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For John and Sandy Betts, who have gotten more than 5,000 races off to a good start at Running Aces harness track in Columbus, every 1-mile business trip is a joy ride.
Mankato is going the extra mile to serve as home for the Australian national fastpitch team. "This is massive. The whole community has gotten behind it," one player said.
A closer look at the Australian softball team that is spending a few months in Minnesota.
In diving circles, Gophers diver Sarah Bacon is recognized as a master on the 1-meter board. But that won't help her pursue a dream of getting to the 2020 Olympics.
Johnnie Jamison, who oversees a 1-mile dirt oval that was fully renovated last fall, can sometimes be found in the middle of the night checking on the race track surface.
Tuesday would have been her 33rd birthday.
Her friends, family and admirers paid tribute by running or walking 1.405 miles — her favorite number — on the Minneapolis Diagonal Trail along the edge of Hillside Cemetery, where she was buried.
The late runner's funeral will be held Monday at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis.
Gabe Grunewald, 32, was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma in 2009 and inspired thousands with her bravery and resolve.
Gabriele Grunewald, the Minnesota distance runner who gained a legion of fans during her long bout with cancer, is in grave condition and was moved to comfort care Sunday afternoon.
The Gophers heavyweight wrestler has turned the page after finishing third at the NCAAs as a freshman.
The Faribault native and former standout player at Minnesota Duluth coached the unified Korean team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The distance runner's husband, Justin, described her harrowing battle and said she's "not out of the woods yet."
The NWHL announced two player signings, making clear it is forging ahead on a day a new union formed.
Hope Brandner's walk-off home run in the eighth inning ended a Gophers rally in dramatic style, giving them a 2-1 victory over Georgia in Saturday in an NCAA softball regional.
Move to Division I? That process takes more than a decade to complete. What about the rivalry with St. John's or a move to another Division III conference? Experts provide some answers.
In an email obtained by the Star Tribune, Augsburg's Paul Pribbenow wrote that the athletic conference of Minnesota colleges "would have imploded" if that consensus hadn't been reached by the presidents of the member schools.
Megan and Bethany Hasz, from Alexandria, have set records for the Gophers, heading into the Big Ten meet.
David Hooper knew something was amiss when he watched the horses come out of the final turn during the Kentucky Derby. "We could have had a major accident. Thank God we aren't talking about a disaster today."
Richie Gary, in a small field in the rain, opened Canterbury Park's 2019 season with win in the first race
Built for $85 million in 1985, the track in Shakopee hosted huge crowds and high-end racing during its first two seasons. Then the challenges began.
Dates: Friday through Sept. 14 (66 racing days) Opening weekend: Live racing begins Friday (6 p.m. first post) and Saturday (12:45 p.m. first post), with eight…
Horse racing's constituencies — including trainers, horse owners, track management and regulatory bodies — often have differing agendas, impeding their ability to work together.
Sources told the Star Tribune that presidents seeking to oust St. Thomas would push to change conference bylaws, instituting a cap on enrollment at a level that would exclude the Tommies..
School presidents are believed to be meeting Thursday to discuss if St. Thomas is too big - and its teams too good - for the main athletic league of Minnesota's private colleges.
Those who follow Gophers gymnastics know Lexy Ramler can captivate an audience, with performances so enthralling they can't look away. Here's her story and a look at her in action.
Olivia Trautman and Maggie Nichols lead top-ranked Oklahoma into NCAA meet.
After some of his buddies were traded during the season, he could be on the block as a hot commodity.
The Wild missed the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons, and players were realistic as they cleaned out their lockers. "We've got a lot of work to do," said winger Zach Parise.
Champions' annual ritual features the Final Four's own official ladder and scissors
"We're playing to win," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said Wednesday, the day after the team was officially eliminated from playoff contention.
The league champion Minnesota Whitecaps will now be one of seven teams in the league, which will include two teams in Canada for 2019-20.
The Wild's leader in goals and points has missed the past four games because of a lower-body injury, a costly absence for a scoring-starved team.
The native of Germany is a Hobey Baker Award finalist for Clarkson.
The Bemidji State product barely played this season with the Golden Knights, whom the Wild visits on Friday night.
The Potomak siblings will wrap up their first season together at the U at this weekend's Frozen Four in Hamden, Conn., starting with Friday's semifinal against Cornell.
With all of its remaining games against teams currently in playoff position – starting with Friday's at Washington – the Wild hope the pattern of playing its best games against the best teams holds.
Apple Valley's Gable Steveson didn't waste time feeling sorry for himself after losing in the heavyweight title match at the Big Ten tournament, his only defeat after 30 victories.
Chantal Nack started slow, now is a Big Ten champ competing in the NCAAs.
