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In a news release, Carleton officials said restricting off-campus travel and outside visitors has helped limit COVID-19's "direct impact'' on campus this fall.
To train for next year's Olympics, Regan Smith spent the summer doing early-morning workouts in an outdoor community pool, and she's put off attending Stanford to better prepare for Tokyo.
Gophers coach is all right with the long wait until January to play: "The whole year is a little off."
The Gophers men's gymnastics, men's tennis and men's indoor track and field programs were dropped, but an amended resolution spared outdoor track and field.
The Board of Regents is scheduled to vote Friday on a resolution to eliminate three men's sports. If it passes, some donors plan to stop donating and buying season tickets for football and other sports.
While the University of Minnesota's plan to cut three sports caught many by surprise, the school started putting the language into some contracts last year. 'Our intent is to continue this practice,' AD Mark Coyle said.
Resolution is on agenda for meeting next Friday.
In addition to terminating three men's teams, the Gophers athletics department also plans smaller rosters for eight women's and two men's teams, according to data obtained by the Star Tribune.
NCAA men's gymnastics has been contracting for decades, a trend that accelerated sharply with the elimination of three more programs in the past month.
Canterbury Park President Randy Sampson said the track will take a financial hit of several million dollars despite a record-setting betting year that was sparked by out-of-state wagers.
Athletes, coaches, fans, donors, kids and dogs all took part, chanting and holding signs with slogans such as "Coyle Ain't Loyal" and "People over Money."
Current and former athletes on the three discontinued teams felt a mix of anger, sadness and loss as news of the program cuts spread.
Julie Sullivan, the Tommies' future-focused leader, didn't delay when a window to D-I athletics opened.
Iowa announced that with the Big Ten's postponement of fall sports, its athletic department projects a $100 million budget deficit.
Ready to Runaway, claimed for $25,000, has won nearly 10 times that.
The Gophers were eager to get started after reaching the Final Four last year and adding the nation's top-ranked recruiting class. The next few months will test their ability to manage uncertainty.
The league, with nine Minnesota schools, joined the national trend of canceling sports this fall.
University coaches are awaiting more details on what their teams will be allowed to do in the fall and how schedules can be put together for play after January 1.
Electrical devices, commonly called "buzzers," are used to shock horses to make them run faster. The jockey, Denny Valazquez, also had a loaded firearm on track property.
D-II schools such as Minnesota State Mankato, in particular, were awaiting the NCAA's ruling.
The Tokyo Games, postponed a year by the coronavirus pandemic, would have opened Friday.
Some coaches and athletes have been told that football, volleyball and soccer are among the sports that will switched from this fall to the spring if the NCAA and public health officials allows it.
The Minnesota Racing Commission suspended Denny Velazquez, a top jockey at the Shakopee racetrack. A hearing in the case is tentatively set for July 30. Buzzers are used to shock horses to make them run faster.
Earlier this month, Grace McCallum's Twin City Twisters and Suni Lee's Midwest Gymnastics reopened their facilities, allowing them to return to training for the postponed Olympics.
The track announced new travel restrictions for jockeys, expanding its efforts to prevent the pandemic from disrupting the season as has happened at several other tracks around the country.
Suni Lee's focus is on her Olympic dream, and her dad's recovery from a spinal injury that has left him paralyzed.
Filmmakers spent 2½ years making "Athlete A," named for the alias that protected Maggie Nichols' identity in early court documents against USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.
The Twin Cities Marathon wasn't exactly canceled. But its conversion to a virtual event — with entrants running any 26.2-mile route on any day in October — will make it the most unusual in its 39-year history.
A basketball pioneer from the years before Title IX, Elvera "Peps" Neuman now channels her enthusiasm toward the Gophers.
Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple said Wednesday's decision was "a positive step forward" for the Tommies and the Division I conference.
St. Thomas should get some long-awaited clarity about its future Wednesday night, when the NCAA is expected to announce whether the school can move directly from Division III to Division I.
If St. Thomas is allowed to go jump directly from Division III, it would become a member of the Summit League in most sports.
Lakeville North senior and two-time world champion Regan Smith just got back in the water Monday, after coronavirus-related shutdowns closed her pool for more than two months.
A 52-day racing season will begin in Shakopee on Wednesday. There will be horses flying down the track, money won and money lost. So much else, though, will not be normal.
For those who aren't among the 250 fans per day invited to attend Canterbury Park when the season starts Wednesday, the track is setting up betting windows just outside the track.
The latest executive order by Gov. Tim Walz, issued Friday, permits 250 patrons at restaurants and entertainment venues beginning Wednesday. For the time being, Canterbury will admit fans by invitation only.
