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Gophers
July 1
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Sports cancellations starting to pile up among small colleges

Eleven Division III schools have announced they won't field teams during fall semester. More decisions will be made in the next few weeks.
Gophers
June 30
Former Gophers coach Jerry Kill has now conquered the coronavirus, too

Former Gophers coach Jerry Kill has now conquered the coronavirus, too

The former Gophers football coach, who is now a special assistant at TCU and has battled an assortment of health issues, contracted the virus while going out to dinner.
Twins
June 18
The grounds crew cut the grass at Target Field earlier this year.

Baseball's labor battle: Ten things to know about the ongoing drama

If you're a baseball fan, this week has probably played heavily on your emotions. Here are 10 questions about the latest in the negotiations to help sort out things.
Gophers
June 12
Gopher coach Lindsay Whalen

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.
Sports
June 12

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
June 10

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.
Gophers
June 9
The 2003 Concordia College soccer team. Coach Jim Cella is in the top right on the right.

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.
Gophers
May 29
North Dakota State defensive back Marcus Williams (1), who played high school football for Hopkins, scored after a pass interception against the Gophe

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)?
Wolves
May 18
Michael Jordan pours bubbly on Dennis Rodman inside the locker room after winning the NBA title on June 14, 1998.

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.
Gophers
May 14
U women's hoops mailbag: Any in-state recruits on the 2021 horizon?

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
May 13
Gophers baseball/softball mailbag: What's the outlook for 2021?

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
May 12
Golfers practice putting at Braemar Golf Course in Edina.

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.
Sports
May 12
Canterbury Park could open for horse racing without live fans. But Minnesota residents won't be able to bet on the races via computer or phone the 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.
Wolves
May 11
Michael Jordan serves his father, James, right, a slice of birthday cake while his mother, Deloris watches during a party in honor of Jordan's 26th bi

'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.
Wolves
May 4

'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?
Wolves
April 27
Dennis Rodman added toughness, and weirdness, to the Chicago Bulls when he played for them from 1995-98. His story is a major theme of The Last Dance,

'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
April 22
Superintendent Brandon Gauster placed a pin flag for the 10th green, complete with an addition so the ball doesn't fall all the way in the hole, as he

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?
Twins
April 22
40 years ago: A memorable Twins and North Stars doubleheader

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.
Gophers
April 21
Gopher coach Lindsay Whalen

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.
Wolves
April 20
'The Last Dance,' Parts I and II: Remember all we forgot about Michael Jordan

'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
April 16

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.
Gophers
April 14

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
April 8
Keller Golf Course in Maplewood.

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.
Gophers
April 7
University of Minnesota fans cheer on the women's gymnastics team.

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.
Gophers
April 7
Improving Klarke Sconiers is expected to give the Gophers a boost at center in 2020-21.

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?