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Gophers volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon watched freshman outside hitter McKenna Wucherer during practice in March.

How the Gophers rewire the nation's top volleyball recruits

Three of the nation's top prep players enrolled at the University of Minnesota this spring and got right to work, learning coach Hugh McCutcheon's formula for success. It meant forgetting everything they knew about the sport that has dominated their lives.
Anthony Edwards celebrated with fans at Target Center during Game 3 against Memphis.

In Timberwolves history, just getting to Game 6 is monumental

Tonight, the Wolves will match the franchises second-longest postseason run. They have never won a Game 6, but they have never played a Game 6 at home.
A worker helps erect a red carpet and stage in front of the Bellagio hotel-casino during setup for the NFL football draft.

With 12th pick in the first round, 12 predictions on who Vikings will take

Will the Vikings fill a need with one of the high profile defensive backs? Or will they go for a former Minnesota high school star? Or maybe a trade?
Crews installed a replica of the women’s NCAA championship trophy in front of Target Center.

Star Tribune Final Four HQ: Tap here for all the stories

From sights and sounds around Minneapolis to game coverage and feature stories, everything you need to follow the women's Final Four is right here.
Annie Adamczak, in 1982

Adamczak-Glavan was always high level; she's still going higher

The former multi-sport star at Moose Lake and All-America standout in volleyball at Nebraska has fused the love of her family with a lifetime of sports.
Carrie Tollefson is one of the most successful runners in Minnesota history.

Tollefson has no plans to stop being a pacesetter

Legendary cross-country and track runner and now marathoner Carrie Tollefson is happy to be a 'mommy first,' but that's not stopping her from blazing new trails.
July 10, 1999: Briana Scurry blocked a penalty shootout kick by China’s Ying Liu during the Women’s World Cup Final at the Rose Bowl.

Scurry has always inspired, but she needed help to live her dreams

Former Anoka High School star Briana Scurry is one of the greatest goaltenders in the history of American soccer, but that's only part of the successful story of her life.
Krissy Wendell-Pohl practiced with the Wild in 2017

With no clear path, Wendell-Pohl followed her passion to show the way

One of the greatest hockey players of all-time didn't have the benefit of following a path for her groundbreaking success, because it didn't exist.
The 2021 Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame inductees (clockwise from top left): Maya Moore, Annie Adamczak Glavan, Carrie Tollefson, Brianna Scurry, Linds

50 years into Title IX, Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame's special class: eight women

The eight inductees into the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2021 changed our understanding of sports on a local, national and global level.
Suni Lee stretched with her Auburn Tigers teammates in December of 2021.

Suni Lee details battle with imposter syndrome after gold medal win

In an interview with ESPN, the St. Paul native and Olympic gymnastics all-around champion said she's felt immense pressure to prove her worth as a freshman at Auburn.
Want to buy Mike Zimmer's home? It's on the market for almost $2 million

Want to buy Mike Zimmer's home? It's on the market for almost $2 million

The ex-Vikings coach's 8,887-square-foot home in Inver Grove Heights was built in 2005 and has five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a seven-car garage plus dozens of amenities.
Minnesotans Dani Cameranesi (top left), John Shuster (bottom left), Jessie Diggins (center), Brock Faber (top right) and Tabitha Peterson (bottom righ

Coming Thursday: 24 hours, 25 Minnesota Olympians in action at the Beijing Games

Over the 24 hours of February 10 in Central time, Jessie Diggins, the U.S. men's and women's hockey teams, and the U.S. men's and women's curling teams will be competing at the Winter Olympics.
A Gophers men’s basketball game against Purdue on Feb. 2 was played at Williams Arena under a vaccine mandate.

University of Minnesota ends COVID-19 vaccine mandate at indoor events

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination had been mandated at Gophers games since Jan. 26, that requirement will be removed starting Thursday.
Coach Bill Fitch gave instructions to Gopher captains Larry Overskei, center, and Larry Mikan in 1969.

Bill Fitch, former Gophers coach and an NBA champion, dies at 89

Fitch started his coaching career in the Midwest, including two years with the Gophers, before a Hall of Fame career in the pros. In 1996, he was named one of the top 10 NBA coaches of all-time.
New Zealand’s Margaux Hackett jumped at the Big Air Shougang in Beijing during the FIS Big Air World Cup in 2019. The venue will host the first free

What's new in Beijing: Freeski big air, monobob join Olympics

There will be a record 109 events at the 2022 Winter Games starting this week, including seven new events with a continued focus on mixed-gender teams.
Fans watched Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves face the Warriors at Target Center on Sunday with a mask mandate back in effect.

