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Richfield produced four NHL players and there were epic battles with Edina for a berth in the state tournament. So why is Richfield Arena without high school hockey now?
Other communities are beginning to deal with drops in participation.
A star in Europe, the Serb is struggling for minutes while learning the NBA.
The double duty as a holder on field-goal attempts and conversion kicks speaks to Charlie Dowdle's value to the Tommies.
Several hours after St. Thomas and Linfield had won last Saturday in their respective playoff football games, childhood friends Jordan Roberts and Ty Farber exchanged texts of well-wishes.
The Driggs Digs Plein Air experience in Idaho makes a great gift – especially when you can tag along.
Hall of Fame guard Gary Payton, known for his defense, was his idol growing up.
When David Simmet began youth football, he had a red stripe on his helmet — prohibiting him from running with the ball — because he was so much bigger than the other kids.
MIAC schools are drawing more players from the West and Southwest.
During a Mediterranean cruise, immerse yourself in the port of call – away from the crowds – by skipping the ship's excursions and booking your own private tours.
Tayshaun Prince, 35, agreed to a one-year deal that will reunite him with Flip Saunders.
Griak coached the Gophers cross-country and track and field teams for 33 years, then stayed associated with the programs as an administrative aide.
The gamble in investing in MLS is that financial success is linked to the continued growth of soccer in this country, and more specifically on broadening the MLS fanbase.
The Twins on Tuesday had no reason to regret naming Tommy Milone their fifth starter.
What's unknown at this time is whether Bill McGuire will reveal at the Wednesday announcement that he has finalized plans for an outdoor downtown stadium.
The remaining hurdle for Minnesota is finalizing for a new downtown outdoor soccer stadium, as preferred by the league. How it would be funded is still unknown.
Former UnitedHealth boss, with Pohlad family and Glen Taylor backing, wants to build a new soccer stadium near Target Field.
The CBA between the league and players expired Jan. 31, and a strike is being threatened.
One of the most recognizable voices in sports broadcasting, Al Michaels, said he is convinced that the Twins pumped artificial noise into the Metrodome in 1987.
Even more so than iconic coaches in Mike Grant's life, his mother's devotion to humanity guides all he does at Eden Prairie.
The program that Mike Grant inherited upon arriving at Eden Prairie in 1992 had a record of 6-45 the previous six seasons. Those numbers don’t…
The MSU Mankato offensive line shares prep history from Omaha. The Mavericks (13-0) host Concord (W. Va.) in Saturday's Division II national semifinals.
The Gophers unveiled scholarship seating fees to that will impact more than 28,000 seats in TCF Bank Stadium, an increase of almost 20,000 seats from the current premium seating plan.
An account of the alleged crime said the woman was strangled and whipped.
Second-round pick Glenn Robinson III, newly under contract, is at work proving his worth as a wing player.
The forward had been charged with felony domestic assault.
LeBron James and Co. visit Flip Saunders and the Wolves at Target Center on Jan. 31. It's the marquee game of the Timberwolves 2014-15 schedule released Wednesday by the NBA.
Shawn Afryl's former high school coach says the ex-Illinois recruit had an enlarged heart that had gone undetected.
Shawn Afryl, 22, who had just transferred from the University of Illinois, was taking part in voluntary strength and conditioning drills when he collapsed and died.
McNamara Center was one of the most important projects.
Baseball in Minnesota is going strong, but big challenges exist including the lack of inner-city participation and corresponding future interest.
Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor, Jack Morris and Joe Mauer all started illustrious careers on the playgrounds of St. Paul.
Dave Engle, the Twins' 1984 representative, lost his catching job because of quirky lobs to the pitcher.
As part of the 2013 WNBA champion Lynx, Maya Moore will make her fifth White House visit. Thursday's honor comes ahead of a busy stretch of Lynx games.
The state has gone a decade without appearing in one, but Minnesota teams have a rich history of Game 7s. State teams have suited up…
With spring here, at least officially, a cabin owner looks ahead to another fun season of swimming, boating and serious family time.
Lou Nanne has heard the reasons why University of Minnesota sports teams can't compete and decided: That's enough.
Matt Guerrier will report with Twins pitchers and catchers on Feb. 16, and he fully expects to win a job in the Twins bullpen, a position he held from 2004 through 2010.
