Willem Boersma (2) takes the lead over Chris Pendergast (41) during the Portage Junk Yard Dogs cyclocross A-race at Republic of Manitobah Park on Saturday. The A-race is the toughest race of the day lasting for roughly 60 minutes with only expert and elite athletes competing. (Svjetlana Mlinarevic/Portage Daily Graphic/QMI Agency)

Cyclocross race Saturday

The Portage Junk Yard Dogs cyclocross event is back again in 2014 and takes place this Saturday at Rotary Republic of Manitobah Park.

Several Portagers tried out the sport of pickleball Wednesday night, something they hope will catch on in the city. (Kevin Hirschfield/The Graphic/QMI AGENCY)

Pickleball in Portage

Elaine Graham usually gets a similar reaction from people when she tells them about her new hobby ... pickleball.

Supporters from the "No" Campaign celebrate in Edinburgh, Scotland September 19, 2014. Scotland's First Minister Alec Salmond conceded defeat on Friday over his bid to win independence and demanded the British government rapidly meet its promise of more powers for Edinburgh. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Scots spurn independence

Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain's remaining global clout.

Ryan Randall plays the bagpipes outside a polling station in Edinburgh, Scotland September 18, 2014. Polling in the referendum on Scottish independence began on Thursday morning, as Scotland votes whether or not to end the 307-year-old union with the rest of the United Kingdom. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Scots tallying results

Scotland voted on Thursday on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or end the 307- year-old union with England.

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