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Loyola guard Clayton Custer and teammates greeted fans as they welcomed the Ramblers back to campus on Sunday, after the team advanced to the Sweet 16

Scoggins: NCAA tournament seeds don't mean what they used to

At this point, nothing that happens with any of the remaining 16 teams should be shocking, regardless of what their seedings might suggest.
Jorge Polanco (11) was one of the Twins' best players during their late-season surge in 2017.

Scoggins: Adversity has arrived for Twins before the games do

News of Jorge Polanco's 80-game drug suspension as a result of a failed drug test serves as a reminder that best-laid plans can change in a blink of an eye.
Loons forward Christian Ramirez looked to settle an outside pass in the second half.

Scoggins: In every way, Loons are different for the better in Year 2

Everything felt so rushed in the organization's first season of MLS a year ago. Now? The Loons are moving in the right direction.
The Lynx's Cheryl Reeve is a four-time WNBA champion as a coach. Now she's added general manager to her title, and last week traded the team’s first

Scoggins: Local teams' aggressive moves good for fan bases

Few things deflate a fan base more than envy borne of sitting on the sideline while other franchises conduct business with clear championship aspirations.
Edina center Sammy Walker scored on a shorthanded goal against Lakeville North but also fed teammates for four assists.

Scoggins: Generosity, speed set apart Edina star Walker

Sammy Walker, who had a goal and four assists in Thursday's 2A quarterfinal victory over Lakeville North, is as good as advertised. So is his Edina Hornets hockey team.
Alpine skier and Minnesota native Lindsey Vonn was carried as Team USA entered Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium during the Closing Ceremony on Sunday.

Scoggins: Minnesota's Olympians steal show (when do we leave for Beijing?)

After three weeks in Korea, Chip Scoggins writes: "Mostly, I'll remember those four days when Minnesota athletes stole the show with one riveting performance after another."
John Shuster posed with the gold medal. USA beat Sweden 10-7 at Gangneung Curling Centre on Saturday to win the Gold medal.

Scoggins: With gold, John Shuster's curling redemption is complete

Nothing in sports tops unexpected success, and the U.S. men's curling team, led by Chisholm-born John Shuster, engineered one of the greatest surprise endings in Olympic history.
Team Canada leaves the ice after the semifinal round of the men's hockey game against Germany at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea

Scoggins: Absence of NHL players a noticeable downside at Pyeongchang Games

Every other Olympic sport offers a showcase of the world's premier talent. Not men's hockey this year.
Above: Bill Hancock handles high-demand media ticketing for the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Football guy Bill Hancock takes on Olympic duty

Bill Hancock has worn many sports hats, handling high pressure with perspective
Leif Nordgren collapsed in the finish area after the 4x7.5-kilometer biathlon relay Friday. (AP photo by Gregorio Borgia)

Forest Lake's Nordgren anchors sixth-place finish in biathlon relay

Americans finished sixth, equaling the best-ever result for the U.S, but the team was "gunning for a lot more."
Kendall Coyne (26) and Hilary Knight (21) celebrated at the end of the game.

Scoggins: Winning gold releases 20 years of emotion for U.S. women

A rivalry that already ranked among the best in sports managed to deliver another epic clash that won't be topped by anything in these Olympics in entertainment and drama.
Jessie Diggins

Scoggins: At Olympics, it's finally a day for Minnesota success

Team USA sure needed a pick-me-up. These have been tough Olympic Games for the Americans in terms of winning medals, and a batch of Minnesotans came through.
Meghan Agosta (2) and Anne Schleper (15) pushed off of each other in the second period of the gold medal game in Sochi. Team Canada beat Team USA in o

Scoggins: U.S.-Canada women's hockey rivalry only gets more intense

Here we go again: The gold medal matchup for women's hockey at the Pyeongchang Games could have been written in permanent marker before the tournament began.
Lindsey Vonn reacted after her run at the Women's Downhill Jeongseon Alpine Centre on Wednesday. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï - Febr

Out with a bronze: Vonn nabs podium finish in final Olympics downhill

At 33, Lindsey Vonn became the oldest female medalist in Alpine skiing in Winter Games history when she took bronze in the downhill. She has said this is her final Olympics.
Ryan Hevern, 26, of Coon Rapids, drove a Zamboni at Gangneung Hockey Centre at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, one of the many Minnesota ice-making e

When it comes to making Olympic ice, Minnesotans know what they're doing

Pyeongchang Games organizers wanted experts in ice making so they outsourced those jobs. Minnesota experts stepped up and were selected.
Team USA’s Meghan Duggan (10) collided hard with Finland’s Ronja Savolainen in Monday’s semifinal women’s hockey game. No penalty was called o

