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Lynx win behind Whalen, take over top spot in WNBA

Lynx win behind Whalen, take over top spot in WNBA

Coming on the heels of a frustrating 84-80 loss at Connecticut on Friday, it was clear that something had to change.
Despite rising concerns over concussions, this doctor prescribes football

Despite rising concerns over concussions, this doctor prescribes football

Dr. Uzma Samadani, a neurosurgeon and parent of a player, says a proper approach takes the concern out of the game.
Edina girls' tennis title streak turns 20

Edina girls' tennis title streak turns 20

The Hornets won the girls' team title in 1997 and every year since then.
Lynx players ready to resume play after Olympic break

Lynx players ready to resume play after Olympic break

It's been more than a month since the Lynx last played a regular-season game. Players say they are not worries about rust - or fatigue in the case of their five Olympians.
Crowd greets Lynx players, coach Reeve in return from Rio Olympics

Crowd greets Lynx players, coach Reeve in return from Rio Olympics

When the Lynx — players Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore, Sylvia Fowles and coach Cheryl Reeve — finally did appear, laden with gold medals, the cheer at MSP International Airport was long and loud.
Fans can meet gold medal-winning Lynx at airport Monday evening

Fans can meet gold medal-winning Lynx at airport Monday evening

Four players and coach Cheryl Reeve return from Rio this evening, and the Lynx want you there to celebrate.
Mound Westonka football looking to take another step

Mound Westonka football looking to take another step

An 8-1 record last year has the White Hawks and their community excited for a promising 2016 season.
As first practices loom, prep football coaches say game is safer

As first practices loom, prep football coaches say game is safer

Football has evolved in recent years because of better education about injuries, increased attention to teaching skills and fundamentals and a desire from coaches and players to hit the ground running.
Concordia-St. Paul gets women's lacrosse started with scholarship players

Concordia-St. Paul gets women's lacrosse started with scholarship players

Mo Dunnigan is the architect of the first Division II college lacrosse program in Minnesota, and the first to offer athletic scholarships
Rave reviews for CHS Field as North wins All-Star Game

Rave reviews for CHS Field as North wins All-Star Game

Tuesday night was more for recognition of the best the American Association has to offer, much of it with a Minnesota connection, than it was about the final score.
Saints' Harris angling for opportunity at All-Star game

Saints' Harris angling for opportunity at All-Star game

Minnesota's fishing impresses the outfielder, who seeks to make an impression of his own.
Lynx head off into Olympic break after victory over Seattle

Lynx head off into Olympic break after victory over Seattle

The Lynx pulled away to defeated Storm 79-72 for its sixth straight victory, improve to 21-4 and remain a half-game behind Los Angeles for the best record in the WNBA. Up next: A month-long hiatus.

Lynx to play 2017 home games at Xcel Energy Center

The team will relocate due to the previously announced renovation of Target Center taking place during the summer and early fall of 2017.
Lynx knock chip off Atlanta's shoulder with dominant win

Lynx knock chip off Atlanta's shoulder with dominant win

Playing a team-high 33 minutes, 6-6 center Sylvia Fowles was a commanding presence inside against a team known for its rugged play.
Lynx limiting starters' minutes to keep them fresher

Lynx limiting starters' minutes to keep them fresher

The average age of players on the Lynx roster is 29, making Minnesota the oldest team in the league. Maya Moore is the only starter under 30.
America Legion baseball holds lure despite club team growth

America Legion baseball holds lure despite club team growth

The summer mainstay remains popular but faces threats from club teams.
Augustus helps gritty Lynx topple New York 88-70

Augustus helps gritty Lynx topple New York 88-70

Seimone Augustus returned after a three-game absence with a knee injury and scored 20 points as the Lynx avenged a recent loss to the Liberty at Target Center.
'No distraction.' Lynx combine taking a stand with winning

'No distraction.' Lynx combine taking a stand with winning

Coach Cheryl Reeve and forward Rebekkah Brunson offered an upbeat message of solidarity, despite some criticism they have received, after Thursday's practice.
Lynx crush Dallas with 40-4 run in first half at Target Center

Lynx crush Dallas with 40-4 run in first half at Target Center

Lindsay Whalen scored a season-high 22 points for Minnesota in the rout.
Lynx players honor shooting victims before Saturday's game

Lynx players honor shooting victims before Saturday's game

Players wore warm-up T-shirts reading, in part, "Change Starts With Us."
Lynx's Reeve discouraged by team's loss of leads

Lynx's Reeve discouraged by team's loss of leads

"We're beating ourselves and that's not us," the coach of the defending WNBA champions said after her team blew its second double-digit lead in eight days. The Lynx play Dallas at home on Saturday.
Maya Moore helps rally Lynx past Sky

Maya Moore helps rally Lynx past Sky

She scores 33 as the Lynx edge Chicago with a big fourth quarter.
Sparks gain revenge, hand Lynx first loss of season

Sparks gain revenge, hand Lynx first loss of season

For the announced 13,003 fans at Target Center, the Lynx' 94-76 loss to Los Angeles was deflating. For the players, the end of a season-starting winning streak meant little.
Hot-shooting Howard has exceeded Lynx' expectations

