Sports

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High school sports remain popular with many students, families and fans in Vermont but as tastes and demographics have changed, so have athletic programs.  

Ask any Philadelphia Eagles fan which scenario they'd rather be contemplating this Monday morning: lose yesterday's game against the L.A. Rams and put off clinching a playoff spot for at least one more week, or beat the Rams, nail down that playoff berth in week thirteen but lose your starting quarterback for the rest of the season to injury?

David Backes is back, far earlier than expected, and last night in Boston the rugged winger welcomed his own return to the score sheet, potting his first two goals of the season in the Bruins' 6-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

Big slate of college games last night, and we'll start with the UVM men's basketball team, which got off to a hot 6-1 start to the season but the Catamounts have cooled down a bit, suffering a 91-81 defeat at the hands of Marquette at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee last night, the Catamount's second straight defeat.

The New England Patriots are in a stretch of their schedule playing games they're supposed to win, and so far, all is going according to plan as the Pats easily beat the Buffalo Bills in upstate New York yesterday without even getting a touchdown pass from Tom Brady.

The Montreal Canadiens appear to be reversing a trend in recent years of starting out of the gate strong and fading as the race draws to a close.

In the NBA, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers has been in the league for 15 years and has achieved nearly every milestone, award, and accolade a player can, but last night in Cleveland's 108-97 win over the Miami Heat King James accomplished something he never had before, and accomplished is exactly the wrong word for what happened: He got thrown out of a game.

The Montreal Canadiens have their number one goaltender back between the pipes, and that could be bad news for the rest of the league if the Habs can start giving him leads to protect.

U.S. Olympic Slalom Champion and hometown favorite Mikaela Shiffrin solidified her number one ranking in the Women’s World Cup at Killington this weekend.

Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates her slalom win Sunday at the World Cup in Killington.
Andrew Shinn

Fans roared as skier Mikaela Shiffrin took first in Sunday's slalom race and second in Saturday’s giant slalom at the World Cup ski races at Killington.

Turkey Day football action featured three games, most of which did not showcase the game in its best light.

They've seen this before at Rice Memorial high school, but for some fans who attended the home opener for the UVM men's basketball team at Patrick Gymnasium last night, it was their first glimpse at what freshman Ben Shungu can do.

Former Fish & Wildlife board chairman Brian Ames, left, and photographer Candace Brown discuss who should be able to use the state boat launches while standing along the Connecticut River in Putney.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Vermont's boaters and anglers pay for public boat launches through their license fees and specific use-taxes, and the general public is not allowed to park at the areas for other uses. But the chairman of the committee on Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources says the boat launch areas should be available to everyone.

The St. Michael's men's hockey team played a great 56 minutes of hockey against Amherst College yesterday, but coaches always stress that you need to bring your best for the full 60 for a reason.

With a sixteen game winning streak on the verge of being extinguished, the Boston Celtics turned to their new star acquisition to keep the flame lit.

Ski lift in Killington, Vermont in November 2016.
Mike Groll / Associated Press

A couple Vermont ski resorts are up and running, but instead of hitting the slopes, we're going to chat about some of the industry changes and challenges here in the state.

When a team gets on a double digit winning streak in any sport, the spotlight gets brighter with every win, and the anticipation of who will end the streak, and how, also intensifies.

If misery loves company, perhaps the American and Italian men's soccer teams should get together for a drink.

Cameron Russell and Noah McCarter bike through the mountains of Peru.
Eli Bennett / Mundo Pequeño, courtsey

Three cyclists will reach Vermont this week, ending a 12,000-mile ride that began in Ushuaia, Argentina almost a year ago.

Here's what Kentucky head coach John Calipari had to say about the UVM men's basketball team: "I didn’t realize how good Vermont was until I watched the tape. Then I was like, ‘who scheduled this game? This is ridiculous.’ They just do an unbelievable job.”

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