Scoggins: No checks (wink), just 'collisions' in women's hockey

The no-checking rule should be placed in air quotes. It seems more like a suggestion than a hard and fast rule, judging by some of the physical play in the Olympics.
Ryan Donato (16) celebrated with Team USA teammates after scoring a goal in the third period against Slovakia. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ � cgonzalez@startri

Facing elimination, Team USA explodes for 5-1 win in men's hockey

Team USA's offense came alive with a drubbing of Slovakia to advance to tonight's quarterfinals against the Czech Republic.
Lindsey Vonn is poised to contend for a gold medal in the downhill after faltering in the super-G.

Vonn loses Shiffrin as foe in downhill

Awaited American showdown undone by schedule change forced by high winds.

Olympics women's hockey medal round results, schedule

Women's hockey final fourFirst semifinal: USA 5, Finland 0Second semifinal: Canada 5, OAR 0Bronze medal game: Finland vs. OAR, 1:40 a.m. Wednesday (USA)Gold medal game:…
Richard Park (shown with the Canucks in 2005) spent roughly a third of his life playing in the NHL — 738 games for six teams, including the Wild, ov

Former Wild player instrumental in launching South Korean hockey

Richard Park is a large part of Korea's hockey movement.
Dani Cameranesi (24) celebrated with teammates after scoring a goal in the third period.

One game from gold: Ex-Gophers score four in crushing Finland

The United States will meet Canada on Wednesday night for the third straight time in the gold medal game. The Canadians have won the last two and beat the USA in pool play last week.
Nigerian Bobleders Seun Adigun and Akuoma Omeoga during a practice on Sunday. Akuoma Omeoga was a Track and Field athlete for the University of Minnes

Omeoga's slide: From Minnesota sprinter to Nigeria's first bobsledders

Thirteen months ago, Irondale High graduate Akuoma Omeoga took her first bobsled run. "This is crazier than anything I could have imagined," she said the other day in Pyeongchang.
Boston University forward Jordan Greenway, a 2015 second-round draft pick of the Minnesota Wild, has been in the middle of the action for Team USA. He

Scoggins: American college hockey players have carried their weight

Team USA went 1-2 in the preliminary round, and its collegians have been among their most productive players.

Olympic men's hockey playoff schedule

Team USA faces Slovakia at 9:10 p.m. Monday in a qualifying round.
Jessie Diggins got a hug from her mother, Deb, at the end of the women’s 10-kilometer free at Alpensia Cross-Country Centre in the Winter Games. ] C

Minnesota parents mark Olympic journey in years, tears

Mothers and fathers of Minnesota-linked Olympians made the 6,400-mile journey to South Korea to share in an experience that is as rewarding for them as it is for their children.
Following a spectacular Opening Ceremony to the Pyeongchang Games, our reporting team found charm and challenges in the host country.

Postcard from the Olympics: Forced to cook, I grilled for the gold

Everybody always asks about food and how we're eating. In Sochi, the answer was simple. Not well. Here in Pyeongchang, no complaints.
Jessie Diggins at the end of the Women's 4x5km Relay at Alpensia Cross-Country Centre. The USA finished in fifth place.

Diggins finishes fifth again as part of USA women's cross-country relay

Afton's Jessie Diggins made up ground as the anchor leg but the Americans never seriously contended for a medal.
Two Russians enjoyed the OAR hockey game.

At Olympics, Russian fans wave the flags their athletes can't

The Olympic Athletes from Russia are participating with no flag and no national anthem.
Ryan Donato celebrated after scoring a goal in the first period Friday against Slovakia. Donato picked up both goals for Team USA in the victory.

Donato's two goals lead complete effort for Team USA over Slovakia

Team USA picked up its first win of the Pyeongchang Games after an OT loss in the opener.
Former Wild defenseman Jonathon Blum, right, is pretty fond of his latest gig, playing for Team USA at the Olympics. He hopes it might lead to another

Scoggins: Vagabond existence leads Blum to Team USA

Former Wild defenseman Jonathon Blum left the NHL for Russia, and now is in South Korea for the Olympics.
Jordan Greenway centered the top line and scored a goal in Team USA’s Olympic opener Wednesday.