Hot-shooting Howard has exceeded Lynx' expectations

Natasha Howard has become a confident forward off the bench for the Lynx, able to spell forward Rebekkah Brunson with very little drop-off in production
Wayzaya trounces Champlin Park 9-1 in 4A baseball

Wayzaya trounces Champlin Park 9-1 in 4A baseball

Trojans senior starter went the distance, as teammates made Champlin Park pay for wave of misplays
Baseball calls Wayzata coach back

Baseball calls Wayzata coach back

His young son's cancer treatments put the sport on hiatus, but Wayzata coach has team in state final.
Class 4A baseball semifinals: Wayzata, Champlin Park advance to title game

Class 4A baseball semifinals: Wayzata, Champlin Park advance to title game

Late clutch hits by Griffin Schneider, Cody Goedderz propel Trojans into 4A championship game
Baseball state tournament: Class 4A quarterfinals

Baseball state tournament: Class 4A quarterfinals

Wayzata, Woodbury and Champlin Park also moved on.
Champlin Park has every base covered heading into state

Champlin Park has every base covered heading into state

Champlin Park is trying to bring home the first team state title in school history.
Girls' state lacrosse: Blake gets defensive to avenge last year's loss

Girls' state lacrosse: Blake gets defensive to avenge last year's loss

The Bears needed to control the ball late against nemesis Lakeville South to advance.
Plenty of heroes for Chanhassen in 4A softball championship

Plenty of heroes for Chanhassen in 4A softball championship

Three pitchers and a home run by Jessica Bren sparked the Storm over Buffalo for the 4A title.
Mankato West uses rest to its advantage to win 3A title

Mankato West uses rest to its advantage to win 3A title

Scarlets players used a lengthy delay to rest at their nearby homes.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa softball wins school's first state title

Zumbrota-Mazeppa softball wins school's first state title

Storms put off first-time champion Zumbrota-Mazeppa's coronation.
4A tournament crashers Buffalo, Chanhassen to meet for title

4A tournament crashers Buffalo, Chanhassen to meet for title

An outfield web gem by Jordan Zrust helped land Buffalo in the big school state softball final against Chanhassen
Minnetonka wins first boys' tennis state title since 1974

Minnetonka wins first boys' tennis state title since 1974

Minnetonka boys' tennis coach Dave Stearns said he knew his team was special. Wednesday, it was.

Class 2A softball power Le Sueur-Henderson has unfinished business

Le Sueur-Henderson will lean on ace Carlie Brandt.
Boys' tennis state tournament: Big rallies lift Skippers into semifinals

Boys' tennis state tournament: Big rallies lift Skippers into semifinals

Minnetonka will next face East Ridge. Mounds View and Rochester Century also advanced.

Eagan hires Hanson as football coach over ex-Gopher Foggie

Ben Hanson, formerly an assistant at St. Thomas Academy, was introduced to the team on Tuesday.
Boys' tennis state tournament preview: Last title shot drives Shakopee's Allen

Boys' tennis state tournament preview: Last title shot drives Shakopee's Allen

Top-ranked junior preparing for next phase of tennis career heading into state tournament.
Star Tribune softball Metro Player of the Year: Katelyn Kemmetmuller, Rogers

Star Tribune softball Metro Player of the Year: Katelyn Kemmetmuller, Rogers

Katelyn Kemmetmueller's pitching, hitting and fielding add up to excellence
Edina boys' tennis drought appears to be over

Edina boys' tennis drought appears to be over

A senior-heavy boys' tennis team appears to have regained its state tournament foothold.
Wayzata, Minnetonka, Maple Grove lead charge into baseball playoffs

Wayzata, Minnetonka, Maple Grove lead charge into baseball playoffs

The march to the baseball state tournament includes top west-metro teams in three classes.

Is Foggie a candidate? School district says it's moving forward to hire Eagan football coach

Former Gopher Rickey Foggie says he still wants the job after saying he felt forced to turn it down, but it's not clear if the school district considers him in the running.
Ex-Gophers QB Foggie will fight for Eagan job

Ex-Gophers QB Foggie will fight for Eagan job

The former Gophers quarterback said he would contest the request for him to resign.
More prep sports head for postseason

More prep sports head for postseason

Rather than the typical look at the week ahead, it seems like a good time to reflect on high school sports that have ended their regular seasons.
St. Paul Saints load up with Minnesota talent

St. Paul Saints load up with Minnesota talent

Nine players with Minnesota ties give a local flavor to the 2016 St. Paul Saints roster. The season opens Thursday night at CHS Field.
Lakeville North's Reuvers gives commitment to Wisconsin

Lakeville North's Reuvers gives commitment to Wisconsin

The 6-10 junior forward drew 25 Division I offers, including one from Minnesota, in recruiting that intensified while he played in the high school state tournament.
Week ahead in preps: Spring state tournaments are upon us

Week ahead in preps: Spring state tournaments are upon us

Last week's fall-like cold stretch served as a sharp reminder of the brevity of the spring sports season. We've barely had the chance to bask in spring warmth and already the postseason, in a few sports at least, is upon us.
Waterloo, Iowa, saw the makings of a natural leader in Gophers AD

