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The University of Vermont’s epic 2016-17 men’s basketball season is now securely in the record books. As the team prepares for this year’s opening game Sunday at eight-time national champion Kentucky, the Catamounts face one over-arching question: what the heck do they do for an encore?

Finishing atop your league ensures you the number one seed in the playoffs. But in sports like men's college soccer, where one game, and sometimes one goal, can oust a team from the post-season, where your team has been seeded prior to that game matters little.

The Boston Bruins got a few early goals and built a 4-1 lead by the third period, then survived a shaky final frame to hold on for a 5-3 win against the Minnesota Wild in Boston last night.

As shocking upsets go, yesterday's New York City Marathon results in the women's race ranks near the top. Shalane Flanagan came in first in the women's division, becoming the first American woman since 1977 to break the tape first, and dethroning Mary Keitany of Kenya, who had won the women's division three years in a row and was a favorite to do so again yesterday.

In the NHL, the Boston Bruins skated against the league's newest team and biggest surprise this season, the Las Vegas Golden Knights, who came in with an 8-3 record, which is pretty remarkable for an expansion franchise in their first season. But the Bruins avenged an earlier loss against Vegas with a 2-1 win in Boston last night.

In a World Series chock full of momentum swings, reversals of fortunes, and late game heroics, the most surprising thing about last night's deciding game seven was perhaps the fact that it was the most pedestrian game of the series.

Fans of the Houston Astros may disagree, but a World Series that's already had two of the arguably best Fall Classic games ever played deserves to end with a deciding game seven.

Game six, 1975, Red Sox and Reds. Game seven, 2001, Yankees and Diamondbacks. Game six, 2011, Rangers and Cardinals. I offer up those three World Series contests as belonging in the pantheon of greatest Fall Classic games ever played. You can make a very good argument for two more games being added to that short list, both from the same World Series being played right now in 2017, and a series that's not even over yet.

In the NHL, every team goes gets bitten by the injury bug, and in recent years those bugs have really seemed to enjoy sinking their teeth into Boston Bruins center David Krejci.

Norwich University

While the University of Vermont men attempt to refocus on the start of conference play after a sputtering start, Norwich will celebrate one national championship and begin the chase for another as the area college hockey season shifts into a higher gear this weekend.

Even though numbers alone cannot begin to illustrate what happened in game two of the World Series, here are some that hint at the intensity of the drama that played out in Los Angeles last night.

It's hard to believe there's ever been a knock against a three-time Cy Young award winner, but as good as L.A. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been in his career, naysayers have always pointed to his playoff record.

The Chicago Cubs will not have a chance to defend their first World Series championship in more than a hundred years. The Los Angeles Dodgers are back in the Fall Classic for the first time in almost thirty.

The NY Yankees scored just two runs in consecutive losses to open the American League championship series, but back in the Bronx for game three, their bats could not be contained.

The NY Jets always seem to give the New England Patriots all they can handle, and such was the case yesterday as the Pats hung on for a 24-17 win in East Rutherford.

The Cleveland Indians set a major league baseball record this season by winning 22 games in a row. But they'd give every one of those wins back if it meant they'd still be playing playoff baseball in October.

One day after Iceland made history as the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup of soccer, one of the biggest failed to make the cut.

Trailing in the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox season hanging in the balance, 3rd baseman Rafael Devers sent a ball deep towards the Green Monster that just got over the glove of the center fielder and struck the wall, caroming off at an angle that sent it past the the right fielder as he ran in to back up the play.

Two people bike on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail last year. Bike paths were one topic brought up at a recent forum held by the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative in Rutland, along with other outdoor recreation activities.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR File

Outdoor recreation brings in $2.5 billion a year in consumer spending in Vermont, but many believe the state could bring in even more.

For anyone hoping for another ALCS showdown between the Boston Red Sox and NY Yankees, there's still a chance it could happen. Both the Red Sox and Yankees staved of elimination from the American League Division series with dramatic wins at their respective home venues.

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