Scoggins: Wild prospect Greenway's Olympic debut has extra meaning

Wild prospect Jordan Greenway is the first black U.S. men's hockey player in Olympic history. He scored a goal Wednesday in his Olympics debut
Official Jenni Heikkinen (64), of Finland, tries to separate Kelly Pannek (12), of the United States, and Laura Stacey (7), of Canada, as they scuffle

Gold medal rehearsal? Canada holds off U.S. women in fierce finish

Olympic women's hockey remains a two-team battle for gold, and their renewed acquaintance in pool play on Thursday afternoon was a typical U.S.-Canada bout.
Former Gophers goalie Robb Stauber is head coach of the U.S. women’s Olympic team.

Scoggins: Stauber hopes different path leads to gold for U.S. women's hockey team

USA Hockey promoted former Gophers goalie Robb Stauber to head coach last May. He has brought a different style to the team, one that eschews dump-and-chase and embraces puck possession.
Jim Johannson, the general manager of USA Hockey who died unexpectedly less than a month ago, was beloved by all.

'We lost a big part of our soul': USA Hockey plays on without beloved GM

Jim Johannson, who died unexpectedly less than a month ago, was beloved by all.
Members of the United States men's hockey team practice ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

Scoggins: 'Who are these guys?' will be theme of men's Olympic hockey

Unable to pick from the usual pool of NHL players, those in charge of constructing Olympic rosters were forced to beat the bushes in search of the next tier of talent in far-flung hockey outposts.
Two-time gold medalist Shaun White practiced Saturday at Phoenix Snow Park. The men’s halfpipe begins Tuesday.

Scoggins: Extreme sports star White returns to Olympics to make amends

Shaun White's fourth-place finish in the halfpipe in Sochi in 2014 forced him to decide whether he still had the fire to compete. The answer is in his return to the Olympics.
Leif Nordgren, of the United States, climbs ahead Kauri Koiv, of Estonia, during the men's 10-kilometer biathlon sprint at the 2018 Winter Olympics in

Nordgren finishes 58th in 10k sprint, qualifies for another race at Olympics

Second opportunity comes Monday in 12.5k pursuit.
Michael Glasder, of the United States, soars through the air during the men's normal hill individual ski jumping qualifier ahead of the 2018 Winter Ol

Scoggins: Olympic ski jumpers are brave - and crazy

Ski jumpers must have a screw loose to do what they do: Travel at speeds of 50-plus miles per hour down a steep hill and then launch themselves like a DC-9 at takeoff with no guarantees.

Scoggins: Murray calmly builds a bridge as Korea's women's hockey coach

Weeks before the Pyeongchang Games, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced that he would send 22 athletes to the Olympics, 12 of them women's hockey players. That was a surprise to the coach.
Members of the Finnish Olympic team posed for photos with the Olympic mascot — a white tiger named “Soohorang” — at a welcome ceremony on Wedn

Scoggins: Let's start the Olympic Games - and sleep later

The Opening Ceremony is Friday for the Pyeongchang Olympics - a mere 15-hour time zone change away.
Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks Sam Bradford (8) and Case Keenum (7).

Scoggins: Vikings positioned for success, barring bad move at QB

The organization is positioned nicely in many facets. In looking ahead to next season, though, instability at quarterback hovers over the entire operation.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) got a pass away under pressure from New England Patriots defenders Trey Flowers (98) and Lawrence Guy (

Scoggins: Back-up Foles gives Eagles an ending that didn't seem possible

A backup quarterback went nose-to-nose against the greatest quarterback in NFL history on the biggest stage, and came out victorious.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) celebrates a touchdown with Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Aziz Shittu (61), during the NFC Champion

Scoggins: Foles loses all comparisons to Brady, but has proven he can win

Tom Brady owns five Super Bowl rings and holds the (un)official title of Greatest of All Time. Foles has been traded, demoted and released and gave retirement serious consideration after his fourth NFL season.
Eagles defensive back Corey Graham embraced a couple teammates during practice Wednesday. The Eagles have shown to be a tight-knit group: “No outsid

Scoggins: Take away their fans, and Eagles don't look like villains

Sorry, Vikings fans: The Eagles are a team full of interesting personalities, cool individual stories and a noticeable lack of ego.
Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson spoke at a press conference for Super Bowl LII on Wednesday.

Super Bowl jitters? Eagles coach Pederson isn't afraid

Doug Pederson will throw deep, go for it on fourth down and put his foot on the gas. A player's coach, Pederson is fearless.
Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia held court Monday. His last game with New England will be the Super Bowl; he’s set to become the Detroi

Scoggins: Football's not rocket science, but Patriots' Patricia can relate

The New England defensive coordinator arrived at Super Bowl LII Opening Night in full character. If Paul Bunyan had a son, he would look like Matt Patricia.
Philadelphia tackle Fletcher Cox (91) stands at the top of the Eagles’ long list of defensive linemen, having made second-team All-Pro three seasons

Can Eagles' fierce defensive pressure bring down Tom Brady, Patriots?

