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Former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said Tuesday that he is partnering with a Woonsocket maker of CBD products that the retired football star credits with relieving his chronic pain from a bruising career.

Gronkowski, who walked away from the NFL in March at age 29, said at a news conference in New York that he will advocate for professional sports leagues to allow active players to use CBD products, which are generally banned.

One of the most unusual journeys to the NFL began in the valley below the Green Mountains — about midway between Burlington and Rutland, Vermont, on U.S. Route 7.

That’s where Middlebury College is located.

“Yeah, so it’s kind of in the middle of nowhere, Vermont, in the mountains,” says Alex Buggy, who joined the Middlebury football team in 2003.

“You’re literally amongst cows, and Ben & Jerry’s is just to the north.

So they have great free ice cream in the cafeteria.”

The first time that Simone Biles performed a triple-double at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, she wasn't pleased. After soaring through the air to complete two flips and three full twists on Friday, she stumbled.

On Sunday, the 22-year-old did it again — and stuck the landing. It's the first time a woman has done so in competition.

The reigning world champion finished the competition on Sunday with the U.S. all-around title. It's her sixth.

Patriots tickets are always expensive, but as 42-year-old quarterback Tom Brady readies the defending Super Bowl champions for the upcoming season, prices are soaring to a new level.

The average — yes, average — price of a ticket to a Pats home game on the resale market right now is $777, according to industry tracker TicketIQ. That’s roughly 50% higher than at this time last year and $267 more than the average price to see even the second-most expensive team.

A woman golfs.
Austin Danforth / Burlington Free Press

She had a seven stroke lead heading into the final round of play at the Vermont State Women's Golf Association Championship, and Chloe Levins was not about to let it slip away. 

Former UVM women's basketball coach Cathy Inglese, seen here while coaching at Boston College, died recently from complications of a traumatic brain injury after falling down a flight of stairs.
Chuck Barton / Associated Press/File

Cathy Inglese, who coached UVM women's basketball teams to glory from 1986 through 1993, died on  Wednesday, July 24 from complications from a traumatic brain injury. She was 60 years old. Most recently, Inglese served as associate head coach at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. It was there on July 17, before a summer workout, she tumbled down a stairwell and suffered the TBI.

Photo of Killington ski resorts current K-1 base lodge behind mounds of dirt and large construction machinery.
Nina Keck / VPR

Killington ski resort has begun construction on a new $29 million base lodge. It's the latest in a series of big investments the ski area has made in recent years and one of many upgrades happening at ski areas statewide.

Williston 11 and 12 boys in blue uniforms.
Lyndsey O'Brien and Cathy Larose, Courtesy

Vermont Little Leaguers are vying for state champion this week, and it's down to the final three.

Children in red baseball uniforms hug each other
Phil Lux, Courtesy

Big dreams for Little Leaguers are within reach in Vermont.

Elijah "Pumpsie" Green was the first black player on the Boston Red Sox, the last Major League Baseball team to integrate. He died on Wednesday at the age of 85.

One of the highlights of baseball's first half was the Red Sox-Yankees two-game series played in London, England.
Tim Ireland / Associated Press

We're seeing a ton of home runs and strike outs in Major League Baseball this year. And seeing a number of teams building big leads in their divisions. As baseball returns from the All-Star break, Vermont Edition returns for its annual mid-season discussion of baseball.

A baseball glove lies in the grass with a baseball in it.
Michael Dwyer / Associated Press

Major League Baseball may have gone quiet this week for the All-Star break, but little league games continue across Vermont.

VPR's Erica Heilman recently sat in the dugouts for a playoff game in the St. Johnsbury little league.

New England Patriots' Stephen Gostkowski attempts a field goal against Los Angeles Rams.
Morry Gash / Associated Press

If you're a big fan of football, there's a good chance you've seen the work of Lee Keller, who's left his mark on the last twenty Super Bowls. Not as a player or a coach, but as a groundskeeper.

The celebration of the Women's World Cup soccer championship shifts this week from France to New York City. On Wednesday, the U.S. Women's National Team will be honored with a ticker tape parade and keys to the city, following its 2-0 win over the Netherlands in Sunday's final in France.

The U.S. women's soccer team completed its run through the World Cup tournament in Lyon, France yesterday, the first team to win back to back championships since Germany pulled off the feat in 2003 and 2007.

The U.S. women's soccer team is still the world's best after dominating the Netherlands in the Women's World Cup final and winning 2-0. Throughout the tournament, the U.S. brushed aside criticism, complaints of arrogance and calls for the team to tone down their goal celebrations. All the team did was win. All seven World Cup games, in fact.

Before the World Cup began, nearly everyone predicted a final between the United States and, well, some team from Europe. Perhaps Germany, England or France. When the quarterfinals arrived, that soothsaying was on target: The Yanks and seven European squads remained.

Now all the blanks on the World Cup bracket have been filled in, save one. On Sunday, the mighty United States will battle the bright orange Netherlands as two soccer-crazed nations tune in.

Will the U.S. continue its march of greatness undaunted, or will the Dutch pull off an upset for the ages?

In a game brimming with drama even before it began, and with every touch once it did, the United States women's national soccer team embraced the spotlight, and exited the stage heading to their third consecutive World Cup final.

Back from England after back to back losses to the NY Yankees, the Boston Red Sox continue their international tour tonight with a trip to Canada where they'll face the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, and whether these Red Sox have enough left in the tank to salvage what's been a very disappointing season so far remains to be seen.

More than 60 downhill skateboarders convened in a quiet western Massachusetts town in June — coming from as far away as Spain, Australia, and Mexico — to compete in the first-ever Whitcomb Summit Downhill.

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