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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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New stadium will help Saints lure players, too

New stadium will help Saints lure players, too

CHS Field will draw fans, sure, but the Saints expect players to admire it, too
Saints ready to make themselves at home

Saints ready to make themselves at home

The St. Paul Saints are ready to christen a new $64.7 million ballpark project in downtown St. Paul. And yes, the pig comes included in their shiny new home.
Shepherd finds return to Canterbury worthwhile

Shepherd finds return to Canterbury worthwhile

Jockey Justin Shepherd, closing in on 1,000 wins, is back at Canterbury Park where it all started for him.
Blackhawks find Stanley Cup success with Quenneville's intensity, tactics

Blackhawks find Stanley Cup success with Quenneville's intensity, tactics

In Chicago, the coach has won two Stanley Cups, and his team is driving for more success.
Blackhawks' Crawford has limited the Wild and the drama

Blackhawks' Crawford has limited the Wild and the drama

The Blackhawks goalie has limited the Wild after a tough first-round series.

Chicago's Bickell leaves new mark on Wild

In past series it was his offense. Now he’s using size to change the game.
Wild notes: Yeo cautions that home-ice boost won't cure all ills

Wild notes: Yeo cautions that home-ice boost won't cure all ills

As the Wild prepared for Tuesday’s Game 3 of its second-round playoff series against Chicago, it could find some encouragement in numbers.
Wild hopes to stay disciplined against Blackhawks

Wild hopes to stay disciplined against Blackhawks

One of the major reasons the Wild got past the St. Louis Blues in the first round is because it skated away when the Blues tried to provoke after-the-whistle altercations.
Pivotal center position is a strength for Wild

Pivotal center position is a strength for Wild

Wild coach Mike Yeo cautioned the series with Chicago will not hinge on any particular position, but acknowledged that the centers have a big task against the Blackhawks.
Blues brace for changes after their third consecutive first-round exit

Blues brace for changes after their third consecutive first-round exit

Their third first-round exit in a row is likely to bring about a few changes.
Backes leads a resurgence for Blues

Backes leads a resurgence for Blues

He had expected a resurgence, and he contributed to it with a goal and an assist.

Blues' coach on Ott: 'He's an agitating guy'

Steve Ott has 22 penalty minutes, two shots, no points and is minus-1 for the Blues.
Hitchcock counting on Blues' resiliency

Hitchcock counting on Blues' resiliency

Down 2-1, the coach still sees positives and expects progress.
Wild's top line proves tough to stop

Wild's top line proves tough to stop

Though his team returned from St. Louis with a split in its first two playoff games, Wild winger Zach Parise felt his line’s play had been lacking against the Blues.
Blues plugged in pieces awaiting Shattenkirk's retrurn

Blues plugged in pieces awaiting Shattenkirk's retrurn

Kevin Shattenkirk’s six-week injury absence didn’t derail the team’s postseason mission.
Gophers Zahui taken second in draft, will debut against Lynx

Gophers Zahui taken second in draft, will debut against Lynx

Amanda Zahui B. blossomed this season into one of the country’s premier post players, averaging a team-high 18.8 points, 12.9 rebounds and 4.1 blocked shots.

Allen gets nod in net for Blues in opener

Jake Allen got the news without any kind of fanfare or special delivery. Though the St. Louis goaltender had never been named the starter…
Wild plans on using speed to counter Blues' physical style

Wild plans on using speed to counter Blues' physical style

Becoming fast-moving targets is how the Wild plans to counter Blues
Zahui's departure leaves massive hole on shrinking roster

Zahui's departure leaves massive hole on shrinking roster

Amanda Zahui B. is the sixth player to leave the Gophers since January, leaving only six returning on the roster. Coach Marlene Stollings vowed that Zahui’s departure will not affect her continuing effort to overhaul the program.
All-America sophomore Zahui leaving Gophers for WNBA

All-America sophomore Zahui leaving Gophers for WNBA

On Monday, 6-5 sophomore center Amanda Zahui B. closed the book on her history at the U, announcing she will leave school and enter the WNBA draft.
Wild notes: Vanek-Pominville chemistry starting to emerge

