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U women's hoops: How does the incoming recruiting class stack up?
Lindsay Whalen's third season as head coach is an important one, and she'll have several new players who should get significant playing time right away.
Canterbury mailbag: How do I get an invitation to the track?
A couple of questions about access to Canterbury Park, which is being tightly controlled because of the pandemic.
Golf mailbag: How much have you missed watching pro golf?
The PGA Tour returns to action Thursday in Fort Worth, Tex., at the Charles Schwab Challenge. We wondered how much you missed watching the pros play.
Title-winning coaches: One says he failed, another sees 'blessing' in sports shutdown
A Hall of Fame soccer coach from Concordia College called himself out in a 1,000-word essay about racism while the men's basketball coach at St. Thomas found a blessing in the near complete shutdown of sports.
Pandemic football audible: What if Gophers played North Dakota State?
If the college football schedule is thrown into disarray by COVID-19 based travel restrictions, could Minnesota and North Dakota State put on a hastily planned game (or two)?
The Last Dance: Series ends, Jordan's search for acceptance goes on
Michael Jordan found peace on the basketball court, but the questions remain about whether he's ever really found peace away from the game.
U women's hoops mailbag: Any in-state recruits on the 2021 horizon?
The Gophers have two Minnesotans committed from the Class of 2021, and are looking at others, including a star center from Farmington.
Gophers baseball/softball mailbag: What's the outlook for 2021?
Both teams had their seasons cut short this year, but both are well-stocked for next year.
Golf mailbag: Sharing your feelings about socially distanced golf
After a month of hitting the course with modified rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we took your temperature about what it's like playing this way.
Canterbury mailbag: Shouldn't racing without spectators be a sure thing?
Horses are arriving at the race track in Shakopee and people have an assortment of questions about what's going to happen next.
'The Last Dance,' In tragedy and defeat, Michael Jordan finds himself
The death of Michael Jordan's father, James, sends him on a journey away from the game of basketball, followed by a failure that fuels his second stint with the Bulls.
'The Last Dance,' Parts V and VI: Do you really want to be like Mike? It's a fair question
As Michael Jordan reaches international superstardom, the world starts encroaching on his personal life and the image he has created. How would you handle that?
'The Last Dance,' Parts III and IV: Rodman steals the show just by being Rodman
ESPN's The Last Dance will ultimately be the story of Michael Jordan. But what a blessing that we were given both Jordan and Dennis Rodman on the same team in 1998, with the cameras rolling.
Golf mailbag: Will 3M Open really happen? And how was your game?
There are a lot of variables that go into putting on a pro golf tournament. What needs to fall into place for the 3M Open to go on as planned?
40 years ago: A memorable Twins and North Stars doubleheader
On April 22, 1980, a fan could watch the Twins win their home opener in 90-degree heat and watch the North Stars take on Montreal in the Stanley Cup playoffs. That's what Jerry Zgoda did.
U women's hoops mailbag: How deep will Gophers' rotation be?
Coach Lindsay Whalen will have more options than she did last season, with freshmen and transfers adding depth at every position.
'The Last Dance,' Parts I and II: Remember all we forgot about Michael Jordan
The first two segments of Jason Hehir's 10-part documentary covering the Chicago Bulls' 1997-98 championship run have story lines to spare.
Gophers welcome 25 who hope to make a splash
The Gophers announced their full incoming swimming and diving classes on Wednesday. Both on the men's and women's side, they are talented and from many places.
U women's tennis had best start in more than 40 years before season's halt
The Gophers had a nine-match winning streak and were undefeated at home before the coronavirus pandemic ended their season.
Golf mailbag: Would you play right now? And where would you play?
In this mailbag, things are a little different: You provided the answers to questions posed by golf writer Jerry Zgoda.
U sports mailbag: Time to recognize women's gymnastics success?
A question about the contract status of the women's gymnastics staff and athletes who made an impact in the short spring season.
U women's hoops mailbag: What does Whalen's 2020-21 team look like?
One thing we can say with some certainty: The Gophers will be much deeper in the post than they have been in Whalen's first two seasons. But what are their tournament chances?
Looking back at a Gophers softball season that ended too soon
Coming off a Women's College World Series appearance, Minnesota played a tough schedule and finished 15-9-1 with several impressive performances.
Coronavirus spoiled Division III swimming showdown between Minnesotans
Wentzel, who set a new D-III 200 breaststroke record, will be back next season for St. Catherine, but Kustritz was a senior this year for Denison in Ohio.
U softball's final non-conference tune-up weekend: Five things to know
The Gophers have taken their losses while playing a tough schedule and aren't that far off from last season's pace.
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