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Sports
August 23

How we answer: Is that a front-page story?

From The Sports Editor's Desk: Ever wonder why a story landed on the front page of a Sports section? It might have been a 'mix' thing.
Wolves
August 20
Reeve, Brunson defend ex-Lynx announcer after suspension for tweeting slur

Reeve, Brunson defend ex-Lynx announcer after suspension for tweeting slur

John Focke was suspended this week by the Charlotte Hornets for tweeting a racist slur during an NBA playoff game. Cheryl Reeve and Rebekkah Brunson have come to his defense.
Twins
August 10
As heard on TV: Twins audio guy spills secrets of sound in an empty ballpark

As heard on TV: Twins audio guy spills secrets of sound in an empty ballpark

Among the challenges has been making baseball sound as normal as possible. That's where Chris Tveitbakk of Fox Sports North is a big-time player.
Blogs
August 9
Minnesota and Penn State played in front of a sellout crowd last season at TCF Bank Stadium.

Report: Big Ten presidents meeting tonight on fate of football, all fall sports

Yahoo Sports reported that a session on Saturday showed "there was a strong majority – but not unanimous – in support of canceling the season." Another call was reportedly taking place tonight.
Gophers
August 5
Former Minnesota head coach Marlene Stollings confers with guard Kenisha Bell (23) during a game against Ohio State in 2018.

Report: Texas Tech players describe 'toxic culture' under former U coach Stollings

The former Gophers women's basketball coach is the subject of an report published by USA Today headlined: "Texas Tech women's basketball players describe toxic culture: 'Fear, anxiety and depression.'"
Twins
July 24
Cardinals fans had suspicions about the Metrodome in 1987.

Twins and fake noise: Still in state of denial about World Series rumbling

Back when the Twins won the World Series in 1987, crowd noise was a front-and-center topic. And legendary broadcaster Al Michaels hasn't been shy about sharing his suspicions.
High Schools
July 1
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And the winner of Minnesota's best high school nickname contest is ...

Started as a way to fill the void in the spring's lack of high school sports, the Minnesota State High School League's nickname challenge gave its followers a shining month of fun.
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.