The defensive line, a key part of the Eagles' powerful defense, runs at least eight players deep
The NFC and AFC Championship trophies were on hand for fans to photograph after their turn with the Vince Lombardi Trophy at the Super Bowl Experience

Scoggins: Minnesota Nice will be tough to muster this Super Bowl week

It's one thing for a team to lay an egg one step from the Super Bowl. It's diabolically dreadful for a team to host the Super Bowl two weeks after laying that egg. How's the hangover going, Vikings fans?
The Vikings’ no-show dud in Philadelphia won’t lower expectations by a meaningful degree, as long as coach Mike Zimmer, right, and General Manager

Scoggins: The 2018 Vikings quarterback? Look outside of Winter Park

The Vikings have many selling points for any quarterback: A final four team this season, an elite defense, talented receivers and the return of running back Dalvin Cook among them.
Nick Foles was more of a game manager in the Eagles’ playoff victory over Atlanta, but he let it rip against the Vikings.

Eagles' Foles had it in him all along

Return to Philly this season restored QB's confidence.
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles celebrated with lineman Stefen Wisniewski after one of Foles’ three touchdown passes in the NFC Championship Game. Fol

Scoggins: Foles might not be the Eagles' weak link after all

Nick Foles, the Eagles' backup most of the season was near perfect Sunday. He completed 26 of 33 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns with a 141.4 rating.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer

Scoggins: Zimmer understands the weight of this Vikings moment

Mike Zimmer has pushed the right buttons in guiding the Vikings to the doorstep of a Super Bowl appearance in their home stadium.
Vikings fans were taken on a roller coaster ride of emotions in the second half Sunday before the team pulled out a miraculous 29-24 victory over the

Scoggins: Vikings' epic sports moment is seared in our memory

Minnesotans woke up in a dream state Monday. The mood the day after the Vikings' dramatic finish was a beautiful blend of sleep deprivation and slap-happy.
Vikings quarterback Case Keenum celebrates following a 29-24 win over the New Orleans Saints

Scoggins: The legend of Case Keenum grows exponentially

Case Keenum sat at his locker in disbelief, still dressed in full pads, 30 minutes after he delivered the mother of all finishes for the Minnesota Vikings.
Vikings quarterback Case Keenum had two weeks to prepare for his first NFL playoff game. “I’m going to play like I know how to play.”

Scoggins: The stage is yours, Case Keenum

Everything will be magnified Sunday in Case Keenum's playoff debut, the biggest moment of his career.
Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes has earned coach Mike Zimmer’s trust, increasing his playing time and reducing the amount of coverage help he receive

Scoggins: Picked on to pickoffs marks Waynes' progress with Vikings

In three seasons, Trae Waynes has evolved from underwhelming rookie first-round pick to the most improved player on the defense.
Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns reacted after throwing down a dunk in the third quarter against the Cavaliers on Monday night. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ �

Scoggins: Target Center on fire as Wolves put on a long-awaited show

Wolves fans have suffered long enough. They should be excited about how a remade roster is starting to gel and pick up steam and look like a team that could be dangerous come playoff time.
Former East Ridge standout J.C. Hassenauer’s final college football game is Monday’s national championship. The sophomore and junior seasons of th

Scoggins: Woodbury's Hassenauer suits up for final time at Alabama

J.C. Hassenauer, a Woodbury native and former East Ridge High School standout offensive lineman, will play his final college football game in Monday's national championship.
The Minnesota bench sensed a loss in the waning moments of Saturday's game against Indiana.

Scoggins: Brace yourself, Gophers basketball faces long, uncertain road

The roster, the mood, expectations … everything feels deflated surrounding Gophers basketball with Reggie Lynch suspended and Amir Coffey out with injury.
University of Minnesota Athletic Director Mark Coyle spoke about the status of men's basketball player Reggie Lynch during a news conference Friday mo

Scoggins: Script surrounding Gophers athletics all too familiar

The latest incident involving a University of Minnesota athlete is another blow to the school's image. It's become all too routine.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, who has missed time this season due to injury, made a glove save in the third period during Tuesday's win over Florida.

