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New visa restrictions have created a labor crisis at Canterbury Park. The track in Shakopee can barely find enough workers to keep stables operating.
Mixed doubles will be part of the Olympic Games for the first time, and Team USA will be finalized in Minnesota.
In March, she was diagnosed with cancer for the fourth time in eight years.
An announced crowd of 6,762 turned out for a live, afternoon prelude to Saturday's main event at Canterbury Park: Kentucky Derby Day.
The 23 players selected will prepare in Tampa for the 2018 Games.
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.
A Medina resident, former Gophers goalie Robb Stauber inherits a program striving to get back to the top of the Olympic podium.
"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.''
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.
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.
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.
Vladimir Sobotka left the KHL at the end of its season in March, returned to St. Louis and had to adapt on the fly
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.
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.
Ivan Barbashev, a 21-year-old from Moscow, has quickly earned the trust of coach Mike Yeo.
Veteran Wild teammates said Tuesday they expect youngsters Christian Folin and Joel Eriksson Ek will adapt well to playoff hockey
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.
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.
After 33 consecutive road games, the No. 7 Gophers' softball team returned home Tuesday with a doubleheader sweep over South Dakota.
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.
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.
The winger, sporting an angry purple bruise under his eye, practiced Friday.
The winger was hurt when the Capitals' Tom Wilson accidentally stuck him in the eye with his stick.
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.
The fourth-ranked River Hawks have lost only one game since losing four in a row in January.
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.
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.
Sophomore goalie Eric Schierhorn enters his first NCAA tournament looking for letters — Ws, to be exact — not numbers.
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.
North Dakota will play down the road in Fargo and host that regional.
Vinni Lettieri has had his best year as a Gopher, and he's looked good doing it.
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.
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.
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 shut out MSU to keep their streak of conference success.
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.
Early lead, solid goaltending send visitors to tight victory.
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.
Blues coach's visit includes taking on former team and son chasing Class 2A hockey title.
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.
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.
The team sprint pair son the first U.S. medal in classic technique race.
They'll get feel for league tourney's vibe before stepping on the court.
Captain Justin Kloos scored from the slot off of a feed by Rem Pitlick to break the tie.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Gophers won consecutive Big Ten games for the first time this season, two days after a 34-point victory over Rutgers.
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.
USA Curling instituted a new method of funding and training its elite athletes in 2014 after just one Olympic medal.
The Gophers scored early and often while shutting down the high-powered Nittany Lions.
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.
The Wild's place atop the Western Conference standings lightened the mood at Monday's practice, but not the workload.
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.
The Bulldogs became the fourth different champion in as many seasons.
UMD overcame a 1-0 deficit with three consecutive goals, extending its win streak over the Gophers to a program-record seven consecutive games.
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.
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.
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.
The victory extends their winning streak to five and keeps the Gophers tied with Penn State for first place in the Big Ten.
By rediscovering his faith in himself, Eric Schierhorn uncluttered his mind and his game, putting him on a much smoother path
The Gophers won their ninth in a row in the series.
P.J. Fleck's energy and optimism drew high marks.
The Gophers have won eight in a row in the Border Battle.
If Jessie Diggins maintains her position in the overall standings, she would match the best-ever performance by an American in the Tour de Ski.
The guard who became the Gophers' No. 1 scorer saw that number hung in the rafters of Williams Arena on Sunday.
The Gophers trailed by only a point in the middle of the fourth quarter before slipping back.
Simone Biles lived up to the expectations by taking top honors in the women's all-around while teammate Aly Raisman got some redemption by grabbing silver.
The Gophers didn't get the NCAA title they pined for, but coach Hugh McCutcheon believes the seniors achieved their ambition of setting up the program for long-term success.
Gophers, Nebraska both lost Thursday night's matches.
Stanford, the nation's best blocking team, overpowered the Gophers on Thursday night to put an end to Minnesota's season one match shy of a national title spot.
The Cardinal beat the Gophers 3-1 in its own tournament in September.
Playing for coach Hugh McCutcheon means that the Gophers' volleyball team has accepted a different kind of college life, one that favors perspiration over parties.
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