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Kamal Martin led Burnsville High School to a reversal of fortunes as a senior, and says the signs are similar when he looks at this season's Gophers football team.
Northwoods League alumni continue rising to prominence in major league baseball. Need an example? Max Scherzer and Chris Sale, the starting pitchers in the last two All-Star Games, both spent a summer in the wood-bat league.
There could still be more dealing before baseball's 3 p.m. trade deadline as the Twins picked up four more minor-leaguers, including one who hit a home run against them earlier this year.
The victory, amid trades and a tough road trip, halted a three-game losing streak and pulled the Twins within eight games of the first-place Indians. Minnesota leads the season series 7-3.
Third in a three-part series on the state of baseball: Speeding up and improving for future fans requires radical fixes. Not everyone agrees what those changes might be a decade from now. But it's coming.
Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino gave Daquein McNeil a chance to fulfill his dream after a difficult childhood in Baltimore. Instead, McNeil took one wrong turn after another.
Jake Cave, 25, was called up prior to Saturday' game. He came to the Twins from the Yankees during spring training. The Twins first promoted Cave on May 1
The shortstop, still just 18 years old, is showing he has big potential as a player and a person, while quickly climbing the Twins' minor-league ladder.
Junior Terrin Vavra, son of former Twins hitting coach Joe Vavra, leads the Gophers in most key offensive categories.
It's become a familiar pattern: A female coach wins a court judgment for her firing, while the man responsible for her firing gets rewarded.
Starter Patrick Fredrickson and closer Max Meyer have helped the Gophers win seven consecutive series heading into this weekend's series with Indiana.
After advancing to the NCAA super regionals last season and going 56-5, the Gophers softball team got off to a slow start before winning 12 of its last 13 games.
The Golden Knights went overtime to win all three of their NCAA tournament games.
Two-time NCAA champion Clarkson will play a first-time Frozen Four team in final
Both of Friday's national semifinal games pitted an Eastern team needing extra time to take down a WCHA foe.
Four NCAA postseason events will be held in the Twin Cities thru April 7.
The Gophers' streak of Frozen Four trips ends at six in year they are host.
She battled both brain surgery and an autoimmune disorder to play college hockey again.
By winning a must-win game, they clinched a berth in the NCAA tournament, where they will face the Badgers again.
Grace Zumwinkle scored both Gophers' goals in a 2-0 victory to set up a critical WCHA finale at Ridder Arena.
Nadine Muzerall is Minnesota's all-time leading scorer, a former top-notch assistant and now the Ohio State coach who could damage the Gophers' postseason hopes.
NCAA insists environment in building must be consistent throughout Final Four. Stadium authority not releasing cost estimates, but chairman says "it will be expensive — obviously."
The Gophers never trailed in this weekend's best-of-three series, but the next challenge will be tougher.
Athletic director Mark Coyle declined to discuss looming decisions, but it's hard to imagine "status quo" being the answer for all three coaches of the Gophers' high-profile winter sports.
Opponents trying to knock the Gophers out of NCAA tournament contention have received big boosts from former Fighting Hawks.
Gophers could help their cause this weekend.
Students at Bethlehem Academy in Faribault protested Franz Boelter's firing this week. But the school's president said "we have to do what's right for kids in 2018" despite Boelter's achievements coaching volleyball and boys' basketball.
"I ain't got nothing to say," Malcolm Butler said in the Patriots locker room.
Tom Brady and the offense did their part Sunday, but New England's defense simply could not stop Philadelphia's offense — not once in the second half.
Featured running back Dion Lewis is the latest Patriot to go from the NFL's scrapheap to stardom
After Week 4, New England turned things around, leading the NFL in scoring defense (14.0 points per game), with the Vikings second at 14.7, from that point .
Rob Gronkowski lost a video game competition Tuesday night at the Mall of America but gave the news every Patriots fan wanted to hear.
From concussions to the officiating, a number of issues are chipping away at the relationship between the league and football fans.
Be it on or off the field, Danny Amendola has become the talk of the Patriots.
New England seems to be embracing the loathing from the rest of the nation over the Patriots' success. As one of their fans puts it: "We break a lot of their teams' hearts."
New England's first task: Address the off-field details.
With a stitched-up throwing hand, Tom Brady led a fourth-quarter rally from 10 points down to send New England to Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium
Sunday marked the 24th anniversary of Robert Kraft's purchase of the Patriots. The team rewarded him with his ninth Super Bowl berth.
