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Rachel Blount

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Rachel Blount is a sports and general assignment reporter, with a particular emphasis on Olympic sports.
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Coach Cheryl Reeve sees Lynx team weathering storm

Coach Cheryl Reeve sees Lynx team weathering storm

Pressure is on Fowles to bounce back vs. Phoenix.
Firstmate wins debut, Mr. Jagermeister wins by 15 1/2 lengths at Canterbury

Firstmate wins debut, Mr. Jagermeister wins by 15 1/2 lengths at Canterbury

Canterbury Park's Festival of Champions is the biggest day of the racing season for Minnesota-bred horses, and a pair of two-year-olds were impressive in different ways.
Without Whalen in lineup, Lynx are stumbling, searching, losing

Without Whalen in lineup, Lynx are stumbling, searching, losing

The Lynx, with three losses in the last four games, needs for healthy backups to 'think like Lindsay' Whalen, coach Cheryl Reeve said.
Climbing back: Lynx look to bounce back from their version of a slump

Climbing back: Lynx look to bounce back from their version of a slump

To a group not used to losing, two defeats in the past three games have inflicted an unfamiliar sting.
High risk, high reward: Breeding race horses in Minnesota

High risk, high reward: Breeding race horses in Minnesota

Far from the bluegrass, during the fitful Minnesota spring, the arrival of every new crop of foals renews grand dreams for breeders like Scott and Angie Rake.
Lynx rally falls short in 70-64 loss to Los Angeles

Lynx rally falls short in 70-64 loss to Los Angeles

Friday night's struggle struck in the third quarter, when the Lynx's eight points weren't enough
Hammer thrower goes from Minn. high school superstar to the world stage

Hammer thrower goes from Minn. high school superstar to the world stage

Maggie Ewen of St. Francis will compete Saturday in the hammer throw of the track and field world championships in London, capping a season packed with surprises.
Regan Smith, 15, is swimming's breakthrough star

Regan Smith, 15, is swimming's breakthrough star

Regan Smith's breakthrough at nationals altered her summer plans — and stature on swimming's world stage.
Seoul sisters: Brandts chasing Olympic hockey dreams

Seoul sisters: Brandts chasing Olympic hockey dreams

Steeped in Korean culture, Hannah and Marissa Brandt are on track to live their Olympic dreams in 2018.
Worker shortage hobbles horse racing at Canterbury Park

Worker shortage hobbles horse racing at Canterbury Park

New visa restrictions have created a labor crisis at Canterbury Park. The track in Shakopee can barely find enough workers to keep stables operating.
Curling trials for new Olympic event will be held in Blaine

Curling trials for new Olympic event will be held in Blaine

Mixed doubles will be part of the Olympic Games for the first time, and Team USA will be finalized in Minnesota.
Ex-Gopher Grunewald holds off cancer by racing with healthy attitude

Ex-Gopher Grunewald holds off cancer by racing with healthy attitude

In March, she was diagnosed with cancer for the fourth time in eight years.
Canterbury Park's opening night a warmup for Derby day

Canterbury Park's opening night a warmup for Derby day

An announced crowd of 6,762 turned out for a live, afternoon prelude to Saturday's main event at Canterbury Park: Kentucky Derby Day.
Brandt, Marvin among Minnesotans on U.S. women's hockey roster

Brandt, Marvin among Minnesotans on U.S. women's hockey roster

The 23 players selected will prepare in Tampa for the 2018 Games.
For Stauber, imagination should run wild on U.S. women's hockey team

For Stauber, imagination should run wild on U.S. women's hockey team

New Olympic women's hockey coach Robb Stauber wants his players to think creatively. "It's not about what we currently know. It's about what we're willing to learn," he said.
Stauber to coach U.S. Olympic women's hockey team

Stauber to coach U.S. Olympic women's hockey team

A Medina resident, former Gophers goalie Robb Stauber inherits a program striving to get back to the top of the Olympic podium.
Blues coach Yeo sought advancement, not revenge

Blues coach Yeo sought advancement, not revenge

"I don't want it to be a story,'' he said. "My goal is not to beat the Minnesota Wild for me. My goal is for us as a group to keep getting better, and keep seeing what we're capable of.''
Blues' addition of Stastny back from injury downplayed

Blues' addition of Stastny back from injury downplayed

Stastny, who has been out since March 21 because of a foot injury, practiced on the Blues' top line with Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz on Friday.
Boudreau seeks peak effort for Game 5 against Blues

Boudreau seeks peak effort for Game 5 against Blues

Wednesday's 2-0 triumph was only a tiny step for the Wild, one that turned a 3-0 series deficit into a 3-1 hole. And matching that effort in Game 5, Bruce Boudreau said, won't cut it.
Wild gets a day of rest as a stress reliever

Wild gets a day of rest as a stress reliever

Coach Bruce Boudreau wanted players to do anything other than obsess over the task they face in their first-round playoff series against St. Louis.

