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Chip Scoggins

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Scoggins: There's no quit in 12-year-old Ty Murphy

Scoggins: There's no quit in 12-year-old Ty Murphy

Ty Murphy has more challenges than most athletes, but faces them head-on
Scoggins: Dare to hope, Twins fans; surprise resurgence feels real

Scoggins: Dare to hope, Twins fans; surprise resurgence feels real

Go ahead and enjoy this. It’s OK to feel excited and optimistic about this team after enduring the other side, the dark side.
Scoggins: Selecting Towns would be far from crazy

Scoggins: Selecting Towns would be far from crazy

Karl-Anthony Towns has an imaginary friend that sits on his shoulder and offers advice or criticism during games. He’d be a perfect fit for the wacky Timberwolves.
Scoggins: Tarkenton to today, QBs vary on preference in footballs

Scoggins: Tarkenton to today, QBs vary on preference in footballs

Fran Tarkenton never paid attention to whether the footballs were too heavy, too light or just right. 'All of our footballs were hard,' he said.
Scoggins: Goodell pumps himself up with 'Deflategate' ruling

Scoggins: Goodell pumps himself up with 'Deflategate' ruling

Commissioner Roger Goodell dropped the hammer on Tom Brady and the Patriots in a manner that smells of overreaction.
Scoggins: Wild needs to find a scorer or raise one

Scoggins: Wild needs to find a scorer or raise one

There’s an obvious gap between the Wild and Chicago, the team that's eliminated Minnesota from the playoffs three consecutive years.
Scoggins: Chicago's mastery of Wild about talent, not effort

Scoggins: Chicago's mastery of Wild about talent, not effort

The Wild threw everything it had at the Chicago Blackhawks in an act of desperation. Nothing to fault there. But effort brings little consolation without results.
Scoggins: Wild needs to keep Dubnyk from needing miracles

Scoggins: Wild needs to keep Dubnyk from needing miracles

In his first meeting with Devan Dubnyk after a mid-January trade, Wild coach Mike Yeo told his new goalie that he doesn’t need to be a hero. If his teammates don't improve, he'll need to be a miracle worker.

Scoggins: Vikings pick Clemmings remains philosophical during long wait

T.J. Clemmings’ drop perplexed supporters, but he’s ready to help Vikings.
Scoggins: Nothing to see here; Vikings, Spielman stand pat

Scoggins: Nothing to see here; Vikings, Spielman stand pat

The Vikings looked to improve their secondary - and their offense by keeping Adrian Peterson.
Scoggins: Wild's Yeo has smoothed a rocky season

Scoggins: Wild's Yeo has smoothed a rocky season

Lessons of leadership are reflected in team’s success.
Scoggins: It's a whole new world as Wild, Blackhawks meet again

Scoggins: It's a whole new world as Wild, Blackhawks meet again

This Wild-Blackhawks series will be a tight one, especially with Devan Dubnyk in goal.
Scoggins: With a chance to take control of series, Wild loses it

Scoggins: With a chance to take control of series, Wild loses it

The Wild had momentum from a dominating performance in Game 3, but fell flat Wednesday with a chance to take control of the series.
Scoggins: Wild gets tougher; the Blues are n-Ott

Scoggins: Wild gets tougher; the Blues are n-Ott

Toughness is a necessary component to hockey, but it can manifest itself in more subtle ways. It isn’t limited to face washes and fisticuffs.
Chirp, slash or rub, Blues' Ott is at his agitating best

Chirp, slash or rub, Blues' Ott is at his agitating best

The veteran kept trying to get under the Wild’s skin, with a variety of results.
Scoggins: Wild-Blues series settling in to be a long one

Scoggins: Wild-Blues series settling in to be a long one

It's played two games with two different outcomes, but the Wild should return home feeling reasonably encouraged by the tone of this first-round series.
Scoggins: Blues' Oshie remains attached to Warroad

Scoggins: Blues' Oshie remains attached to Warroad

T.J. Oshie has his childhood home (Everett, Wash.) and his hockey home (Warroad, Minn.). Both are dear to him.
Wild's Stewart puts off Blues ties

Wild's Stewart puts off Blues ties

Close to ex-teammates, the Wild forward still has a point to prove.
Scoggins: Wild's brains, speed beat Blues' brawn in Game 1