Scoggins: For a healthy Wild, big picture can finally take shape

Nobody likes to use injuries as an excuse because every team deals with them, but the Wild has been treading water with key players sidelined for extended stints.
Defensive end Danielle Hunter registered a sack of Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Other members of the top-ranked unit contributed big plays as

Scoggins: Investment in Vikings' defense paying off on the field

The Vikings enter the postseason as strong Super Bowl contenders largely because their defense is entrapping opponents.
Gophers freshman Isaiah Washington shot only 4-for-13 Saturday, but the 6-foot point guard also pulled down a team-high 13 rebounds.

Scoggins: Enigmatic Washington offers glimpse of potential for Gophers

Isaiah Washington on Saturday showed flashes of the brilliance that made him a social media sensation before arriving on campus, but he also had some maddening decisions in his shot selection.
Loud fans give the Minnesota Vikings a home field advantage.

Scoggins: Vikings fans raise echoes of Metrodome at U.S. Bank Stadium

A raucous home atmosphere that surprisingly mirrors the Metrodome in decibel level should make the Vikings a tough out in the playoffs.
Teddy Bridgewater came into the game in the 4th quarter, seeing his first game snaps since the 2016 preseason, entered in the fourth quarter with the

Scoggins: Blowout allows Bridgewater to live a dream

Teddy Bridgewater has crossed many milestones in his recovery, but none more significant or rewarding than Sunday when he heard his name called to enter an NFL game again.
Zach Parise was back at practice Friday, skating with the Wild during his recovery from back surgery, but he didn’t give a timetable for his return

Scoggins: A 'relieved' Zach Parise is ready to return to the Wild after back surgery

Zach Parise officially rejoined the Wild on Friday for his first practice since undergoing microdiscectomy surgery in late October.
Caleb Truax, at age 34, upset James DeGale of Britain for the IBF supermiddleweight title Saturday.

Scoggins: Osseo boxer Truax is a true Cinderella Man (and now a world champion)

In an outcome that stunned the boxing world, Truax captured the world title by majority decision Saturday -- after nearly quitting the sport last year.
Despite Tom Thibodeau’s incessant sideline harping about playing defense, the Wolves don’t seem to hear the message.

Scoggins: Successful homestand could ease tension surrounding Wolves

The schedule can't set up any more favorably for the Wolves to establish some consistency, for Tom Thibodeau to rediscover his bench and for the whole operation to stop playing painful basketball
Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes (shown upending Lions running back Ameer Abdullah on Thanksgiving Day), like most of the Vikings, works as hard at film

Scoggins: If Vikings look well-prepared, it's because they are

Want to know why the 10-2 Vikings look so well-prepared and in-tune with their game plans? They are diligent workers Monday through Saturday, in the film room and on the practice field.
A Tennessee fan held up a sign reading "SchiaNO" during a gathering of Volunteers fans reacting to the possibility of hiring Ohio State defensive coor

Scoggins: Vols hire, then unhire coach after outrage seizes the day

In a landmark moment in the history of college sports, Tennessee hired and then unhired Greg Schiano after witnessing intense backlash from its fan base.
Wisconsin’s Derrick Tindal jumped into the stands to celebrate the Badgers’ 31-0 blowout against the Gophers.

Wisconsin enjoys perfect regular season with an eye to CFP

Wisconsin's undefeated regular season doesn't guarantee a playoff berth. First up: Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game.
Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck walked down the sideline during the fourth quarter of Saturday's blowout loss.

Scoggins: Latest loss to Wisconsin shows how far Gophers have fallen

Saturday's shutout loss to Wisconsin mercifully ends P.J. Fleck's first season with the Gophers, setting up a busy offseason where he has plenty to accomplish.
Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck chats with players, including defensive lineman Steven Richardson, during warm-ups before action against Maryland at TCF Ba

Scoggins: Win or lose, rivalry game will show what Gophers are made of

The Gophers can shape the way we view their progress in P.J. Fleck's first season — or lack thereof — by how they compete on the most important Saturday of their season.
Vikings QB Case Keenum has been put in position to succeed, thanks to the play of the revamped offensive line. A former weak point is now a team stren

Scoggins: Vikings' rejuvenation begins with revamped offensive line

The Vikings offensive line sabotaged their 2016 season with a performance so rancid that it's not worth re-living. No position group on any NFL team has improved more
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7) avoided the Rams defense at U.S. Bank Stadium Sunday November 19, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN.

Scoggins: Keenum is the QB; debate should be put to rest

Teddy Bridgewater's return will happen, and it will be emotional and inspiring. Until then, let's all relax and enjoy this unexpected infusion that Case Keenum has provided the Vikings.
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