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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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Veering rock helps Team Shuster force Game 3 at men's U.S. Olympic curling trials

Veering rock helps Team Shuster force Game 3 at men's U.S. Olympic curling trials

John Shuster struck for three points in the second end, then took advantage of a fluke errant final shot by Heath McCormick, setting up a Saturday finish with the Olympics on the line.
Team Sinclair forces deciding third game at women's U.S. Olympic curling trials

Team Sinclair forces deciding third game at women's U.S. Olympic curling trials

Last rock ties Team Roth in best-of-three playoffs.
Team McCormick takes playoffs lead at U.S. Olympic curling trials

Team McCormick takes playoffs lead at U.S. Olympic curling trials

Heath McCormick, who missed two critical shots in the round-robin finale, guided his team with a sure hand in two games Thursday to get to the playoff round and take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.
'An absolute battle' of a practice led to game results for Wild

'An absolute battle' of a practice led to game results for Wild

Before playing vastly improved hockey to close out a four-game road trip last week, the Wild was put through a daunting practice. "It was exactly what we needed," Jason Zucker said.
Guess who? Zucker's goal gives Wild 1-0 win over Flyers

Guess who? Zucker's goal gives Wild 1-0 win over Flyers

Once again, it was Jason Zucker to the rescue for the Wild. He scored his sixth goal in three games, the only Minnesota player to find the back of the net.
Zucker's goals are for a good cause - $1,600 each

Zucker's goals are for a good cause - $1,600 each

Jason Zucker and his wife, Carly, launched a fundraising campaign last month for the Zucker Family Suite and Broadcast Studio at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.
Christensen likes young team's chances at U.S. Olympic Curling Trials

Christensen likes young team's chances at U.S. Olympic Curling Trials

Cory Christensen's team brings youth to the ice - she's 22 - but also a strong competitive mind-set.
Zucker's first-career hat trick gives Wild needed victory over Canadiens

Zucker's first-career hat trick gives Wild needed victory over Canadiens

Jason Zucker scored three times in the third period to break a scoreless tie and Devan Dubnyk recorded his 25th career shutout Thursday night in Montreal.
Minnesota native Lindgren impressing as fill-in for Canadiens' Price

Minnesota native Lindgren impressing as fill-in for Canadiens' Price

Charlie Lindgren, who played for Lakeville North and St. Cloud State, became the toast of Montreal by going 2-0 last week.
Despite improvement, Wild losing streak continues in Toronto

Despite improvement, Wild losing streak continues in Toronto

Jason Zucker scored twice for a Wild team that put forth a better effort on Wednesday night but could not break a three-game losing streak, falling to the Maple Leafs.
Early arrival of Stalock's new baby puts Dubnyk in Wild's net

Early arrival of Stalock's new baby puts Dubnyk in Wild's net

The early expansion of the Stalock family could mean Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk will start both games of a back-to-back set that ends Thursday in Montreal.
Wild put through tough love practice after lifeless loss

Wild put through tough love practice after lifeless loss

Monday's loss at Boston earned the Wild a harsh video session to dissect its mistakes, followed by an hour of high-tempo, end-to-end drills repeated over and over.
Wild creates its own problems in loss to injury-depleted Boston

Wild creates its own problems in loss to injury-depleted Boston

The Wild struck first, then got soft around the net, slow in the neutral zone and sketchy in goal as Boston scored four in a row. Goalie Devan Dubnyk was yanked after two periods.
Wild's Coyle stays behind, misses annual game to hometown

Wild's Coyle stays behind, misses annual game to hometown

The native of East Weymouth, Mass., who grew up watching the Bruins on TV, had to cheer from the couch again when the Wild played at Boston on Monday — though this time, he was rooting for the opponent.
Plenty of standouts as Wild cuts through hapless Canadiens 6-3

Plenty of standouts as Wild cuts through hapless Canadiens 6-3

Following a scolding from coach Bruce Boudreau for a lack of "self-preparation" in recent games, the Wild showed what it can do when it is fully engaged.
Cullen enjoys milestone-filled night with Wild

Cullen enjoys milestone-filled night with Wild

He understands the fascination, but Matt Cullen still finds it a little surprising. At an age when the candles on his birthday cake represent a fire hazard, the Wild forward still is plugging away in the NHL, back in his home state after abandoning his plans to retire.
Dumba's third-period misplay boosts Winnipeg to 2-1 win over Wild

Dumba's third-period misplay boosts Winnipeg to 2-1 win over Wild

A careless drop pass early in the third period resulted in a two-goal lead for Winnipeg and a seat on the bench for the rest of the game for defenseman Matt Dumba.
Niederreiter returns to Wild lineup after ankle injury