Scoggins: Wild's brains, speed beat Blues' brawn in Game 1

The Wild played smart and dished out its own tough play Thursday night in a Game 1 victory over the Blues.
Scoggins: Wild's evolution comes with expectations

Scoggins: Wild's evolution comes with expectations

The Wild has faced challenges, but it is seasoned, and playoffs are no longer a novelty.
Tyus Jones makes Apple Valley hometown proud, again

Tyus Jones makes Apple Valley hometown proud, again

Jones brought national attention to his city, high school and basketball program as a prep star. So Duke's victory on Monday night, and his role in it, made the NCAA title game an extra-special event.
Scoggins: Seven games in, Twins offering little hope

Scoggins: Seven games in, Twins offering little hope

Yes, it’s early. But it’s already clear that this team’s troubles run deep.
Scoggins: Tackling no-huddle shows veteran coach Kill's malleability

Scoggins: Tackling no-huddle shows veteran coach Kill's malleability

No-huddle offense will be fresh changeup in his bag.
Wild's Stewart relies on family, tough childhood as his backbone

Wild's Stewart relies on family, tough childhood as his backbone

The Wild's Chris Stewart remembers where he came from when times get tough.
Tyus Jones will 'weigh options' on NBA decision

Tyus Jones will 'weigh options' on NBA decision

Duke point guard Tyus Jones said Wednesday that he hasn’t decided whether he will return to school or enter the NBA draft.
Scoggins: If it's closing time, it's Tyus Time

Scoggins: If it's closing time, it's Tyus Time

Duke’s freshman star from Apple Valley played like a vet.
Chart: Fabulous freshmen in the Final Four

Chart: Fabulous freshmen in the Final Four

fabulous freshmenDuke’s Tyus Jones became just the fourth true freshman to be named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.Year Player Championship game1986 Pervis…
Scoggins: Clock is ticking on Rubio to ascend to the next level

Scoggins: Clock is ticking on Rubio to ascend to the next level

The Wolves could use a star-like rise from oft-injured Ricky Rubio next season.
Scoggins: Mientkiewicz manages through his frustration

Scoggins: Mientkiewicz manages through his frustration

The former Twins first baseman is disappointed he didn't claim the managerial job, but he will remain a key figure in the organization. “I’m crushed,” he said. “I thought I was ready.”
Scoggins: Plouffe puts down roots at third base

Scoggins: Plouffe puts down roots at third base

Trevor Plouffe has become a dependable third baseman and productive hitter.
Scoggins: Veteran Wild trio has bounced back from early-season difficulties

Scoggins: Veteran Wild trio has bounced back from early-season difficulties

Mikko Koivu is playing his best hockey in a long time. Thomas Vanek is providing scoring pop. And Ryan Suter looks like Ryan Suter again.
Scoggins: Rosario demoted, but has regained trust of Twins organization

Scoggins: Rosario demoted, but has regained trust of Twins organization

Eddie Rosario’s goal of making the Twins’ Opening Day roster ended Saturday. But Rosario made a positive impression this spring.
Scoggins: Dozier received the message from Ryan's phone call

Scoggins: Dozier received the message from Ryan's phone call

Terry Ryan told Brian Dozier bluntly in 2012 that he didn’t deserve a promotion and was staying in Class AAA Rochester. That started a big change.
Scoggins: Twins slugger Vargas back in groove

Scoggins: Twins slugger Vargas back in groove

Kennys Vargas put on a power display in batting practice Monday that left teammates and coaches, even former manager Tom Kelly, howling with some good-natured ribbing.
Scoggins: Resilient mind-set is working for Wild

Scoggins: Resilient mind-set is working for Wild

The Wild has not lost back-to-back games in two months.
Scoggins: Stolllings wants Gophers to be NCAA regulars

Scoggins: Stolllings wants Gophers to be NCAA regulars

“We’re very much set on operating at a very high level,” the coach says.
Top Cats: 34-0 Kentucky continues the pursuit of perfection

Top Cats: 34-0 Kentucky continues the pursuit of perfection

John Calipari didn’t wait for the selection committee to reveal the NCAA tournament bracket Sunday evening before predicting how the final push to perfection might look for his undefeated Kentucky Wildcats.
Kentucky's push for perfection has a historical perspective