Wild notes: Vanek-Pominville chemistry starting to emerge

  Based on what he heard from his friend and former neighbor Jason Pominville, Thomas Vanek felt sure he would fit in well…
Zucker may return to Wild before regular-season's end

Zucker may return to Wild before regular-season's end

Wild forward Jason Zucker, who broke his collarbone on Feb. 9 and wasn’t expected to play for three months, could be back in the lineup next week.
Vonn returns home after showing the world she hasn't gone away

Vonn returns home after showing the world she hasn't gone away

Skier Lindsey Vonn keeps the comebacks coming, returning to her home state Wednesday as a champion after two years of painful rehab.
U's Zahui named to AP's All-America first team

U's Zahui named to AP's All-America first team

The sophomore center is the first Gopher to be named to the top team.
Wild adds two college players, including MSU Mankato's Palmquist

Wild adds two college players, including MSU Mankato's Palmquist

On a day off for most of the Wild players, the team’s front office stayed busy Monday by adding two players to its stable of…
Mankato hockey looking to take another step in season of firsts

Mankato hockey looking to take another step in season of firsts

Athletes from all over are all in on MSU Mankato’s vision
Wild's defense stretches beyond Dubnyk in the crease

Wild's defense stretches beyond Dubnyk in the crease

Devan Dubnyk has long lauded his Wild teammates for limiting shots, sweeping away rebounds and ensuring he gets an unobstructed view of the puck.
United name, logo, coach expected to stay the same

United name, logo, coach expected to stay the same

The president of Minnesota United FC expects many facets of his team — including the club’s name and logo, coach Manny Lagos, and some players — to make the jump to Major League Soccer
After one-and-done, Gophers see more success in the future

After one-and-done, Gophers see more success in the future

The team’s players and coach view this season as a first step.
Gophers' season ends on fumes in women's basketball tourney

Gophers' season ends on fumes in women's basketball tourney

DePaul’s pace and pressure caught up to the Gophers on Thursday afternoon, crushing their NCAA aspirations in a first-round exit.
Gophers notes: Kelley gets NCAA wish, but it was short-lived

Gophers notes: Kelley gets NCAA wish, but it was short-lived

Shae Kelley scored 17 points and had eight rebounds in her final college game.
'Buckets for Banham' battle cry continues into NCAAs

'Buckets for Banham' battle cry continues into NCAAs

A team built around the splendid senior guard had opened the season 9-1. And a team without Rachel Banham, the preseason Big Ten player of the year? No one expected it to go anywhere when she was injured.
Nia Coffey's arrival from Hopkins changes things for Northwestern

Nia Coffey's arrival from Hopkins changes things for Northwestern

The sophomore from Hopkins High School has led Northwestern to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 17 years.
Gophers women back in NCAAs as a No. 8 seed, will play DePaul

Gophers women back in NCAAs as a No. 8 seed, will play DePaul

The Gophers made the tournament field for the first time in six years. The reward? A probable second-round game at No. 1-seed Notre Dame if Minnesota wins its opener.
Hopkins product Singleton is shoe glue for Northern Iowa

Hopkins product Singleton is shoe glue for Northern Iowa

Marvin Singleton’s hard work is one reason why bracket-pickers love Northern Iowa.
U's Kelley thrilled her career ending with shot in NCAA tourney

U's Kelley thrilled her career ending with shot in NCAA tourney

Shae Kelley transferred to the Gophers hoping for a chance to play in the Big Dance. Now she’s got it.
St. Thomas women four wins shy of perfect basketball season

St. Thomas women four wins shy of perfect basketball season

The senior-laden MIAC champions are four victories away from a perfect season.
Wild embraces tough stretch against top teams to finish season

Wild embraces tough stretch against top teams to finish season

A wickedly tough stretch of Wild's schedule starts with Pacific Division leader Anaheim on Friday at Xcel Energy Center. Coach Mike Yeo prefers to think of it as an opportunity for the Wild to continue gathering steam.
Gophers bow out of Big Ten women's tourney with loss to Ohio State

Gophers bow out of Big Ten women's tourney with loss to Ohio State

The Gophers will now wait more than a week to learn their NCAA tournament fate after losing 83-71 to Ohio State.
Gophers women blow big lead, rally to beat bottom-seeded Purdue

