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Christina Long

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Pete Gorton’s mission is to uncover the history and share the story of Negro League pitching great John Wesley Donaldson. Here he held a copy of a p

The untold history of John Donaldson: 400 wins, 5,000 strikeouts, and forced to sleep on the ground

Pete Gorton's research shed a light on Donaldson, one of the top Black pitchers of the 20th century, for now his legacy resides in a basement in New Brighton.
Layshia Clarendon, left, and her Lynx teammates were introduced before a game on July 7.

Lynx guard Clarendon thrives on the court while embracing many roles

The Lynx are on the fast track to the WNBA playoff in large thanks to trailblazing athlete Layshia Clarendon.
World Golf Hall of Famer Juli Inkster, who won the Land O’Lakes Legends Classic on Saturday, shown during the first round Friday.

Juli Inkster wins Land O'Lakes Legends Classic

The Hall of Famer closed with a 67 to win the event at the Meadows at Mystic Lake.
Suni Lee, shown in September 2019, trains at Midwest Gymnastics Center.

Want to be like Suni? Minnesota gymnastics leaders watching for interest spike

Suni Lee is inspiring others after winning three medals, including a gold in the all-around competition and Sunday morning's bronze on the uneven bars.
Left fielder Brent Rooker dove for a fly ball in the top of the ninth inning but could not hold it in the Twins’ 17-14 loss to the Tigers at Target

Twins blast seven home runs, but still lose to Tigers 17-14

Ryan Jeffers and Miguel Sano both homer twice, but starter J.A. Happ gives up nine runs to Detroit.
Miguel Sano hit a pair of home runs for the Twins on Wednesday.

Twins' 17-14 loss has a bit of history

It's the first time a team has outhomered an opponent by seven and still lost.
Delaney Schnell and Jessica Parratto, right, posed with their silver medals Tuesday in Tokyo.

Minnesota parent-coaches celebrate bronze and silver, but get little sleep

Mike and Amy Parratto cheered on star student Regan Smith before rooting their daughter, Jessica, at the Tokyo Olympics — all before swim team practice back home.
When Byron Buxton has been healthy this season, he’s been one of the best talents in baseball. Unfortunately he’s missed 74 games.

After talks break down, Buxton insists he wants to stay with Twins

Speaking at Target Field before Monday's game against the Tigers, Byron Buxton said he wanted to stay with the Twins, who selected him No. 2 overall in the 2012 draft.
Max Kepler reacted after he hit an RBI single in the 10th inning that scored Kenta Maeda to top the Tigers.

Kepler delivers 10th-inning walkoff single as Twins outlast Tigers

Alex Colome gave up a tying two-run homer in the ninth inning after Taylor Rogers left because of an injury.
Chase Petty made his way to the stage after being selected by the Twins on July 11.

Twins sign first-round pick Chase Petty for $2.5 million

The New Jersey high school standout had committed to play for Florida, but will now start his pro career.
Minnesota United midfielder Emanuel Reynoso, left, celebrated with Chase Gasper after the Loons took a 2-1 lead against Portland on Saturday night.

Two late goals lift Minnesota United to 2-1 victory over Portland

The Loons squandered one opportunity after another before striking in the 75th and 85 minutes.
Apple Valley’s Riptide Swim Club went to Omaha last month to back Regan Smith’s quest to the Tokyo Olympics.

Regan Smith puts her young swim club on the map

The Lakeville swimmer is the first Olympian to come out of Riptide Swim Club since it opened in 2012. She's created quite a fan club.
Portland’s Jeremy Ebobisse left his feet to play a ball against Minnesota United FC on June 26, the last time the Timbers and Loons met.

