Newsday's sports documentaries and longform videos
Not every sports story can be told in less than a minute in an online video. Sometimes, you may actually want to go a bit deeper into a story and learn a little more than just the tip-of-the-iceberg stuff on a particular topic.
That's what this is for as Newsday presents its longform sports videos and documentaries produced recently, ranging from mixed martial arts to the Belmont Stakes to high school football.
From Long Island to the NFL
Victor Ochi went from raw talent at Valley Stream Central High School to one of the best players in Stony Brook football history. Now, after a long pre-draft process, he's one of the newest members of the Baltimore Ravens. Newsday followed Ochi as he went through the rigors of the NFL Combine, Pro Day and the draft chasing his longtime dream of playing in the NFL. (Credit: Newsday Staff)
Warriors for life
A pair of teams from a small, underestimated Suffolk town claimed state basketball titles side by side, a feat that had not been accomplished by a public school on Long Island. Thirty five years later the Wyandanch Warriors reconnect to tell their story. (Newsday / Raychel Brightman)
A day in the life of an NWHL player
By day, Kiira Dosdall is a project specialist with Schoology, a learning management system. But on nights and weekends, she's a member of the New York Riveters of the National Women's Hockey League. This is a day in her life. (Credit: Newsday / Casey Musarra)
Leaving Long Island: Islanders' last season at Nassau Coliseum
After more than 40 years of playing their games at Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders moved to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the 2015-16. But "the old barn" rocked in its final season. Newsday followed Islanders employees, fans and players throughout the emotional ride during their last season at the Nassau Coliseum. (Credit: Newsday Staff)
Muhammad Ali: Fighter, activist, icon
Muhammad Ali may be the greatest boxer of all time, but that's just a small part of the impact he made on society as a whole. From his outspoken demeanor around boxing to his political views, from his converting to Islam to his refusing to be drafted into the Vietnam War, Muhammad Ali is a transcendant cultural figure. (Newsday Staff)
Under the helmet: Inside high school football helmets on Long Island
An in-depth look at concussions and helmet safety and how they have impacted high school football players on Long Island.
Life after football
Newsday explores why so many former NFL players struggle while transitioning to life after football in this special report. Hear from former players including Wesley Walker, Boomer Esiason, Bruce Harper and more.
Hopkins, Trinidad and 9/11
The middleweight championship fight between Bernard Hopkins and Felix Trinidad was scheduled for Sept. 15, 2001. When terrorists attacked the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, the fight at Madison Square Garden was postponed for two weeks. Hopkins and other people who were at the Garden that night recall the emotions surrounding the event. (Newsday Staff)
Serena Williams journey through U.S. Open 2015
What began as a potential Grand Slam for Serena Williams, the tennis star's hopes were dashed in the semifinals against Roberta Vinci of Italy. Newsday followed Williams' journey throughout the 2015 U.S. Open tournament held at Arthur Ashe Stadium. (Credit: Newsday Staff)
Undefeated: The Chris Weidman UFC 187 documentary
Baldwin's Chris Weidman, the UFC middleweight champion, defended his title for a third consecutive time by beating Vitor Belfort at UFC 187 in Las Vegas on May 23, 2015. But the road to fight night is a long one. This is that story.
Belmont's backstretch: Where Triple Crowns are made
The preparation to make him a Triple Crown winner begins on the backstretch and at Belmont Park, the backstretch is a community unto itself. (Credit: Newsday Staff)
‘Boogie’: The Lauren Brozoski story
What makes Lauren Brozoski a good basketball player? Why does everyone call her "Boogie"? Newsday takes an in-depth look at the Long Island Lutheran senior point guard as she plays her final season before going to Michigan and continuing her dream of playing in the WNBA. (Newsday/Casey Musarra)
From Paramount to Pacquiao, the rise of boxer Chris Algieri
In less than one year, Greenlawn-raised Chris Algieri went from boxing at The Paramount in Huntington to facing Manny Pacquiao on HBO pay-per-view in Macau, China. This is the story of his ascent. (Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger)
Derek Jeter: Salute to the captain
Yankees captain Derek Jeter said in February that 2014 would be his final season. Newsday traveled to Camden Yards in Baltimore, Fenway Park in Boston, Citi Field and Yankee Stadium to tell the story of what Jeter meant to Major League Baseball, its players and fans during his 20 seasons. (Credit: Newsday)
The champ is here: Chris Weidman UFC 175 documentary
Chris Weidman had the chance to begin his legacy as middleweight champion against Lyoto Machida at UFC. Newsday brings you behind the scenes in Las Vegas during fight week as Weidman, from Baldwin, prepares for his title defense on July 5, 2014. (Credit: Mario Gonzalez, Jeffrey Basinger, Mark La Monica)
'Truck:' Eddie Gordon's journey to Ultimate Fighter winner
Eddie "Truck" Gordon works a full-time job, raises his two sons and is a professional MMA fighter. Newsday tells the story of how this Freeport resident went from a 300-pound former college football player to the winner of Season 19 of the UFC's "Ultimate Fighter." (Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger, Mario Gonzalez, Mark La Monica)
Belmont Stakes, 'The Test of the Champion'
Winning horse racing's Triple Crown may be the toughest accomplishment in sports. To become an immortal, the horse must beat all challengers in Louisville at the Kentucky Derby, then again two weeks later in Baltimore at the Preakness, and then once again three weeks later in New York at the Belmont Stakes. (Credit: Newsday Staff)
Super week leads to Super Bowl
There was a lot more than just a football game going on in New York and New Jersey during Super Bowl week in late January and early February. There were hockey players in a baseball stadium, football players in a hockey rink, the Knicks, the Nets, boxing, UFC 169 and, yes, Super Bowl XLVIII. Newsday Staff
Documentary: Chris Weidman's UFC title defense
From the gym to the sauna, from the hotel room to the Octagon, Newsday chronicled Baldwin's Chris Weidman in Las Vegas as he prepared to defend his title against Anderson Silva at UFC 168 on Dec. 28, 2013.
LI boy with muscular dystrophy was determined to play football
As a young boy, Naji Nizam fell in love with football. Playing was all he ever wanted, and he wouldn't let anything stand in his way, not even the debilitating disease that should have made the Port Jefferson boy's goal impossible. Videojournalist: Chris Ware (Nov. 14, 2013)
Nine days in April
For a nine-day stretch in April, it felt like New York was the sports capital of America. There was playoff basketball, championship boxing, Harvey vs. Strasburg, the NFL Draft and so much more. In this special video presentation narrated by film director and "Entourage" star Kevin Connolly, Newsday takes you along for the ride.
Chris Weidman: 'I was destined for this'
Watch Baldwin native Chris Weidman as he prepares to fight UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 162 in Las Vegas. Videojournalists: Mario Gonzalez and Mark La Monica (July 6, 2013)
Visually impaired athletes play ball
The Long Island Bombers, a team of visually impaired athletes founded by Ted Fass of Rockville Centre, competes in Beep Baseball, which has its own World Series. Videojournalists: Chris Ware, Alejandra Villa and Bobby Cassidy (Aug. 9, 2013)
Since 1979, the Westbury boxing gym has produced its share of champions. But that is only a small part of this story. The people who have been around the gym longest - trainers Kevin Collins and Joe Gadigian - will tell you that the real success of the gym is in the number of fighters who went on to lead productive lives away from the ring. Videojournalist: Newsday staff