Gophers women blow big lead, rally to beat bottom-seeded Purdue

Some clutch play down the stretch was enough to hold off pesky Purdue.as the Gophers earned a place in Friday’s quarterfinals.
Culture changes breeds success as Gophers women go to Big Ten tourney

Culture changes breeds success as Gophers women go to Big Ten tourney

A believer in an up-tempo style and speedy success, Marlene Stollings set out to change the culture of Gophers women’s basketball. And she did.
It's Maryland vs. everyone else in Big Ten women's basketball

It's Maryland vs. everyone else in Big Ten women's basketball

Maryland, perfect in Big Ten play, will be targeted in the conference tourney, which begins Wednesday.
Gophers center Zahui B. named best in the Big Ten

Gophers center Zahui B. named best in the Big Ten

Last summer, Amanda Zahui B. lost 30 pounds and committed herself to raising her game. That laid the foundation for a season that was recognized with several awards Monday
Hawkeyes zero in from long range to beat U women

Hawkeyes zero in from long range to beat U women

The Gophers were off their game in the regular-season finale and settled for the No. 6 seed in the Big Ten tournament.
Gophers women know scenarios for top 4 seed

Gophers women know scenarios for top 4 seed

Marlene Stollings knows what has to happen for a top four spot in the Big Ten tournament but wants her players focused on Sunday's game.
With Bergenheim, another Finn joins the Wild mix

With Bergenheim, another Finn joins the Wild mix

Newly acquired Sean Bergenheim will join the Wild in Nashville.Though switching teams in midseason can be difficult, Bergenheim is eager to press the reset button.
A miracle on snow with Minnesota skiers' Sweden medals

A miracle on snow with Minnesota skiers' Sweden medals

As the snow began to fall in Falun, Sweden, Jessie Diggins pondered the hours of training and preparations that led her to Tuesday’s race at…
Wolves fan base digs out its wallets

Wolves fan base digs out its wallets

KG’s return boosts ticket and merchandise sales.
A miracle on snow with Minnesota skiers' Sweden medals

A miracle on snow with Minnesota skiers' Sweden medals

Jessie Diggins of Afton and Caitlin Gregg of Minneapolis made United States skiing history Tuesday when they finished second and third in the 10-kilometer freestyle in Sweden.
Zahui keeps Gophers surging after escaping from slump

Zahui keeps Gophers surging after escaping from slump

Records are motivation, and improvement the goal.
Zahui shines again as Gophers hold off Michigan for double-overtime win

Zahui shines again as Gophers hold off Michigan for double-overtime win

The Gophers’ remarkable center scored 27 points and grabbed 27 rebounds
Summer conditioning paying off for Gophers women's basketball

Summer conditioning paying off for Gophers women's basketball

Marlene Stollings’ team has won four games in a row.
Girls' hockey notes: Blake called perhaps state's best team

Girls' hockey notes: Blake called perhaps state's best team

One opposing Class 1A coach called the Blake School in the smaller class, "not really a fair fight."
Ballard gets lift with brief return to ice; Yeo values Fontaine

Ballard gets lift with brief return to ice; Yeo values Fontaine

As the Wild prepared to leave on Sunday for a three-game road trip to western Canada, Keith Ballard came to Xcel Energy Center to visit with his teammates.
UMD coach Shannon Miller: Dismissal violates Title IX

UMD coach Shannon Miller: Dismissal violates Title IX

Minnesota Duluth told Shannon Miller, one of the top coaches in women’s hockey history, that this season will be her last. Did the school cross the line in dismissing her?
Injuries cloud Wild's latest victory

Injuries cloud Wild's latest victory

Ryan Carter and Jason Zucker were knocked out, but the Wild extended its win streak to six.
Kuemper ready to play goalie after five AHL games

Kuemper ready to play goalie after five AHL games

Kuemper said he felt good about his play during a five-game conditioning stint with the Wild’s AHL affiliate in Iowa, and he declared himself ready to start whenever the team needs him.
No more Iowa shuffle: Zucker wins permanent spot with Wild

