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Chip Scoggins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
Vonn loses Shiffrin as foe in downhill

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:…
Former Wild player instrumental in launching South Korean hockey

Former Wild player instrumental in launching South Korean hockey

Richard Park is a large part of Korea's hockey movement.
One game from gold: Ex-Gophers score four in crushing Finland

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

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.
Scoggins: American college hockey players have carried their weight

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.
Minnesota parents mark Olympic journey in years, tears

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

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

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

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

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.
Scoggins: Vagabond existence leads Blum to Team USA

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

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

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.
Scoggins: Stauber hopes different path leads to gold for U.S. women's hockey 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.
'We lost a big part of our soul': USA Hockey plays on without beloved GM

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

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

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

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

Second opportunity comes Monday in 12.5k pursuit.
Scoggins: Olympic ski jumpers are brave - and crazy

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

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

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

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

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

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.
Super Bowl jitters? Eagles coach Pederson isn't afraid

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

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

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

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

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.
Eagles' Foles had it in him all along

Eagles' Foles had it in him all along

Return to Philly this season restored QB's confidence.
Scoggins: Foles might not be the Eagles' weak link after all

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.
Scoggins: Zimmer understands the weight of this Vikings moment

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

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.
Scoggins: The legend of Case Keenum grows exponentially

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.
Scoggins: The stage is yours, Case Keenum

Scoggins: The stage is yours, Case Keenum

Everything will be magnified Sunday in Case Keenum's playoff debut, the biggest moment of his career.
Scoggins: Picked on to pickoffs marks Waynes' progress with Vikings

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

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

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

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.
Scoggins: Script surrounding Gophers athletics all too familiar

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

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

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.
Scoggins: Enigmatic Washington offers glimpse of potential for Gophers

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

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.
Scoggins: Blowout allows Bridgewater to live a dream

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

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

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.
Scoggins: Successful homestand could ease tension surrounding Wolves

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

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

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 enjoys perfect regular season with an eye to CFP

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

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

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.
Scoggins: Vikings' rejuvenation begins with revamped offensive line

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

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.
Scoggins: Is Croft playing his way into being U's quarterback of the future?

Scoggins: Is Croft playing his way into being U's quarterback of the future?

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.
Scoggins: A Vikings QB soap opera? Players can handle the drama

Scoggins: A Vikings QB soap opera? Players can handle the drama

The Vikings seem unfazed by this current delicate situation. That's a sign of their maturity and also a rare cohesiveness.
Scoggins: Given opportunity to succeed, Croft runs with it

Scoggins: Given opportunity to succeed, Croft runs with it

Gophers quarterback Demry Croft on Saturday carved up the Cornhuskers with a performance that displayed his growth as a starter and a new dimension for the offense.
Scoggins: Relaxed and ready, Pitino embraces 'thinking big' confidence

Scoggins: Relaxed and ready, Pitino embraces 'thinking big' confidence

The Gophers begin this season ranked No. 15 after emerging as one of college basketball's biggest surprises a year ago. The encore brings a new narrative and increasing.expectations.
Scoggins: There's no reason for Vikings to give Keenum a quick hook

Scoggins: There's no reason for Vikings to give Keenum a quick hook

If adversity hits and Case Keenum regresses, Plan B -- as in Bridgewater -- is an exciting option. Maybe even a better option.
Scoggins: Michigan runs downstream for entire game vs. U

Scoggins: Michigan runs downstream for entire game vs. U

The Gophers defense did an atrocious job tackling against the Wolverines, leading to an ugly result in Ann Arbor.
Scoggins: Iowa's 'Wave' to children's hospital – our best sport has new best tradition

Scoggins: Iowa's 'Wave' to children's hospital – our best sport has new best tradition

To see that remarkable act of kindness on television stirs emotions. To experience it live, with those kids in plain view, brings an overwhelming sense of joy and sadness at the same time.
Scoggins: Croft, passing game gave Gophers no chance

Scoggins: Croft, passing game gave Gophers no chance

Demry Croft's final stat line was a blight: 9-for-29 for 139 yards with one interception thrown in the end zone. Nearly half of his yards came on a 63-yard catch by Tyler Johnson late in the fourth quarter.
Scoggins: Teague looking like right man at the right time for Wolves

Scoggins: Teague looking like right man at the right time for Wolves

Teague played the type of game Sunday envisioned when the Wolves signed him to a three-year, $57 million contract this offseason to replace Ricky Rubio at point guard.
Scoggins: With unselfish stars, defense is suffocating opponents

Scoggins: With unselfish stars, defense is suffocating opponents

Their defense is cohesive, stingy, physically intimidating and a bunch of other superlatives that point directly to cumulative talent.
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