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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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Well-rested Lynx demolish Phoenix in Game 1 with 113-point outburst

Well-rested Lynx demolish Phoenix in Game 1 with 113-point outburst

Over the past 10 days, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve kept shooting down speculation that the long break before starting the playoffs could somehow be bad for her team in the WNBA semifinals.
Wait is over as Lynx open WNBA semifinals against surging Phoenix

Wait is over as Lynx open WNBA semifinals against surging Phoenix

While the Lynx rested and practiced, the Mercury roared through road victories over Indiana and New York, starting the playoffs on a powerful note after a rocky regular season.
Lynx get a new home to open playoffs

Lynx get a new home to open playoffs

Their first two games in the semifinals will be at the transformed X.
New Johnnies quarterback getting first taste of bitter St. Thomas rivalry

New Johnnies quarterback getting first taste of bitter St. Thomas rivalry

Though he's only been at St. John's for nine months, Jackson Erdmann knows all about the craziness that engulfs the campus when the Johnnies play St. Thomas.
Lynx center Fowles doesn't let criticism from Reeve get to her

Lynx center Fowles doesn't let criticism from Reeve get to her

Under the prodding of head Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve, Sylvia Fowles won the league's top defensive player award again.
Lynx finish regular season with victory and record

Lynx finish regular season with victory and record

Their postseason opener isn't until Sept. 28, but they will keep busy until then.
Canterbury live racing handle goes up, but misses goals for 2016

Canterbury live racing handle goes up, but misses goals for 2016

The track lowers its take, but a bump in betting on live racing disappoints.
National TV viewers will get their own U.S. Bank Stadium experience

National TV viewers will get their own U.S. Bank Stadium experience

U.S. Bank Stadium was built with its wider audience in mind. NBC's "Sunday Night Football" plans to make it one big showcase this weekend.
Refusing to give up, Eagan's Weggemann on her way to Paralympics

Refusing to give up, Eagan's Weggemann on her way to Paralympics

For five months, she was out of the water—where she found strength after she was paralyzed n 2008—and nearly out of hope that her swimming career could continue.
Final ceremony in rain fails to douse Rio's Olympic flame

Final ceremony in rain fails to douse Rio's Olympic flame

The joyful Closing Ceremony crowd at Maracana Stadium radiated pride in Rio's ability to pull off the Games.
St. Paul's Gwen Jorgensen wins Olympic triathlon

St. Paul's Gwen Jorgensen wins Olympic triathlon

After a year of complete focus on the Rio Games, Gwen Jorgensen of St. Paul made sure the Olympic triathlon played out exactly as she wanted. She won the gold medal in her usual fashion: by dusting the field with her devastating run.
Hassan Mead slips to 11th in men's 5,000 meters final in Rio; Mo Farah has double-double

Hassan Mead slips to 11th in men's 5,000 meters final in Rio; Mo Farah has double-double

Former Gophers runner Hassan Mead made a move with four laps to go. But when the bell rang signaling the final lap he appeared to labor.
Blankenship 8th in 1,500; Centrowitz grabs historic gold for America

Blankenship 8th in 1,500; Centrowitz grabs historic gold for America

The former U runner took eighth in the 1,500 meters.
Four focused years prepared Jorgensen for Olympic triathlon

Four focused years prepared Jorgensen for Olympic triathlon

Gwen Jorgensen didn't balk at training for one more Olympic run after 2012 setback in London. The triathlete from St. Paul has eyes on gold for Saturday's race.
St. Cloud's Alise Post wins silver medal in BMX racing at Rio

St. Cloud's Alise Post wins silver medal in BMX racing at Rio

While not her desired result, St. Cloud's Alise Post is happy with second

St. Francis native led her family on quite the journey to Rio

Kiana Eide moved from St. Francis to suburban Chicago and trained eight hours a day. She will receive the ultimate payoff Saturday, when she competes for the U.S. in rhythmic gymnastics.
Three Lynx in double figures as U.S. women advance to gold medal game

Three Lynx in double figures as U.S. women advance to gold medal game

Seimone Augustus started in place of injured Sue Bird, and the Americans overcame another slow start to move into Saturday's gold medal game against Spain.
Walsh Jennings goes out a winner with bronze medal

Walsh Jennings goes out a winner with bronze medal

Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross rebounded Wednesday, beating the Brazilian team of Larissa and Talita 2-1 to claim the bronze medal in beach volleyball.
Americans show passion in men's volleyball sweep of Poland

