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.

This 1999 Hubble telescope image shows Mars when Mars was 54 million miles (87 million kilometers) from Earth. A NASA spacecraft designed to investigate how Mars lost its water is expected to put itself into orbit around the Red Planet on Sunday after a 10-month journey. REUTERS/NASA/Handout

NASA spacecraft approaches Mars

A NASA spacecraft designed to investigate how Mars lost its water is expected to put itself into orbit around the Red Planet on Sunday after a 10-month journey.

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.

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