Kentucky's push for perfection has a historical perspective

Not since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers has a team posted a perfect season. Like a snowball rolling downhill, Kentucky’s bid for 40-0 has gained momentum with each win.
Feb. 1: Four stars or three? Recruit rating system views are mixed

Feb. 1: Four stars or three? Recruit rating system views are mixed

Recruiting followers live by them. Does anybody really understand them?
Scoggins: Pitino's Gophers wasted chances all season long

Scoggins: Pitino's Gophers wasted chances all season long

Instead of bubble talk, coach Richard Pitino devoted much of his postgame remarks Thursday expressing his excitement level for the future of his freshmen.
Scoggins: Making freshmen ineligible, as Big Ten's discussing, a bad idea

Scoggins: Making freshmen ineligible, as Big Ten's discussing, a bad idea

The Big Ten is discussing the issue for football and men’s basketball. It’s a bad idea.
With Garnett's return, so did longtime Wolves' superfan

With Garnett's return, so did longtime Wolves' superfan

Wolves fan Bill Beise, who gained national attention for his courtside antics during the first Kevin Garnett era, was back in the arena Wednesday for the first time since 2009.
Scoggins: Wolves basketball was fun again with KG on the court

Scoggins: Wolves basketball was fun again with KG on the court

For one night, and hopefully longer than that, basketball in downtown Minneapolis became fun again.
Scoggins: Garnett on court will be much different than when he left

Scoggins: Garnett on court will be much different than when he left

The 38-year-old forward admits he’s in ‘the declining days’ of his playing career.

Scoggins: Garnett may upset locker room, and that's OK

Ex-teammate Wally Szczerbiak knows rookies will get a jolt.
Scoggins: Wild can stop covering its eyes and look ahead

Scoggins: Wild can stop covering its eyes and look ahead

A stunning rebirth has catapulted the Wild into the top eight in the playoff standings for the first time since around Thanksgiving.
Scoggins: Wiggins' rookie season has been a family affair

Scoggins: Wiggins' rookie season has been a family affair

The Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins hasn't been alone this season. His family is here, including two younger sisters who are basketball players for Hopkins High School.
Scoggins: Vikings want to keep Peterson, but are they willing to pay?

Scoggins: Vikings want to keep Peterson, but are they willing to pay?

The price could be all that prevents a reunion between the team and its suspended former NFL MVP.
Scoggins: Gophers women still shooting for NCAA tournament

Scoggins: Gophers women still shooting for NCAA tournament

Once seemingly a lock for the NCAA tournament, the Gophers' women's basketball team is now firmly on the bubble.
Scoggins: Now whole, Wolves have chance to gauge talent

Scoggins: Now whole, Wolves have chance to gauge talent

The Wolves have been together for about four days, which is precisely what this portion of their season is all about: See what they can do now that they have a full complement of players for the first time since early November.
Scoggins: Misbehavior tests NFL fan base, but we keep watching

Scoggins: Misbehavior tests NFL fan base, but we keep watching

Players’ legal problems and inept decisions in the league office haven’t hurt popularity.
Scoggins: Much traveled Dubnyk looks at home with Wild

Scoggins: Much traveled Dubnyk looks at home with Wild

Devan Dubnyk has played with five teams in one year, but might get to enjoy an extended stay with the Wild if he keeps stopping pucks with ease.
4 runners-up for best chocolate chip cookie recipe

4 runners-up for best chocolate chip cookie recipe

These divine recipes are a great place to start when baking chocolate-chip cookies.
Scoggins: Time to turn the page and give Love the silent treatment

Scoggins: Time to turn the page and give Love the silent treatment

Show him we’ve moved on, and thank him for Andrew Wiggins.
Scoggins: Isn't it about time to get pumped up for the Super Bowl?

Scoggins: Isn't it about time to get pumped up for the Super Bowl?