Americans show passion in men's volleyball sweep of Poland

Confidence, heart are booming as team enters semifinal round.
Close at the half: Moore's 19 points leads US women to 46-point win

Close at the half: Moore's 19 points leads US women to 46-point win

Lynx star Maya Moore scored 19 points as Japan made it a game against the U.S. women's basketball team until the Americans found their groove.
St. Cloud BMX rider holds close to her mom's spirit in Rio

St. Cloud BMX rider holds close to her mom's spirit in Rio

St. Cloud native Alise Post has high hopes for an Olympic medal in BMX, and rides to honor her late mother.
Former Gophers runner Blankenship qualifies for 1,500-meter semifinals

Former Gophers runner Blankenship qualifies for 1,500-meter semifinals

The last time the track world gathered for the Olympics, Blankenship was enduring a year filled with injuries.
U.S. women's water polo earns battle scars on way to semifinals

U.S. women's water polo earns battle scars on way to semifinals

The U.S. women have charged through the Olympic tournament, going 4-0 and outscoring their opponents 47-17. They weren't bothered by another ill-mannered Brazilian crowd — "We enjoyed their booing,'' Makenzie Fischer said — or by the rough play.
Chaska's Andy Bisek ousted after Greco-Roman quarterfinals

Chaska's Andy Bisek ousted after Greco-Roman quarterfinals

The Chaska wrestler went 1-1, and opponent's next loss ended his tourney.
Crime, doping, long lines, vacant seats: Welcome to Rio's first week

Crime, doping, long lines, vacant seats: Welcome to Rio's first week

Several problems spotlighted before the Olympics - and a few new ones - have stubbornly refused to yield the stage during the first week in Rio.
Chaska's Bisek prepared and confident as Olympic bout nears

Chaska's Bisek prepared and confident as Olympic bout nears

Andy Bisek, the two-time world championships bronze medalist, ranked No. 5 in the world in the Greco-Roman 75-kilogram weight class, opens against Yurisandi Hernandez Rios of Cuba.
Arden Hills' Kelly Catlin and U.S. pursuit team take cycling silver medal

Arden Hills' Kelly Catlin and U.S. pursuit team take cycling silver medal

Britain posts a world record in taking gold from Arden Hills' Catlin and Co.
Arden Hills' Catlin is conditioned for the chase in team pursuit

Arden Hills' Catlin is conditioned for the chase in team pursuit

Adren Hills' Kelly Catlin, a newcomer to U.S. pursuit team, is up to gold medal challenge
Arden Hills' Catlin, teammates briefly set world record in women's pursuit prelim

Arden Hills' Catlin, teammates briefly set world record in women's pursuit prelim

For about five minutes Saturday morning, the U.S. held the world record in women’s team pursuit. Kelly Catlin of Arden Hills and teammates Sarah Hammer,…
David Plummer's swim puts him line for medley relay medal

David Plummer's swim puts him line for medley relay medal

Plymouth's David Plummer could wind up with a gold to go with his bronze after helping the U.S. into the 4x100-meter medley relay finals.
Biles rises above for gymnastics all-around gold

Biles rises above for gymnastics all-around gold

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.
Heptathlete Heather Miller-Koch is used to doing it all in track and life

Heptathlete Heather Miller-Koch is used to doing it all in track and life

Heptathlete Heather Miller-Koch has juggled jobs, sports looking for edge
Auriemma sticks up for victories as U.S. rolls again

Auriemma sticks up for victories as U.S. rolls again

As the U.S. shoots for a sixth consecutive gold medal in women's basketball the question was (again) raised: Is a team this good ultimately bad for the game?
Prediction becomes reality: Obanana living dream in Rio Olympics

Prediction becomes reality: Obanana living dream in Rio Olympics

Paula Lynn Obanana never gave up on her goal - and by making the Olympics she made a decade-old prediction come true.
Kalmoe hoping to win gold in final rowing race Thursday morning

Kalmoe hoping to win gold in final rowing race Thursday morning

Minneapolis native Megan Kalmoe, who helped the U.S. capture the world title in France last summer, is part of a foursome that will make a run at Olympic supremacy Wednesday.
A day after bronze, David Plummer soaks it all in

A day after bronze, David Plummer soaks it all in

The interviews, congratulations and celebration haven't stopped since Plummer became the first Gophers swimmer to win an Olympic medal for the U.S.
'Final Five' almost flawless in bringing home the gymnastics gold

