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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.
Everything felt so rushed in the organization's first season of MLS a year ago. Now? The Loons are moving in the right direction.
Few things deflate a fan base more than envy borne of sitting on the sideline while other franchises conduct business with clear championship aspirations.
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.
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."
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.
Every other Olympic sport offers a showcase of the world's premier talent. Not men's hockey this year.
Bill Hancock has worn many sports hats, handling high pressure with perspective
Americans finished sixth, equaling the best-ever result for the U.S, but the team was "gunning for a lot more."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pyeongchang Games organizers wanted experts in ice making so they outsourced those jobs. Minnesota experts stepped up and were selected.
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.
Team USA's offense came alive with a drubbing of Slovakia to advance to tonight's quarterfinals against the Czech Republic.
Awaited American showdown undone by schedule change forced by high winds.
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 is a large part of Korea's hockey movement.
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.
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.
Team USA went 1-2 in the preliminary round, and its collegians have been among their most productive players.
Team USA faces Slovakia at 9:10 p.m. Monday in a qualifying round.
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.
Everybody always asks about food and how we're eating. In Sochi, the answer was simple. Not well. Here in Pyeongchang, no complaints.
Afton's Jessie Diggins made up ground as the anchor leg but the Americans never seriously contended for a medal.
The Olympic Athletes from Russia are participating with no flag and no national anthem.
Team USA picked up its first win of the Pyeongchang Games after an OT loss in the opener.
Former Wild defenseman Jonathon Blum left the NHL for Russia, and now is in South Korea for the Olympics.
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
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.
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, who died unexpectedly less than a month ago, was beloved by all.
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.
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.
Second opportunity comes Monday in 12.5k pursuit.
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.
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.
The Opening Ceremony is Friday for the Pyeongchang Olympics - a mere 15-hour time zone change away.
The organization is positioned nicely in many facets. In looking ahead to next season, though, instability at quarterback hovers over the entire operation.
A backup quarterback went nose-to-nose against the greatest quarterback in NFL history on the biggest stage, and came out victorious.
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.
Sorry, Vikings fans: The Eagles are a team full of interesting personalities, cool individual stories and a noticeable lack of ego.
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.
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.
The defensive line, a key part of the Eagles' powerful defense, runs at least eight players deep
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 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.
Return to Philly this season restored QB's confidence.
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.
Mike Zimmer has pushed the right buttons in guiding the Vikings to the doorstep of a Super Bowl appearance in their home stadium.
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.
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.
Everything will be magnified Sunday in Case Keenum's playoff debut, the biggest moment of his career.
In three seasons, Trae Waynes has evolved from underwhelming rookie first-round pick to the most improved player on the defense.
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.
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 roster, the mood, expectations … everything feels deflated surrounding Gophers basketball with Reggie Lynch suspended and Amir Coffey out with injury.
The latest incident involving a University of Minnesota athlete is another blow to the school's image. It's become all too routine.
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.
The Vikings enter the postseason as strong Super Bowl contenders largely because their defense is entrapping opponents.
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.
A raucous home atmosphere that surprisingly mirrors the Metrodome in decibel level should make the Vikings a tough out in the playoffs.
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 officially rejoined the Wild on Friday for his first practice since undergoing microdiscectomy surgery in late October.
In an outcome that stunned the boxing world, Truax captured the world title by majority decision Saturday -- after nearly quitting the sport last year.
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
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.
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 undefeated regular season doesn't guarantee a playoff berth. First up: Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game.
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.
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.
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
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.
Demry Croft's performance against Nebraska — albeit against a fragile defense that displayed little resistance — grabbed your attention because it revealed more of his talent and potential.
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