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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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Dramatic finish gives USA first-ever men's curling win over Canada

Dramatic finish gives USA first-ever men's curling win over Canada

After a Sunday marked by failure, the United States defeated Canada to keep alive its hopes of advancing from the round robin into the playoffs.
U.S. women curlers raise record to 4-3 by beating China, Denmark

U.S. women curlers raise record to 4-3 by beating China, Denmark

Nina Roth's last stone settles it in a 7-6 victory.
USA men lose two in curling; playoff hopes between rock and a hard place

USA men lose two in curling; playoff hopes between rock and a hard place

Only three round-robin games remain for the Americans to try and scramble back into contention.
Therapy, prayer get U.S. hockey player Gigi Marvin back to Olympics

Therapy, prayer get U.S. hockey player Gigi Marvin back to Olympics

Marvin had been dealing with chronic hip injuries for months leading up to the 2014 Olympics. After the Sochi Games, her body shut down to the point where it could not handle any physical exertion.
Minnesota parents mark Olympic journey in years, tears

Minnesota parents mark Olympic journey in years, tears

Mothers and fathers of Minnesota-linked Olympians made the 6,400-mile journey to South Korea to share in an experience that is as rewarding for them as it is for their children.
Postcard from the Olympics: Hands down, Korea cleans up in hospitality, kindness and sanitizing

Postcard from the Olympics: Hands down, Korea cleans up in hospitality, kindness and sanitizing

Unlike some other recent Olympic hosts (I'm talking about you, Sochi, and you, Rio), Gangwon Province was clearly ready for the Winter Games, and it has put its own spin on the Olympic spirit with a tide of Korean efficiency and hospitality.
Russians push past U.S. 4-0 in men's hockey throwback to Big Red Machine

Russians push past U.S. 4-0 in men's hockey throwback to Big Red Machine

The Russians won the group in pool play, earning a bye into the medal-round quarterfinals.
Hanyu skates to Olympic men's singles title; USA's Chen 5th

Hanyu skates to Olympic men's singles title; USA's Chen 5th

Yuzuru Hanyu's free skate earned him a historic repeat gold medal, well ahead of Nathan Chen who made a remarkable rally after the short program but ended up fifth.
No time for heartbreak: Diggins eyes medals in cross-country team relays

No time for heartbreak: Diggins eyes medals in cross-country team relays

Jessie Diggins of Afton finished fifth in the 10-kilometer freestyle Thursday, her best chance for an individual medal. But she has relay races to come.
Defending men's figure skating gold medalist Hanyu in position to repeat

Defending men's figure skating gold medalist Hanyu in position to repeat

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu blew away the field with a score of 111.68 in Friday's men's figure skating short program, showing no lasting effects of an ankle injury that has kept him off the ice.

Big Two in women's hockey see gap starting to close

On the 20th anniversary of women's hockey at the Olympic Games, the U.S. and Canada are again heavy favorites to play for the gold medal. Both have secured automatic berths into Monday's semifinals.

U.S. women's curlers rocked by Japan, rebound to defeat Great Britain

Trounced 10-5 in its opening game, the U.S. women's curling team rebounded for a tight win over Great Britain in the next game.
After huge rejection, Duluth's Shuster back in Olympics with lots to prove

After huge rejection, Duluth's Shuster back in Olympics with lots to prove

In 2014, USA Curling met in Blaine to choose a group of its best players to prepare for future international competition. John Shuster wasn't on the list and used the rejection as motivation for where he is today.
Women's curling team didn't choose each other, but built strong connection

Women's curling team didn't choose each other, but built strong connection

Women from Minnesota and Wisconsin are chasing the same dream.
Afton's Diggins will start in Tuesday's classic sprint

Afton's Diggins will start in Tuesday's classic sprint

She has made major strides since the 2014 Olympics, which she hopes to show in Tuesday's classic sprint at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.
Road to gold? USA, Canada open with very different hockey wins