From Russia, Vladimir Sobotka's play quickly translates for Blues

Vladimir Sobotka left the KHL at the end of its season in March, returned to St. Louis and had to adapt on the fly
Blues' fourth line provides the necessary punch in Game 2

Blues' fourth line provides the necessary punch in Game 2

Ryan Reaves, Kyle Brodziak and Scottie Upshall stepped up with the right dose of physical play that Mike Yeo wanted to see from his team.
Defensemen Folin, Brodin must overcome Game 1 struggles for Wild

Defensemen Folin, Brodin must overcome Game 1 struggles for Wild

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said Thursday he thought defensemen Christian Folin and Jonas Brodin looked "a little bit nervous" in Wednesday night's Game 1 loss.
Calm, cool rookie Barbashev gets top-line duty for Blues

Calm, cool rookie Barbashev gets top-line duty for Blues

Ivan Barbashev, a 21-year-old from Moscow, has quickly earned the trust of coach Mike Yeo.
New to the show: Eriksson Ek, Folin eager for first taste of NHL playoffs

New to the show: Eriksson Ek, Folin eager for first taste of NHL playoffs

Veteran Wild teammates said Tuesday they expect youngsters Christian Folin and Joel Eriksson Ek will adapt well to playoff hockey
Wild goalie Dubnyk seeks return to early-season dominance

Wild goalie Dubnyk seeks return to early-season dominance

While others chatter about his play in March — as well as his lackluster playoff statistics — Devan Dubnyk has faith that his early-season form reflects his authentic self.
Miska, with special mask, put UMD on Frozen Four stage

Miska, with special mask, put UMD on Frozen Four stage

During a sensational rookie season as UMD goalie Hunter Miska has proudly shown off a bright gold mask adorned with images of the Bulldogs logo, Duluth's Lift Bridge and his own pet bulldog, Bo.
Close-knit Gophers softball team keeps winning ways in home debut

Close-knit Gophers softball team keeps winning ways in home debut

After 33 consecutive road games, the No. 7 Gophers' softball team returned home Tuesday with a doubleheader sweep over South Dakota.
Wild's quick start puts away Colorado, satisfies Boudreau

Wild's quick start puts away Colorado, satisfies Boudreau

Before Sunday's game against Colorado, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau was in no mood to sugarcoat his feelings. Then his team got off to the quick start he wanted to see.
Wild's Dubnyk, rested and refreshed, returns to form in victory

Wild's Dubnyk, rested and refreshed, returns to form in victory

In hindsight, Dubnyk said, the two-game break was good for him. He has played 63 games this season, and his statistics dipped in March, with a 2-7-2 record over a three-week period.
Parise, recovering from eye injury, expects to play Saturday

Parise, recovering from eye injury, expects to play Saturday

The winger, sporting an angry purple bruise under his eye, practiced Friday.
Zach Parise likely to miss one Wild game after scary eye injury

Zach Parise likely to miss one Wild game after scary eye injury

The winger was hurt when the Capitals' Tom Wilson accidentally stuck him in the eye with his stick.
Gophers blow two-goal lead, lose to Notre Dame in NCAA hockey

Gophers blow two-goal lead, lose to Notre Dame in NCAA hockey

The Gophers will lament the missed chances and mistakes that created a rueful ending to a game that had begun so well but ended their season.
NCAA hockey notes: UMass-Lowell took hot streak into tournament

NCAA hockey notes: UMass-Lowell took hot streak into tournament

The fourth-ranked River Hawks have lost only one game since losing four in a row in January.
Top-seeded Gophers raring to go against Notre Dame in NE Regional

Top-seeded Gophers raring to go against Notre Dame in NE Regional

Greetings from SNHU Arena in Manchester, N.H., where the top-seeded Gophers will play Notre Dame at 2:30 p.m. today in the NCAA Northeast Regional.
When Jake Bischoff hurts, it helps Gophers hockey

When Jake Bischoff hurts, it helps Gophers hockey

Gophers defenseman Jake Bischoff ignored the pain in blocking 87 shots this season. "You've just got to be willing to have a little pain for your teammates," he said.
Gophers goalie trying to ignore his stats, even when they're stunning

