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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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Scoring 60 points still seems surreal to Gophers guard Rachel Banham

Scoring 60 points still seems surreal to Gophers guard Rachel Banham

Caught up in a fierce game, Rachel Banham didn't realize she was about to tie a record that had stood for nearly 30 years.
Gophers hockey draws hope from last season's strong finish

Gophers hockey draws hope from last season's strong finish

After a poor North Star Cup, The Gophers won Big Ten regular-season and tourney titles in 2015.
Reserves play big role as Gophers women race past Rutgers

Reserves play big role as Gophers women race past Rutgers

As a senior, Shayne Mullaney didn't envision coming off the bench after starting 51 games in a row as a sophomore and junior. But her new role has made her a vital part of Minnesota's success.
Gophers stake out spot at bottom among state's hockey teams

Gophers stake out spot at bottom among state's hockey teams

Sunday's 3-2 loss to Mankato left the Gophers at 1-7 this season against other Minnesota teams."I couldn't feel more disappointed after this weekend, or more frustrated," said forward Justin Kloos.
Gophers in-state slide continues with loss to Bemidji State

Gophers in-state slide continues with loss to Bemidji State

Last week, the Gophers spoke at length about their desire to end a much-discussed 1-10 streak against in-state opponents. Now they're after losing a third-period lead.
Gophers hockey hopes to put woes against in-state rivals behind

Gophers hockey hopes to put woes against in-state rivals behind

Surging Gophers will play two of them this weekend.
U's Lucia stresses safety after opponent suspended for reckless hit

U's Lucia stresses safety after opponent suspended for reckless hit

Gophers forward Tommy Novak got hit in the head in the Badgers series.
Gophers women wake up, rally past Illinois behind Banham

Gophers women wake up, rally past Illinois behind Banham

The Gophers trailed last-place Illinoios by as many as 18 points before getting their game together with Rachel Banham's three-pointers sparking the comeback.
Finally. Rippon earns U.S. men's figure skating title despite fall

Finally. Rippon earns U.S. men's figure skating title despite fall

Rippon's creative flair has made him a popular skater, and his performance Sunday to a Beatles medley won the day's highest marks for artistry, which allowed him to overcome a shortcoming in his program.
Johnson's home-crowd skate earns him his best spot yet at nationals

Johnson's home-crowd skate earns him his best spot yet at nationals

The Minnetonka native earned his highest placement ever at the U.S. championships, finishing sixth after Sunday's free skate at Xcel Energy Center.
Home ice could help as U.S. women seek to end 9-year shutout

Home ice could help as U.S. women seek to end 9-year shutout

The top three going to worlds in Boston seek to be the first to medal for the U.S. since 2006.
Gracie Gold wins the gold at U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Gracie Gold wins the gold at U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Gold's standout final performance helps her overtake Edmunds
Shibutani siblings capture ice dancing gold medal at U.S. Championships at Xcel

Shibutani siblings capture ice dancing gold medal at U.S. Championships at Xcel

Shibutani siblings are validated by first U.S. ice dancing crown.
U.S. Figure Skating championships notes: Chen sets quadruple-jump mark in short program

U.S. Figure Skating championships notes: Chen sets quadruple-jump mark in short program

Nathan Chen, 16, became the first skater to land two quadruple jumps in a short program at the U.S. championships
Tarah Kayne, Danny O'Shea land their first U.S. pairs title

Tarah Kayne, Danny O'Shea land their first U.S. pairs title

Wins in the short program, free skate propelled them to the top.
Artistry and soul as Aaron takes men's lead at Figure Skating Championships

Artistry and soul as Aaron takes men's lead at Figure Skating Championships

Max Aaron shows his chops as Nathan Chen makes history, landing two quads
Figure skating notes: Minnetonka native finds familiar faces

Figure skating notes: Minnetonka native finds familiar faces

Eight years after competing at the U.S. championships in his home state, Alex Johnson, 25, got a chance to do it again.
Madison Chock and Evan Bates remain the ones to beat in ice dance

Madison Chock and Evan Bates remain the ones to beat in ice dance

Rejuvenated after a break, the pair held off the second-place Shibutanis.
Edmunds jumps out early as favorites tumble at U.S. Figure Skating

Edmunds jumps out early as favorites tumble at U.S. Figure Skating

Skating rivals - and favorites - Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner both found problems during women's short program at Xcel Energy Center, opening the door for Polina Edmunds.
Ashley Wagner aims for 4th U.S. figure skating title