Transcript from interview with Star Tribune's Dennis Brackin and Lou Nanne, chairman of the University of Minnesota's $190 million athletics fundraising campaign:STAR TRIBUNE: Pretend I'm…
It took all of one game for people to realize that the Metrodome was not as ideal as originally envisioned.
The Metrodome basked in the glory of some of sports' biggest events in 1991 and '92.
Parting with the Dome thrills baseball purists, but baseball fans hold tight to their memories.
The Metrodome, first seen as a recruiting advantage for the U and later as a curse, will lose its college tenant Saturday. The football program thrived at first, but after Lou Holtz left, 'You didn't know what time of day it was.'
Harvey Ratner and Marv Wolfenson were undaunted in their quest to bring NBA basketball to Minnesota.
Fourth-ranked North Dakota defeated Minnesota 3-2 Sunday afternoon, snapping the Gophers' women's 62-game winning streak.
In the last meeting with UND, the Gophers won in three OTs in an NCAA regional. Minnesota in in the midst of a 61-game winning streak.
History hangs in the balance every time the Gophers women's hockey team gets on the ice. Its 61-game winning streak is the longest in major college hockey, men's or women's.
Twins officials confirmed late Monday morning that Ron Gardenhire and his coaching staff will return in 2014. A press conference is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
A cabin owner reflects upon the wisdom of a taking on a second home, a second mortgage and a second set of yard work.
Milt Newton kept Minnetonka in-laws in dark during Wolves GM talks, not wanting to prematurely raise hopes.
The former Gophers standout has ramped up offseason workouts in his role as assistant coach.
Gary Fasching isn't only taking over at St. John's, he's replacing John Gagliardi and his record 489 wins.
The Twins are pretty much like every other team, as the average nine-inning game has increased from 2:46 in 2005 to 2:51 in 2008 to 2:56 in 2012 to 2:58 — three hours in the American League —this season.
More than 20 years after Willie Burton's Gophers glory days, he'll return to the University of Minnesota to get his degree.
As players return to the ice, Maple Grove High officials are mum about a purported sex video.
When Wolves offseason moves built a squad that's glaringly white, skeptics chimed in about motives.
Let's cut to the chase: Josh Willingham and Chris Parmelee lack speed and range, meaning the starting center fielder better be able to cover a lot of ground.
Baseball meets music with KTWN (96.3-FM) as the new radio home. That ends a 52-year run on AM.
The boys' hockey coach wasn't given a reason; no one else is talking, either.
University says the men's basketball program needs a new start. The fired coach gets a $2.5 million buyout.
Ex-Gophers teammates of Ray Williams remember the exceptional feats of athleticism that set the 6-3 wing apart from others.
With the Big Ten tournament on deck, the Gophers fight not to miss the NCAA tournament for the fourth year in a row.
Crimson coach Gary Stefano remains in the center of an off-ice storm.
Two motions, including a no-confidence vote regarding Stefano, have been placed before the Osseo-Maple Grove youth hockey association, persons with knowledge of those motions said Tuesday.
Even after getting 66.7 percent of the vote last year, the St. Paul native's credentials are being overshadowed by the steroid era debate.
The Wolves forward admits it will be "a little bit special" returning to Utah, where he spent a decade developing into a stalwart player.
The pick to replace legendary coach John Gagliardi is a former player and assistant there, but he's not Eden Prairie's Mike Grant, and that troubles some supporters. One called the search process "a colossal waste of time."
In his 14th year of eligibility, the St. Paul native shares a Hall of Fame ballot with names like Bonds, Clemens and Sosa.
QB Matt O'Connell from tiny Clear Lake, Wis., attracted little interest from larger colleges, but St. Thomas coach Glenn Caruso knew he'd be a standout.
The winningest coach in college football history leaves at age 86 after 60 years at St. John's University.
By letting D-I and D-II transfers keep their redshirt years, more talent has migrated to the league.
The All-America center found his way at St. Thomas.
After life on the streets and failure in school, Concordia-St. Paul football player Jermaine Clemon found "Mom and Dad," a stable life - and hope he wants to share.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2000 amateur baseball draft was a huge bust, pitching in only nine major league games.
In the ultra-competitive world of college athletics, even salaries for coaches in nonrevenue sports are soaring, causing further strain on budgets.
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