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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.
The third-ranked Gophers made quick work of the error-prone Boilermakers in a packed Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, a night coach Hugh McCutcheon skipped his International Volleyball Hall of Fame induction.
As the successful regular season winds down, freshmen CC McGraw and Adanna Rollins have been key to the Gophers' success.
Eric Staal has 399 career NHL goals, and his next will make him the sixth active NHL player and 96th overall to reach the 400-goal mark. It could come as soon as Saturday
Freshman Adanna Rollins had 20 kills and 14 digs to lead the way for the third-ranked Gophers, and Stephanie Samedy added 13 kills against the No. 5 Cornhuskers.
The Gophers enter Saturday's match against No. 5 Nebraska with a 15-2 record, sweeping eight of their first nine Big Ten opponents. But there's five weeks to go before the 64-team NCAA tournament field is announced.
The Gophers opened a homestand with another victory over a top opponent.
The Wild was outshot 82-51 in a loss at Colorado and shootout loss to Las Vegas.
Former Minnesota Duluth forward Katie McGovern scored the Whitecaps' first goal on a power play, much to the delight of a 1,200-fan sellout.
Tierney Wolfgram, the two-time defending Class 1A cross-country champion, was the youngest woman in the top 25 by eight years, and one of two Minnesota teens to finish in the top 50.
Faced with a classic dilemma — and with little time to consider his choices — Shadrack Kipchirchir asked himself: Should I stay, or should I go?
Shadrack Kipchirchir, Leonard Korir and Sara Hall hit the finish line almost simultaneously at last October's TC 10 Mile. All will be back on Sunday morning.
This summer, Charlie Coyle some intensive study in the art of creating more quality chances — and putting them in the net
Knowing what to expect in the NHL has allowed the young Wild forward to think only about showing he is ready to make a significant leap.