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They didn't just build a major highway through a Black neighborhood in the 1950s and 1960s. They killed dreams.
I've loved hip-hop music since I was a kid. It's filled with vivid imagery, anchored by defiance. Local rapper Nur-D, real name Matt Allen, and…
Throughout the history of the movement for equality, Black women have been denied the recognition they've deserved.
Those who ask why BLM protests police shootings, not homicides, aren't being honest
I remember pressing a gray button to get my voicemail messages and hearing the menacing voice. I was 20 years old, serving as the editor-in-chief…
To ponder the past is not an optional quest for a Black person in this country.
The great fight for any family of color in this state is to magnify the brilliance, potential and progress of our children against the undercurrent of discouraging statistics in Minnesota.
It's hard to fight a pandemic — and winter inertia — while also shouldering the disproportionate health impact of the virus, Myron Medcalf writes. But these motivators help.
In the middle of struggles for racial equality, it's OK to be tired, too. And it's important to do whatever's necessary to reboot.
Value often feels like something you have to earn here when you're not white. Value seems conditional.
An occasional series following 15-year-old Tyus Jones' summer of basketball on a national stage.
The Gophers center considered leaving for the pros but decided his education came first.
After a nightmarish end to last season, Gophers men's basketball coach Tubby Smith enters this season with a squad short on experience but long on potential.
1 FIND A POINT GUARD Last year the Gophers fell from the national rankings and ultimately missed out on the NIT as they struggled to…
As race officials offered commentary on the USA Women's 10 Mile Championship over loudspeakers near the finish line Sunday, many spectators sighed when they learned that Minnesota's Katie McGregor, a six-time winner of the event, had dropped to sixth in the field.
Leane Guerrero's first marathon epitomizes her triumph over addiction.
The Vikings defensive backs are more worried about their own performance, especially the part that happens in the second half.
As many as 20,000 North Dakota State fans are expected to descend on the Twin Cities on Saturday when their Bison take on the Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium.
After spending five nights in the hospital this week, Jerry Kill got his first victory as Gophers coach.
Keith Millard, a standout defensive tackle in the 1980s, has found new life teaching his style of intense football.
Jerry Kill collapsed in the closing seconds of a home-opening loss to New Mexico State.
The last time Adrian Peterson faced San Diego, he ran for a record 296 yards, which should be fresh on the Chargers' minds.
New Mexico State's leader has a warm spot in his heart for his old teammates, but Saturday, it's all business.
The Vikings have yet to declare him the starter over Tyrell Johnson, but his preseason play has been sure and decisive.
A report of a positive test for marijuana likely hurt Christian Ballard's draft stock, but the versatile rookie is making a mark.
Da'Jon McKnight was chasing hoop dreams in high school before some football coaches made him an offer he couldn't refuse. And now, he's glad he switched.
During Wednesday afternoon's Gophers football practice, redshirt freshman running back Lamonte Edwards stood on the sideline in shorts and a jersey after tweaking his hamstring.
Max Shortell has put together a string of impressive performances,
With his selection to the USA's 16-and-under team, Apple Valley's Tyus Jones is living up to his rank atop the national list of class of 2014 point guards.
The next few months will be critical in the development of the 15-year-old basketball phenom.
Jason Litzau knew tough times growing up in St. Paul. But now, he is on the verge of winning a world title, going up against undefeated prospect Adrien Broner in Mexico on Saturday.
The Big Ten Conference decided to keep its football championship game in Indianapolis from 2012 to '15.
Colorado gym teacher Linda Ambard will run this weekend in honor of her husband, a serviceman killed in April in the Afghan war.
Duluth's Andy Kolle and Caleb Truax of St. Paul battle for a shot at the big-time fights outside Minnesota.
Soccer, with another perfect score, remains the academic standard for Gophers sports teams.
The four-round unanimous decision notwithstanding, Ray Edwards was the first to admit, after his pro boxing debut, that he has a lot of work ahead.
Gophers men's basketball coach Tubby Smith said Wednesday he recently learned he had early stage prostate cancer and underwent an April 21 procedure at the Mayo Clinic.
