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Stamford, CT | Added on December 26, 2013 At 01:06 PM

Here's what made sports headlines in Stamford this year:

It's home to the Olympic Games, NFL, NHL, and many other broadcasts.  And this year, NBC Sports found its new home in Stamford.  After 11 months of work, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Blachley Rd. facility.  

"Today we officially declare that our new NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center is open for business," said Mark Lazarus, Chairman of NBC Sports Group.  

"This was a competition we wanted to win and we have won," said Governor Dannel Malloy.  

Local and state officials welcomed over 500 employees.  The International Broadcast Center took part in Governor Malloy's "First Five Initiative" -- a program which aims to attract new companies to the state. 

Since 1998, Brian Cashman has been General Manager and Senior Vice President of the New York Yankees.  He knows what he's talking about when it comes to baseball.  In December, Cashman talked about where civility lies within the sport.   

"In my experience with the Yankees, I've got a lot of personal large and small examples to remind you today that civility does exist in Major League Baseball, and it has and always will.  Just like society, you just have to look for it," said Brian Cashman.  

The talk was part of Stamford's Civility in America Speaker Series held at the Ferguson Library.  

Squash.  It's a racquet sport involving a small "squashable" rubber ball.  In 2020, Chelsea Piers CT Racquets Director Natalie Grainger hopes Squash players will be contenders int the Olympics.

"If Squash got into the Olympics, it would be the most fantastic thing for all the athletes and for the game," said Natalie Grainger.  

Grainger was involved in what was named the "7 Continent Challege."  Seven squash matches were played in 7 continents in 7 days.  Where was the last match held, you ask?  At Chelsea Piers.  And all to raise awareness for getting squash to the Olympics.  

Thanks for watching.  See you in 2014.

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