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You may have heard of drone racing, but people keep coming up with new ways to enjoy these flying machines.

One of the latest twists on drone sports comes from Latvia.

A company called Aerones has developed a drone to use for droneboarding, a new sport that’s just what it sounds like — a snowboarder being pulled through the snow by a powerful drone.

When the company first tried droneboarding last year, as a way to test the strength of its drones, the sport didn’t even have its name. “We didn’t call it like that in the beginning, but somebody, somewhere said droneboarding, and that’s how it took off,” Aerones CEO Janis Putrams says.

Recipe For New Sports? Just Add A Drone

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Matthew Goode, Jamie Theakston,  Alex Noren and Sir Bryn Terfel pose for a photo with a member of the Rays of Sunshine Charity during the BMW PGA Championship Pro-AM at Wentworth on May 24, 2017 in Virginia Water, England. 

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The 3 plays in sports everybody will be talking about today

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Good morning! The Pittsburgh Penguins are Stanley Cup champions (again), Rafael Nadal is the French Open champion (again), Aaron Judge hit a really long home run (again), and Michael Bradley scored a brilliant goal in Mexico (for the first time). Here are the plays everybody will be talking about Monday:

The Nashville Predators’ goal that never happened. The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup with a late goal by Patric Hornqvist, a nifty bank shot off the elbow of Pekka Rinne. That, however, will be overshadowed by the goal by the Predators that was waved off early, their second of the series. It looked as if Colton Sissons had given the Preds the lead in the second period. Instead, the refs waved it off when they lost sight of the puck and assumed it was trapped by the goalie. Replays showed it clearly wasn’t, but the goal didn’t count. If you listen carefully, you can hear the whistle blow just a split-second before the puck goes in the net.

Rafael Nadal wins the French Open for the 10th time. Nadal beat Stan Wawrinka in the final of the French Open, winning easily in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1. Nadal is the first player, man or woman, to win the same Grand Slam tournament 10 times. Nadal also now has 15 career Grand Slam titles, the second-most all-time on the men’s side, breaking his tie with Pete Sampras and putting him just three titles behind Roger Federer for the most ever. Here is match point:

Michael Bradley’s long-distance goal against Mexico. The US men’s national team has long struggled playing Mexico in Estadio Azteca, so it had to be a huge relief when Bradley scored in the sixth minute on a brilliant long-distance goal. The score can best be described as a 40-yard chip with pace as he somehow rocketed the ball past the goalie when it looked as if he just flicked it. Amazing. Mexico would later score to tie the game, but the US got a rare point in Mexico in World Cup qualifying.

The Aaron Judge 500-foot bonus. On most days, this would get top billing. But Sunday turned out to be a sneaky good sports day, and the longest home run of the season is relegated to bonus status. At 495 feet, Judge joins Giancarlo Stanton as the only players since 2010 with home runs of more than 490 feet.

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[Glorious] Matthew Goode tees off on the 14th during the BMW PGA Championship Pro-AM at Wentworth on May 24, 2017 in Virginia Water, England. 

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Featuring teams in Boston, Buffalo, Connecticut and New York City, the National Women’s Hockey League has become home to some of the best players in the world. Meghan Duggan, for example, who was the U.S. Olympic Team captain in the gold-medal game in 2014 in Sochi, plays for the Buffalo Beauts.

It was that hockey final that inspired the league’s commissioner and founder, Dani Rylan, to start it. The pro league launched in October. Its first all-star game is scheduled Jan. 24.

“I used to say that after the 2014 Winter Olympics was really the best time to start a professional women’s hockey league. That gold-medal game out in Sochi was the most-watched event on NBC, with 4.9 million viewers,” Rylan tells NPR’s David Greene.

“And people weren’t watching it because it was a women’s game,” he says. “They were watching because it was an amazing hockey game. The game is ready for the professional stage. If 2014 wasn’t the best time, 2015 was the next best.”

Women’s Hockey Takes Stage As New Pro Sports League

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The Tampa Bay Rays took on the Cuban national baseball team at Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana, Cuba, on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro were on hand for the first game featuring an MLB team in Cuba since the Baltimore Orioles played in the country in 1999. (Photos: Will Vragovic/The Tampa Bay Times via AP, Rebecca Blackwell/The Associated Press, Eliana Aponte/Bloomberg, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Cindy Roleder of Germany, Isabelle Pedersen of Norway, Alina Talay of Belarus, Serita Solomon of Great Britain, Nooralotta Neziri of Finland, Lucy Hatton of Great Britain, Hanna Plotitsyna of Ukraine, Andrea Ivancevic of Croatia leave the blocks at the start of the Women’s 60m hurdles final at the 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Why Abby Wambach Doesn’t Want To Be Known ‘Just As A Soccer Player’

Over the course of her career, soccer star Abby Wambach scored 184 goals — more than any other man or woman in the history of international soccer. She won two Olympic gold medals and was named the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year before retiring from the sport in 2015. And yet, she says she never wanted to be known as “just as a soccer player.”

“I knew at some point that that identity would come to an end, and if I stripped that identity away, what then? Who am I then?” Wambach tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “That’s what [these] last few months have really been about for me, is emerging into the person who I really am.”

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