Gameday preview: Minnesota United vs. Portland

The Loons play the Timbers on Saturday night at Allianz Field.
Minnesota United defender Romain Metanire

Minnesota United's defense nearly intact for Saturday's Portland match

Romain Metanire and Michael Boxall could both be back in the lineup, with the Loons coming off a big win against Seattle.
Minnesota United midfielder Hassani Dotson (31)

Loons ride wave from Seattle win, prepare for rematch with Portland, Chara

The Loons were back at training Tuesday for the first time since their 1-0 victory over Seattle, and the feeling was much different than last week.
Megan Schultze, Coon Rapids girls’ swimming, senior, 2020-21. Submitted photo

Record-breaking, award-winning Coon Rapids girls' swimmer tears it up in the classroom, too

Megan Schultze, a National Merit Scholar when she's not in the pool, is the winner of the Star Tribune All-Metro Sports Student First Award.
Anthony Edwards

Wolves bringing Edwards back to Minnesota for injury evaluation

Coach Chris Finch said Anthony Edwards would be here later this week to be "properly assessed" after getting hurt during a practice in Las Vegas.
Henry Shannon III is the recipient of the Star Tribune All-Metro Sports Courage in Competition Award.

After his mom died, Eastview player did what she would have wanted

'I just flourished,'' said Henry Shannon III. recipient of the Star Tribune All-Metro Sports Courage in Competition Award. His route from B team to varsity to Division II scholarship player is uncommon.
Allie Murphy

All-Metro Sports Awards: Edina's Murphy brought race issues to the forefront

Motivated by reading stories of players at schools around the country being barred from speaking out, Edina's Allie Murphy decided to bring the movement to her basketball team. Her efforts earned Murphy the Star Tribune All-Metro Sports Difference Maker Award.
Trevor Larnach

Twins' rookie corps steps in because of injuries, and make the most of it

The Twins on Friday started three rookies in 23-year-old right fielder Alex Kirilloff, 24-year-old left fielder Trevor Larnach and 23-year-old catcher Ben Rortvedt.
Kenta Maeda pitches against the Tigers at Target Field on Friday

High socks, high marks: Maeda's second straight strong start helps Twins beat Tigers

Kenta Maeda's wardrobe on Friday functioned fine, with with five more scoreless innings at Target Field leading the way for a second consecutive Twins win over Detroit.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli pulled starting pitcher Michael Pineda from the mound after White Sox third baseman Jake Burger hit an RBI double in the

Pineda struggles in return, Lynn foils former teammates as White Sox trip Twins

Michael Pineda, back from the IL, gave up 12 hits, the most he's allowed in his 10 big-league seasons, in a 6-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Target Field.
Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson, who has missed the past four games because of a strained right hamstring, could return to the lineup Thursday agai

Injured Twins third baseman Donaldson nearing return

Josh Donaldson has missed four games because of a hamstring strain.
Michael Pineda

Michael Pineda activated, Griffin Jax sent to St. Paul as Twins face White Sox

The teams meet at noon with former Twin Lance Lynn pitching for Chicago
Minnesota United FC extends unbeaten streak with a draw against San Jose

Minnesota United FC extends unbeaten streak with a draw against San Jose

The run reached seven games with the help of reserves, who scored both Loons goals.
Minnesota United’s Franco Fragapane hit the ball wide during the second half against San Jose on Saturday.

Jukka Raitala and Robin Lod return to Minnesota United from Finland

Raitala started at right back, while Lod was not available.
Song Yang, Metro Badminton Player of the Year, posed for a portrait outside Johnson High School in St. Paul. ] LEILA NAVIDI • leila.navidi@startribu

Badminton passion rekindled, St. Paul Johnson's Song Yang reaches the top

The Star Tribune Metro Badminton Player of the Year nearly quit the sport amid the pandemic, then led her school to the team championship and won the singles title.
Kenta Maeda had been scheduled to pitch Saturday vs. Cleveland, but when that game was rained out the Twins pushed him back to Monday instead.

Twins-White Sox series preview

The Twins (33-43), 11-8 in their past 19 games, are 16-20 in road games.
Former Gophers soccer player Maddie Castro shot to sink Andrea Yoch into the dunk tank at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. On Sunday, Yoch was announced

Women's soccer coming with 'pre-professional' team, women-led ownership group

With her experience as a former Minnesota United executive, team president Andrea Yoch believes Minnesota will embrace a team in the new 'W League.'