Towns applauds Minneapolis' vaccine mandate at Target Center

Karl-Anthony Towns, who lost his mother to the coronavirus, said he highly recommends the vaccine but strongly believes in freedom of choice in America.
From Jan. 26 until Feb. 9, Gophers fans will have to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test within 72 hours to attend indoor

Updates: More on the COVID vaccine mandate and Twin Cities sports venues

The University of Minnesota announced its own guidelines for Minneapolis and outstate campuses; an outdoor World Cup qualifying soccer match at Allianz FIeld will fall under the St. Paul ordinance.
Fans attending Wild games at Xcel Energy Center will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 72

Minneapolis, St. Paul sports venues to require proof of vaccine or negative test

Fans attending indoor sports venues in the Twin Cities will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in the previous 72 hours.
Coach Glenn Caruso steered the Tommies to a third place finish in the Pioneer League in 2021.

St. Thomas football, building on Division I success, signs 28 players

The Tommies finished third in the Division I Pioneer League this season; Wednesday they announced a nationwide recruiting class that features players from 11 states.
Gophers standout Stephanie Samedy tipped the ball over the net against Wisconsin’s Julia Orzol on Saturday night in Madison, Wis.

Gophers swept out of NCAA Elite Eight volleyball by Wisconsin

Wisconsin defeated the Gophers in straight sets, 25-18, 26-24, 25-22 to advance to the volleyball Final Four in Columbus, Ohio, next week. It's the third consecutive trip for the Badgers.
Senior hitter Airi Miyabe has been everywhere during the Gophers run to the Elite Eight.

Gameday preview: Gophers volleyball vs. Wisconsin in the Elite Eight

The two border rivals will meet for a third time this season. The Badgers won the first two matches, but the most recent went five sets.
The last time Minnesota faced Wisconsin, they lost in five tense sets at Maturi Pavilion in Novemeber.

Gophers-Badgers volleyball rivalry is epic — and stakes are highest ever

The two programs have never met in the NCAA Tournament. They'll meet Saturday night in Madison with the winner going to the Final Four.
The Gophers surrounded CC McGraw (7) in celebration during Thursday’s NCAA tournament victory over Baylor in Madison, Wis.

With rally after rally, Gophers storm back to beat Baylor in volleyball Sweet 16

Minnesota trailed Baylor in the fourth and fifth sets, stringing together points in both for a comeback victory and a Saturday night Border Battle with Wisconsin for a spot in the Final Four.
The Gophers celebrated after winning a point against Stanford in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday at Maturi Pavilion.

Steeled from the start, U volleyball team gets Baylor rematch in Sweet 16

No. 12 Minnesota faces No. 5 Baylor on Thursday in the NCAA tournament — a rematch of a season-opening loss that began a process of development for the Gophers.
Wisconsin libero Lauren Barnes reacted enthusiastically while playing against the Gophers earlier this season.

Gameday preview: Gophers volleyball team reaches loaded regional semifinals

The Sweet 16 matchups in Madison, Wis., feature No. 12 seed Minnesota vs. No. 5 Baylor and No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 13 UCLA.
Gophers opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy leaps to spike the ball against Stanford during the first set Saturday night.

Gophers sweep their way into NCAA volleyball Sweet 16

Gophers hitters Stephanie Samedy (16 kills), Jenna Wenaas (14) and Airi Miyabe (11) were not just powerful but varied in their depth and angles of attack in defeating Stanford.
Gophers outside hitter Jenna Wenaas spikes the ball in the second set against South Dakota in the first round of the NCAA tournament

Gophers sweep South Dakota in NCAA volleyball; Stanford up next

Friday night's Gophers sweep set up a second-round matchup with the Cardinal that is more typically reserved for the final weekend of the tournament.
Melani Shaffmaster (5), Katie Myers (23) and Airi Miyabe (8) form a wall against Wisconsin earlier this season. The Gophers open the NCAA volleyball t

After midseason bonding, U opens NCAA tournament off strong finish

The Gophers are doing what was expected, opening the NCAA volleyball tournament tonight as the No. 12 overall seed. But it wasn't an easy road to get there.
Gophers libero CC McGraw was just named First Team All-Big Ten for the second time.

Gameday preview: NCAA volleyball tournament back at Maturi Pavilion

The Gophers first-round matchup with South Dakota has the regional headline, but the other half of the bracket features Iowa State facing nine-time NCAA champion Stanford.
Stephanie Samedy led the Big Ten in points and kills this season en route to her second consecutive Player of the Year award.