Road to gold? USA, Canada open with very different hockey wins

The two teams that are expected to play for the Olympic gold medal in women's hockey began the Winter Games tournament in very different ways.
Ski's the limit: Diggins digs deep in pursuit of Olympic gold

Ski's the limit: Diggins digs deep in pursuit of Olympic gold

Afton's Jessie Diggins dreams big, with sights set on becoming the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing.
Olympic cold has Minn. athletes feeling right at home in S. Korea

Olympic cold has Minn. athletes feeling right at home in S. Korea

After two Winter Games that were glaringly short on winter, Minnesota's athletes say bring it on.
NBC lets Super Bowl, not Michaels, do the entertaining

NBC lets Super Bowl, not Michaels, do the entertaining

NBC got the exciting game it wanted, and did it justice with a broadcast that honored its pledge to keep the focus squarely on the action instead of the sideshows.
NBC's 'Sunday Night Football crew has covered Super Bowls before, but none like this

NBC's 'Sunday Night Football crew has covered Super Bowls before, but none like this

NBC's crew has been here before, but that doesn't limit the nerves or keep it from trying something new.
Calling NFL games a taxing job for ex-Bengals receiver Collinsworth

Calling NFL games a taxing job for ex-Bengals receiver Collinsworth

Colleagues say Cris Collingsworth's on-air manner reflects who he is outside the booth: Often funny, sometimes provocative, and utterly, unashamedly in love with football.
After abuse scandal, Nichols' mother says USA Gymnastics has 'totally ignored us'

After abuse scandal, Nichols' mother says USA Gymnastics has 'totally ignored us'

Gina Nichols of Little Canada said her family has received no apologies nor any offers of help from USA Gymnastics after the sex abuse scandal involving the team's doctor, who is currently in prison.
Afton's Diggins officially qualifies for Olympics

Afton's Diggins officially qualifies for Olympics

Three top-eight finishes in the World Cup of cross-country skiing earned Jessie Diggins another spot the on U.S. team.
NHL's absence from Olympics opens door for players with Minnesota ties

NHL's absence from Olympics opens door for players with Minnesota ties

St. Cloud State defenseman Will Borgen is one of five with state ties named to the team.
Eight with Minnesota ties make U.S. women's Olympic hockey team

Eight with Minnesota ties make U.S. women's Olympic hockey team

Gigi Marvin will be playing in her third Olympics; Lee Stecklein and Amanda Kessel are headed for their second. All are former Gophers.
Hamilton siblings win friendly battle at mixed doubles curling Olympic trials

Hamilton siblings win friendly battle at mixed doubles curling Olympic trials

It will be a rematch, as Cory Christensen and John Shuster advanced to the finals to face siblings Matt and Becca Hamilton. Christensen and Shuster lost their playoff opener to the Hamiltons
Top seeds set in U.S. Olympic trials for mixed doubles curling in Blaine

Top seeds set in U.S. Olympic trials for mixed doubles curling in Blaine

John Shuster and Cory Christensen rolled through the round robin at the U.S. Olympic trials for mixed doubles curling, starting on a 4-0 run and finishing with only one loss.
Minnesota curlers keep Olympic dreams alive

Minnesota curlers keep Olympic dreams alive

Those who missed singles cut can try again in mixed doubles, a fast-paced, aggressive counterpart to traditional curling.
Andover's Rooney set to be top U.S. Olympic goalie

Andover's Rooney set to be top U.S. Olympic goalie

Maddie Rooney is among three goaltenders on the 26-member U.S. team, which will face Canada on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center.
Shuster clinches record-setting fourth U.S. men's Olympics curling team

Shuster clinches record-setting fourth U.S. men's Olympics curling team

John Shuster guided his foursome to a 7-5 victory over Team Heath McCormick to win the third and deciding playoff game at the U.S. Olympic trials.
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.
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