No more Iowa shuffle: Zucker wins permanent spot with Wild

The speedy Wild winger was demoted to the team’s minor league affiliate in Des Moines so frequently that the road south became known as Interstate 35Z.
Wild's next challenge: Bring road success back to the X

Wild's next challenge: Bring road success back to the X

A team that has typically played well on home ice — and began this season with a 7-1 mark at Xcel Energy Center — has lost its way, going 2-4-4 there since Dec. 17.
Paralympian Aaron Pike takes quickly to biathlon's challenges

Paralympian Aaron Pike takes quickly to biathlon's challenges

Aaron Pike, who became accomplished in cross-country skiing and biathlon in barely a year, will race for the U.S. at the Nordic world championships.
With 'unfinished business,' Banham will return to Gophers

With 'unfinished business,' Banham will return to Gophers

The injured Gophers guard will use a medical redshirt for “unfinished business.”
Banham returning to Gophers next year after getting medical redshirt

Banham returning to Gophers next year after getting medical redshirt

Gophers guard Rachel Banham, whose senior season was cut short when she tore a knee ligament last month, announced Friday that she will return for…
Wild notes: Suspension behind him, Suter is recharged

Wild notes: Suspension behind him, Suter is recharged

Ryan Suter said he is happy to keep playing big minutes, but he wouldn’t mind sharing the wealth, either.
Wild's win streak ends at two with 3-1 loss to Columbus

Wild's win streak ends at two with 3-1 loss to Columbus

Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made sure the Wild couldn't capitalize on its opportunities. “How long can we use that excuse?” Zach Parise said when asked about the near-misses.
Three's a crowd in net as Wild works on goalie issues

Three's a crowd in net as Wild works on goalie issues

For those getting less time in the net, the fight can be more challenging. Niklas Backstrom became testy Sunday when asked about his recent difficulties.
Wild notes: Granlund returns to practice

Wild notes: Granlund returns to practice

The center practiced for the first time since he broke his left wrist Dec. 27.
Former U coach Frese learns to mix life and basketball

Former U coach Frese learns to mix life and basketball

Brenda Frese’s sharp focus set the Gophers on a path to progress and transformed Maryland into a national power.
Goaltending matters: Nashville's Rinne shuts down the Wild

Goaltending matters: Nashville's Rinne shuts down the Wild

The Wild outshot Nashville 37-27 on Saturday afternoon but the Predators’ Pekka Rinne was his usual stellar self, picking up a 3-1 victory.

Wild notes: Ryan Suter selected for All-Star team

The Wild defenseman again leads the NHL in ice time, averaging 29 minutes, 35 seconds per game.
NDSU starts starts over with new staff, result doesn't change

NDSU starts starts over with new staff, result doesn't change

The Bison will play for another FCS title Saturday in Frisco, Texas with a chance to become the first team to win four FCS championships in a row.
Wife urged Wild's Parise to rejoin teammates

Wife urged Wild's Parise to rejoin teammates

At the urging of his wife, Alisha, Wild winger Zach Parise will return to the lineup for Saturday’s home game against Nashville. Parise's father passed away Wednesday.
Wild's depleted roster starts to regain strength

Wild's depleted roster starts to regain strength

Three members of the Wild who ended 2014 as spectators — Jonas Brodin, Jason Zucker and Erik Haula — took steps Thursday toward rejoining the lineup.
Diggins skis, Stillwater follows her to Sochi (Feb. 2)

Diggins skis, Stillwater follows her to Sochi (Feb. 2)

Jessie Diggins, at 22, has ascended to the elite ranks of cross-country skiing, and an entire community is along for the ride.
Coaching allows St. Scholastica nun back in the football habit (Oct. 25)

Coaching allows St. Scholastica nun back in the football habit (Oct. 25)

After six years of leading cheers and prayers for the football team at the College of St. Scholastica, Sister Lisa was named a volunteer assistant coach.
Kuemper ready to return, but Wild still missing four others

Kuemper ready to return, but Wild still missing four others

While goaltender Darcy Kuemper said he will be ready to start at Winnipeg on Monday, four teammates will not make the trip north, complicating the Wild’s quest to break free of a five-game losing skid.
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