U's Samedy wins second straight Big Ten Player of the Year volleyball award

Stephanie Samedy is the first player in program history to win the award in two straight seasons. Libero CC McGraw was also named First Team All-Big Ten.
The Gophers and libero C.C. McGraw (red jersey) will host the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament at Maturi Pavilion.

Gophers volleyball earns No. 12 seed, will host first two rounds of NCAAs

The Gophers, back in the NCAA tournament for the seventh consecutive season, will face South Dakota in the first round. Stanford and Iowa State also will face off at Maturi Pavilion.
Gophers seniors Stephanie Samedy (10) and Katie Myers (23) will find out their seed for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.

Gophers volleyball enters Selection Sunday focused on themselves

Coach Hugh McCutcheon isn't getting caught up in RPI or rankings as the team prepares to learn its seed for the NCAA tournament next week.
Minnesota outside hitter Jenna Wenaas spiked the ball against Penn State earlier this season during a loss at Maturi Pavilion.

Gophers volleyball focused on final regular-season weekend

The NCAA tournament field will be announced this Sunday, but first Minnesota has key matchups at Penn State and Maryland to close out the Big Ten regular season.
Gophers senior Stephanie Samedy went up for a hit against Purdue at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday.

Big Ten volleyball title chase intensifies as Gophers face Wisconsin on Sunday

The conference has six teams within three games of each other atop the standings. All six are ranked in the top 15 nationally.
C.C. McGraw, shown facing Texas earlier this season, leads the Gophers with 396 digs on the season.

Gophers volleyball faces Purdue with Big Ten win streaks on the line

Minnesota has won six in a row in conference play, the Boilermarkers five straight, and both teams are jostling for position at the top of the Big Ten standings.
St. Thomas senior forward Kaia Porter (32) and coach Ruth Sinn will take the Tommies into Division I action on Wednesday at Wisconsin.

St. Thomas women's basketball leaps into D-I competition at Wisconsin

Tommies coach Ruth Sinn knows a thing or two about building a winner — she's been doing it at St. Thomas for 16 seasons. Now, she'll try to do it again.
The St. Thomas defense is the top ranked unit in the Pioneer League, allowing 10.8 points per game in conference play.

St. Thomas' dominant, league-leading defense faces its biggest test

The Tommies' fairytale inaugural Division I season is led by the No. 1 ranked defense in the Pioneer League. On Saturday they face Davidson's No. 1 ranked offense.
St. Thomas hasn’t lost at O’Shaughnessy Stadium since 2014.

St. Thomas tops Marist to extend home win streak, moves to 4-1 in Pioneer League

Hope Adebayo rushed for 191 yards and the Tommies defense gave up only 167 yards.
The Tommies celebrated during a 36-0 win over Butler in their first ever Pioneer League game in September.

St. Thomas football quickly turning heads in Pioneer League with solid play

The Tommies are 3-1 in conference play and continue to show that the jump from Division III to Division I wasn't too big for them.
Hamline head coach Chip Taylor (left) and Macalester interim head coach KiJuan Ware (right).

Hamline, Macalester making history when Black head coaches meet

The Pipers' Chip Taylor and the Scots' KiJuan Ware will lead their football teams on Saturday in the first game in MIAC history — in any sport — to feature two Black head coaches.
Toni Stone delighted students at Hayes Elementary School in Fridley in 1990. A new national play celebrates the unsung hero of the league.

New play honors Toni Stone, Rondo's trailblazing baseball great

From Rondo to professional baseball, the late Toni Stone persevered to pursue her passion.
A temporary placard marks Sid Hartman’s grave at the Minneapolis Jewish Cemetery.

One year after Sid's death, his assistant keeps the memories alive

Legendary columnist Sid Hartman died a year ago at age 100. His assistant, Jeff Day, says they still talk 'even if it is impossible to imagine being the driving force in a conversation with Sid.'
St. Thomas defensive lineman Brent Robley, shown here tackling Butler quarterback Bret Bushka, is second on the team with two sacks.

St. Thomas defense among the best so far in Pioneer League

The Tommies rank first in total defense and scoring defense through two conference games, and just as importantly, the offense is starting to catch up.
Hope Adebayo rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown last week in St. Thomas’ 36-0 win over Butler.

