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A lot of planning goes into sports tournaments

A lot of planning goes into sports tournaments

Mar. 26 |             The inaugural Big Ten men’s hockey tournament held last week in St. Paul provided many inaugural moments, surprises and disappointments, not unlike other post-season events. All but one of the five tournament...

Big Ten hockey tournament a success

Big Ten hockey tournament a success

Mar. 25 |     The first season of Big Ten men’s hockey is now history. It finished with Minnesota as regular season champs, Wisconsin as tournament champion, and three teams ranked among the nation’s top 12: No. 1 Minnesota, No. 6 Wisconsin and...

March madness continues

March madness continues

Mar. 25 |     The National Invitational Tournament (NIT) has a rich storied history dating back to pre-World War II days. The Women’s NIT since 1998 has tradition as well — just not as long as the men’s. However, present-day hoops fans and snobbish...

Boys’ state tournament highlights

Boys’ state tournament highlights

Mar. 21 |           It was quite the show at the boys’ basketball state tournament last weekend. Here are a few of the highlights:   (l) Reid Travis, Kamali ChambersPhotos by Mitchell Palmer McDonald Saturday, March 15 REID...

N-word flags?

N-word flags?

Mar. 20 |       The National Football League at times acts like glass house dwellers. The NFL brain wizards recently proposed penalizing players using racial slurs during the game. At the outset, this seems novel enough — racial slurs by anyone,...

Legislator’s apology for NBA  tweet unconvincing

Legislator’s apology for NBA tweet unconvincing

Mar. 19 | Contrary to some who believe otherwise, race, sports and politics are always intertwined. And despite his half-hearted apology, the recent tweet on NBA players by Minnesota State Representative Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) is another example of this. “Let’s...

Like the stock market, NFL free agency is up!

Like the stock market, NFL free agency is up!

Mar. 19 | The so-called cycle comes and goes in life, business, and in the perception of things being up or down. The 2014 NFL free agency period has returned with the vigor and zest that was intended two years ago after the NFLPA (Players Association) was...

Gophers focus on Hockey Frozen Four

Gophers focus on Hockey Frozen Four

Mar. 19 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   It was like Bachmann-Turner Overdrive last week for the Minnesota women’s hockey team, and this week it’s the Isley Brothers. Minnesota has been “Taking Care of Business,” scoring four unanswered goals...

March graduation rate madness

March graduation rate madness

Mar. 19 |     A quick prediction for this year’s NCAAs — Black male basketball players’ graduation rates will remain virtually unchanged. While nearly everyone is filling out their brackets, the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES)...

NCAA shot still pending for Gophers women (updated)

NCAA shot still pending for Gophers women (updated)

Mar. 13 |   INDIANAPOLIS — The waiting game is now underway. Minnesota (20-12) is .500 (1-1) thus far this post season. The women’s basketball team will know this Monday whether or not their proverbial “body of work” has earned them their first...