day of the Major League Baseball season. And it's also the first day of the high school baseball season in New York.

Opening day should elicit familiar sights and sounds, like the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd. Not the sound of a shovel scraping ice, but that's what is more familiar as central New York baseball teams get ready to play.

This stubbornly cold spring is delaying the start of baseball season and keeping teams indoors.

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2:31pm

Tue March 25, 2014
Sports

Amid pressure over name, Redskins create foundation

Keith Allison Flickr

The Oneida Indian Nation in upstate New York supports the creation of a new foundation by Washington D.C.'s professional football team, though it says it's not a solution.

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8:34am

Sat March 1, 2014
Sports

Olympian Erin Hamlin comes home to a town shining like bronze

Erin Hamlin celebrates with her brother, mother, and father in the Remsen high school gym Thursday night.
David Sommerstein/NCPR

America's first athlete to win a medal in singles luge was treated to a homecoming fit for a hero last night. Erin Hamlin's thrilling runs on the luge track in Sochi, Russia earned her the bronze.

After interviews, celebrity appearances, and photo shoots in New York City this week, Hamlin touched down at the Syracuse airport. A police escort and fire trucks guided her past miles of cheering crowds to the tiny town of Remsen in the foothills of the southern Adirondacks.

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8:30pm

Thu February 27, 2014
Olympics

Olympian Erin Hamlin welcomed home after historic performance

Erin Hamlin poses for a photo after arriving at the Syracuse airport. Hamlin, from Remsen, N.Y., won bronze in singles luge.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A small group of family and friends made the arrivals lounge at the Syracuse airport sound more like the bottom on the Olympic luge track Thursday evening. They were welcoming home Remsen, N.Y. native and Olympic medalist Erin Hamlin.

Hamlin became the first American to ever medal in singles luge when she slid to bronze at the Sochi Winter Games this month.

"It's a different world for her right now," her mother, Eileen Hamlin, said.

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4:04pm

Fri February 21, 2014
Sports

Special Olympics get underway in Syracuse this weekend

Almost 700 athletes will file into the OnCenter in downtown Syracuse this evening to kick-off this year’s New York Special Olympic Games.

The OnCenter will also host floor hockey competition. Alpine skiing will be at Greek Peak. And there are snowshoeing and cross-country ski races too.

Stacey Eder, the volunteer coordinator for the Special Olympics, says having their annual event coincide with the Winter Olympics in Russia will add to the excitement.

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2:34pm

Tue February 11, 2014
Olympics

Remsen native first American to medal in singles luge

Erin Hamlin of Remsen, N.Y. competing in the luge in 2010.
sam_churchhill via Flickr

Mohawk Valley native Erin Hamlin has become the first American to win an Olympic medal in singles luge.

Hamlin slid to a third place finish and a bronze medal today at the winter games in Sochi, Russia. 

It was her third time completing in the Olympics. She was world champion in 2009, but she had finished out of the top 10 at the last two games.

The 27-year-old is from Remsen, N.Y., about 20 miles north of Utica.

"I'm sure everyone at home is going crazy," Hamlin told the Associated Press, "and I can't wait to get home to see them."

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3:20pm

Mon February 10, 2014
Sports

Congressional pressure builds on Redskins to change name

Keith Allison via Flickr

An effort led by the Oneida Indian Nation to have Washington D.C.'s professional football team change its name has gained more support from members of Congress.

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., sent a letter Monday to NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell urging the league to take a stand for the Washington Redskins to change its team name.

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1:41pm

Fri January 31, 2014
Super Bowl

S.U. Marching Band ready to perform at Super Bowl

The Syracuse University Marching Band rehearses for the Super Bowl XLVIII pregame show Sunday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The beat of the Syracuse University Marching Band drum line rang out in the Carrier Dome this week, even if the Orange football season is in the books, as the band prepared for its next performance.

This weekend’s Super Bowl festivities in the New York City metro area will have a touch of Syracuse: S.U.’s marching band will entertain the crowd at MetLife Stadium before the kick-off of Super Bowl XLVIII.

"This is the highest profile event that this band will probably have ever done," said band director Justin Mertz at a practice this week.

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4:38pm

Sun December 8, 2013
Sports

Mike Hopkins on The Campbell Conversations

SU basketball associate head coach Mike Hopkins, at left, with host Grant Reeher

  The Syracuse University Men's Basketball Team is off to a good start this season, in its first season in the ACC.  The team is 9-0 and ranked 4th in the nation after defeating Binghamton University on Saturday.  On this week's edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher talks with Mike Hopkins, SU associate head coach.  Hopkins discusses how athletics and academics mix in big-time college sports, the recipes for success as a player and a coach, and how some aspects of the system might be improved. 

Full transcript of the interview:

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8:58am

Fri November 29, 2013
Sports

Off-the-shelf football gear offers same protection as custom-built

Players stand along the sideline during a football game.
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

Special mouth guards and helmets marketed to help reduce concussions may not actually provide any additional protection for football players a new report claims. The findings are from a 2012 study that followed 1,332 high school athletes during a season.

