Sports
January 13

Chong Qui carries Purdue Fort Wayne over Detroit 62-60

Damian Chong Qui had 10 points as Purdue Fort Wayne edged past Detroit 62-60 on Thursday night.
Olympics
January 13
Matthew Knies celebrated a goal last month at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Red Deer, Alberta. Knies, a freshman forward for the Gopher

Minnesota's 2022 hockey Olympians

The Gophers, Minnesota State Mankato, St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth are all represented on the men's team.
High Schools
January 13
Minneapolis North players Zaeshon Rich, left, and Willie Wilson stood for the national anthem before the George Floyd Memorial Holiday Classic.

Ignored by Minnesota colleges, city hoops coaches work to get players noticed

Basketball Across Minnesota: Minneapolis North's Larry McKenzie leads a group of frustrated coaches seeking more recruiting respect for their players. "I'm puzzled about it because we have talent," he said.
Sports
January 11

Rollins scores 22 to lift Toledo past Miami (Ohio) 75-72

Ryan Rollins had 22 points as Toledo narrowly beat Miami (Ohio) 75-72 on Tuesday night.
Sports
January 11

Castaneda scores 29 to lift Akron over Ball St. 84-74

Xavier Castaneda had a career-high 29 points as Akron beat Ball State 84-74 on Tuesday night.
Gophers
January 10

Gophers women's hockey rolls to another victory over St. Thomas

Abigail Boreen had a hat trick as the Gophers routed the Tommies 8-2 at St. Thomas Ice Arena.
Local
January 9

Former St. Thomas football player receives year workhouse sentence for dorm room rape

Defendant to serve one year at Ramsey County workhouse, 30 years probation.
Colleges
January 8
Gophers forward Peyton Hemp snuck the puck past St. Thomas goaltender Alexa Dobchuk to score in the first period

Gophers women's hockey routs St. Thomas 8-0

Abigail Noreen and Savannah Norcross each scored two goals for the No. 5 Gophers.
Colleges
January 8
St. Thomas forward Parker Bjorklund scored 21 points in Thursday’s game against Oral Roberts.

Scoggins: In business and basketball, St. Thomas standout Bjorklund finds success

Parker Bjorklund gave up basketball to run his own social media business. He's back on the court and one of St. Thomas' best players after a two-year hiatus.
Gophers
January 7
Michigan State guard Max Christie, left, brings the ball down court past Minnesota guard Eylijah Stephens during the second half Dec. 8, 2021.

Power Poll: Shakeup in Big Ten pecking order after Michigan State's rise, Purdue's slide

Marcus Fuller returns with his first Big Ten men's hoops power poll for 2022. Michigan State, Illinois, and Wisconsin are rising fast.
Gophers
January 7
Maryland has reached the NCAA Women’s Final Four three times under former Gophers coach Brenda Frese.

Former Gophers coach Brenda Frese keeps delivering big for Maryland

The Iowa native, who has guided the Terps to the Women's Final Four three times, is aiming for a fourth in Minneapolis.
Olympics
January 6
St. Cloud State’s Brett Larson and MSU Mankato’s Mike Hastings will be assistants for Team USA at the Beijing Olympics.

Mankato's Hastings, St. Cloud's Larson going to Beijing with USA Hockey

Mankato hockey coach Mike Hastings and St. Cloud coach Brett Larson will assist David Quinn behind the bench at the Beijing Winter Games next month.
Colleges
January 5
Baylor guard Kendall Brown, right, drove to the basket against Villanova forward Eric Dixon on Dec. 12 in Waco, Texas.

Minnesota's Brown brothers fit great on opposite ends of D-I hoops

Basketball Across Minnesota: Kendall Brown is a freshman star for No. 1 Baylor. His older brother, Courtney, is redshirting at St. Thomas, new to Division I.
Colleges
December 31, 2021
Some of the key playmakers in the College Football Playoff semifinals (clockwise from top left): Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, Cincinnati running b

Who will come out on top in this college football Cinderella story?

Randy Johnson previews the College Football Playoff semifinals, with a few comparisons to "Caddyshack" along the way (the Gophers, alas, would have made the analogy complete).
Colleges
December 30, 2021

Minnesota scene: Top-ranked MSU Mankato hockey edges UMD in overtime

Cade Borchardt's eighth goal of the season 2 minutes, 38 seconds into overtime gave No. 1 Minnesota State Mankato a 2-1 victory No. 6 Minnesota Duluth.
Sports
December 30, 2021
We could call Gophers cornerback Coney Durr and ask him what his favorite sports moment of 2021 was ... but we probably don’t need to do that.

Year of Minnesota sports are nearly history; 10 topics that stood out

To help you build optimism for 2022, Michael Rand lists 10 things from 2021 that kept us entertained.
Puck Drop
December 29, 2021
Phil Kessel, right, congratulated Arizona teammate Janis Moser on Tuesday in San Jose, Calif.

Gophers men's hockey has new top dog in NHL scoring

Or Coyote, after Phil Kessel's four assists on Tuesday.
Olympics
December 25, 2021
Suni Lee started the year in St. Paul, won three Olympic medals in Tokyo, and is now a freshman at Auburn University in Alabama. Quite a year for the

Suni Lee seeking balance after her life flipped in one golden year

2021 Star Tribune Sportsperson of the Year: St. Paul's Olympic champion is a college freshman now — a very busy, very recognizable one. "It's a big change. I mean, a really big change," she said.
Colleges
December 24, 2021
Wisconsin’s Sydney Hilley (2) set the ball in an eventual win against the Gophers on Dec. 11 in an NCAA regional final.

Reusse: Minnesotan Hilley reaches top of NCAA volleyball with Badgers

Champlin Park graduate Sydney Hilley is a three-time All-America selection for Wisconsin and played a key role in the team's recent NCAA championship.
Sports
December 21, 2021

Samford hangs on to beat Ole Miss 75-73

Ques Glover scored 21 points and Samford survived blowing a 13-point second-half lead to defeat Mississippi 75-73 on Tuesday for the Bulldogs' first victory over the Rebels.