Gophers goalie trying to ignore his stats, even when they're stunning

Sophomore goalie Eric Schierhorn enters his first NCAA tournament looking for letters — Ws, to be exact — not numbers.
Gophers get top seed in region, will play Notre Dame in NCAA hockey

Gophers get top seed in region, will play Notre Dame in NCAA hockey

The only other in-state team to make the tournament was Minnesota Duluth, the No. 1 seed in the West Regional in Fargo and No. 2 seed overall.
Gophers, UMD Bulldogs get No. 1 seeds in NCAA hockey tournament

Gophers, UMD Bulldogs get No. 1 seeds in NCAA hockey tournament

North Dakota will play down the road in Fargo and host that regional.
Lettieri makes statement for Gophers hockey as workhorse, clothes horse

Lettieri makes statement for Gophers hockey as workhorse, clothes horse

Vinni Lettieri has had his best year as a Gopher, and he's looked good doing it.

U.S. women's hockey team plans boycott citing equitable financial treatment

The 23-member team announced Wednesday it will not play in the world championships unless USA Hockey makes "meaningful progress'' toward more equitable treatment of the women's program.
Gophers win honors but lose Lindgren

Gophers win honors but lose Lindgren

Three win top Big Ten awards, but freshman defenseman Ryan Lindgren is out for the year because of a lower-leg injury that will require surgery.
U hockey loses to Spartans in shootout as seniors take a bow

U hockey loses to Spartans in shootout as seniors take a bow

After Saturday's pregame ceremony to honor his team's six seniors, Gophers coach Don Lucia thought his players seemed drained of emotion.
Gophers men beat Spartans, then win Big Ten championship outright

Gophers men beat Spartans, then win Big Ten championship outright

Gophers men shut out MSU to keep their streak of conference success.
Feeling right at home: Wild's White serious about hair — and his game

Feeling right at home: Wild's White serious about hair — and his game

Sporting a head full of hockey hair, Ryan White has brought grit and physicality to the Wild since being traded from Arizona on Feb. 26.
Blues bring energy Wild can't match

Blues bring energy Wild can't match

Early lead, solid goaltending send visitors to tight victory.
With Dumba ill, Wild recalls Olofsson from Iowa of AHL

With Dumba ill, Wild recalls Olofsson from Iowa of AHL

With Christian Folin sidelined for at least three weeks because of an arm injury, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau expected the team would recall a defenseman from its AHL affiliate in Iowa. He needed one sooner than he thought.
Yeo's visit as Blues coach is about success vs. Wild, and for his son

Yeo's visit as Blues coach is about success vs. Wild, and for his son

Blues coach's visit includes taking on former team and son chasing Class 2A hockey title.
Gophers hockey captain Kloos scoring at clutch times

Gophers hockey captain Kloos scoring at clutch times

The Gophers senior has six game-winning goals. He also has three shorthanded goals, tied for fourth in the nation, and five on the power play.
Stollings makes Gophers freshmen captains to hasten development

Stollings makes Gophers freshmen captains to hasten development

Marlene Stollings unveiled a novel experiment: naming all four Gophers freshmen as captains for the month of February. She's extending it into this week's Big Ten tournament.
Afton's Jessie Diggins has historic finish in classic team sprint

Afton's Jessie Diggins has historic finish in classic team sprint

The team sprint pair son the first U.S. medal in classic technique race.
Ice-cold Gophers women's team hoping to warm up in Big Ten tournament

Ice-cold Gophers women's team hoping to warm up in Big Ten tournament

They'll get feel for league tourney's vibe before stepping on the court.
Gophers hockey earns split with Badgers after 3-2 win

Gophers hockey earns split with Badgers after 3-2 win

Captain Justin Kloos scored from the slot off of a feed by Rem Pitlick to break the tie.
Gophers apply plenty of pressure but Badgers pick up the victory

Gophers apply plenty of pressure but Badgers pick up the victory

The Badgers' big second period swung the tide Friday night. It led to a 3-2 border battle victory that forced a tie atop the Big Ten standings with Gophers
Lessons learned, but last home game for Gophers women's basketball spoiled

Lessons learned, but last home game for Gophers women's basketball spoiled

Gophers coach Marlene Stollings said she considers everything that happens in February — for good or bad — to be an important part of her team's learning curve.
Down? Yes. Out? No. Resiliency serving Gophers hockey quite well

