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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.
A roster trimmed by offseason transfers and injury forced the Gophers to be resilient this season. Having passed so many tests, they feel well-prepared to pursue their first NCAA title.
Taylor Morgan wasn't ready to see her U volleyball career end, so she did something about it. And now Minnesota needs victories, tonight and Saturday, to reach the Final Four.
Both schools cited budget concerns, with St. Cloud State responding to a Title IX ruling. Crookston has a 2-64 record over its last six seasons. Both were in the Division II Northern Sun Conference.
It took the belief of every Gophers player to pull out a 3-2 victory over Creighton at Maturi Pavilion, and reach next weekend's Sweet 16 in Austin, Texas.
The Gophers will play 15th-ranked Creighton, which swept Iowa State in Friday's first match, in Saturday's second round at Maturi Pavilion.
Despite spending time on the sidelines this season Stephanie Samedy, a three-time all-Big Ten first team player, still led the Gophers in kills and was among the team leaders in other key statistics.
Gophers coach Hugh McCutcheon said the No. 7 seed "is about right" for a team that endured constant changes to lineups and individual roles.
These tough women learned to strive and thrive in the cold: "There's just an exuberance about winter."
The commissioner of the Summit League said it would be an advocate for the University of St. Thomas as the school tries to become the first to move directly from Division III into Division I.
It's uncertain whether Devan Dubnyk will be cleared to play Saturday against Los Angeles.
Mike Hebert led the U to three Final Four appearances and made the NCAA tournament 14 times in 15 seasons before retiring in 2010. "He wasn't just a coach," a former player said.
For a scoring-starved team, though, the compact defenseman with the lethal shot has been indispensable.
The rivalry between St. Thomas and St. John's often plays out like a brawl between brothers. It's not often, though, that actual brothers are on opposite sidelines. Meet the Borgesons.
Volleyball didn't come into Regan Pittman's life until eighth grade. It provided a "safe space," she said, for an awkward girl who was picked on by bullies and felt she didn't fit in.
Former Ferris State standout Gerald Mayhew is expected to make his NHL debut on the Wild's upcoming Canadian road trip, which begins Monday afternoon.
The Whitecaps began their second season in the NWHL without Lee Stecklein, Hannah Brandt and Kendall Coyne Schofield, the three U.S. Olympians who gave them star power last year.
A day before the Wild's home opener against Pittsburgh, coach Bruce Boudreau continued to focus on the good things his team has done, declining to exercise the raging, fuming option after three road losses.
Sunisa Lee's mastery on the uneven bars helped vault the St. Paul gymnast to international prominence this year. Thursday, her bars routine tripped her up at the world championships.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said the first place his mind goes when he wakes up in the middle of the night is to line combinations. His latest concoctions were on display during Wednesday's practice
The University of Minnesota junior hit all six routines over two days.
For Dominic Ondoro, of Kenya, it was his fourth victory in five years. Julia Kohnen was making her Twin Cities debut.
Seven days after a brilliant performance in Berlin, when she ran the fastest marathon by a U.S. woman this year, Sara Hall covered the distance from Minneapolis to St. Paul in 53 minutes, 11 seconds.
Vocal support from friends, family and strangers rallied hurting Danny Docherty and grateful Dakotah Lindwurm to top-three finishes.
Natt Gunn set two MSU Mankato career records as his team went to 5-0.
As members of the Team USA Minnesota professional distance-running group, they have run hundreds of miles over the courses for the Twin Cities Marathon and TC 10 Mile.
The Wild coach will start Thursday's season opener at Nashville with the lines he assembled this week, but there's no telling how long they will last.
Coach Bruce Boudreau said Carson Soucy impressed him with a training camp performance that was significantly better than his "really terrible camp" in 2018.
Seventh-ranked Minnesota has dropped only one set — to No. 1 Stanford, on the road — during a five-match winning streak. Big Ten play begins this weekend.
Before Friday's series opener against Colgate, the Gophers will raise a banner, this one commemorating last season's WCHA regular-season championship.
Sunisa Lee and Grace McCallum were named Monday to the six-woman team that will represent the United States at next month's world championships
Sunisa Lee's focus is on her Olympic dream, and her dad's recovery from a spinal injury that has left him paralyzed.
Mikko Koivu is keeping his expectations low for his first game in 7½ months, hoping just to feel comfortable enough to continue moving forward.
Canterbury Park president Randy Sampson is already looking ahead after Year 25. "We're doing as well as we've ever done."
Pat Smith moved up a weight class and begins competition Monday at the world championships in Kazakhstan.
With Samantha Seliger-Swenson gone, Minnesota has made a quick adjustment at the key position.
After losing two straight, the Gophers came home and beat the No. 7 Gators..
The Gophers had not lost back-to-back matches this early in the season since 2015, when they started 0-2. That team went on to reach the Final Four.
Following a viral moment last month, Gophers gymnast Shane Wiskus is thinking more ambitiously about the next steps in his career. He is competing this weekend at a U.S. selection camp in Colorado Springs.
His lone race at Canterbury Park this year makes him 7-for-9 on the track.
Mister Banjoman shows reluctant buyer Minnesota-bred strength.
The No. 3-ranked Gophers need to replace their star setter, but their top five hitters return from a team that advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 last year.
Following Thursday's introductory news conference at Xcel Energy Center, Wild coaches, players and executives lauded Bill Guerin, 48, for his broad range of experience and reputation as a unifying force.
The addition of air conditioning to the Pavilion — part of a $5.1 million package of improvements — has cooled off a building that used to feel like a blast furnace in summer and early fall.
In its 25th edition — and third consecutive year here — the event continues to evolve with new contests, sites and formats.
Japanese athletes won nine medals, including three Sunday during the final day of competition at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Resilience is a big part of the X Games, where the spills are as breathtaking — and nearly as plentiful — as the thrills.
When Jagger Eaton was younger, he looked up to his big brother Jett, skateboarding alongside him every day. Now that Jagger's an X Games…
Hassan Mead and Ben Blankenship join former St. Francis star Maggie Ewen, who won a bronze medal at the U.S. track and field championships, on the American team.
Regan Smith's first leg in the 400-meter medley relay gave herself a world record and helped the U.S. team set a record in the event, too.
The St. Francis native posted a personal best in the hammer at U.S. meet.
Stillwater native Ben Blankenship will race Sunday in Des Moines for a spot in the world championships.