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The legendary North High boys' basketball coach keeps replaying the video of George Floyd in his mind. "That could've been me. That could've been my son. That could've been any of my players."
Willie Mitchell, the tough ex-Wild player who appeared in 900-plus games over 15 NHL seasons, is now part owner of a resort on Vancouver Island.
College athletes will start returning to campus for workouts in two weeks and universities increasingly have pledged to resume in-person classes this fall.
As a 10-year-old with brain cancer, Mia Gerold formed a bond with the Gophers football team and former coach Jerry Kill. At 19, she has a new relationship with the U.
Tarek Tomes' pandemic mission hits close to the heart.
Reading through baseball's 67-page manual for starting the season is a blunt reminder that "Game on!" will be far more complex than simply telling fans to stay home.
Former Gophers great Trent Tucker shared a locker room with Michael Jordan for one season, 1992-93, the final act of the Bulls' first championship three-peat.
Mounting revenue loss will force athletic departments to make decisions they fear most. Do they maintain the same number of sports but reduce spending ? Or do they make the tough choice of elimination?
Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren took an important step in accomplishing that objective leaguewide by unveiling a new initiative in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month.
Starting with a Mississippi junket to lasso Brett Favre and ending with torn stadium roof, a weird season kept getting weirder.
Allowing athletes to benefit from their names and images in a way that can be monitored by compliance offices will not ruin college sports.
Games in empty venues without fans might represent the first step for some sports. But that model doesn't work for college football for some very simple reasons.
To no surprise, the Vikings drafted two cornerbacks with their first four picks and three in the top eight. Mike Zimmer must nurture development in a group of youngsters, with no formal offseason very likely.
The Vikings had an impressive first night of the NFL draft. Rick Spielman likely needs to find three immediate starters from this draft class. That's a tall order under normal circumstances. Nothing is normal right now.
Overcast skies, 44 degrees, gusty wind. Folks in other states call this football weather. In Minnesota, it's golf season, and a little spring chill probably felt like Malibu.
The Minnesota Allied Golf Association provided this guide for playing golf under the current conditions.
Sports executives are busy sorting through scenarios that would allow games to start again. They're trying to piece together timelines without an expiration date. How will ticket holders respond?
It was Karl-Anthony Towns' most impactful act as a member of the Wolves because his video has been viewed nearly 2 million times in the face of a global crisis.
Baseball is a communal activity for all ages. But for many senior citizens, a ballgame often serves as a primary social connection or simply a lovely way to pass the time.
The COVID-19 pandemic already has taken a bite out of sports revenue in universities across the country. If it lingers long enough to eradicate the football season, colleges will face difficult decisions.
Throughout Minnesota on Monday night, high school stadiums and athletic fields were illuminated -- many of them for 20 minutes and 20 seconds -- in a show of support for spring athletes, seniors and communities where the pandemic has altered lives.
Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck, never one to sit still for long, is making the most of being quarantined to his home during a vital part of the offseason. "We are a very creative staff," he said.
The coronavirus outbreak is turning the draft process into a throwback way of doing business. Coaches and scouts are having to trust their eyes and judge a player by how he performed in games.
Michael Lehan and Astein Osei mold young minds as school administrators in the metro area.
They know that staying home is necessary because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is something comforting about being alone in a basketball gym, shooting in silence.
These are strange days, but the Gophers athletic director does his best dealing with them.
If the Vikings don't have a mobile quarterback skilled at making something out of nothing, they'd better have a stalwart line that insulates him.
Quick response might have saved the life of Brayden Weber at the state championships last weekend.
The schools have more minority students enrolled than white students, with 48 languages spoken in its classrooms. Through the changes, two colors have united the town: The red and white of the Austin Packers.
Wild general manager Bill Guerin was unable to swing any deals before the NHL trade deadline, but he's already made his intentions clear through his actions. Time to tear it down.
The Gophers failed to execute in a doomsday five-minute stretch that should be used as an instructional video on how not to handle crunch time.
The nation's No. 1-ranked player is a humble sensation in local gyms and on social media.
Shrewd. Aggressive. Unemotional. The courage to address a glaring problem by sacrificing something that feels familiar or safe is a refreshing change.
The Big Ten reportedly submitted a proposal to the NCAA supporting a one-time transfer exemption that would allow athletes in every sport to change schools without sitting out a year.
The Wolves changed out a large chunk of their roster, but where did it get them? Is this it? There must be more moves coming because this is a mess.
Do the Vikings continue with a high-priced QB or do they roll the dice with the youthful route?
The former Gophers star became friends with the late Lakers great.
Will St. Thomas be able to to jump directly to Division I without a pit stop at Division II? This interim period has created a weird dynamic in courting the next wave of players.
Electronic sign stealing will become MLB's new steroids nightmare if what happened in Houston wasn't an isolated instance involving a rogue organization. Baseball's integrity is at stake.