Down? Yes. Out? No. Resiliency serving Gophers hockey quite well

The Gophers have shown a knack for launching big comebacks. Over the past 16 games, the Gophers have gone 6-2 when their opponent has scored first.
Gophers' Sheehy works at preventing goals - and scoring them

Gophers' Sheehy works at preventing goals - and scoring them

Defense will be paramount this weekend, as the Gophers face the nation's most potent offense in a critical Big Ten series against Penn State.
Veteran, newcomer hope to continue Gophers' swimming success

Veteran, newcomer hope to continue Gophers' swimming success

The women's swim team once again has two Big Ten title threats in the breaststroke. Senior Kierra Smith and freshman Lindsey Horejsi top the pack.
Gophers women survive third-quarter lull, beat Northwestern

Gophers women survive third-quarter lull, beat Northwestern

The Gophers won consecutive Big Ten games for the first time this season, two days after a 34-point victory over Rutgers.
Gophers men's gymnastics is alive and flippin' in quirky facility

Gophers men's gymnastics is alive and flippin' in quirky facility

The Gophers are ranked fifth in the country entering Friday's meet in Iowa City against No. 11 Iowa and No. 1 Oklahoma, and the school hopes to host a national championship.
U.S. curlers get serious 1 year out from South Korea Olympics

U.S. curlers get serious 1 year out from South Korea Olympics

USA Curling instituted a new method of funding and training its elite athletes in 2014 after just one Olympic medal.
Gophers hockey routs Penn State 5-1 at Mariucci Arena

Gophers hockey routs Penn State 5-1 at Mariucci Arena

The Gophers scored early and often while shutting down the high-powered Nittany Lions.
Gophers, Nittany Lions hope hockey rivalry grows

Gophers, Nittany Lions hope hockey rivalry grows

Gophers fans have been slow to embrace new conference foes since the switch from the WCHA to the Big Ten in 2013. Don Lucia said improved competition in the Big Ten this season should help.
Wild coach Boudreau knows there's much more work to do

Wild coach Boudreau knows there's much more work to do

The Wild's place atop the Western Conference standings lightened the mood at Monday's practice, but not the workload.
Gophers shut out Bemidji State in North Star Cup third-place game

Gophers shut out Bemidji State in North Star Cup third-place game

The Gophers overcame the nation's stingiest defense with an outstanding performance from goalie Eric Schierhorn and goals from Leon Bristedt, Ryan Norman, Taylor Cammarata and Justin Kloos.

Minnesota Duluth edges St. Cloud State in OT for final North Star College Cup title

The Bulldogs became the fourth different champion in as many seasons.
Gophers headed for North Star Cup third-place game after loss to UMD

Gophers headed for North Star Cup third-place game after loss to UMD

UMD overcame a 1-0 deficit with three consecutive goals, extending its win streak over the Gophers to a program-record seven consecutive games.
North Star Cup didn't turn into 'magic event' organizers hoped

North Star Cup didn't turn into 'magic event' organizers hoped

The University of Minnesota quietly issued a statement saying the North Star College Cup for Division I hockey teams in the state will end its four-year run this weekend. Coaches expressed mixed feelings.
One more game before All-Star break for first-place Wild

One more game before All-Star break for first-place Wild

The Wild has never led the conference this late in the season. Its previous best was during 2011-12, when Minnesota was in first place on Dec. 17 after 33 games.
Former prep teammates reunite as Gophers women's basketball players

Former prep teammates reunite as Gophers women's basketball players

Whitney Tinjum and Bryanna Fernstrom played for Chisago Lakes. Both are making the most of their time with the Gophers, who resume Big Ten play Wednesday against Illinois at Williams Arena.
Well-rested Gophers top Michigan 5-2 at Mariucci

Well-rested Gophers top Michigan 5-2 at Mariucci

The victory extends their winning streak to five and keeps the Gophers tied with Penn State for first place in the Big Ten.
Gophers goalie Schierhorn learns not to overthink

Gophers goalie Schierhorn learns not to overthink

By rediscovering his faith in himself, Eric Schierhorn uncluttered his mind and his game, putting him on a much smoother path
Gophers women rout Wisconsin for first Big Ten victory

Gophers women rout Wisconsin for first Big Ten victory

The Gophers won their ninth in a row in the series.
Gophers football alumni like P.J. Fleck's first impression

Gophers football alumni like P.J. Fleck's first impression

P.J. Fleck's energy and optimism drew high marks.
Gophers women hope to win ninth in a row over Wisconsin

Gophers women hope to win ninth in a row over Wisconsin

The Gophers have won eight in a row in the Border Battle.
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