Lee Stecklein scored 49 seconds into overtime for the winner, sparking a loud celebration at Tria Rink in St. Paul as the Whitecaps beat the Buffalo Beauts.
Minnesota's National Women's Hockey League team has been a boon to the league.
The Whitecaps defeated the Metropolitan Riveters 5-1 in the Isobel Cup semifinals at Tria Rink. That put the Whitecaps into Sunday's championship game against Buffalo.
Minnesota is 9-1 in the NCAA quarterfinal home games, and this one is back at Ridder Arena.
The Wild enters Thursday's game against Dallas one point out of a wild-card berth yet without a power-play goal in six games. The first faceoff is vital, and it's something we've been lacking lately," Bruce Boudreau said.
After going 30-0, U freshman Gable Steveson lost 4-3 to Penn State's Anthony Cassar in the finals. Here's the full story and video of the title match.
In their first NWHL season, they secured the top seed and home ice for playoffs.
The unbeaten freshman is the only Gopher still in contention for a title.
Gophers coach Brad Frost worried the senior might ease up, but she keeps delivering.
Unbeaten Penn State heads the Big Ten field; the Gophers, led by Gable Steveson, seek a top-five finish.
A look at this weekend's tournament at Ridder Arena.
Currently fifth in the World Cup overall standings, Jessie Diggins, 27, said it has been "a year of learning" as she figures out how to pace herself off the snow as well as on.
Former Bemidji State standout Brad Hunt is 'more relaxed' after coming to the Wild in a trade.
Minnesota lost 3-2 despite holding a 2-0 lead after the first period in the opener of the final Big Ten series of the season.
Devan Dubnyk's self-esteem has remained unshaken, and he is expected to be back in the net Tuesday against Anaheim as the team wraps up a four-game set at Xcel Energy Center.
Five of the people hired to coach high-profile Twin Cities sports teams in the last few years are still in their 30s, part of an unprecedented move toward hiring leaders with different skills than were once expected from leaders.
"I don't understand it,'' goaltender Devan Dubnyk said. "Ever since I've been here, playing at home has been a huge advantage for us."
Lindsey Vonn's final race is Sunday morning. The Buck Hill product will leave the sport with 82 World Cup victories, the most by any woman in history, and the only Olympic downhill gold won by an American woman.
Zero goals since Jan. 7 for winger Mikael Granlund prompted Wild coach Bruce Boudreau to make bold switch.
Kyle Rau, the former Eden Prairie star and Gophers captain, has a team-leading 14 goals and 16 assists in 45 games at Iowa.
Injuries took a toll on Burnsville native Lindsey Vonn; next week's stop in Sweden will be the last for the only American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in downhill skiing.
The goalie is 4-0 since being selected for the Western Conference.
Gabriel Landeskog will be the Central Division's last representative thanks to fan balloting. Goalie Devan Dubnyk is the Wild's representative.
With the weight of a five-game losing streak lifted off its shoulders, the Wild showed up in high spirits Sunday for practice.
After identifying herself as "Athlete A" in the USA Gymnastics sexual-abuse scandal that sent team doctor Larry Nassar to prison, Maggie Nichols of Little Canada won the NCAA all-around championship competing for the University of Oklahoma. 'I found out how strong I really am.'
Stanford and Nebraska treated 18,000-plus at Target Center to a thrilling final.
Both rival coaches expected a great final — and it was that, going the distance at Target Center.
Seeking its sixth NCAA title and its third in the past four years, Nebraska rules the college volleyball world in other ways as well, including a 29-station radio network.
The sudden end didn't diminish Hugh McCutcheon's pride in a season that will be remembered as one of the Gophers' best ever. The team finished 19-1 in the Big Ten and recorded the most league victories in program history.
After sweeping its first three foes in the NCAA tournament, Nebraska did it again Saturday, defeating Oregon 25-22, 25-23, 25-17 in the regional finals at Maturi Pavilion to reach its fourth consecutive Final Four.
Oregon was one of only three teams to beat the Gophers this season.
As fans grow more excited at the possibility of watching the Gophers make the Final Four at Target Center, coach Hugh McCutcheon is trying to manage those expectations.
Gophers senior setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson was named Big Ten MVP while coach Hugh McCutcheon nabbed another top honor.
Jackson Erdmann has passed for 40 touchdowns this season, second most in the nation, and his 2,727 passing yards lead the MIAC. It is off the field, though, where Erdmann considers himself a true warrior.
The second pair, Jared Spurgeon and Jonas Brodin, has become an exceptional shutdown tandem through the first 21 games, but coach Bruce Boudreau is willing to reshuffle the top four.
Kirill Kaprizov, 21, was drafted by the Wild in and is perhaps the team's most highly anticipated prospect. "He's going to be a terrific player for us,'' Paul Fenton said.