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8:31am

Thu November 28, 2013
Sports

New high school football rules protect helmetless players

Oswego's football team competes against Nottingham during the Oswego's final regular season game.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Following the tragic deaths of several high school football players across the country, the sport's rules and practices are being scrutinized. Recent rule changes are protecting helmetless players, and some coaches in the region say it's bringing common sense back to the game.

On a chilly evening, the Oswego Buccaneers varsity football team hustles down the field against the Nottingham Bulldogs, its quarterback lobbing a well placed ball to an open receiver.

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7:24pm

Tue November 19, 2013
Sports

2013: Dr. Lewis B. O'Donnell Media Summit

Credit Dr. Lewis B. O'Donnell Media Summit / mediasummit.org

Get in the Game! The 9th annual Dr. Lewis B. O'Donnell Media Summit occuring in Waterman Theater on the SUNY Oswego campus this November 6. This year panelists discussed the world of sports and sports broadcasting.

The full broadcast is available below:

Panelists:

John Kucko - '87

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8:04pm

Wed October 30, 2013
Sports

Oneida 'disappointed' in response from NFL over Redskins name

The owner of the Washington Redskins professional football team says its name is "a badge of honor."
Keith Allison via Flickr

The Oneida Indian Nation says it was disappointed the National Football League defended its Washington team using the name Redskins in a meeting between the two parties.

Representatives from the nation met for an hour on Wednesday with senior league executives. The meeting was moved up a few weeks, but did not happen on Oneida territory in upstate New York as the nation had hoped.

The Oneida say the use of the name 'Redskins' is racist and offensive to Native Americans.

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6:49am

Thu October 17, 2013
Sports

Poll: Most fans okay with Redskins name change

Keith Allison via Flickr

A poll conducted by the Oneida Indian Nation has found that a majority of Washington D.C. residents wouldn't be bothered if the city's professional football team changed its name.

The poll, released Wednesday, finds 55 percent of residents say it would make no difference if the Washington Redskins went by a different mascot. A quarter of those surveyed said they would be less of a fan, but 18 percent said they would be more.

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5:55pm

Wed October 9, 2013
Sports

Team owner says Washington Redskins name is 'badge of honor'

The owner of the Washington Redskins professional football team has responded to charges from the Oneida Indian Nation that its name is offensive by saying the name and logo are "a badge of honor," not a label.

Owner Daniel Snyder wrote a two page letter to fans today saying, in part, "it is a symbol of everything we stand for: strength, courage, pride, and respect - the same values we know guide Native Americans and which are embedded throughout their rich history as the original Americans."

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12:47pm

Tue October 8, 2013
Sports

N.F.L. may meet on Oneida land to discuss Redskins name change

The National Football League has expressed interest in moving up a previously scheduled meeting with the Oneida Indian Nation to discuss the nation's desire to have the Washington Redskins team change its nickname.

That meeting could now happen on nation territory in a few weeks.

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3:03pm

Mon October 7, 2013
Sports

Oneida Nation puts pressure on N.F.L.'s Redskins to change name

The Oneida Indian Nation held a conference in Washington today to put pressure on the city’s football team to change its name from the Redskins.

The Oneida and other Native Americans say the name is offensive and pressure on the N.F.L. team is growing, including from the president.

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7:15am

Mon August 19, 2013
Sports

Chiefs struggling to get fans to the ballpark again this year

NBT Bank stadium as the first of a midweek doubleheader gets underway. The announced attendance was 6,119.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

For a recent mid-week doubleheader against the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Syracuse Chiefs baseball team announced an attendance of 6,119 at NBT Bank Stadium - a number based on tickets distributed, not people through the turnstile.

The following night an announced crowd of 10,842 came out to the ballpark. A glance around the 11,000 seat stadium on both days would suspect much smaller actual crowds.

Last season the Triple A affiliate of the Washington Nationals drew an average of 5,288 fans to the ballpark, their lowest since the 2004 season.

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8:34am

Sat May 25, 2013
Sports

Cornell wrestler named Sports Illustrated male College Athlete of the Year

Cornell alum Jim Sollecito interviews Sports Illustrated college athlete of the year Kyle Dake.

Upstate New York's plethora of colleges and universities means that this month, thousands of students are graduating, reflecting on their time in college in the region and then moving on to the next phase of their lives. One outstanding graduating senior, Cornell University's Kyle Dake, who was just named Sports Illustrated's male College Athlete of the Year.

 

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1:21pm

Fri December 21, 2012
Sports

Bills will play football in Buffalo for another 7 years

The Buffalo Bills will likely be staying in New York for at least another seven years, now that state and team officials have worked out a new deal.

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7:23am

Sun December 9, 2012
Sports

KanJam: From Buffalo backyards to world domination

Credit Daniel Robison / WBFO

In the late 1980s, a few college friends in Buffalo created a game called “Trash Can Frisbee.” Players tossed a disc toward garbage cans where a partner slapped it in for points. The sport was mostly played in backyards around Buffalo for years. Now, it’s now known as KanJam and played at tailgates and parties all over the country. But the sport owes its success… to gym class.

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