Ashley Wagner aims for 4th U.S. figure skating title

Ashley Wagner's pursuit of a fourth national title begins Thursday with the women's short program at Xcel Energy Center. A victory would make Wagner, 24, the oldest U.S. women's champion since 1937.
Max Aaron learns from his tumble at Grand Prix skating event

Max Aaron learns from his tumble at Grand Prix skating event

It isn't often that a skater expresses gratitude after failing to land a jump. Max Aaron said last week that hitting the ice on a…
Minneapolis skater gaining an edge as a choreographer

Minneapolis skater gaining an edge as a choreographer

The nationals mark Rohene Ward's return to the site of his final major competition. He finished 18th at the 2008 U.S. championships at Xcel before an adoring home crowd
Gophers women's basketball rallies but falls to Michigan

Gophers women's basketball rallies but falls to Michigan

Minnesota trailed the Wolverines by 18 before a late rally made it close.
Afton's Jessie Diggins wins as individual on World Cup tour

Afton's Jessie Diggins wins as individual on World Cup tour

It's her first victory alone, and she's the fourth U.S. woman to win a World Cup race as an individual.
Wagner's career-high 32 points leads Gophers women's basketball over Penn State

Wagner's career-high 32 points leads Gophers women's basketball over Penn State

Gophers' Carlie Wagner brushes off a poor warmup, lights up Penn State for 32 points.
Gophers' women's basketball bringing new centers along slowly

Gophers' women's basketball bringing new centers along slowly

The departure of All-America center Amanda Zahui B. left a hole in the middle of the Gophers' roster that has yet to be filled.
Gophers volleyball: 30-5 season sets stage for even brighter future

Gophers volleyball: 30-5 season sets stage for even brighter future

The Gophers are "changing culture of Minnesota volleyball" after their run to the NCAA Final Four this season.
Gophers reaping rewards of hard work in making volleyball Final Four

Gophers reaping rewards of hard work in making volleyball Final Four

After finishing eighth in the Big Ten a year ago, diligence took the surprising Gophers to the Final Four, which begins tonight with a match against Texas.
Gophers volleyball team celebrates four All-Americans at Final Four

Gophers volleyball team celebrates four All-Americans at Final Four

Daly Santana and Hannah Tapp are on first team.
Gophers headed to volleyball Final Four after thrilling win over Hawaii

Gophers headed to volleyball Final Four after thrilling win over Hawaii

The Gophers beat Hawaii 3-1 in a region final behind Daly Santana's 26 kills.
Gophers breeze into NCAA volleyball Elite Eight with sweep over Illinois

Gophers breeze into NCAA volleyball Elite Eight with sweep over Illinois

Sarah Wilhite finished with 20 kills to lead the Gophers, who completed a big rally in the first set against the Illini and rolled from there.
College journey becomes sisterhood for Gophers' volleyball players

College journey becomes sisterhood for Gophers' volleyball players

The Gophers often credit their team unity for lifting them to a 28-4 season, which continues Friday against Illinois in the third round of the NCAA volleyball tournament in Des Moines.
Wild trying to figure out three-on-three overtime skills

Wild trying to figure out three-on-three overtime skills

Despite his team's 1-5 record in overtime games this season, Wild coach Mike Yeo remains a fan of the new three-on-three format — with one qualifier. 'It stinks when you lose.'
Gophers women go to their guards in 105-86 victory over Towson

Gophers women go to their guards in 105-86 victory over Towson

After falling behind early, the Gophers shot their way to victory with a five-guard lineup that eventually broke open the game. The guards scored all 105 points.
Gophers advance to Sweet 16 in volleyball

Gophers advance to Sweet 16 in volleyball

The Gophers beat Marquette 3-0 to finish unbeaten at home. They face Illinois next weekend.
St. Thomas dominates Wabash 38-7 in D-III playoffs

St. Thomas dominates Wabash 38-7 in D-III playoffs

What appeared to be a close matchup proved to be something much different as the Tommies rolled into the semifinals.
Gophers sweep into NCAA volleyball second round

Gophers sweep into NCAA volleyball second round

The U easily eliminated Jackson State and advanced to a Saturday match against Marquette.
Daly Santana's MVP honor leads Gophers' trio of Big Ten volleyball awards

Daly Santana's MVP honor leads Gophers' trio of Big Ten volleyball awards

Freshman setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson and coach Hugh McCutcheon were also honored.
Gophers grab No. 2 overall seed for NCAA volleyball tournament