Determined Shoreview native Kyra Condie, despite limited mobility in her back since surgery at age 13, keeps training for the Tokyo Games, pushed back to 2021 by the coronavirus pandemic.
Canterbury plans to open a 52-day racing season June 10, and Running Aces plans a 50-day harness racing season, opening June 20.
The Mystic Lake Derby purse will be $100,000 this year, with the race scheduled for July 15.
The pandemic has not yet created any barriers to St. Thomas's ambitions, but the school's athletic director said said the plan "is not without our challenges from a financial standpoint."
Do-it-yourself training setups and venues have become sole options for Tokyo hopefuls.
Sota King, a 2-year-old colt born on a farm south of the Twin Cities, needs more time to develop before following in the footsteps of his 2015 Triple Crown-winning father.
A 65-day Canterbury Park season was supposed to start Friday. Instead, the track announced a revised 52-day schedule Wednesday that would begin June 10, probably with no spectators allowed.
While trainers, exercise riders and other staff wait for a decision on the Canterbury Park season, they are getting used to the list of new safety requirements.
When Toni Stone of St. Paul signed with a Negro League-era men's team, it was seen as a publicity stunt. But she was good enough for a regular spot in the lineup.
With horses set to arrive at Canterbury Park this weekend, track officials are making plans for a shortened racing season. But Minnesotans who want to wager on races might be out of luck.
Canterbury officials said the barns and training track will open on May 8, with only essential personnel allowed on the grounds. Running Aces harness track can open, too.
Canterbury park officials have submitted a plan to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to take the first step toward live racing: getting horses on the grounds.
The NCAA postponed its decision on the Tommies because of the pandemic.
In addition to the 1,500 horses that were expected to come to the Shakopee, arrangements need to be made for seasonal staff who would normally live in close quarters at the race track
Minnesotans Matt Carothers and Todd Schrupp are riding along with TVG as it provides a slice of live sports amid a pandemic.
A new date for the Tokyo Games hasn't been announced, and with the coronavirus still spreading, it's uncertain how qualifying will be affected or when athletes can resume training and competing.
Canterbury Park expects to press on this season, but are worried about horse owners who are financially strapped and might not be able to afford their animals' keep.
The IOC said its executive board "will step up its scenario-planning" in response to the coronavirus, which has shut down qualifying events and disrupted training.
With the coronavirus shutting down sports worldwide, USA Swimming wants the Olympics to be postponed a year.
The Oklahoma star from Little Canada finished with 22 perfect 10s.
As many as 20,000 fans were expected at Theodore Wirth Park on Tuesday for the now-canceled World Cup cross-country ski races featuring Jessie Diggins. "We got so many people excited about skiing," she said.
With disrupted schedules and Games no sure thing, Olympians can only train.
Canterbury President Randy Sampson hopes the 65-day season won't be delayed, but other horse racing facilities around the world were canceling cards or barring spectators.
Theodore Wirth Park event was expected to draw 20,000 fans.
The Lakeville teen is picking her path while finishing high school.
About 700 will compete for one of six U.S. spots in 2020 Olympic marathon.
The start of the Wild's annual fathers' trip wasn't the only reason behind the high-energy workout before the team left for a road trip that starts tonight in Vancouver.
Gymnast Shane Wiskus, wrestler Gable Steveson and two more University of Minnesota athletes are juggling college meets, coursework and Olympic qualifying. Others have chosen a different path.
With seven points in his past four games, Fiala has given the Wild the production it hoped for when it acquired him from Nashville last February.
Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple said "very positive progress'' was made at the NCAA convention regarding St. Thomas's bid to reclassify from Division III to Division I.
This week, at the NCAA convention, the University of St. Thomas is expected to gain more clarity on how — or even whether — NCAA rules will be changed to allow the school's direct move from D-III to D-I.
The NCAA will discuss rule changes next week that could pave an easier promotion path for schools such as St. Thomas.
In his first start since Jan. 9, Alex Stalock stopped 20 of 22 shots to beat Tampa Bay on Thursday night.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau seemed to be at wit's end following Tuesday's performance, which featured costly defensive breakdowns, too many penalties and a lineup-card mistake. Wednesday, the team had the day off.
This week's gantlet begins Tuesday at Pittsburgh, then home to face Tampa Bay and Central Division rival Dallas.
In an effort to help fire-ravaged Australia financially, Matt Dumba, who vacationed there last April, donated $100 for every point scored by the Timberwolves on Tuesday.
After their Final Four loss to Stanford on Thursday, coach Hugh McCutcheon told his team how proud he was.
Kathryn Plummer dominated for the Cardinal, which will play for its ninth national championship.
The Badgers lost a set for the first time in this tournament but bounced back to win three in a row over the NCAA tournament's top seed.