Preview: St. Thomas football visits struggling San Diego

The Tommies' first road game in the Pioneer League is against the Toreros, who have been the best team in the conference for a decade. But this year, they're 0-4.
O’Shaughnessy Stadium at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

St. Thomas campus preps for first Division I football home game

The campus attitude toward the team reflects what coach Glenn Caruso has seen from his players: A willingness to take on a new challenge.
St. Thomas quarterback Tommy Dolan (foreground)

St. Thomas faces a welcome-to-FCS moment Saturday at Northern Iowa

The Tommies are heavy underdogs heading into their first FCS game against the No. 18-ranked Panthers.
St. Thomas quarterback Tommy Dolan passed for 19 touchdowns in 2019.

Gameday preview: St. Thomas at Michigan Tech

The Tommies remained idle last week, while Michigan Tech opened at home with a 14-10 victory over Hillsdale College.
The St. Thomas football team practiced at O’Shaughnessy Stadium this month, preparing for its first Division I game Saturday.

Ready to make history, St. Thomas set for first taste of D-I football

On Saturday afternoon at Michigan Tech, the Tommies will turn the page on 115 years of Division III competition, 20 MIAC titles, and over 1,000 games played by making the leap to Division I.
Weggemann, shown here after finishing seond in the S7 50-meter butterfly, will bring home three medals from the Tokyo Games.

Eagan's Weggemann celebrates more than just Paralympic 'gold medal moments'

As Mallory Weggemann returns home from the Tokyo Games with three medals and two record-setting times, she says showing up every day is as important as the results.
Glenn Caruso led St. Thomas through a practice this week at O’Shaughnessy Stadium.

Ready to jump: Tommies study Pioneer League foes, eager for D-I opener

In its season after moving up from Division III, the Tommies football team will battle in the Pioneer League, where San Diego and Davidson are preseason favorites.
Mallory Weggemann, shown here swimming laps at the University of Minnesota ahead of the Tokyo Paralympics, will try to win a third gold medal.

'It's my baby': Eagan's Weggemann eyes third Paralympic gold, record

After winning gold medals in her classification in the 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter individual medley, Weggemann will race 50-meter butterfly Friday morning.
O’Shaughnessy Stadium will play host to the Tommies first Division I football season this fall.

St. Thomas announces radio deal with KSTP-AM for game broadcasts

The first broadcast will be the St. Thomas football opener at Michigan Tech on Sept. 11. Local radio veteran Corbu Stathes will call football and men's basketball.
Eagan’s Mallory Weggemann reacted after winning the women’s 200-meter individual medley in the SM7 classification at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Eagan's Weggemann has record-setting, gold medal day at Paralympics

Mallory Weggemann won gold in Tokyo with a dominant performance in the women's 200-meter individual medley, finishing over seven seconds ahead of the field.
Jay Lietzau's Canterbury Park Line for Tuesday

Jay Lietzau's Canterbury Park Line for Tuesday

Post time: 5 p.m. Lock of the day: Elegant Cricket (8th race). Value play of the day: Captain Drake (1st race). Big score: 50-cent Pick…
Cory Laylin, shown here during his playing days with the Minnesota Arctic Blast roller hockey team, is joining St. Thomas as an assistant coach.

Former U standout Laylin joins St. Thomas men's hockey coaching staff

St. Cloud native Cory Laylin had spent the past six seasons as the men's hockey coach at Hamline and played for the Gophers from 1988-92.
Carli Lloyd celebrated after scoring against Australia in the women’s bronze medal soccer match at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Allianz Field to host Carli Lloyd's final game for USWNT

The United States women's national soccer team will face South Korea on Oct. 26 in St. Paul.
Wolves guard Malik Beasley was allowed to finish out the 2020-2021 regular season before serving his prison sentence, which he completed on Tuesday.

Wolves guard Beasley completes sentence, released from jail

The 24-year-old guard served 78 days in the Wright County jail after pleading guilty to threats of violence in December.
Jalen Suggs scored 24 points for the Magic in his NBA debut on Monday night in Las Vegas.

Local NBA summer showcase: Suggs shines, Edwards seems just fine

Jalen Suggs' debut and Anthony Edwards' interview were two of several local highlights from NBA Summer League action on Monday.
Lower-deck fans were happy to come together for “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch late last month.

What about attending Target Field makes us forgive our differences?

The Twins open a nine-game homestand on Monday after a joyous seven-game homestand ended late last month. But why is it that we get along so well at sporting events?
Iconic images of Minnesota athletes at the Olympic Games abound.

What is Minnesota's greatest Olympic sports moment?

The Tokyo Summer Games brought iconic gold medal victories for Minnesota athletes. There have been others. So what's the best of all time?
Dan Gable, shown here coaching against the Gophers in 1996, was a dominant wrestler for Iowa State and dominant wrestling coach for Iowa.

