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ALBANY

Rookie could have big impact at UAlbany

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
Josh Gontarek made an instant impression the first time he met first-year UAlbany head football coach Greg Gattuso several years ago.
 
Bayern made 2-1 Travers pick
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Bayern made 2-1 Travers pick

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
It looks like a game of catch-me-if-you-can, with the winner’s share of a $1.25 million pot at stake when 10 line up for the 145th Travers Stakes at Sara­toga Race Course on Saturday.
 

High school notes: Vrooman will have Spartans fit, aggressive

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
A young Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake field hockey player gave a silent fist pump after a series of conditioning drills late in Monday’s season-opening practice.
She thought the Spartans were through as dusk settled in. Soon after, though, Spartans coach Kelly Vrooman was calling for another series of sprints.
 

Bayern 2-1 Travers favorite

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
Tonalist, Wicked Strong in 10-horse field
 
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga: Brown gets another stakes win

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
Endless Chatter continued her forward progression for trainer Chad Brown of Mechanicville Monday, overtaking pacesetting Natalie Victoria and pulling off to a 13⁄4-length victory in the $100,000 Summer Colony Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
 

RPI hockey: Appert running for a cause

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute men’s hockey coach Seth Appert is training to run his first marathon in late September.
 
GLENVILLE

Judo: JMJC trio headed to Russia

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
Three athletes from the Jason Morris Judo Center in Glenville will be leaving for Russia Thursday to compete in the 30th World Judo Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
 
Amsterdam soccer team ready for move to Foothills
AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam soccer team ready for move to Foothills

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
When Amsterdam boys’ soccer coach Adam Fetterly asked for a show of hands from his seniors during Monday morning’s first day of practice, he was hoping to be surprised.
No such luck.
 
ROTTERDAM

Football: Sabres motivated by heartbreaking loss in final

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
Joe Whipple didn’t have to encourage his football players very much in the months leading up to Monday’s first preseason practice. When Schalmont’s head coach did, he pointed to the past.
 

Bowling: Kuhlkin has special Hong Kong souvenir

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
For 15 days halfway around the world, Liz Kuhlkin was treated like a celebrity. Except for some culture shock, she felt like one, too.
The former Schalmont High School bowling standout and current Nebraska collegiate star recently returned from a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Hong Kong, where she represented Junior Team USA at the World Youth Bowling Championships.
 
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga notes: Plan B works well for McLaughlin

Monday, Aug. 18, 2014
Plan B paid off for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin in Sunday’s $100,000 Alydar at Saratoga Race Course.
McLaughlin sent out Alpha, who swept the Grade II Jim Dandy and Grade I Travers here in 2012 then won the 2013 Grade I Woodward, as the favorite but watched 7-1 shot Farhaan close for the win.
 
STATEN ISLAND

Yankees' quick start too much for Valleycats

Monday, Aug. 18, 2014
The Staten Island Yankees scored four runs with two outs in the bottom of the first inning, and they prevented a three-game sweep by the Tri-City ValleyCats with a 6-3 New York-Penn League victory on Sunday.
 
Main Sequence wins Sword Dancer
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Main Sequence wins Sword Dancer

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
Despite spotting the field a couple of lengths at the start, Main Sequence won his second North American Grade I race in as many tries Sunday.
 
Longtime Saratoga announcer Durkin at peace with decision to retire
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Longtime Saratoga announcer Durkin at peace with decision to retire

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
This past spring, Tom Durkin announced his retirement as announcer for the New York Racing Association, which operates the Saratoga, Aqueduct and Belmont race tracks.
 
Saratoga Race Course: Stopchargingmaria pays off
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga Race Course: Stopchargingmaria pays off

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
A horse named for Mike Repole’s wife’s spending habits has developed a habit of her own. Winning. Stopchargingmaria followed pacesetter Size through the first mile before a strong stretch run to win the Grade I Alabama on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. It was the third straight win for the daughter of Tale of the Cat; the last two in Grade I races at Saratoga made her the third consecutive filly to sweep the Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama.
 
 

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