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Chip Scoggins

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Scoggins: Gophers must take advantage of easiest schedule among Big Ten contenders

Scoggins: Gophers must take advantage of easiest schedule among Big Ten contenders

As we learn more about each contender, it's more clear than ever that Minnesota must take advantage of this schedule.
Scoggins: Confidence oozes from focused Lynx in playoff opener

Scoggins: Confidence oozes from focused Lynx in playoff opener

The team's core group has lugged a target for five years, knowing every season carries a championship-or-bust purpose.
Scoggins: Wolves' vision of making playoffs is clear, and believable

Scoggins: Wolves' vision of making playoffs is clear, and believable

The Wolves believe they're finally positioned to do something about it. For once, it doesn't come across as standard preseason blather.
Scoggins: Gophers' defense still not to Big Ten standards

Scoggins: Gophers' defense still not to Big Ten standards

Better talent at linebacker gives defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel more flexibility in devising game plans, but execution as an entire defense remains a work in progress.
A powerful, hard-hitting Winfield? Minnesotans have seen this before

A powerful, hard-hitting Winfield? Minnesotans have seen this before

Antoine Winfield Jr. takes after dad, a former Pro Bowl cornerback for the Vikings.
Scoggins: Peterson's dominant days as Vikings running back likely over

Scoggins: Peterson's dominant days as Vikings running back likely over

At 31, the Adrian Peterson who dominated NFL defenses is gone. He's set for knee surgery Thursday, and is owed $18 million next season.
Scoggins: Dealing with setbacks the key to NFL success

Scoggins: Dealing with setbacks the key to NFL success

Mike Zimmer isn't interested in having his players make excuses for their injured teammates' absence.
Scoggins: Vikings again find way to stymie Rodgers

Scoggins: Vikings again find way to stymie Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers looked frustrated, confused, erratic — nothing like the best quarterback in the NFL. Nothing like the guy who has owned the Vikings throughout his career.
Sherels is the strong survivor Gophers knew he'd become

Sherels is the strong survivor Gophers knew he'd become

Gophers linebackers coach Mike Sherels called upon the strength he was known for as a player to survive near-fatal digestive system emergencies. "I certainly have a new appreciation for being alive," he said.
Scoggins: Zimmer vs. Rodgers adds spice to Vikings-Packers rivalry

Scoggins: Zimmer vs. Rodgers adds spice to Vikings-Packers rivalry

In terms of strategic matchups, this one belongs in bold lettering — one of the NFL's brightest defensive minds facing the NFL's most talented quarterback.
Scoggins: Gophers closer to ending games against overmatched opponents

Scoggins: Gophers closer to ending games against overmatched opponents

Playing FCS opponents puts Power Five teams in a no-win situation. They basically get no credit if they win, and they get lambasted if they lose.
Scoggins: Who'll start at QB? Vikings don't, and shouldn't, know yet

Scoggins: Who'll start at QB? Vikings don't, and shouldn't, know yet

If Bradford gains enough grasp of Norv Turner's system by then and doesn't feel overwhelmed and isn't putting the offense at risk, give him the ball and let him go. If Bradford remains uncertain about protections, verbiage or basic concepts, Hill should be the guy until Bradford catches up to speed.
Scoggins: Vikings move to get Sam Bradford was bold, necessary

Scoggins: Vikings move to get Sam Bradford was bold, necessary

Sam Bradford is not a top-tier quarterback worth a first-round pick under normal circumstances. This isn't a normal circumstance.
Scoggins: Gophers football in 2016 looks a lot like 2015

Scoggins: Gophers football in 2016 looks a lot like 2015

The start of the Gophers' 2016 football season in many ways picked up where 2015 left off - and there's plenty to correct.
Scoggins: Zimmer vows, 'I'm not going to let this team feel sorry for us'

Scoggins: Zimmer vows, 'I'm not going to let this team feel sorry for us'

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer's immediate task is to keep players believing that all is not lost with Teddy Bridgewater out, that enough talent remains to achieve their goals.
Scoggins: U assistant Sherels embodies what's great about college football

Scoggins: U assistant Sherels embodies what's great about college football

If Gophers players are searching for inspiration or wondering how their season and careers might unfold, they need look no further than their ailing linebackers coach.
Scoggins: 'Let's not revisit the Teddy Twilight Zone again'

Scoggins: 'Let's not revisit the Teddy Twilight Zone again'

His final three throws of the preseason put to rest the mysterious shoulder issue that snowballed into an awkward dance between coach Mike Zimmer and the media.

