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Chip Scoggins

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Chip Scoggins is a sports columnist and feature writer.
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Anthony Barr (left to right), Danielle Hunter and Stefon Diggs are all in line for new contracts, putting pressure on the VIkings' Rob Brzezinski.

Scoggins: Vikings turn to cap guru with 3 key players due for new deals

The team has handed out many big checks over the past two years in trying to keep intact its stars but still hopes to sign Anthony Barr, Danielle Hunter and Stefon Diggs to lucrative deals.
A man watched a baseball game in the sports book at the South Point hotel-casino in Las Vegas. The Supreme Court on Monday gave its go-ahead for state

Scoggins: Bringing sports betting out of shadows is long overdue

An individual's freedom to make choices should not be restricted out of fear that a small percentage will not act responsibly.
From left, Gophers football head coach PJ Fleck, basketball head coach Richard Pitino and athletic director Mark Coyle watched Lindsay Whalen's introd

Scoggins: Coyle's overhaul at the U. 'We need to stop making excuses'

Friday marked the second anniversary of athletic director Mark Coyle's hiring. He has replaced six of the U's 21 head coaches, a turnover rate that he admits is "absolutely nuts."
John Anderson talked to players during a Gophers baseball practice in 2014.

Scoggins: Anderson's adjustments vital to success in 37th year at U

John Anderson's tenure remains a remarkable accomplishment in the history of Gophers athletics. He is a rock and trusted figure at a school known for leadership turnover in athletics.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks during a luncheon at an NCAA Convention in San Antonio.

Scoggins: College basketball needs deeper change than those recommended

An ongoing FBI investigation has exposed college basketball's underbelly, revealing a system spinning out of control. These aren't new problems, and they can't be solved solely on recommendations unveiled by the Commission on College Basketball
Fernando Romero(77) thanks the man upstairs for his solid outing.

Scoggins: Romero's fastballs just what ice-cold Twins needed

Fernando Romero's MLB debut showed why his stuff gives the Twins organization hope he can become a top-of-the-rotation flamethrower.
The Wolves pursued Tom Thibodeau two years ago largely because the Wolves were terrible defensively, and he had a reputation as one of the smartest de

Scoggins: Wolves need to build a more credible defensive presence

Six of the league's top nine teams in defensive rating are among the eight teams alive in the playoffs. So the blueprint for continued improvement isn't a mystery.
Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau

Scoggins: Fans' recent anger is telling about state of Twin Cities sports market

Fans are red-faced angry over the Wild, Wolves and Twins - and rightfully so. Maybe that collective anger is a good thing, though.
Commissioner Roger Goodell poses with a fan after the Vikings selected Central Florida's Mike Hughes during the first round

Scoggins: For Vikings, every dollar and every pick counts

Financial constraints set by high-dollar contracts for their established stars means Vikings GM Rick Spielman can't afford to swing-and-miss on too many of his draft picks.
Wild owner Craig Leipold made a big move with the announcement of Chuck Fletcher’s firing, but also told reporters he was resistant to any new GM ma

Scoggins: Leipold should let new GM make big changes as needed

The Wild isn't on the cusp of hoisting the Stanley Cup, so why prevent a general manager from making necessary changes, even if they are grand in scope?
Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold

Scoggins: Leipold must respond to Wild's latest early exit

Wild owner Craig Leipold has two choices: Stay the course and hope things will be different next season, or make major changes in management and/or roster construction.
Matt Cullen (7) and Tucker Poolman (3) fought for the puck in the first period.

Scoggins: Wild seethes as Game 4 turns series even nastier

The Wild was battered, bruised and bleeding in its 2-0 loss to Winnipeg at the X, which put Minnesota one game from summer vacation.
Winnipeg Jets' Ben Chiarot (7) and Minnesota Wild's Nick Seeler (36) mixed it up during the third period of Game 2.

Scoggins: 'Mean' Nick Seeler brings fight to Wild's defense

Devan Dubnyk described rookie defenseman Nick Seeler as "mean," praise that underscores the former Eden Prairie high school star's impact only 25 games into his NHL career.
Josh Morrissey (44) and Charlie Coyle (3) fought for the puck in the first period.

Scoggins: Wild comes out swinging, shows the right kind of fight

The Wild showed how to make a statement in Game 3 with pride, toughness and a willingness to not back down from Winnipeg's physical challenge.
Left: The Wild went down swinging Friday in its Game 2 beatdown in Winnipeg.

Scoggins: Wild needs to show some fight, but not the chippy kind

Punching an opponent in the head after being so thoroughly dominated such as the Wild in Game 2 doesn't send a message. That's called blowing off steam.
Signs in the Bierman Field Athletic Building welcomed Lindsay Whalen as the new coach of the Gophers women's basketball team.

Scoggins: Hiring of Whalen goes beyond public relations

The Gophers are getting plenty of substance with this PR splash: From high school to college to professional to Olympian, Lindsay Whalen is an all-time winner and competitor.
Coach Bruce Boudreau prepared his Wild team Tuesday for what will be its sixth consecutive postseason appearance.

Scoggins: Meter is running on Wild during these NHL playoffs

A successful regular season was always an assumption, fair or not, because the Wild is built to be a playoff force. Is the team ready for that challenge?
Minnesota Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler, top, gets off a pass as Memphis Grizzlies' Dillon Brooks defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game Mo

Scoggins: Why can't it ever be easy with the Wolves?

It's somehow fitting that everyone will have to wait until the final day of the regular season before learning if the NBA's longest playoff drought will end.
Minnesota Duluth's Nick McCormack kisses the NCAA championship trophy Saturday night.

Scoggins: Second title puts UMD hockey 'on the map' like never before

The Gophers remain a blue-blood in terms of facilities, resources and visibility. But the UMD Bulldogs don't take a back seat to anyone in pursuing championships right now.
Caleb Truax

Scoggins: Truax out to show he can beat DeGale again

Osseo boxer Caleb Truax granted a rematch to former IBF supermiddleweight champion James DeGale in a title bout televised on Showtime in the fight capital of Las Vegas.
Minnesota Duluth goaltender Hunter Shepard eyed the puck as defenseman Nick Wolff and Ohio State defenseman Tommy Parran (6) battled in front of the n

Scoggins: UMD doesn't let youth get in way of hockey title pursuit

Minnesota Duluth's youth movement was supposed to be the team's undoing this season. Instead, the Bulldogs are right back where they finished last season, in the national championship game
Notre Dame's Dylan Malmquist (25) passed the puck behind his back to teammate Andrew Oglevie on Thursday. Malmquist, of Edina, is one of five Minnesot

Scoggins: Minnesotans have big role in Notre Dame's run to hockey final

Notre Dame, which advanced to Saturday's Frozen Four championship in St. Paul, has five Minnesotans on the roster.
Wild star Zach Parise celebrated his first of two goals against the Oilers on Monday night.

Scoggins: Wild, Wolves show far separate approaches in playoff pushes

Both teams are jockeying for playoff positioning in this critical week, but things have become a little harried for each one for different reasons.
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 cgonzalez@startribune.com - 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.
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