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The champion of Running Aces Harness Park will be back for his 10th season, starting Saturday.
The Minnesota Whitecaps, formed in 2004, are joining the National Women's Hockey League, bringing the highest level of pro women's hockey to the state for the first time.
Minnesota was wildly inconsistent over the first two months of this season, going 12-13 before a surge that ended with the Gophers finishing second in the Big Ten.
A few days before Canterbury Park was scheduled to open for training, superintendent Ken Brown spent 15 hours removing snow from the track. It's all gone now, and live racing returns Friday.
The way the Sooners sophomore from Little Canada won her NCAA title last weekend put an exclamation point on an extraordinary season.
The second-ranked Gophers entered the Big Ten meet with visions of winning a team title. They finished an unhappy fifth, with only two weeks to get their minds right before the NCAAs.
Eric Staal says he's more worried about helping to keep the Wild alive in the playoffs than Josh Morrissey's nasty hit.
Connor Hellebuyck bounced back from Sunday's stinker with shutout win over the Wild in Game 4 and has a chance at the league's Vezina Trophy
The size and judgment of Jets defensemen Dustin Byfuglien keep Wild players alert.
Back home as a gold medalist, Jessie Diggins rolled down Main Street in the back of a white pickup, the Olympic medalist reveled in Saturday's snowflakes as if they were nature's ticker tape.
The center ended last spring's brief postseason run in the hospital, where he was taken after a frightening headfirst crash into the boards during a Game 5 loss to St. Louis.
The poise Spurgeon could offer the defensemen during the playoff series against the Jets would be a major lift to the Wild if he is able to suit up for Game 1 Wednesday at Winnipeg.
UMD's Blake Young played for the Battleford North Stars of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, of which Humboldt is a member
The Frozen Four's most outstanding player leaves it all on the ice for his last game
Language intrigue notwithstanding, Ivy Lu and Lexy Ramler are winners.
Thursday's victory moved the Bulldogs' record to 7-3 in those nail-biters. To get to the Frozen Four, they beat Minnesota State Mankato 3-2 in overtime and defeated Air Force 2-1 in the West Regional.
A lot of people can do the things Shane Wiskus does, but few can make it look so effortless
Wild expects Jordan Greenway to be huge (6-6) boost down stretch.
The Longhorns surged past California and Indiana in the closest finish in 16 years, scoring 449 points to beat the Bears (437.5) and the Hoosiers (422).
A strong final day lifted the Gophers to 67 points. Three individuals — Conner McHugh, Bowe Becker and Nick Yang — advanced to the championship or consolation finals.
Indiana, 50 years after era of swimming dominance, is poised to win title again.
He came back from a foot injury and a three-month break to win on the 3-meter board.
Florida star Caeleb Dressel won his fourth title in the 50-yard freestyle in 17.6 seconds, a laughably fast time.
He finished behind winner Caeleb Dressel of Florida and Ryan Held of North Carolina State.
North Carolina State relay, leadoff Indiana swimmer stun.
Junior Bowe Becker started swimming to battle rheumatoid arthritis; now he's world-class.
The Afton gold medalist took second in the season-ending race as well.
The U.S. women beat Canada 3-2 for the Olympic gold medal in a shootout at Gangneung Hockey Centre, riding a stout performance from goaltender Maddie Rooney of Andover and the pond-hockey chops of North Dakota's Lamoureux twins.
South Korea concluded one of the most efficient Games in recent memory Sunday.
Jessie Diggins, who won a gold medal Wednesday in the team sprint, fell on the first lap on the 30-kilometer race and found herself playing catch-up the rest of the way.
Athletes from this pocket of the world did the U.S. proud, and they have the medals to prove it
The upset continued a remarkable roll for Team Shuster, the Minnesota-rich men's team was left for dead last weekend after staggering through two losses that dropped its record to 2-4
Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall captured gold in the women's team sprint. The medal was only the second ever won by a U.S. cross-country skier at the Winter Games and the first gold.
The women's team won twice while the men's team edged Canada to stay alive.
The Afton skier isn't focusing on the hardware, but instead on the best finishes ever for U.S.
Too many jumps, too few rivalries have eroded interest in Games' glamour sport.
Nina Roth's last stone settles it in a 7-6 victory.
Only three round-robin games remain for the Americans to try and scramble back into contention.
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.
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.
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.
The Russians won the group in pool play, earning a bye into the medal-round quarterfinals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 from Minnesota and Wisconsin are chasing the same dream.
She has made major strides since the 2014 Olympics, which she hopes to show in Tuesday's classic sprint at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.
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.
Afton's Jessie Diggins dreams big, with sights set on becoming the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing.
After two Winter Games that were glaringly short on winter, Minnesota's athletes say bring it on.
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 crew has been here before, but that doesn't limit the nerves or keep it from trying something new.
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.
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.
Three top-eight finishes in the World Cup of cross-country skiing earned Jessie Diggins another spot the on U.S. team.
St. Cloud State defenseman Will Borgen is one of five with state ties named to the team.
Gigi Marvin will be playing in her third Olympics; Lee Stecklein and Amanda Kessel are headed for their second. All are former Gophers.
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
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.
Those who missed singles cut can try again in mixed doubles, a fast-paced, aggressive counterpart to traditional curling.
Maddie Rooney is among three goaltenders on the 26-member U.S. team, which will face Canada on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center.
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.
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.
Last rock ties Team Roth in best-of-three playoffs.
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.
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.
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.
Cory Christensen's team brings youth to the ice - she's 22 - but also a strong competitive mind-set.
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.
Charlie Lindgren, who played for Lakeville North and St. Cloud State, became the toast of Montreal by going 2-0 last week.
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.
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.
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