Niederreiter returns to Wild lineup after ankle injury

After skating and practicing for about a week, Niederreiter felt the ankle was sound enough to withstand competition.
'I know I belong here.' Reilly looks to avoid trips to Iowa

'I know I belong here.' Reilly looks to avoid trips to Iowa

The former Gophers standout has used adversity -- and frequent trips to the Wild's Iowa affiliate -- as a chance to learn. But he'd be happy if the trips down I-35 would end.
Granlund returns to Wild lineup after long absence

Granlund returns to Wild lineup after long absence

Mikael Granlund rejoined linemates Mikko Koivu and Jason Zucker for his first game since the season opener Oct. 5 at Detroit
Zucker, Koivu keep adapting in linemate Granlund's absence

Zucker, Koivu keep adapting in linemate Granlund's absence

Jason Zucker and Mikko Koivu, two-thirds of the Wild's most dynamic and well-rounded trio last season, have been forced to adapt to a few new partners.
Wild ends road trip victorious, comes home confident

Wild ends road trip victorious, comes home confident

The team, sagging under the weight of injuries and third-period letdowns, got just the tonic it needed with a 4-2 victory over the Flames.
Stalock and three third-period goals lead Wild past Flames 4-2

Stalock and three third-period goals lead Wild past Flames 4-2

Goalie was spectacular, and then his teammates contributed in the third.
Wild goalie Alex Stalock eager to start despite tough circumstances

Wild goalie Alex Stalock eager to start despite tough circumstances

Coach Bruce Boudreau felt a little bad about starting Stalock under difficult circumstances, with the Wild seeking to end a two-game winless streak while playing on consecutive nights for the first time this season.
Wild's Marcus Foligno faces Winnipeg, wears protective face shield

Wild's Marcus Foligno faces Winnipeg, wears protective face shield

Marcus Foligno went back to a full cage mask to protect his injured cheekbone.
Olympic preview? U.S. Deutschland Cup roster includes 5 Minnesotans

Olympic preview? U.S. Deutschland Cup roster includes 5 Minnesotans

This fall's Deutschland Cup tournament provides a glimpse of how the U.S. Olympic men's hockey team will look in the post-NHL era.
Shorthanded Wild holds subdued practice; Boudreau updates injuries

Shorthanded Wild holds subdued practice; Boudreau updates injuries

The Wild assembled three makeshift lines for a practice at Xcel Energy Center, while it waits for news about ailing forwards Zach Parise, Mikael Granlund and Marcus Foligno.
Boudreau doesn't mince words when it comes to Wild's slow start

Boudreau doesn't mince words when it comes to Wild's slow start

The Wild's severely depleted lineup is no excuse for lapses, coach Bruce Boudreau said after the team started the young season 1-1-2.
Cullen savors opportunity to skate with youngster Kunin

Cullen savors opportunity to skate with youngster Kunin

Saturday, Luke Kunin — born 37 days after Matt Cullen played his first NHL game — made his own NHL debut in the Wild's home opener against Columbus.
Wild picks up season's first victory but injuries pile up

Wild picks up season's first victory but injuries pile up

A big third period gave the Wild a 5-2 victory in Chicago, but the already undermanned team lost three more forwards to injury.
NHL's crackdown on faceoffs causing a stir

NHL's crackdown on faceoffs causing a stir

The league announced before the season it was cracking down on cheating in the faceoff circle. Officials have been told to be more vigilant about kicking players out for violations.

Zach Parise practices for Wild, but Mikael Granlund likely to miss four games

For the second day in a row, Zach Parise participated fully in a Wild practice, moving another step closer to getting back into the…
Stalock's work praised as Boudreau raises issues about Wild's defense

Stalock's work praised as Boudreau raises issues about Wild's defense

Goalie Alex Stalock was too polite to point out the defensive inadequacies that doomed the Wild to one point at Carolina rather than two. His coach wasn't.
Parise, Granlund expected to return to Wild next week

Parise, Granlund expected to return to Wild next week

With a four-day break on the horizon, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau hopes two ailing forwards — Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise — could be back in the lineup by Thursday.
Wild might start Alex Stalock in goal Saturday

Wild might start Alex Stalock in goal Saturday

Devan Dubnyk's backup could get work because of sparse early schedule.
Detroit stops Wild in debut of Red Wings' new arena

Detroit stops Wild in debut of Red Wings' new arena

Wild fought back into its season opener but couldn't stay there.
Winnik clears last hurdle to officially be on Wild roster

Winnik clears last hurdle to officially be on Wild roster

Winnik, who played throughout training camp on a professional tryout, is a Canadian citizen who requires a work visa to play in the U.S.
Five elements for a successful 2017-18 Wild season

Five elements for a successful 2017-18 Wild season

A loaded Central Division has the Wild's top priority making the playoffs again.

