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Newsday's collection of in-depth sports documentaries about New York Sports, Long Island athletes and other notable sporting moments.

  • Amaya Williams is a player on the Copiague

    Copiague teen succeeds in hoops with prosthetic legs

    Amaya Williams is a player on the Copiague varsity girls basketball team. She trains with them, practices with them, plays ...

    Photo Credit: Newsday

  • Newsday followed 10 players from the NYIT men's

    How a hit-filled lacrosse season affects NYIT players

    Newsday followed 10 players from the NYIT men's lacrosse team during their 2018 season as the school conducted a study ...

    Photo Credit: Newsday/Michelle Wettstein

  • David Wright always will be considered Mr. Met,

    A salute to David Wright

    David Wright always will be considered Mr. Met, but it's important to note, without the big head. An ode to the 14-year Met as his career comes to a close because of injuries. Written and narrated by David Lennon.

    Photo Credit: Newsday

  • Newsday chronicled the Stony Brook women's lacrosse team's

    Long Island's team: A season with SBU women's lacrosse

    Newsday chronicled the Stony Brook women's lacrosse team's historic 2018 season.

    Photo Credit: Newsday

  • Life as an overnight host on WFAN

    When most of you are sleeping through the night, they are working on air as WFAN overnight hosts. Sports talk ...

  • Newsday chronicled the Brentwood girls soccer team's 2017

    'We are Brentwood:' 1 season with the high school girls soccer team

    2019 EMMY NOMINEE

  • Jockey Kendrick Carmouche has won more than 3,000

    Kendrick Carmouche is one of the few African-American jockeys

    Jockey Kendrick Carmouche has won more than 3,000 races in his career, but as one of the few African-American jockeys ...

  • When Wantagh's Al Iaquinta isn't training for an

    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.

  • How free coffee and breakfast pastries in 2016

    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.

  • Mike Francesa helped revolutionized sports talk radio at

    Numbah One: Francesa's final year on WFAN

    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.

    Photo Credit: Newsday staff) (Photo Credit: ESPN, WFAN

  • Phillies prospect Nick Fanti during a Gulf Coast League game

    Life in the minors with LI's Nick Fanti

    Two no-hitters, the WBC and and life off the field.

    Photo Credit: Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

  • UFC fighter Jim Miller weighs-in for a bout.

    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.

    Photo Credit: Newsday

  • Matt Serra at UFC 69 after knocking out

    The night Matt Serra shocked the world at UFC 69

    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)

  • The middleweight championship fight between Bernard Hopkins and

    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 ...

  • The fierce rivalry between the Rangers and Islanders

    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.

  • In 1974, New York State was one of

    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

    Photo Credit: Newsday

  • From archival interviews with Negro League legends Buck

    Out of the Shadows

    2017 EMMY WINNER

  • Victor Ochi went from raw talent at Valley

    From LI to the NFL: The Victor Ochi story

    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

    Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

  • A pair of teams from a small, underestimated

    Warriors for Life

    2017 EMMY NOMINEE

  • By day, Kiira Dosdall is a project specialist

    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.

  • After more than 40 years of playing their

    NY Emmy nominee: Leaving Long Island

    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 may be the greatest boxer of

    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)

  • An in-depth look at concussions and helmet safety

    NY Emmy nominee: Hard Knocks

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

  • Newsday explores why so many former NFL players

    Life After Football

    2016 EMMY WINNER

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

    Undefeated: 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.

  • American Pharoah runs his way to the Triple

    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)

    Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

  • What makes Lauren Brozoski a good basketball player?

    'Boogie'

    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)

    Photo Credit: Hans Pennink

  • In less than one year, Greenlawn-raised Chris Algieri

    Algieri's rise from Paramount to Pacquiao

    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)

  • Yankees captain Derek Jeter announced in February that

    Remembering Jeter's final season

    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)

  • Eddie

    Eddie Gordon's Rise in MMA

    2015 EMMY WINNER

  • Winning horse racing's Triple Crown may be the

    'Test of the Champion' Belmont Stakes documentary

    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)

  • From the gym to the sauna, from the

    Chris Weidman UFC 168 documentary

    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.