Who is Dan Gable? Six facts about Gable Steveson's namesake

The Apple Valley gold medalist was named for a former gold medalist who made history as a wrestler and coach in the state of Iowa.
Former Hopkins star Paige Bueckers has filed for a trademark on her nickname, ‘Paige Buckets.’

Bueckers trademarks 'Paige Buckets,' eyes $1 million in earnings

Former Hopkins and current Connecticut standout Paige Bueckers is the latest collegiate star hoping to make money off new NCAA rules.
Suni Lee of St. Paul stood during the medal ceremony after winning the gold medal for the women’s all-around gymnastics competition.

Lee's golden moment reverberates for Hmong people around the world

The St. Paul gymnast's gold medal in the women's all-around brought posts filled with excitement, reflection and pride.
Minnesota Vixen lose women's football championship game to Boston 42-26

Minnesota Vixen lose women's football championship game to Boston 42-26

Running back Grace Cooper ran for four touchdowns, but it wasn't enough for the Vixen.
The Vixen defeated Cali War on July 11 to reach the Women’s Football Alliance Division I National Championship on Saturday in Canton, Ohio.

Minnesota Vixen look for a title and hope to change football

The long-running women's football team plays the biggest game in franchise history this weekend.
Carissa Moore of the United States is a gold medal contender in surfing at the Tokyo Olympics.

6 sports making Olympics debut; baseball, softball make return, too

The Summer Games will introduce six new competitions, including surfing, skateboarding and 3-on-3 basketball. Baseball and softball are back after a 13-year absence.
The Minnesota Wild introduced Ryan Suter, left, and Zach Parise at a press conference on July 09, 2012 in St. Paul.

Nine years ago, Parise and Suter put state of hockey into state of ecstasy

With the news that the Wild bought out the remaining four years of its historic contracts with Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, it's worth remembering how monumental those deals were in 2012.
Hercy Miller, shown here playing with Minnehaha Academy earlier this year, has signed a $2 million endorsement deal.

Ex-Minnehaha Academy standout Miller signs $2 million deal as he enters college

Hercy Miller, who will be a freshman for Tennessee State next season, has signed a four-year contract to endorse Web Apps America after NCAA rule change allows players to profit off name, image and likeness.
Glen Taylor’s sale of 20% of his ownership stake of the Timberwolves and Lynx will be allowed to continue.

Taylor's sale of Wolves ownership stake to Lore, A-Rod can continue

District court judge Eric C. Tostrud dismissed a move for a preliminary injunction against the sale, which was brought by Timberwolves and Lynx minority owner Meyer Orbach.
Glen Taylor (left) and Meyer Orbach (right) are in a legal dispute over whether or not Taylor is selling the Timberwolves and Lynx.

Lawyers argue whether Taylor is actually selling Wolves, Lynx

U.S. District Court Judge Eric C. Tostrud heard competing arguments from Glen Taylor's legal team and that of minority owner Meyer Orbach, who has sued Taylor.
Coco Gauff (left) and Novak Djokovic (right) are two of the players to watch at Wimbledon, which begins Monday.

Wimbledon returns with wide-open women's field, dominant Djokovic

The tournament was canceled last year for the first time since World War II, but it's back and the British government will allow 21,000 spectators per day.
Even without the Rookie of the Year Award, the future is undeniably bright for Anthony Edwards.

For the Wolves and Edwards, maybe losing Rookie of the Year isn't so bad

Anthony Edwards didn't win the NBA Rookie of the Year on Wednesday, losing to LaMelo Ball. He has tremendous company.
Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley was allowed to finish his season before starting a prison sentence on Tuesday.

Wolves' Malik Beasley starts serving sentence in Wright County jail

Beasley pleaded guilty to threats of violence in December of last year. His sentence called for 120 days in the workhouse.
Chet Holmgren put together one of the best prep boys’ basketball seasons in state history for Minnehaha Academy in 2020-2021.

Holmgren among three basketball Gatorade Player of the Year finalists

If Minnehaha Academy's Chet Holmgren wins the national award, he would join a select list of Minnesota prep athletes to receive that honor.
This multiple-exposure photograph was taken during Mike Marshall’s Twins debut on May 15, 1978.

Marshall, pitcher who broke records with Twins, Dodgers, dead at 78

Known as "Iron Mike" Marshall, his 90 appearances for the Twins in 1979 remain a franchise record, and his 106 games pitched with the Dodgers in 1974 is by far the most in MLB history.