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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.

The night Matt Serra shocked the world at UFC 69 vs. Georges St-Pierre

Matt Serra at UFC 69 after knocking out

On April 7, 2007, at UFC 69 in Houston, Texas, Long Island's Matt Serra accomplished his dream of becoming UFC welterweight champion. Serra, a huge underdog in the fight, promised everyone he would shock the world that night. He did just that when he knocked out Canadian superstar Georges St-Pierre in the first round. Ten years later, it remains the biggest upset in UFC history. Serra, trainer Ray Longo and others who were there that night share the stories from that week, that fight and its lasting impact on them, on Serra and on the UFC in this documentary. (Newsday/Mark La Monica)

On April 7, 2007, at UFC 69 in Houston, Texas, Long Island's Matt Serra accomplished his dream of becoming UFC welterweight champion. Serra, a huge underdog in the fight, promised everyone he would shock the world that night. He did just that when he knocked out Canadian superstar Georges St-Pierre in the first round. Ten years later, it remains the biggest upset in UFC history. Serra, trainer Ray Longo and others who were there that night share the stories from that week, that fight and its lasting impact on them, on Serra and on the UFC in this documentary. (Newsday/Mark La Monica)

The Rivalry: Islanders vs. Rangers

The fierce rivalry between the Rangers and Islanders

The fierce rivalry between the Rangers and Islanders started back on their first meeting at Nassau Coliseum on Oct. 21, 1972.  Players and fans from both teams have changed over the years, but the level of play and competitive fire between these teams has never faded. (Credit: Newsday Staff)

The fierce rivalry between the Rangers and Islanders started back on their first meeting at Nassau Coliseum on Oct. 21, 1972.  Players and fans from both teams have changed over the years, but the level of play and competitive fire between these teams has never faded.

1974 Top Eight tournament was one to remember for St. Anthony's

In 1974, New York State was one of

In 1974, New York State was one of four states that didn't have a state basketball championship. Then the Top Eight was created. St. Anthony's coach Gus Alfieri and the Friars beat Long Island Lutheran to win the first ever Top Eight tournament held at Hofstra University (Credit: Newsday / Chris Ware; Robert Cassidy)

In 1974, New York State was one of four states that didn't have a state basketball championship. Then the Top Eight was created. St. Anthony's coach Gus Alfieri and the Friars beat Long Island Lutheran to win the first ever Top Eight tournament held at Hofstra University

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Out of the Shadows: Remembering the Negro Leagues

From archival interviews with Negro League legends Buck

From archival interviews with Negro League legends Buck O'Neil and Monte Irvin to commentary from contemporary baseball figures lJoe Torre, Curtis Granderson, Tony Clark and Rob Manfred, Newsday examines the history of Negro League baseball the breaking of the color barrier. (Credit: Newsday staff)

From archival interviews with Negro League legends Buck O'Neil and Monte Irvin to commentary from contemporary baseball figures lJoe Torre, Curtis Granderson, Tony Clark and Rob Manfred, Newsday examines the history of Negro League baseball the breaking of the color barrier. (Credit: Newsday staff)

From Long Island to the NFL

Victor Ochi went from raw talent at Valley

Victor Ochi went from raw talent at Valley Stream Central High School to one of the best players in Stony Brook football history. He ended a long pre-draft process as a member 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)

Victor Ochi went from raw talent at Valley Stream Central High School to one of the best players in Stony Brook football history. He ended a long pre-draft process as a member 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

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 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

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.

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.

Leaving Long Island: Islanders' last season at Nassau Coliseum

After more than 40 years of playing their

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)

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)

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Muhammad Ali: fighter, activist, icon

Muhammad Ali may be the greatest boxer of

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 transcendent cultural figure. (Newsday Staff)

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 transcendent cultural figure. (Newsday Staff)

Under the helmet: Inside high school football helmets on Long Island

An in-depth look at concussions and helmet safety

An in-depth look at concussions and helmet safety and how they have impacted high school football players 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

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.

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.

Undefeated: The Chris Weidman UFC 187 documentary

Baldwin's Chris Weidman, the UFC middleweight champion, defended

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.

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

American Pharoah runs his way to the Triple

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)

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)

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‘Boogie’: The Lauren Brozoski story

What makes Lauren Brozoski a good basketball player?

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)

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

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)

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 announced in February that

Yankees captain Derek Jeter announced in February that 2014 would be his final season in baseball. 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)

Yankees captain Derek Jeter announced in February that 2014 would be his final season in baseball. 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)

UFC Long Island: Gian Villante drops split decision at Nassau Coliseum

Light Heavyweight Gian Villante in the octagon before

Levittown's Gian Villante lost a split decision to Patrick Cummins at UFC Long Island, the first UFC fight card at Nassau Coliseum, on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Newsday Marcus Villagran / Robert Cassidy)

Levittown's Gian Villante lost a split decision to Patrick Cummins at UFC Long Island, the first UFC fight card at Nassau Coliseum, on Saturday, July 22, 2017. (Newsday Marcus Villagran / Robert Cassidy)

'Truck:' Eddie Gordon's journey to Ultimate Fighter winner

Eddie

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)

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: Test of the Champion

Winning horse racing's Triple Crown may be the

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)

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)

Chris Weidman's UFC title defense

Chris Weidman walks after defeating Anderson Silva during

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.

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.

Determined to play football

As a young boy, Naji Nizam fell in

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)

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

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.

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

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)

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

James Sciortino pitches to Alex Barrera at the

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)

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)

Fighting chance

Since 1979, the Westbury boxing gym has produced

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

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

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