The 6-11 junior center withdrew from the NBA draft and was welcomed back in a statement by coach Tubby Smith.
As the deadline passed for underclassmen to remove themselves from the NBA draft, it didn't appear as though Ralph Sampson III was planning on returning to school.
Maryland is the latest school that could have an interest in the Gophers coach, who does nothing to quash the speculation.
Despite not appearing on many -- if any -- lists of top college prospects, the Gophers' junior center will at least consider turning pro.
The Gophers coach discussed the challenges he faced during the frustrating 2010-11 season.
The Gophers coach said the true gauge of the university's commitment to men's basketball will come down to dollars and cents, an issue he's carried to school officials.
The junior forward acknowledges that his "last incidents haven't really been good for me."
The center will play his senior season elsewhere, after he was granted a release from his scholarship.
Cold-shooting Wisconsin couldn't stay with last year's NCAA tournament darlings, who are a victory away from an improbable return to the Final Four.
The Wisconsin junior shed that skin of insecurity to become one of the best -- and most fearless -- point guards in the country.
Ever-steady Wisconsin, with its Minnesota connection, has suffered back-to-back embarrassing losses heading into the NCAA tournament.
As the Gophers pondered what will become of the rest of the season, they received good news about next season.
Minnesota is hoping for at least one more game of any kind after a crushing first-round loss to Northwestern.
The Gophers forward was frustrated by legal troubles that forced him to sit out a season of basketball; his return has affirmed his talent for the game.
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Jordan Taylor, Jon Leuer and Trevor Mbakwe were all honored; Purdue's JaJuan Johnson took home Player of the Year.
The Gophers' Big Ten finale went as most of the games before it did -- with them unable to pull out a victory late.
Al Nolen said he wants to return for the Big Ten tournament, but added he hasn't been cleared to run.
During Sunday's men's basketball game between Penn State and the Gophers, new Gophers volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon will greet fans for the first time. And probably the last time for the next 18 months.
The Gophers don't yet have the funds for a facility, but they realize they have to look at what the future holds for their 83-year-old home.
Minnesota blew a 10-point lead and the frustration reached a boil when coach Tubby Smith and guard Blake Hoffarber yelled at each other during a time out.
Coach Tubby Smith will likely start freshman Maverick Ahanmisi at point guard Wednesday at Northwestern and move Blake Hoffarber back to shooting guard.
With their seventh loss in eight games, the Gophers' chances of an NCAA tournament invitation seem to have vanished.
As Gophers players know all too well, the practice of taking to social media to say -- well, anything -- can produce unintended results.
The game went down to the final minute, when the Spartans made all the right plays and the Gophers frittered away a much-needed win.
The Gophers have missed their injured point guard on the court, but he also might be a factor when the selection committee votes.
A look at seven major conference coaches who might or might not be back next season.
Missed shots and turnovers ruined the Gophers' chances of winning. And Penn State's star Talor Battle called them 'a totally different team' than what he's seen in the past.
By performing at a level not visible during their slide, the Gophers proved they still are a capable group -- at least, when they execute.
Tubby Smith challenged his team with pointed comments following a fourth consecutive loss. Against the Hawkeyes, he will see if the motivation works.
The talk about Ohio State seems to be when its first loss will come; we should enjoy the prospects of an undefeated season while they still exist.
Arizona's surge can be attributed to the performance of 6-8, 241-pound forward Derrick Williams. The sophomore is averaging 19.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.…
After losing to Illinois, the Gophers coach was unhappy with his players -- and was especially distressed with Blake Hoffarber and Rodney Williams.
As the second half wore on, the discrepancies between the nation's top-ranked team and the one in maroon and gold became apparent.
Heading into Sunday's game at Williams Arena, Ohio State remains perfect in 23 games despite many close calls.
Purdue jostled Blake Hoffarber nonstop and ended the Gophers' four-game roll.
Rodney Williams certainly is a gifted dunker, but better shooting is needed from the 6-7 sophomore in the Gophers' reconfigured lineup.