Waterloo, Iowa, saw the makings of a natural leader in Gophers AD

Mark Coyle has plenty of fans in Hawkeye country.
Youthful Blake boys' tennis aims for record-tying fourth team title

Youthful Blake boys' tennis aims for record-tying fourth team title

The boys' tennis team, with five starters in ninth grade or below, has title hopes again.
Saints, coming off record-setting baseball season, hold first workout

Saints, coming off record-setting baseball season, hold first workout

  While a cloud of doubt remained stubbornly in place over the denizen of Minneapolis’ Target Field, a much brighter outlook could be found across…
Some softball coaches are making a pitch for change

Some softball coaches are making a pitch for change

Prep softball coaches weigh barring players from playing on clubs during the high school season.
Standout prep contests coming at the right time

Standout prep contests coming at the right time

With the state's pro teams finished for the season or out of town, good weather and good games make this a good week for high school sports.
Osseo's new football coach brings grit, work ethic to defending champs

Osseo's new football coach brings grit, work ethic to defending champs

Augsburg alum Ryan Stockhaus is the new football coach for the Class 6A defending champs.
Big high school meets in track, boys' golf coming up

Big high school meets in track, boys' golf coming up

Two of the biggest events of the spring season are on tap this week: the Hamline Elite Track and Field Meet and Tri-State Invitational boys' golf tournament.
Nimble Orono lacrosse player Leischow set for Duke next year

Nimble Orono lacrosse player Leischow set for Duke next year

Orono's nimble Blake Leischow to play next year at lacrosse hotbed Duke.
Family's suit challenges Minnesota H.S. league's eligibility rules

Family's suit challenges Minnesota H.S. league's eligibility rules

Appeals, hearings and sometimes reversals can all be part of the league's process for determining eligibility for athletes. A court hearing looms later this week.
Minnesota's first Miss Basketball was a pioneer without knowing it

Minnesota's first Miss Basketball was a pioneer without knowing it

When Laura Gardner Stromgren became the first Miss Basketball, it wasn't such a big deal.
One last salute to west metro winter prep champions

One last salute to west metro winter prep champions

Before the sports stage turns to spring, one last peek at some winter season winners

Legislative auditor approves examination of High School League

The request, made by state Rep. Bob Dettmer in early February, is expected to focus on student eligibility, a topic that draws considerable public attention.
Minnetonka stops rival Hopkins for Class 4A title

Minnetonka stops rival Hopkins for Class 4A title

Balanced Skippers outlast Lake rival Hopkins, capture first state championship
Hopkins, Minnetonka advance to Class 4A title game

Hopkins, Minnetonka advance to Class 4A title game

The Royals beat Eastview in a rematch between the teams in the 2015 final.
Becker, Winona adance to Class 3A semifinals

Becker, Winona adance to Class 3A semifinals

The Bulldogs upset Como Park; the Winhawks beat Grand Rapids.
Shakopee's Taylor Koenen is the 2016 Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year

Shakopee's Taylor Koenen is the 2016 Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year

Her name is draped all across the Shakopee record book, efforts that led her to North Carolina.
Tackle-flag football hybrid set for private school youth programs

Tackle-flag football hybrid set for private school youth programs

Six private schools pushed for youth-level changes to address safety concerns.
Hopkins beats Lakeville North for Class 4A title

Hopkins beats Lakeville North for Class 4A title

Hopkins used a 15-0 second-half run to beat Lakeville North for its ninth state title
North beats Goodhue for Class 1A title

North beats Goodhue for Class 1A title

The Polars did as expected but had to subdue stubborn Goodhue in the second half.
Class 4A, Section 2 girls' basketball: Skippers win title following Odegard's lead

Class 4A, Section 2 girls' basketball: Skippers win title following Odegard's lead

The senior center set a gritty tone, then made a crucial play at the end.
Class 1A: Mpls. North, Goodhue reach final with contrasting styles

Class 1A: Mpls. North, Goodhue reach final with contrasting styles

Despite turnover woes, Polars fended off Red Lake; Goodhue is other finalist.
Lakeville North upsets Osseo in Class 4A semifinals

Lakeville North upsets Osseo in Class 4A semifinals

Nick Fossey's six late free throws sparked the Panthers to victory.
Royals, Panthers reach final

Royals, Panthers reach final

Hopkins attacked hard to beat Apple Valley for a second time this season.
Lakeville North beats Maple Grove to reach semifinals again

Lakeville North beats Maple Grove to reach semifinals again

For the fourth time in five years, the Panthers, relying on a stingy defense, are in the state semifinals
Minneapolis North finds fire in tradition of boys' basketball

Minneapolis North finds fire in tradition of boys' basketball

The Polars return to the state tournament after a 13-year absence with a goal of honoring their past
Coffey takes accolades, hungers for a title

Coffey takes accolades, hungers for a title

Hopkins star is named Metro Player of the Year for his elite skills in all aspects of the game.
Osseo shows any style fits

Osseo shows any style fits

Win over Mounds View revealed that versatility is just another weapon.
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