Gophers grab No. 2 overall seed for NCAA volleyball tournament

The Gophers' No. 2 spot overall in the NCAA volleyball tournament puts them in the first round Friday vs. Jackson State at home.
First time ever: Tommies, Johnnies take rivalry to postseason

First time ever: Tommies, Johnnies take rivalry to postseason

The two Division III powerhouses will square off in the second round of the NCAA playoffs at O'Shaughnessy Stadium, the first time they have met in the postseason since their inaugural game on Thanksgiving Day in 1901.
Tommies win playoff opener in a rout

Tommies win playoff opener in a rout

Undefeated St. Thomas rolled La Verne 57-14 on Saturday and next faces its biggest rival: St. John's.
After jolt of a loss, MSU, Mankato is ready to step up in DII playoffs

After jolt of a loss, MSU, Mankato is ready to step up in DII playoffs

Coach Todd Hoffner said his team's stumbles have made it stronger heading into the postseason opener against No. 23 Emporia State at Blakeslee Stadium.
From last year's ashes in Pittsburgh rose a refocused Wild team

From last year's ashes in Pittsburgh rose a refocused Wild team

After losing in Pittsburgh last season, players held a postgame meeting to address a situation that Mikko Koivu called "embarrassing.'' The next day, the Wild added goalie Devan Dubnyk.
Gophers sweep No. 1 Penn State in volleyball

Gophers sweep No. 1 Penn State in volleyball

The Gophers ran their win streak to 14 matches, extending a school mark.
Gophers' women's basketball overpowers Wofford 98-54 in season opener

Gophers' women's basketball overpowers Wofford 98-54 in season opener

The Gophers got a game-high 26 points from Mikayla Bailey and 22 from fifth-year senior Rachel Banham in her return from a knee injury
Swimmer Michael Phelps: Back from the depths, back in the pool

Swimmer Michael Phelps: Back from the depths, back in the pool

After emerging from what he called "the darkest place of my life," and sharing that with Sports Illustrated, Phelps has come to Minneapolis in a career revival aimed at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Stollings to unveil four-guard lineup for Gophers' women's basketball

Stollings to unveil four-guard lineup for Gophers' women's basketball

After All-America center Amanda Zahui B. and all-Big Ten forward Shae Kelley moved on, the Gophers were forced to do the same.
Wild's Vanek passed up a possible hat trick to help struggling Pominville

Wild's Vanek passed up a possible hat trick to help struggling Pominville

Thomas Vanek knows how meaningful it can be to receive a helping hand from a teammate, which is why he didn't shoot the puck on an empty net Tuesday.
Quarterback drama doesn't faze top-ranked Ohio State

Quarterback drama doesn't faze top-ranked Ohio State

Buckeyes stay No. 1, no matter who takes snaps.
Banham's return buoys Gophers' lineup revisions

Banham's return buoys Gophers' lineup revisions

Rachel Banham is back from last year's knee injury and nears the Gophers' scoring record.
Wild 0-for-2 in 3-on-3 overtimes

Wild 0-for-2 in 3-on-3 overtimes

The Wild got some top-notch chances during Saturday's five-minute overtime, but again could not connect.
Blues, Backes get to Wild in overtime

Blues, Backes get to Wild in overtime

St. Louis stopped the Wild's winning streak at two games on David Backes' goal in OT.
Wild notes: Schroeder welcomes return from AHL

Wild notes: Schroeder welcomes return from AHL

Jordan Schroeder was summoned back to the Wild after third-line winger Justin Fontaine was injured during Friday night's 5-4 victory over Chicago
Blackhawks still plenty tough despite lineup changes

Blackhawks still plenty tough despite lineup changes

Though the Blackhawks have eliminated the Wild from the playoffs in three consecutive seasons, Mike Yeo said the past will not be a factor in the teams' first meeting this season.
At the last minute, Claeys becomes Gophers' man of the hour

At the last minute, Claeys becomes Gophers' man of the hour

His job title has changed by only one word. But Tracy Claeys understands how profound a difference that switch will be as he takes over for Jerry Kill.
Upperclassmen kick Gophers soccer into Big Ten's upper class

Upperclassmen kick Gophers soccer into Big Ten's upper class

The Gophers are ranked No. 19 and are tied for second with Penn State in the Big Ten with a 6-2-1 mark heading into Friday's game at No. 12 Rutgers.
Wild expects to face a motivated (but 0-7) Blue Jackets squad