'Final Five' almost flawless in bringing home the gymnastics gold

The American women were as dominant as expected in Tuesday's team competition, blowing past runner-up Russia by more than eight points to take their second consecutive team gold at the Summer Games.
'A long hard road': Plummer wins bronze in 100 backstroke

'A long hard road': Plummer wins bronze in 100 backstroke

At age 30, David Plummer was the oldest first-time Olympian on the U.S. men's swim team since 1904. He also was the first Gophers swimmer to make it in 52 years.
Martha Karolyi to leave U.S. gymnastics program in good shape

Martha Karolyi to leave U.S. gymnastics program in good shape

The star quality Martha Karolyi infused into the U.S. program won't fade when she steps away.
Minnesotan Plummer brings 2nd-fastest time to tonight's backstroke final

Minnesotan Plummer brings 2nd-fastest time to tonight's backstroke final

As a 30-year-old Olympic rookie, Plummer has become a favorite story line on the U.S. men's swim team. He swims for the gold medal Monday night.
U.S. fencer wants to be an 'image' for black Muslim women in 'tough political environment'

U.S. fencer wants to be an 'image' for black Muslim women in 'tough political environment'

In her teens, Muhammad was mostly interested in using fencing as a path to an elite college. She began to see a more universal goal as she rose up the national ranks.
Ex-Gophers swimmer begins medal quest with swim today

Ex-Gophers swimmer begins medal quest with swim today

Considering how long it took David Plummer to get to the Olympics, he doesn't mind a few more days of discipline.
Best of the U.S. loses to Australia's very best in freestyle relay

Best of the U.S. loses to Australia's very best in freestyle relay

The Americans won their 22nd Olympic medal in the women's 4x100 free relay, but they have not taken gold since 2000.
Rio revelers endure lines, security scares as Games begin

Rio revelers endure lines, security scares as Games begin

Rio Olympics organizers were counting on the start of competition to push the focus of the Games away from the city's many problems and onto the feats of the athletes.
Rio Games open with heart and zeal

Rio Games open with heart and zeal

What the Opening Ceremony lacked in extravagance, it made up for with the immense spirit and energy that attracted the Summer Games to Brazil in the first place.
It's Rio time as Opening Ceremony takes center stage

It's Rio time as Opening Ceremony takes center stage

A Disneyland for athletes, where Olympians live, eat and mingle with their counterparts from all over the planet, the Olympic village is ground zero for the spirit of the games -- and sanctuary from all that troubles them.
Ready or not, let the Games begin

Ready or not, let the Games begin

As the city scrambled to make final preparations for the first Olympics in South America, the Olympic torch arrived in Rio to an enthusiastic, complete with samba dancers.
Olympic wrestler Andy Bisek's mettle is on display

Olympic wrestler Andy Bisek's mettle is on display

Chaska's Andy Bisek persevered through injuries, disappointment and debt to become an Olympian.
Worries abound as Rio Olympics near

Worries abound as Rio Olympics near

With a whirlwind of concerns surrounding Rio, athletes and families hope for the best.
St. Paul's Jorgensen a favorite to win triathlon gold

St. Paul's Jorgensen a favorite to win triathlon gold

Gwen Jorgensen enters the Rio Games as the most dominant, decorated athlete in her sport's history.
Go fund them? Athletes raise their own green to go for Olympic gold

Go fund them? Athletes raise their own green to go for Olympic gold

Many athletes without major sponsors must cobble together the money to pay for expenses, and financial stress can distract from the focus required to become an Olympian.
With Olympic gynastics spot secured, Gabby Douglas must work

With Olympic gynastics spot secured, Gabby Douglas must work

The 2012 gold medalist wants to justify the faith placed in her over others such as Little Canada's Maggie Nichols.
Little Canada's Maggie Nichols finishes 6th, left off U.S. gymnastics team

Little Canada's Maggie Nichols finishes 6th, left off U.S. gymnastics team

Simone Biles leads the five-person U.S. team. Little Canada's Maggie Nichols, despite finishing sixth in the all-around standings, did not make the team even as an alternate.
Olympic gymnastics trials notes: Retton calls Biles 'best gymnast I've ever seen in my lifetime'

Olympic gymnastics trials notes: Retton calls Biles 'best gymnast I've ever seen in my lifetime'

Like everyone else in the sport, Retton is captivated by Biles' ability to make the most difficult skills in gymnastics look effortless.
Nichols hoping to make gymnastics cut, join friends in Rio

Nichols hoping to make gymnastics cut, join friends in Rio

Even the stars who are virtual locks to make the U.S. gymnastics squad are nervous about team selections. The final events are Sunday evening.
Olympic trials notes: Douglas confident she'll bounce back

