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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.

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Eli Manning, a Giants' Giant

After 16 seasons, two Super Bowl championships and two Super Bowl MVP Awards, Eli Manning may have left the field for the final time as a New York Giant. Newsday's Tom Rock puts Eli's career in perspective for Giants fans. Credit: Newsday / Tom Rock; File footage; Photo Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara, David L. Pokress; Paul Bereswill/Newsday File Photo; Al Bello, Chuck Burton, Rob Carr, Scott Halleran, Jed Jacobsohn, Jonathan Kirn, Kathy Kmonicek, Bill Kostroun, Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke, Chris McGrath, Jim McIsaac, Tom Pennington, Spencer Platt, Christopher A. Record, Jeff Roberson, Craig Ruttle, Amy Sancetta, Stephan Savoia, Ezra Shaw, Jamie Squire, Mike Stobe, Ted S. Warren, Kathy Willens, Mark Wilson, www.marcpix.com, AP Photo, AP Photo/John Lent, Gene Puskar / Associated Press

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Credit: Newsday / Tom Rock; File footage; Photo Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara, David L. Pokress; Paul Bereswill/Newsday File Photo; Al Bello, Chuck Burton, Rob Carr, Scott Halleran, Jed Jacobsohn, Jonathan Kirn, Kathy Kmonicek, Bill Kostroun, Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke, Chris McGrath, Jim McIsaac, Tom Pennington, Spencer Platt, Christopher A. Record, Jeff Roberson, Craig Ruttle, Amy Sancetta, Stephan Savoia, Ezra Shaw, Jamie Squire, Mike Stobe, Ted S. Warren, Kathy Willens, Mark Wilson, www.marcpix.com, AP Photo, AP Photo/John Lent, Gene Puskar / Associated Press

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Being 'The Empress' doesn't guarantee equal pay

Long Island native Alicia “The Empress” Napoleon-Espinosa is the WBA super middleweight champion. However, being a world champion female boxer doesn’t guarantee a comparable paycheck to the men. While training for a fight, Napoleon-Espinosa works a full-time job as trainer, as well as training up to three times a day.  Credit: Newsday / Shelby Knowles

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Can't Stop Now

Amaya Williams is a player on the Copiague varsity girls basketball team. She trains with them, practices with them, plays with them. The only difference between herself and her teammates? Williams is a double leg amputee.  Credit: Newsday / Shelby Knowles; Alejandra Villa; Raychel Brightman

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NYIT studies how a hit-filled lacrosse season affects players

Newsday followed 10 players from the NYIT men's lacrosse team during their 2018 season as the school conducted a study about brain and head safety in the sport. The players displayed "subtle" memory declines and slower cognitive reaction as a result of repeated hits to the head, researchers at the college in Old Westbury found. Credit: Newsday / Yeong-Ung Yang; Raychel Brightman

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A salute to David Wright

David Wright always will be considered Mr. Met, but it’s important to note, without the big head. He was a seven-time All-Star, often among the top 10 MVP candidates during his early years, and yet played with a Little Leaguer’s enthusiasm, as if he were trying every day just to make the team. His bubbly passion was infectious, his corner locker welcoming. And somehow, that never changed during a 14-year tenure in Flushing that contained some of the most turbulent, and embarrassing, times for the franchise. Written and narrated by David Lennon. Credit: Newsday / David Lennon

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Long Island's team: A season with Stony Brook women's lacrosse

Newsday chronicled the Stony Brook women's lacrosse team's 2018 season, both on and off the field. The Seawolves, comprised mostly of Long Island natives, reached No. 1 in a national poll for the first time in program history. See how it unfolded as they set out to "prove people wrong." Credit: Newsday / Casey Musarra

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Life as an overnight host on WFAN Radio

When most of you are sleeping through the night, they are working on air as WFAN overnight hosts. Sports talk radio hosts John Jastremski and Tony Paige discuss the unique lifestyle, the audience at those hours and their callers. Credit: Newsday / Mark La Monica

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'We are Brentwood:' A season with the Brentwood High School girls soccer team

Newsday chronicled the Brentwood girls soccer team’s 2017 season in the documentary “We Are Brentwood.”  Credit: Newsday Staff

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Kendrick Carmouche is one of the few African-American jockeys riding today

Jockey Kendrick Carmouche has won more than 3,000 races in his career, but as one of the few African-American jockeys riding today, he is virtually unknown outside of hard-core racing fans. On Saturday, Justify is hoping to grab the Triple Crown with a win in the Belmont Stakes. Carmouche will compete in three undercard races before the big race, but his ultimate goal is getting a ride in the Stakes. Over a century ago, African-American jockeys were not only competing in Triple Crown races, but winning them. Credit: Newsday

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Al Iaquinta, the fighter and the real estate agent

When Wantagh's Al Iaquinta isn't training for an upcoming UFC fight, he's selling real estate on Long Island. Take a tour through the two worlds of "Raging" Al Iaquinta as he prepares to face Paul Felder at UFC 223 at Barclays Center on April 7, 2018. Credit: Newsday / Mark La Monica

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Building the Nassau CC women's wrestling program

How free coffee and breakfast pastries in 2016 led to Nassau Community College becoming the first college in New York State to have a women's wrestling team in 2017-18. Credit: Newsday / Mark La Monica, Yeong-Ung Yang

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Numbah One: Mike Francesa's final year 'On The FAN'

Mike Francesa helped revolutionized sports talk radio at WFAN with Chris "Mad Dog" Russo. Nine years since they split up, Francesa remains the top-rated host in New York. After 30 years at WFAN, 2017 is his last. Watch his final year unfold as Francesa's fans, colleagues and athletes from the New York area spoke about what it will be like to no longer have this icon on the air. Credit: Newsday staff) (Photo Credit: ESPN, WFAN

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The Cut: A look at weight cutting in sports

Newsday's documentary "The Cut" examines the stories and dangers of cutting weight experienced by MMA fighters, boxers, wrestlers and jockeys.

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

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. (Credit: Newsday/Mark La Monica)

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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)

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The Rivalry: Islanders vs. Rangers

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

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

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

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Out of the Shadows: Remembering the Negro Leagues

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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

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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)

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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 transcendent cultural figure. (Newsday Staff)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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‘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)

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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)

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Derek Jeter: Salute to the captain

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)

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'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

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Belmont Stakes: 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)

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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.

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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)

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Nine days in April

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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)

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