Scoggins: Coach Bart Miller molding a meaner Gophers' offensive line

Bart Miller wants workouts to be hellacious. He's not fond of shortcuts or excuses.
Scoggins: Will the Bridgewater drama pass? Not yet

Scoggins: Will the Bridgewater drama pass? Not yet

When a starting quarterback mysteriously doesn't start a game and then spends two practices working strictly on handoffs, questions are going to be asked. And more than once.
Scoggins: Canterbury Park field shows top-flight horse racing

Scoggins: Canterbury Park field shows top-flight horse racing

A phenomenal finish in the Sprint Championship at Canterbury's Festival of Champions on Sunday showed owners, trainers and fans that Minnesota is capable of producing exceptional horse racing.
Scoggins: By fixing his flaws, Dozier goes from slumping to sizzling

Scoggins: By fixing his flaws, Dozier goes from slumping to sizzling

The Twins' second baseman has smacked a league-best 19 home runs since June 19, hit safely in 22 of 23 games and has raised his batting average nearly 70 points since late May.
Scoggins: Bridgewater aiming to show his daring side

Scoggins: Bridgewater aiming to show his daring side

Teddy Bridgewater's quest to improve on deep passes has been a nonstop talking point. It's a necessary step in his evolution.
Wed to the whistle: Gene Steratore a two-sport fixture

Wed to the whistle: Gene Steratore a two-sport fixture

The drive to be where he is today, working as an NFL referee and a college basketball official, a duel role that makes Gene Steratore unique in the world of referees.
Scoggins: Twins' Polanco showing upside, without big hype

Scoggins: Twins' Polanco showing upside, without big hype

Polanco is showing that he belongs in the lineup and needs a position to call home. "When you're here," he said, "there's always a chance to show something."
Scoggins: Legends Nicklaus, Trevino do comedy improv in Blaine

Scoggins: Legends Nicklaus, Trevino do comedy improv in Blaine

On Saturday, the two 76-year-old legends of golf belonged on stage at a comedy club. Their improv routine wasn't a re-enactment of "Grumpy Old Men." More like "Goofy Old Men."
Scoggins: Stadium passes first test. But unknowns (and Packers) still ahead

Scoggins: Stadium passes first test. But unknowns (and Packers) still ahead

U.S. Bank Stadium offers some distinctive features that will never be accused of being cookie-cutter. Those touches give the place its own uniqueness, though a few important unknowns remain.
Scoggins: If Gophers football can't contend this year, it's failure

Scoggins: If Gophers football can't contend this year, it's failure

Privately, people inside the University of Minnesota football department have been circling this season as an opportunity to emerge as a serious Big Ten contender.
Scoggins: Money is a factor in pivotal year for Peterson

Scoggins: Money is a factor in pivotal year for Peterson

Transition season puts Peterson in a role where he must adapt to Teddy Bridgewater as the Vikings' focal point
Scoggins: Vikings' Sullivan says he has nothing to prove in comeback

Scoggins: Vikings' Sullivan says he has nothing to prove in comeback

John Sullivan's status remains a question mark until the football pads come on for real, though he refuses to entertain worst-case scenarios.