Patriots slayer Tom Coughlin is at the heart of the Jaguars' revival
Tom Brady kept the intrigue brewing over his injured throwing hand, about 48 hours before Sunday's AFC Championship Game against Jacksonville.
When you open the main entrance to the Gophers' new $166 million Athletes Village, it's like stepping inside a maroon-and-gold themed Times Square
Marcus Williams faced the cameras and took the blame for not making the play that would have put the Saints in the NFC Championship.
Tracy Claeys' final game as Gophers head football coach was a victory over the Cougars in the 2016 Holiday Bowl when he was leading a team depleted by suspensions.
Questions and answers surrounding the Reggie Lynch suspension and controversy.
A tax on big-money contracts and the elimination of deductions for ticket-buyers have university leaders across the country recalibrating bottom lines.
Home to the Iowa Wild and Iowa Wolves, Des Moines was named the No. 1 minor league market in America by the Sports Business Journal.
The defenseman rejoined the team for a third time.
After getting outscored 13-5 in losses to St. Louis and Winnipeg, the Wild faces a stunning expansion success story Thursday when Vegas comes to the X.
If the Wild needed any more proof its luck has changed heading into Saturday's game at Washington, it came late in Thursday's 6-4 comeback victory over Nashville.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau has been especially pleased with his second defensive pairing of Matt Dumba and Jonas Brodin.
Eventually, Devan Dubnyk's three-game shutout streak will end, and Jason Zucker might not rescue everyone with his recent scoring touch.
GOP tax reform bill targets deductions; Gophers, other schools could feel impact.
The pressure on freshman forward Casey Mittelstadt has intensified, partly because the team's top returning scorers have gotten off to slow starts.
One study showed girls who play soccer are three times more likely to suffer concussions than boys who play the sport, and almost as often as high school football players.
In Thursday night's victory over the New York Islanders, the Wild jumped out to a 3-0 lead and scored a pair of shorthanded goals.
North Dakota scored three times during a five-minute major on the Gophers, paving the way to a 4-0 victory cruise before a sellout crowd of 11,890 at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
None of the players, on either side, has been through a Minnesota-UND game in Grand Forks. But Gophers coach Don Lucia has told players what to expect.
Minnesota athletes are pushing themselves to extremes, developing highly polished skills while families make major investments of money and time. The first of our three-part series examines how all of those hours bring increased risks of injury -- and burnout.
To deal with the Wild's injury-created shortage of players. coach Bruce Boudreau had 45-year-old assistant Darby Hendrickson take the ice to have enough bodies for practice.
Playing without captain Tyler Sheehy, the Gophers fell 3-1 to the Nittany Lions.
Four of the Big Ten's seven hockey schools made the 16-team NCAA field last season, including newcomer Notre Dame, which went to the Frozen Four.
The Bulldogs more than doubled the Gophers' shots on goal and beat their in-state rival for the eighth consecutive meeting.
Optimism surrounds more than the talented hockey freshman from Eden Prairie.
Upcoming Gophers men's hockey rivalry games at Minnesota Duluth and North Dakota will be televised — but not in wide swaths of Minnesota.In college hockey,…
With a back issue keeping Zach Parise out for at least the Wild's first two games, the team officially added veteran winger Daniel…
There is no mistaking Mikael Granlund's singular importance to the Wild, as it prepares to open a new season Thursday at Detroit.
Eric Staal returns healthy and driven by playoff loss.
Devan Dubnyk made 27 saves in Saturday night's 5-1 victory over Dallas, capping a 5-2 preseason for the Wild.
With less than a week to go before the season opener, players on the bubble include forwards Daniel Winnik, Joel Eriksson Ek and Luke Kunin, and defensemen Ryan Murphy, Gustav Olofsson and Mike Reilly.
Ryan Suter is showing no signs of slowing down as he enters Year 6 of his 13-year, $98 million contract.
Matt Cullen has not played in five of six preseason games for the Wild, leaving coach Bruce Boudreau cautious about the 40-year-old's season outlook.
The Wild's season starts next Thursday in Detroit, and as General Manager Chuck Fletcher said Wednesday, "The next week will be critical" for players on the bubble - especially if Zach Parise can't play right away.
The Wild on Wednesday made it official by placing Alex Stalock's chief competition as Devan Dubnyk's backup — former Boston Bruin Niklas Svedberg — on waivers.
When the Wild obtained veteran forward Daniel Winnik this month, it reunited coach Bruce Boudreau with someone who played big minutes for him with Anaheim
"Anything short of winning the Stanley Cup would be a disappointment," Wild owner Craig Leipold said Saturday night.
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