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Saranac Lake resident’s cousin wins Iditarod

SARANAC LAKE — Dallas Seavey was closing in on his fifth Iditarod victory before the sun rose in Alaska Monday morning. Aleacia Landon was excitedly watching the historic moment in Saranac Lake, four time zones and nearly 3,000 miles away from the finish line. A native of Alaska who ...

Town OKs 1980 rink seat sale

LAKE PLACID — The North Elba Town Council has given the state Olympic Regional Development Authority the OK to sell seats from the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena, where the legendary “Miracle on Ice” took place. ORDA is currently overseeing a large-scale, multi-million-dollar renovation ...

Lake Placid hoops teams split at home

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid High School basketball teams salvaged a split at home Friday in a doubleheader against Seton Catholic. The Blue Bombers girls fell 25-20 in the opening game to even their record at 1-1. Lake Placid’s boys then got off to another fast start to claim a 51-32 ...

Olympic leaders, rights groups in stalemate over Beijing Winter Games

GENEVA — Activists protesting the 2022 Beijing Olympics hoped China’s record on human rights would get on the agenda this week at a major IOC gathering. The International Olympic Committee was just as determined not to speak publicly of the “No Beijing 2022” campaign’s ...

Summer Olympic host Japan declines China vaccine offer IOC accepted

TOKYO — Japan will not take part in China’s offer — accepted by the International Olympic Committee — to provide vaccines for “participants” in the postponed Tokyo Games and next year’s Beijing Winter Games. Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa said Friday that Japan had not been ...

Lake Placid boys win hoops opener

LAKE PLACID — Senior Matt Brandes had it all working for his Lake Placid Blue Bombers Wednesday. He scored 22 points, and the Blue Bombers came away with a 51-26 win over Chazy in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball. Playing tough defense in their first game of this ...

After virus pause, Saranac Lake teams restarting soon

SARANAC LAKE — Higher-risk winter sports for six teams at Saranac Lake High School didn’t have much of a chance to get going in preparation for a short season before positive COVID-19 tests among student-athletes put those programs on hold. The good news, however, is that all those ...

NWHL to resume playoffs near Boston

The National Women’s Hockey League will complete its abbreviated season with two nationally televised semifinals and a championship game some two months after the league suspended its playoffs following a COVID-19 breakout among numerous teams. The league on Monday announced play will ...

Saranac Lake Classic fills ice derby void

SARANAC LAKE — An ice fishing derby was held in and around Saranac Lake over the weekend to fill the void left after the annual Colby Classic was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although no one is looking to replace the Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club’s Colby Classic, which ...

U.S. women biathletes race to best relay finish since 1994

NOVE MESTO, Czech Republic — In the final women’s relay of the biathlon World Cup season, Team USA turned in a performance for the ages. The team’s sixth-place finish in the field of 21 teams on Thursday was the best since 1994 and just 40.1 seconds off the winning time turned in ...

Ban Ki-moon asked to act on complaint against Beijing Games

Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is being asked to rule on an ethics complaint filed against the International Olympic Committee by a human-rights group representing Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in China. Ban is the chairman of the IOC’s ethics commission. The World ...

‘Miracle on Ice’ star Mark Pavelich dies at treatment home

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mark Pavelich, the speedy center from the Iron Range who played on the “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey team, has died at a treatment center for mental illness. He was 63. Officials in Anoka County, Minnesota, confirmed Friday that Pavelich died at the Eagle’s ...

SL, LP Nordic teams wrap up season at the VIC

The Saranac Lake and Lake Placid Nordic teams wrapped up their season competing against each other on Wednesday on the trails at the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interperative Center. In keeping with this winter’s trend, the much deeper Red Storm boys and girls teams skied to a sweep ...

Despite pandemic, it’s still ice fishing derby time

SARANAC LAKE — Jon Gorgas and Doug Peck didn’t want the coronavirus pandemic to deter area ice fishing enthusiasts from enjoying a local tradition that has taken place on the first weekend of March each year during a span stretching across four decades. Like a countless number of ...

SL Nordic skiers sweep in the snow at Dewey

SARANAC LAKE — With a heavy snowfall piling up on the trails and competitors from the start to the end of the race, the Saranac Lake boys and girls varsity Nordic teams swept Lake Placid in a meet held under the lights Monday at the Dewey Mountain Recreation Center. During a winter ...

SUNY will have spring sports

PLATTSBURGH — The SUNYAC is back after nearly a year of postponements and cancellations to its athletic competitions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras announced at a press conference at Oswego’s Romney Field House, Tuesday, that the State University of New ...

Rights groups target sponsors for Beijing Winter Games

In one corner are the 15 leading Olympic sponsors, many household names like Airbnb, Coca-Cola, Visa, Toyota, Samsung and General Electric. Together they pay at least $1 billion to the International Olympic Committee, and in the next four-year Olympic cycle the payments could reach $2 ...

Women’s hockey set for puck drop at Madison Square Garden

Hilary Knight has played in rinks large and small spanning the globe during her 14 years representing USA Hockey. That doesn’t prevent the three-time Olympian from getting chills in anticipation of hitting the ice for the first time at Madison Square Garden on Sunday for the opening stop ...