The departure of star Destiny Pitts shows that just because Lindsay Whalen the basketball player is a beloved icon in Minnesota doesn't mean Lindsay Whalen the coach will be immune to tough times.
Coach Mike Zimmer's nonnegotiable style of play, shortcomings in current personnel and a looming decision on running back Dalvin Cook's future. All are tied to the offensive line.
There was nothing fancy about Saturday's demolition: One team ran the ball at will. One team ran into a wall.
The defensive line applied pressure to Drew Brees, while the offensive line gave Kirk Cousins time to throw.
Against Auburn's vaunted defense, the Gophers offense piled up nearly 500 yards.
P.J. Fleck's mind-set in facing Auburn should differ from what happened under Jerry Kill in 2015 when Minnesota last played in a bowl game on New Year's Day.
Mike Zimmer on Sunday made the right strategic move in resting most of his starters, even though his offense looked unprepared for the postseason in a prime-time loss to the Packers a week ago.
The Gophers have the player they want at QB going forward, and he should rank among the best in college football next season.
Remember when defense was the primary concern of Vikings fans? On Monday, the offense put forth a performance that was nothing short of putrid. Just amazingly inept.
Todd Hoffner was fired after being arrested on child pornography charges that turned out to be unfounded. Now he's back and his Minnesota State Mankato football team is playing for a national title on Saturday.
There's still time for the Twins to the kind of signing or bold trade that causes the rest of baseball to take notice and lets fans know that the organization really is all-in to win.
Perception. Visibility. A chance to notch a win against a respected opponent. That's ahead for the Gophers in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day.
Gophers football has carried a fatalistic persona for too long. A well-earned persona established through heartbreak, flops and outright nonsense. But now the program has energy it must sustain.
Wisconsin left no doubt which side boasts the superior team in the 129th meeting of border rivals
Perhaps it's hyperbole to label Saturday the most important game in program history, but the Gophers haven't played in the Rose Bowl since 1962, so this represents the biggest moment since the glory days.
Tanner Morgan manages the game efficiently but not in the insulting manner that the label suggests. He's a conductor who makes a balanced offense hum by maximizing its star power at skill positions.
Here's a hint: The Gophers players care little about their individual stats compared to team success.
It was failure at the worst possible moments at Kinnick Stadium, and the U did not look like a team that started off 9-0.
Fleck walked into his interview carrying a basket filled with binders that had the Gophers logo on the front cover and "Minnesota Gophers" on the spine. Then he laid out his coaching vision in a Fleckian TED Talk.
Coach P.J. Fleck hears the same adjective used by rival coaches and other outsiders to describe his offense: Simple. Fleck insists he is not annoyed by that opinion.
Largely ignored nationally before Saturday because of their strength of schedule, the Gophers stood up and made people take notice.
Tanner Morgan and Sean Clifford were promised only an opportunity to compete for starting jobs at their respective schools.
A legitimate big game under a national spotlight, which, for those new to Gophers football, happens every half-century or so. Or so it seems.
Looking to assign blame for Sunday's loss? In all four phases of the game at Kansas City, the Vikings fell short.
Matt Moore or Patrick Mahomes? That's a fairly significant question for the Chiefs hanging over Sunday's game with the Vikings. And one that likely won't be answered until 90 minutes before kickoff.
Timberwolves followers have witnessed coach Ryan Saunders in the role of good cop for years. But how he would handle moments calling for stern action was an unknown entering this season
By throttling Maryland, the Gophers checked another box to set up a Nov. 9 showdown with Penn State, the biggest home game for the program since Michigan came to town on a Friday night in 2003.
Apparently, reasonable people who love hockey and make an emotional investment in the Wild would cheer a terrible season if the tradeoff is the NHL's No. 1 draft pick.
Minnesota United's debut appearance in the Major League Soccer playoffs should be viewed as an opportunity lost. A new standard now guides every decision.
The Gophers had a ragged start offensively but were never in danger of joining Wisconsin's plight before sprinting away in the second half.
The Gophers are 9-1 since Joe Rossi took over as defensive coordinator last year, while Rutgers has been outscored 165-7 in four Big Ten games so far.
Vikings players deserve credit for feasting on an Eagles defense that had vulnerable areas, but offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski's plan was a winner by being both creative and aggressive.
The Gophers stood up and stood tall in delivering a mature performance that felt like a fork in the road. Big game, important moment and they pounced like a tiger stalking prey.
In a bleak Twin Cities sports scene, the Gophers have a legitimate chance to start 8-0 and expand their following at a time when Minnesota sports fans could use a boost.
Jake Odorizzi supplied five solid innings that would have looked better if not for a defensive misplay and a solo home run that cleared the wall by inches.
The abundance of praise directed at the Gophers wide receiver corps the first month of the season was well-earned. Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks proved Saturday they aren't too shabby themselves.