Olympic trials notes: Douglas confident she'll bounce back

Even when her training isn't going well, Gabby Douglas always seems to find her best form when it counts.
Plenty of nerves on Night 1 of Olympic gymnastics trials

Plenty of nerves on Night 1 of Olympic gymnastics trials

Little Canada's Maggie Nichols, showing her post-injury grit, ended the first night in 8th place. But not even the top participants were flawless.
Hernandez, 16, taking Olympic gymnastics trials pressure in stride

Hernandez, 16, taking Olympic gymnastics trials pressure in stride

Sometimes, inexperience can be a good thing.
Canterbury Park farriers have tall task: 'No foot, no horse'

Canterbury Park farriers have tall task: 'No foot, no horse'

Farriers have the arduous task of keeping horses comfortable on their feet and primed to race.
Ex-Gophers take lover's leap at Olympic pole vaulting trials

Ex-Gophers take lover's leap at Olympic pole vaulting trials

Passion for pole-vaulting, at great sacrifice, drives two Olympic hopefuls who competed for the University of Minnesota.
Olympic notes: Missy Franklin falls short of backstroke berth but keeps battling

Olympic notes: Missy Franklin falls short of backstroke berth but keeps battling

The defending Olympic gold medalist in the women's 100-meter backstroke graciously praised the victors and smiled after her seventh-place finish
'I'm a little stunned.' Ex-Gophers swimmer Plummer going to Rio

'I'm a little stunned.' Ex-Gophers swimmer Plummer going to Rio

The former Gopher swam the 100-meter backstroke in 52.28 seconds in Tuesday's finals at the U.S. Olympic trials.
Pulled muscle slows Lochte at Olympic swimming trials

Pulled muscle slows Lochte at Olympic swimming trials

Ryan Lochte started the trials at CenturyLink Center by pulling a groin muscle in his first race.
Eden Prairie's Bootsma is ready for Rio and beyond

Eden Prairie's Bootsma is ready for Rio and beyond

Rachel Bootsma is fired up about the Olympic trials while looking forward to what comes afterward.
New direction, new results for Olympic swimming hopeful Plummer

New direction, new results for Olympic swimming hopeful Plummer

The former Gophers swimmer is producing the best results of his career at age 30 as he pursues a spot in Rio.
Minn. gymnast has no time to lose in Olympic quest

Minn. gymnast has no time to lose in Olympic quest

The gymnast from Little Canada is just returning to competition.
Lynx hang on to defeat Indiana after storming out to huge lead

Lynx hang on to defeat Indiana after storming out to huge lead

The Lynx moved to 5-0 with a 74-71 victory over the Fever, a game that Minnesota led by as many as 24 yet only scored five points in the fourth quarter.
Canterbury reports successful opener after changes in wagering

Canterbury reports successful opener after changes in wagering

In April, Canterbury announced it was lowering its takeout—the amount of money it keeps from each wager to pay for purses and track expenses—to the lowest level of any track in the country.
With improved competition, high purses, Canterbury hitting a new stride

With improved competition, high purses, Canterbury hitting a new stride

Improved competition, higher purses mark fresh progress at Canterbury Park
Canterbury Park gambling taking less from bettors will bring in more

Canterbury Park gambling taking less from bettors will bring in more

Canterbury Park has lowered the share it keeps on bets at the track, and eager horseplayers are already excited what's to come during the 69-day meet that opens Friday night.
Jewelry first, then a gem of an opener for Lynx

Jewelry first, then a gem of an opener for Lynx

The defending WNBA champs routed Phoenix after enjoying ring ceremony.

Lynx-Phoenix game preview

Lynx players will get their championship rings and the banner will be raised before the season tips off with rival Phoenix.
Lynx forward Brunson ready to start after recent arrival

Lynx forward Brunson ready to start after recent arrival

Despite her jet lag, the veteran, just back from Europe, will start in the season opener.
Ben Blankenship mixing business and pleasure in Thursday's TC 1 Mile

Ben Blankenship mixing business and pleasure in Thursday's TC 1 Mile

Stillwater native Ben Blankenship is happy to be running near home, but has big goals in mind for Thursday night's race.
Jumble of concerns (and some optimism) as Rio games approach

Jumble of concerns (and some optimism) as Rio games approach

The first Summer Games in South America are facing concerns about the Zika virus, filthy water in boating venues, a severe economic recession and nationwide political unrest.
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