Rumor has it the Super Bowl will be played this week — so can we please talk about football? Not the science of footballs. Not the grip of footballs. Not the PSI of footballs.
Scoggins: Gophers' Pitino trying to balance present, future

Scoggins: Gophers' Pitino trying to balance present, future

Sure, the Gophers coach want to win now. But he also needs to develop players for next year, too.
Scoggins: In twilight of career, ex-Viking Williams finally on ultimate stage

Scoggins: In twilight of career, ex-Viking Williams finally on ultimate stage

The longtime Vikings leader and defensive stalwart gets to experience something missing from his decorated career: A chance to play in the Super Bowl.
Scoggins: Breakout game eases burden on Hollins

Scoggins: Breakout game eases burden on Hollins

Andre Hollins descended the stairs at Williams Arena and made his way to the locker room. He looked like a guy who had just trekked…
Scoggins: Yeo on the hot seat, but Wild's problems run deeper

Scoggins: Yeo on the hot seat, but Wild's problems run deeper

When a team’s body language mirrors its play, a fix calls for more than ousting an embattled coach.
Scoggins: Yeo's wait shifts to weight of expectations

Scoggins: Yeo's wait shifts to weight of expectations

The Wild's Mike Yeo, after the 113-day NHL lockout, will finally get to coach a team infused with new talent.
Scoggins: Principles keep U wrestling coach Robinson off money train

Scoggins: Principles keep U wrestling coach Robinson off money train

He dismissed the popular wave toward stipends for athletes as financial folly.
Scoggins: Gophers guards' slump is met with a shrug

Scoggins: Gophers guards' slump is met with a shrug

Richard Pitino listened to a number of different theories from reporters fishing for reasons that might explain why his two senior guards, Andre Hollins and…

Chart: Grading the Big Ten bowl games

bowl recap The Big Ten went 5-5 during the bowl season, including 3-1 on New Year’s Day. Here are all of the results with a…
Scoggins: Big Ten proving its status among power conferences

Scoggins: Big Ten proving its status among power conferences

New Year’s Day brought the opposite of a hangover for the Big Ten, with a solid showing in big-time bowl games.
Scoggins: Kill's caution set the wrong tone for Gophers

Scoggins: Kill's caution set the wrong tone for Gophers

Gophers coach Jerry Kill went conservative on Thursday in the Citrus Bowl. Far too conservative.
Maxx Williams' next hurdle: A decision on NFL draft

Maxx Williams' next hurdle: A decision on NFL draft

After another eye-popping catch Thursday, the tight end is expected to declare for the draft this month.
Scoggins: Gophers seniors survived Kill's initiation, revived program

Scoggins: Gophers seniors survived Kill's initiation, revived program

Players refused to quit when Jerry Kill demanded so much of them, and now are in a New Year's Day bowl.
Scoggins: Supporting cast, not QB, are question marks

Scoggins: Supporting cast, not QB, are question marks

Teddy Bridgewater entrenched himself as QB right away, but the pressing issues are at running back, wide receiver and left tackle.
Basketball met the circus during Musselman's years at the Barn (Dec. 22)

Basketball met the circus during Musselman's years at the Barn (Dec. 22)

Bill Musselman and his pregame warmup routine gave Williams Arena its soul and made Gophers basketball the hottest ticket in town in the early 1970s.
In Hopkins, a reminder of what high school sports are about (March 18)

In Hopkins, a reminder of what high school sports are about (March 18)

After several Hopkins basketball players removed their second-place medals almost as soon as they received them Saturday night, the team's student manager provided a moment to remember.
Humble beginnings the base for Claeys' success

Humble beginnings the base for Claeys' success

Tracy Claeys’ upbringing explains his sharp mind and love of simple pleasures.
Scoggins: Undrafted Sherels hangs on fiercely with Vikings

Scoggins: Undrafted Sherels hangs on fiercely with Vikings

Rochester's Marcus Sherels has turned a long-shot ticket into a five-year NFL career . Since it’s virtually impossible to get him to say two words about himself, we tried a different tactic
Scoggins: When Santa Claus wears a uniform

Scoggins: When Santa Claus wears a uniform

Gophers punter Peter Mortell is one more example of an athlete performing a selfless act.
Big Ten's 10 bowl game underdogs could rewrite script

Big Ten's 10 bowl game underdogs could rewrite script

All 10 conference teams playing in bowl games are considered underdogs.
Scoggins: Muhammad crosses over into favorable territory

Scoggins: Muhammad crosses over into favorable territory

Shabazz Muhammad appears to be developing nicely in his second year with the Timberwolves.
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