Off the field, Fitzgerald steps up, too

Larry Fitzgerald Jr. is recognized as one of the best receivers in NFL history. Off the field, he's a seasoned world traveler who also is involved with numerous philanthropic organizations.
Seeking greatness, Larry Fitzgerald Jr. always battling himself

Seeking greatness, Larry Fitzgerald Jr. always battling himself

When he watches himself on tape, Larry Fitzgerald Jr. only sees mistakes and weaknesses, never the good. He studies other receivers and finds things they do better than him.
Former Gophers teammates complete life-saving play with kidney donation

Former Gophers teammates complete life-saving play with kidney donation

On June 30, after a lengthy process, Doobie Kurus gave Ed Hawthorne one of his kidneys. Hawthorne says his teammate saved his life.
Scoggins: Future GM already handcuffed by Pohlad's decision on Molitor

Scoggins: Future GM already handcuffed by Pohlad's decision on Molitor

Whoever replaces Terry Ryan should have the freedom to make changes — any changes — that will help clean up the mess at Target Field. Every option should be on the table.
Scoggins: At 34, Lynx star Whalen still improving her game

Scoggins: At 34, Lynx star Whalen still improving her game

The former Hutchinson and Gophers star's competitive spirit burns white hot. She believes she still plays at an elite level. Just differently now.
Trent leaving Apple Valley to play basketball at Findlay Prep

Trent leaving Apple Valley to play basketball at Findlay Prep

Apple Valley star basketball guard Gary Trent Jr. announced Friday that he is transferring to Findlay Prep High School in Las Vegas for his senior season.
Scoggins: 16-year-old jockey learns racing game at Canterbury

Scoggins: 16-year-old jockey learns racing game at Canterbury

Scott Bethke wakes up before 4 a.m. every day to make sure he's at his job by 5 a.m. Some days he doesn't return home until past midnight.He's 16.
Scoggins: Where's the loyalty? Today's sports stars are different

Scoggins: Where's the loyalty? Today's sports stars are different

Kevin Durant is just the latest athlete to leave home to chase a title.
Scoggins: Summitt was a treasure to Tennessee and beyond

Scoggins: Summitt was a treasure to Tennessee and beyond

All Tennesseans — men and women, young and old, basketball fans and non-basketball fans — adored Pat Summitt.
Scoggins: Lynx coach Reeve still pushing hard for equity, respect

Scoggins: Lynx coach Reeve still pushing hard for equity, respect

Cheryl Reeve passionately advocates for greater media coverage of women sports, better pay in the workplace and more willingness from "decision-makers" to ignore traditional stereotypes.
For Evans Scholars, it's a future in the bag

For Evans Scholars, it's a future in the bag

Brenden Petersen felt terrified as he arrived at Minikahda Club one February morning. His mind raced as he waited two hours for his interview with a roomful of adults, knowing a college scholarship valued at more than $90,000 was at stake.
Scoggins: Be smart, Wolves. Don't trade any of your 'Big Three'

Scoggins: Be smart, Wolves. Don't trade any of your 'Big Three'

Now is not the time for the Wolves to deviate from a plan that finally makes sense, a blueprint that inspires belief and real optimism. Keep the core together.
Scoggins: Vikings' young defense hungry to improve

Scoggins: Vikings' young defense hungry to improve

The Vikings' plan under coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman revolves around a core of players who are on their first or second contracts.
Scoggins: Vikings linebacker expects emotional trip home

Scoggins: Vikings linebacker expects emotional trip home

Edmond Robinson tried to keep his mind focused on football this week, but memories of the tragedy of one year ago were inescapable.
Scoggins: Sleep mask, hammocks, 'lots of underwear' for Saints bus trip

Scoggins: Sleep mask, hammocks, 'lots of underwear' for Saints bus trip

One road trip, 14 games in 14 days — all by bus. From St. Paul to Joplin, Mo., to Laredo, Texas, to Amarillo, Texas, to Sioux Falls and back home.
Scoggins: Twins' victory a reminder of what has been lost

Scoggins: Twins' victory a reminder of what has been lost

The Twins hadn't played a game at Target Field where they didn't trail this season before beating the Red Sox 7-4 in 10 innings Sunday - the 62nd game of the year.
Scoggins: Get Sano out of right field, trade Plouffe, give Kepler a long look

