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It’s called America’s first extreme sport. It’s certainly old … and extreme. Mountain West News Bureau reporter Nate Hegyi takes us to the Fort Hall Reservation in Idaho, where Shoshone Bannock tribal members are gearing up for Indian Relay.

Boise Twilight Criterium

For the past 32 years, cycling enthusiasts of all abilities have descended on downtown Boise for the annual ASWD Twilight Criterium. This year's events include everything from biking with gold medalist Kristin Armstrong to eating 2,000 pounds of Idaho french fries.

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As youth sports leagues become increasingly competitive, so too does the intensity of the athlete. Most athletes learn to live through injuries, but concussions can prove to be dangerous, especially for younger participants. 

On The Friday, August 10, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Aug 9, 2018

  • Our team of Idaho reporters breaks down the week's headlines.
  • We look at how kids are focusing on playing just one sport.
  • The Boise Weekly's George Prentice reviews the summer's box office winners and losers.

- We review the week's headlines with a team of regional journalists.  This week we speak with the Nicole Foy from the Idaho Press and The Idaho Statesman's Cynthia Sewell.

Henry Coffey / Boise Weekly

Boise’s latest major-league sports team made its debut last weekend at Ann Morrison Park against division rivals, the Salt Lake City Hive.   

 

 

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Boise will again be a part of this year’s X-Games. Tickets for BMX biking and skateboarding qualifying rounds are now on sale.

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The Georgia school district said it was investigating the baseball players for "misbehavior" and "inappropriate physical contact." What it didn't reveal was that a younger teammate had reported being sexually assaulted.

Even after players were later disciplined for sexual battery, the district cited student confidentiality to withhold details from the public and used "hazing" to describe the incident, which it also failed to report to the state as required.

Hot dogs and popcorn under the sweltering summer sun at the local ball park is an image embedded into American culture. But for the players jogging into the dugout, sweat dripping from their caps, baseball is more than just America’s pastime, it’s their career. And it’s a career unlike any other.  With 162 regular season games in 182 days, major league baseball places unique demands on the players, their families, and those who work in a variety of roles to support the team.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Three-time gold medal Olympian Kristin Armstrong arrived to a heroine's welcome at the Boise airport Monday afternoon. Since then, the Idaho native says she's been going nonstop.

Since she won the cycling event of time trial, she says she’s been constantly stopped by people calling out “congratulations,” and asking to pose for pictures.

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Organizers have announced sponsorships details of a new marathon to be run this fall in Boise.

The Onward Shay! Marathon and Half Marathon is scheduled for October 30. The event will honor the legacy of runner Shay Hirsch, who died of cancer in 2014.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Rhodes Skateboard Park in downtown Boise officially opens Saturday. The park has been around since the early 90’s, created by Glenn Rhodes, a former Ada County Highway commissioner.

The park recently got an upgrade, paid for by the Albertson Family Foundation and the City of Boise. It’s been open to skateboarders for a while and is packed full of kids every day.

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

The men's and women's pro races are the most high-profile – and high-speed – events at Saturday's Twilight Criterium. Racers from around the country will speed through downtown, rounding turns over and over. Crashes do happen at these races, where one wrong move by a cyclist can cause mayhem on the course.

BC Lions

Fans of the University of Idaho were recently greeted with news that the Vandal program will leave college football’s highest level. The move to the lower-tier FCS follows some very challenging years in Moscow. The final straw was word earlier this year from the Sun Belt Conference that Idaho was essentially being kicked out.

Without a conference, President Chuck Staben and Athletic Director Rob Spear opted not to play a difficult schedule as an independent team. Instead, the school will accept an offer to join the Big Sky Conference in 2018.

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Two national daily sports fantasy contests have agreed to stop offering their games to Idaho consumers. 

The Idaho Attorney General’s office announced Monday an agreement with DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says the settlement was reached after three months of negotiations.

“The concern I have is that the paid daily sports offerings provided by these companies constitute gambling under Idaho law,” Wasden says in a news release.

Idaho Statesman

A reporter who’s been one of Idaho’s most widely-read journalists is stepping down next week.

For 14 years, Chadd Cripe has covered Boise State football for the Idaho Statesman. His articles and Tweets are consistently among the paper’s most popular coverage, sports or otherwise. Next week, he’ll leave the beat and cover recreation and the outdoors.

Jon Preuss / Sawtooth Avalanche Center

This week, an avalanche on Bald Mountain injured a skier who was out of bounds at the Sun Valley ski resort. When it happened, the avalanche danger in the area was “high,” which means human-triggered avalanches were likely.

Every day, snow science experts from the Sawtooth Avalanche Center head out into the backcountry to figure out the severity of avalanche danger.

Mark Coyle is leaving Boise State for Syracuse.

The Iowa native who moved to Boise after stints and Minnesota and Kentucky, will be formally announced in his new role in New York Monday. 

Coyle took over the top athletic position at Boise State in late 2011. He replaced Gene Bleymaier, who was fired following compliance infractions that landed the university on NCAA probation. Syracuse is facing five years' probation. 

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks minor league baseball team opens its season tonight against the Tri-City Dust Devils. It’s the first season Boise will play as an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Until last year, the Hawks were part of the Chicago Cubs' farm system.

Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

In the Olympics, it’s called beach volleyball.  In college athletics, it’s sand volleyball.  No matter its name, the sport has seen unprecedented growth in the last decade. So much so,  it's now spread to places not known for their beaches. Places like Boise.

Sand volleyball's popularity has spiked ever since August 2004. The Olympics were in Athens and a young, athletic duo from California dominated their beach-volleyball competition.

The U.S. Women's National Team coach has named four soccer pros from the Northwest to the World Cup roster Tuesday.

Joe Jaszewski / Idaho Statesman

Later this week, the Boise State football team will play its annual spring scrimmage. The Broncos are three months removed from their third win in the Fiesta Bowl. Immediately after that game, university President Bob Kustra told a KTVB-TV reporter the victory would have a positive impact on the school.

Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Five years ago, CBS and Turner Broadcasting agreed to pay the NCAA nearly $11 billion for the broadcast rights for the men’s basketball tournament over 14 years.  It's the deal that puts games on CBS, TBS and TNT. 

Denny Moller is among those watching again this year.

“My wife says if we don’t have sports programming we wouldn’t have to have a TV,” Moller says. “I agree with her 100 percent.”

Max Corbet / Boise State University

The Boise State men’s basketball team is headed back to the NCAA tournament. The Broncos will play Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio against the host Dayton Flyers.

Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

An Idaho State University study has found most high school football players are wearing helmets that don't fit and aren't property maintaining the inflatable lining inside their helmets.

The University’s research finds nearly 98 percent of its participants played football in a helmet that required regular inflation of the liner, 43 percent of those respondents said they’ve never re-inflated their helmet liners.

Kaitlyn Farrington
NBC/USOC

Idaho native and Olympic gold medalist Kaitlyn Farrington announced an unexpected retirement Thursday, just a year after winning the halfpipe snowboarding competition in Sochi.

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