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Butte's fleeting moment at the center of the speedskating world

BUTTE - A few days a week, you can drive out on Continental Drive, take a turn onto Olympic Way, and watch ice skaters take turns on a giant frozen oval. A timing tower with the Coors beer logo inscribed on it sits at what was once a starting line.

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Mud-soaked, snow spitting chariot races look to the future

David Stevens put $210 on Coralia Robinson and her horse team from Luthi Ranch in the final chariot race Sunday. The quarter-mile dirt track at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Afton was by then mud-soaked and showing wear from pummeling hooves.

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Shad Free won't stop charging

Shad Free brings his snowmobile off the hill for the final time this season, looping around the parking lot at Grand Targhee Resort before loading it into the back of his truck.

For Montana Western rodeo, it's been 'Olie' and her kids

DILLON - A few hours before the 50th Montana Western rodeo banquet Friday evening, Iola "Olie" Else made the rounds at the morning's UMW Colt Challenge and Sale. Enthusiasts filed into La Cense Montana Arena in Dillon to get a look at the young horses.

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Malo caps Stage Stop with victory in brutal final run

A strong wind whipped as teams of 10 dogs cried out with eyes glued to the course ahead. Anny Malo, the final musher to start her run, walked from her lead dogs back to her sled, giving affirmative fist pumps to her four-legged racers before getting onto her sled for Saturday's final stage at Lower Slide Lake.

McCrory's comeback nothing short of a knockout

Seventeen days out from his eighth Ultimate Fighting Championship fight - 18th professional fight overall, second fight for the UFC since returning in 2015 - Ithaca native and Binghamton resident Tamdan McCrory is a busy man. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, McCrory makes the commute from his home in Binghamton to the Syracuse area to train with his longtime coach, Kevin Seaman.

How two brothers from Ennis went down as Montana track legends

There were rumblings before it was official that the Wood boys had done it. Corbin and Tanner Wood, the twin brothers who represented the Mustangs track team entirely on their own at the Class C state track and field championship, were sitting in first place on 59 points with one event remaining.

An adjustment game: Cache Hill among CNFR qualifiers on pro rodeo circuit

DRUMMOND - Cache Hill took a break from shedding his riding gear to raise his hand to eye level. "My hand is so damn swollen up from holding on and riding," he said. "My pinky is the same size as my ring finger." The Baker bareback rider said it's hurting him to compete right now.

A short memory for MSU's all-around cowboy Will Powell

BOZEMAN - With Friday night's portion of the Montana State spring rodeo wrapping up, Will Powell was having trouble shaking off his missed chance in team roping earlier in the night. The Montana State cowboy had already qualified for Saturday's short go in steer wrestling and tiedown roping, but he's no one-trick pony.

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What makes Watkins Glen International NASCAR's gem?

Before Martin Truex Jr. revved his engine in victory lane Sunday at Watkins Glen International, thousands of campers and tailgaters rose with the sun for race day preparations and some revving up of their own.

Fight notebook: Sam Rauch was simply 'Butte Tough'

BUTTE -- It took some time for Sam Rauch to get back to the locker room to have his wounds tended to. After winning the Sparta Combat League lightweight Muay Thai title Saturday night at the Butte Civic Center, Rauch made time for the thousands that came out to watch him fight.

From the staff: No deer, a dog and a bear

My father has always said that if you sit in one spot in the woods, from sunrise to sunset, you'll see something. It might not be a buck, but you'll get to see a deer, guaranteed. My family's property on Barclay Mountain in Bradford County, Pa.