Scoggins: Get Sano out of right field, trade Plouffe, give Kepler a long look

Ripping Miguel Sano for being a terrible right fielder is to assign blame in the wrong place. Criticism should be directed at those who insisted on this gamble, namely GM Terry Ryan and manager Paul Molitor.
Scoggins: South High's 'Marvelous Mia' keeps fighting

Scoggins: South High's 'Marvelous Mia' keeps fighting

A rare form of brain cancer hasn't dampened Mia Gerold's competitive spirit. "I don't let it worry me anymore," Mia says.
Scoggins: U's Mark Coyle can learn from Baylor's blown priorities

Scoggins: U's Mark Coyle can learn from Baylor's blown priorities

An athletic director must serve as a vigilant parent rocking on the front-porch swing, keeping dutiful watch over the operation. The Gophers, more than ever, need new leader Mark Coyle to become that bedrock.
Scoggins: Robinson's statement leaves more questions than answers

Scoggins: Robinson's statement leaves more questions than answers

A sizable distinction exists between reporting to superiors a suspicion of drug use and what one of his wrestlers said: That Robinson confronted his team about selling drugs, offered amnesty and confiscated pills.
Scoggins: Maybe Dozier will get the hint from the bench

Scoggins: Maybe Dozier will get the hint from the bench

In a season of disappointment for almost every Twins player in uniform, Dozier looks lost — defiant is probably more accurate — at the plate as he attempts to yank every pitch down the left-field line.
Ex-Vikings quarterback turns from touchdowns to salvation

Ex-Vikings quarterback turns from touchdowns to salvation

Just as he did when he was the Vikings quarterback, Pastor Randall Cunningham knows how to captivate an audience. Now he's doing that with a 1,200-member church in Las Vegas, where he played college football.
Scoggins: Gophers pitching coach makes most of extra innings

Scoggins: Gophers pitching coach makes most of extra innings

After a leukemia diagnosis and bone marrow transplant, Gophers pitching coach Todd Oakes' recovery has inspired others to donate time, money, blood and stem cells.
Scoggins: Gophers women's teams have no shortage of star power

Scoggins: Gophers women's teams have no shortage of star power

Four women's teams won either regular-season or tournament Big Ten championships. Women's hockey won the national title for the second consecutive year and fourth time in five years. The volleyball team advanced to the Final Four.
Scoggins: Strong Minnesota coaching quartet inspires confidence

Scoggins: Strong Minnesota coaching quartet inspires confidence

In sports, strong coaches anchor organizations by giving them credibility, direction and decisive leadership. They often become the face of their organizations, even more than their star players.
Scoggins: Goetz was a good candidate, but Coyle was a better one

Scoggins: Goetz was a good candidate, but Coyle was a better one

Beth Goetz did her best to hold things together for nine months under tough circumstances. But she was not the right choice to lead the department beyond her interim label.
Scoggins: No simple answers following U's latest basketball issue

Scoggins: No simple answers following U's latest basketball issue

Richard Pitino has an image problem. His program has an image problem. That means University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has a problem, too.
Scoggins: Pohlad calls Twins play 'total system failure' but supports Ryan and Molitor

Scoggins: Pohlad calls Twins play 'total system failure' but supports Ryan and Molitor

At 8-20, the Twins have the worst record in the American League and the second-worst record in Major League Baseball. But owner Jim Pohlad isn't about to lay solo blame on those at the top.
Scoggins: Gang of 16 interviewers clogging search for Gophers AD

Scoggins: Gang of 16 interviewers clogging search for Gophers AD

The actual number on University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler's hand-picked committee is 16, but it might as well be 900 because the size of that group served as a stop sign for some potential candidates.
Scoggins: Hard-nosed Zimmer authors feel-good story in German receiver

Scoggins: Hard-nosed Zimmer authors feel-good story in German receiver

The Vikings rolled the dice Saturday in the sixth round by making Moritz Boehringer the first straight-from-Europe player ever selected in the NFL draft.
Scoggins: Good 'work ethic' wasn't enough for Wild to beat Dallas

