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University of North Dakota to cut women's hockey program

The University of North Dakota is cutting its women's hockey program..

The Herald is reporting "News of the elimination of the women's hockey program came shortly before the school announced its athletic department restructuring plans. The cuts are part of a school-wide effort to trim budgets because of an anticipated drop in state funding."

UND is also cutting its men's and women's swimming teams.

The full Herald report is here.

The women's hockey program started in 2002 and, after some struggles, received a boost when twin sisters Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux transferred to UND after playing for one season at Minnesota.

Eight UND players, including the Lamoureux sisters, played for three different countries during the 2014 Olympics in Russia and as many as 10 members of the current roster are thought to be candidates for the 2018 games, according to the Herald.

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, who is now the team's strength and conditioning coach, tweeted her displeasure with the news and the way it came out. Her sister is a volunteer assistant with the team.

Come back to startribune.com later for more on this story.

Anonymous MLB scouts demolish Twins in SI baseball preview

Normally, journalists greatly preferred named sources to anonymous ones. In this case, however, Sports Illustrated opted to let scouts express their thoughts freely by asking them to offer what it calls "their honest -- and anonymous -- assessment" of all 30 major league teams for its baseball preview edition.

The Twins did not fare well. The comments in the fat paragraphs about each team are filled with ellipses, which we'll assume means that they came from an assortment of scouts.

We'll use bullet points to highlight five of their most damning Twins assessments:

*They gave Jason Castro a lot of money to be their front-line (catcher). They had a good defensive catcher in Kurt Suzuki and let him walk. I would rather have Suzuki than Castro.

*The Twins used to have success developing guys who didn't throw hard but could command the fastball. Now they don't throw hard and they have no command,

*Jose Berrios still hasn't turned the corner. I'm unimpressed by his ability to command the fastball.

*Joe Mauer's health is in question, like always. He's an opposite-field hitter now. If there's a man on third, he'll get him home. Period.

*This team has a good chance to be the worst in the league.

Here's the full report, as well as thoughts on the other 29 MLB teams, who generally fare better.


 

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