Wild expects to face a motivated (but 0-7) Blue Jackets squad

Winless Columbus fired coach Todd Richards, who coached the Wild for two seasons, and replaced him with the fiery John Tortorella.
Aug. 13: Little Canada gymnast Maggie Nichols: Strong, fit, focused

Aug. 13: Little Canada gymnast Maggie Nichols: Strong, fit, focused

Little Canada's Maggie Nichols turned an injury into an opportunity to improve to accomplish her mission of making the Olympics.
After fast start, Wild gets big schedule break

After fast start, Wild gets big schedule break

The Wild will start its regular-season schedule with two games in three nights, then it does not play again for five days.
Graovac sticks with Wild; Reilly sent to Iowa, Schroeder on waivers

Graovac sticks with Wild; Reilly sent to Iowa, Schroeder on waivers

The Wild finalized its roster Tuesday, choosing to keep center Tyler Graovac, send defenseman Mike Reilly to its AHL affiliate in Iowa and put forward Jordan Schroeder on waivers.
Goal is simple for Wild's Zucker: Just improve everything

Goal is simple for Wild's Zucker: Just improve everything

Coach Mike Yeo said speedy winger Jason Zucker has been "on top of his game right from the start'' of training camp,
Wild aims to trim Suter's ice time

Wild aims to trim Suter's ice time

While Suter still relishes a heavy workload, he will turn 31 in January, and he acknowledged that a lighter burden could spur his productivity and extend his career.

TC Marathon notes: Feet keep Grandma's winner from matching feat

After winning Grandma’s Marathon last June, Jane Kibii hoped to make it a Minnesota double Sunday at the Twin Cities Marathon. Pain in her…
Just between friends: Kenyan beats buddy for Twin Cities Marathon title

Just between friends: Kenyan beats buddy for Twin Cities Marathon title

Kenya's Dominic Ondoro beat buddy Elisha Barno for the Twin Cities Marathon men's title.

$10K bonus for women's 10-mile winner Molly Huddle

Molly Huddle became the first woman to win the $10,000 "equalizer bonus'' for being the first finisher of either gender to cross the finish line on the State Capitol grounds.

Olympian Molly Huddle wins TC 10 Mile and equalizer bonus

Molly Huddle became the first women to win the "equalizer," and she set a course record, too.

Kenyan wins men's TC Marathon; Abraha tops women's field

Dominic Ondoro won Grandma's Marathon in 2014; Abraha Serkilam Bise was the top female finisher, finishing in 2:31:40.
Illness, homelessness haven't derailed runner's marathon goal

Illness, homelessness haven't derailed runner's marathon goal

As Dave Baker watched thousands of runners stream past him last year, his first impression was that the Twin Cities Marathon must be an…
Goucher runs with new purpose at this stage of life

Goucher runs with new purpose at this stage of life

Kara Goucher enters Sunday's TC 10 Mile propelled by a sense of fearlessness, honed through her newest roles as a mother, a mentor for active women and a whistle-blowing advocate for drug-free sport.
3 former Duluth coaches file discrimination lawsuit against U

3 former Duluth coaches file discrimination lawsuit against U

The three former coaches, all openly gay, filed the joint lawsuit, claiming discrimination by UMD administrators based on gender, sexual orientation, national origin and age.
Kuemper looking forward to hometown start, more playing time with Wild

Kuemper looking forward to hometown start, more playing time with Wild

Darcy Kuemper mostly sat after Devan Dubnyk arrived in January, but the Wild wants him to share the workload this season.
For Wild's Dubnyk, these are the good times

For Wild's Dubnyk, these are the good times

After saving the Wild's season last winter — and raising his game to new heights — Devan Dubnyk itching to return to a place that already feels like home.
Canterbury Park bucks national downward trend in horse racing

Canterbury Park bucks national downward trend in horse racing

The track wound up its season Saturday with upticks showing in all the right places.
Gopher to watch: Samantha Seliger-Swenson

Gopher to watch: Samantha Seliger-Swenson

The freshman volleyball player -- one of five Gophers athletes we're featuring playing prominent roles in fall/winter sports -- sees the importance of togetherness at home and on the court.
'Trip down memory lane' at Canterbury Park

'Trip down memory lane' at Canterbury Park

Longtime owners Jeff and Deb Hilger celebrated another winner at the Festival of Champions.
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