Scoggins: Good 'work ethic' wasn't enough for Wild to beat Dallas

The Wild lost Wednesday night because of too many mistakes — costly penalties, a weak penalty kill — against a superior Dallas team with a finishing gear the Wild lacks.
Scoggins: Wild now has full attention from Dallas

Scoggins: Wild now has full attention from Dallas

From lifeless to hellbent hockey in a flick of a switch, the Wild encapsulated its entire season — and its strange personality — in a Game 3 about-face against the Dallas Stars. So what happens now?
Scoggins: Wild's effort arrives, does nothing for the win column

Scoggins: Wild's effort arrives, does nothing for the win column

The Wild had great chances in Game 2. But too many missed opportunities combined with other factors contributed to a 0-2 series deficit heading home.
Scoggins: Careless and lack of offense is a recipe for quick Wild exit

Scoggins: Careless and lack of offense is a recipe for quick Wild exit

The Wild certainly missed Zach Parise's and Erik Haula's offense, but the Stars played without stud forward Tyler Seguin and managed just fine.
Scoggins: For limping Wild, playoffs generate little excitement

Scoggins: For limping Wild, playoffs generate little excitement

A series of developments conspired to create an unmistakable sense of doom and gloom around the Wild in its series against Minnesota's previous NHL tenant.
Scoggins: Twins hitters deliver another whiff of bad baseball

Scoggins: Twins hitters deliver another whiff of bad baseball

The Twins increased their season total for strikeouts to 79 in seven games, maintaining pace in pursuit of major league baseball's record.
Scoggins: After ballpark burns, Waseca reaches out to Tink Larson

Scoggins: After ballpark burns, Waseca reaches out to Tink Larson

Tink Larson's sadness is evident in his eyes, and his words, but he refuses to complain. He often recites a phrase that he borrowed from Twins manager Paul Molitor.
Scoggins: All that's missing from Wild's playoff berth is excitement

Scoggins: All that's missing from Wild's playoff berth is excitement

The Wild did the most Wild thing ever Tuesday night. It was deliciously fitting for this current outfit, actually.
Packing on the pounds: U football players rely on nutrition, strength training

Packing on the pounds: U football players rely on nutrition, strength training

Specialized diets and strength training help Gophers football players get bigger, stronger.
Scoggins: Lucia's status is a pressing issue for U

Scoggins: Lucia's status is a pressing issue for U

Without a new AD in place, the university should look into giving its men's hockey coach a short contract extension.
Scoggins: Wild needs last year's Dubnyk for this year's playoff run

Scoggins: Wild needs last year's Dubnyk for this year's playoff run

Devan Dubnyk has returned to form since being pulled from a 7-4 meltdown in New Jersey last week. His response: stopping 98 of 103 shots.
Scoggins: Curry, Warriors are elevating the game to uncharted heights

Scoggins: Curry, Warriors are elevating the game to uncharted heights

Curry and the Warriors traveling circus blew into town Monday. For one night, they looked more like grinders than the Greatest Show in Sports, but even max effort from the Timberwolves wasn't enough to derail history in the making.
Scoggins: Hopkins 8th grader attracts offers from colleges -- and Lynx coach

Scoggins: Hopkins 8th grader attracts offers from colleges -- and Lynx coach

Paige Bueckers already has scholarship offers from the Gophers, Iowa State and Illinois -- and the attention of Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve.
Scoggins: St. Thomas coach is driven by success, and failure

Scoggins: St. Thomas coach is driven by success, and failure

John Tauer doesn't lose too often, but he rarely talks about winning with his team either, even though winning at a high level remains an overarching expectation for his program. "We talk about [achieving] excellence," he said.
Wide-open NCAA tournament could go in so many directions

Wide-open NCAA tournament could go in so many directions

In the absence of one or two dominant teams, the beauty of this field lies in its balance at the top — and middle. The No. 1 seeds have 23 combined losses, the most ever for the top four teams in the field.
Scoggins: Minnesota no longer just the State of Hockey

Scoggins: Minnesota no longer just the State of Hockey

As much pride as we take in our self-assigned marketing nickname "State of Hockey," the caliber of basketball talent here isn't exactly chopped liver.
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