Wild's Bruce Boudreau reunites top defensive pairs

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau experimented with his top defensive pairings during the team's training camp, but two days before the season opener in Detroit…

Wild notes: Zach Parise (bad back) to miss first two regular-season games

As much as Zach Parise wanted to play in Thursday's season opener at Detroit, the Wild winger said last week that he didn't want…
Olympic hockey coach Granato looks to capture 'Miracle' spirit

Olympic hockey coach Granato looks to capture 'Miracle' spirit

The 25-player roster will be built around a core of Europe-based pros and won't come together until February.
U.S. Olympic chairman not expecting national anthem protests at Winter Games

U.S. Olympic chairman not expecting national anthem protests at Winter Games

Olympians value free speech but anthem carries greater significance, officials said.
Parise practices with Wild teammates but will 'be smart' going forward

Parise practices with Wild teammates but will 'be smart' going forward

Zach Parise was pleased to finally get on the ice with the Wild on Friday but was careful to manage expectations.
Parise's returns to team practice today; Wild blanks Jets at the X

Parise's returns to team practice today; Wild blanks Jets at the X

As pleased as Bruce Boudreau was with Thursday's 1-0 victory over Winnipeg, the news about Zach Parise was a bigger lift.
Wild goalies rise to Boudreau's challenge in Winnipeg

Wild goalies rise to Boudreau's challenge in Winnipeg

Niklas Svedberg stopped 22 of 24 shots over two periods and Steve Michalek was perfect on 19 shots in the third period and overtime of the preseason opener.
Show of loyalty: Koivu says new contract 'was right thing to do'

Show of loyalty: Koivu says new contract 'was right thing to do'

Mikko Koivu said his aim is to remain healthy and productive, then consider another contract extension when the time arrives.
Older, wiser, mentor: Wild newcomer Quincey embracing roles

Older, wiser, mentor: Wild newcomer Quincey embracing roles

The Wild values veteran Kyle Quincey's willingness to play big brother to Mike Reilly and Gustav Olofsson, the youngsters trying to win a place on the roster.
Koivu signs 2-year contract extension

Koivu signs 2-year contract extension

Just before the puck dropped on the Wild's preseason opener at Winnipeg, the team announced captain Mikko Koivu has signed a two-year, $11 million…
Kunin refuses to be denied in bid to make NHL roster

Kunin refuses to be denied in bid to make NHL roster

Determination is a strong suit of Luke Kunin, the Wild's No. 1 pick (15th overall) in the 2016 NHL draft.
Wild's Foligno: Signed, sealed and eager to deliver

Wild's Foligno: Signed, sealed and eager to deliver

It took 10½ weeks for Marcus Foligno, 26, to officially become a member of the Wild and he wasted little time showing his new team he was ready to contribute,
Wild players report to camp knowing 'good isn't good enough'

Wild players report to camp knowing 'good isn't good enough'

The Wild takes the ice Friday to begin a new season, after last year's flameout in the first round of the playoffs.

Pennsylvanian Sean Knapp 'settles' for U.S. Senior Amateur title at Minikahda

The Pennsylvanian beat two-time champ Paul Simson.
Mix of veterans, freshman excite Gophers volleyball coach

Mix of veterans, freshman excite Gophers volleyball coach

With victories in their first two matches, the Gophers moved up two spots to No. 2 in the national volleyball rankings. Their coach wasn't impressed by the news.
From Cancun to Gustavus, team's top back is a product of unique connection

From Cancun to Gustavus, team's top back is a product of unique connection

Coach Peter Haugen didn't view the Gusties' 2011 visit to Cancun as a recruiting trip. But that's been the happy result of a service project.
Lynx smash Phoenix with 105-point outburst but defense sets tone

Lynx smash Phoenix with 105-point outburst but defense sets tone

A tenacious, tireless Lynx defense limited Phoenix's twin powers — Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner — to a total of 14 points. The 6-9 Griner had only two rebounds.
As WNBA race tightens, Reeve has confidence in struggling Lynx

As WNBA race tightens, Reeve has confidence in struggling Lynx

Coach Reeve was happier with the effort in Sunday's loss at New York than she was with the previous defeats in a 2-4 stretch that dates to Aug. 6.
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.
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