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Chip Scoggins

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TCU earned respect; now it must keep it

TCU earned respect; now it must keep it

The way Gary Patterson sees things, his No. 2-rankedTCU football team remains in “prove-it” mode after getting a sniff of college football’s inaugural playoff last season.
Scoggins: Thirteen thoughts on college football's national scene

Scoggins: Thirteen thoughts on college football's national scene

Chip Scoggins offers up his annual baker’s dozen: 13 thoughts on the national scene. A 14th thought could have been: How can it get any better than last year’s epic season?
Scoggins: Gophers, TCU prepare with intensity and intrigue as clock ticks down

Scoggins: Gophers, TCU prepare with intensity and intrigue as clock ticks down

U’s Kill and Co. set sights on the biggest opener in decades.
Scoggins: Cris Carter, NFL dropped the ball with 'fall guy' comments

Scoggins: Cris Carter, NFL dropped the ball with 'fall guy' comments

The latest NFL controversy — a daily occurrence, it seems — comes courtesy of former Vikings star Cris Carter, who told a roomful of NFL rookies at a league-sanctioned symposium last year that they need a “fall guy” in their “crew” to take the collar should their behavior turn criminal.
Scoggins: An argument for the defense in college football

Scoggins: An argument for the defense in college football

Gophers’ defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys is bucking the Xbox offense trend.
Scoggins: To take the next step, Vikings need to win close games

Scoggins: To take the next step, Vikings need to win close games

Win the winnable games is a bumper sticker slogan for the modern-day NFL. That’s often what separates the good teams from the bad.
Scoggins: Bucs say Winston's talent is worth any baggage-related risk

Scoggins: Bucs say Winston's talent is worth any baggage-related risk

Critics assail flaws, but the Bucs are sold on the No. 1 overall draft pick.
Scoggins: U needs to bring Teague — and maybe others — to account

Scoggins: U needs to bring Teague — and maybe others — to account

The university must inspect closely and discipline harshly to demonstrate its commitment to doing what’s right.
Scoggins: Teague scandal rocks Gophers athletics amid recent gains

Scoggins: Teague scandal rocks Gophers athletics amid recent gains

The accumulation of disappointment over the years — NCAA violations, misdeeds, awful hires, heartbreaking defeats — has created this perception that the U can’t get out of its own way
Precision is hallmark for Vikings rookie receiver Diggs

Precision is hallmark for Vikings rookie receiver Diggs

Receiver Stefon Diggs works after practice to ensure he’s learning as fast as possible.
Scoggins: Gophers football team enters a new world of credibility

Scoggins: Gophers football team enters a new world of credibility

Jerry Kill’s program no longer should be treated as the Little Engine That Could. The Gophers have shed their “Kick Me” sign and deserve to be taken seriously.
Scoggins: Twins had a chance to go bold at the trade deadline, but didn't

Scoggins: Twins had a chance to go bold at the trade deadline, but didn't

While Kevin Jepsen is a nice addition, this roster still has many holes.
Scoggins: High tech hits the field at Vikings camp

Scoggins: High tech hits the field at Vikings camp

The technology makes traditional practice video that’s shot from the sideline, end zone or from a mechanical lift high above the field look like a ’56 Buick.
Scoggins: Doubting him provides fuel for Peterson's fire

Scoggins: Doubting him provides fuel for Peterson's fire

After a year away from the game, the Vikings running back is out to prove something again.
Scoggins: Perkins pays price for being a little off

Scoggins: Perkins pays price for being a little off

One misplaced pitch tied the score, and another gave the Yankees the comeback victory.
Scoggins: Ex-Viking Carlson joins list of players leaving NFL on their terms

Scoggins: Ex-Viking Carlson joins list of players leaving NFL on their terms

Early retirements among NFL players made splash in headlines this offseason. Former Vikings tight end John Carlson says he reached a point after seven NFL seasons where he had enough of football.
Life's a beach for bonding Gophers football recruits

Life's a beach for bonding Gophers football recruits

Eden Prairie’s star linebacker, Carter Coughlin, told his dad he needed to use the family’s cabin. “I thought that having the guys up to the cabin would just be killer,” he said.
Dark Clouds lends vocal support to United FC

Dark Clouds lends vocal support to United FC

The Dark Clouds love to sing and dance. And bang drums. And set off smoke machines. And tease opponents with creative wisecracks.
Scoggins: Be realistic about what KG brings to Wolves' table

Scoggins: Be realistic about what KG brings to Wolves' table

In the best case, Kevin Garnett provides a version of the value that Torii Hunter has brought to the Twins.
Scoggins: Fun is good, but winning big is even better for Saints

Scoggins: Fun is good, but winning big is even better for Saints

In a stunning new home, the St. Paul team is ripping through the American Association with a 29-7 record.
Scoggins: As college athletics revenue soars, so does spending

Scoggins: As college athletics revenue soars, so does spending

TV deals are bringing more money to campus, but athletic departments are spending it quickly.
Scoggins: Draft leaves Rubio with a hometown problem

Scoggins: Draft leaves Rubio with a hometown problem

Flashy but often-injured point guard Ricky Rubio has a popular newcomer Tyus Jones waiting behind him.
Scoggins: Timberwolves made a logical choice, then a popular one

Scoggins: Timberwolves made a logical choice, then a popular one

The No. 1 overall pick and a savvy point guard? A two-way big man and a proven winner? An elite defensive player and a popular local kid guaranteed to sell tickets? It was a good night for the Wolves.
Scoggins: Buxton responds to leadoff challenge

Scoggins: Buxton responds to leadoff challenge

The rookie's first-inning double got the Twins started, and he went 3-for-5, scored three runs and threw out two baserunners.
Scoggins: Buxton will struggle some, but excite always

Scoggins: Buxton will struggle some, but excite always

No more tease. No more wait. No more checking Chattanooga Lookouts boxscores to see how Byron Buxton is going.
Scoggins: Allen brushes aside credit for Twins' pitching staff turnaround

Scoggins: Allen brushes aside credit for Twins' pitching staff turnaround

First-year pitching coach Neil Allen’s new ideas and approach clearly have made a positive impact on the staff. Allen’s voice usually can be heard stressing two things
Adam Brett Walker is long on power, short on consistency

Adam Brett Walker is long on power, short on consistency

The outfielder has piled up the home runs and the strikeouts at Class AA Chattanooga.
Scoggins: Buxton's speed is in a league by itself

Scoggins: Buxton's speed is in a league by itself

Watching top Twins prospect Byron Buxton’s bursts of speed in person borders on the indescribable.
Hard throwers dominate at Twins' team in Chattanooga

Hard throwers dominate at Twins' team in Chattanooga

The Twins have three relievers who can hit 100 miles per hour on the radar gun and Jose Berrios is leading the Southern League in strikeouts. The second of a two-day look at the talent-rich Lookouts.
Chattanooga: Twins' Grade A talent in AA town

Chattanooga: Twins' Grade A talent in AA town

Buxton, Sano, Polanco, Berrios and more. The Twins have stockpiled top prospects at their Class AA team in Chattanooga. The first of a two-day look at the Lookouts by Chip Scoggins.
Chattanooga's Engel Stadium: Where legends played

Chattanooga's Engel Stadium: Where legends played

Ruth, Gehrig, Mays, Killebrew — Jordan even — they all played at the Lookouts’ old home
Scoggins: There's no quit in 12-year-old Ty Murphy

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

By definition, Ty has a disability. His right arm stops 1½ inches below his elbow. In his heart, the 12-year-old from Oakdale believes he can conquer sports with one functioning arm.
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.
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