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DULUTH—Perhaps no American Olympic athlete experienced as much vitriol as John Shuster faced the past two Winter Games. Every four years the curling skip was the subject of cruel Twitter memes and GIFs, with #JohnShustersucks trending online. One could say the general public threw stones at the stone-thrower. Even USA Curling turned its back on the one-time prodigy by not including him in the original High Performance Program (HPP) following the 2014 Games.
MINNEAPOLIS — In the NFL, often times teams are only as good as their backup quarterback. The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings each found that out Sunday, Oct. 15. The Packers lost Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone and subsequently lost 23-10 to the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Odds are the Packers' game plan didn't revolve around Brett Hundley taking snaps behind center. Vikings fans can relate. Ever since Teddy Bridgewater shredded a knee and Sam Bradford tweaked his, fans have endured the likes of Shaun Hill and Case Keenum filling in.
NCAA Division I college hockey wasn't the only landscape to undergo an upheaval this year. The smaller schools will find out just how much impact the creation of a new conference will have on them as the 2013-14 season kicks off this weekend. Five Wisconsin state schools -- including Wisconsin-Superior -- pulled out of the men's Northern Collegiate Hockey Association to form the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, a five-team league that, unlike the NCHA, will be without an NCAA Tournament automatic bid. That left St.
Though the statistics don't officially count, it's likely Kyle Osterberg and Dom Toninato won't soon forget their Minnesota Duluth debuts. Osterberg, a freshman left winger from Lakeville, Minn., scored one goal and assisted on two others and Toninato, a freshman from Duluth East, had a pair of goals in a four-goal third period as UMD rolled to a 7-1 win over Lakehead University in a college men's hockey exhibition game Monday night at Amsoil Arena. Osterberg, starting on a fourth line, assisted on UMD's two first-period goals and then scored a key second-period goal after the Thunderwolves
Rita Ronchi has achieved many goals since the 2006 car accident that nearly claimed her life, but perhaps her biggest goal was reached this summer when she met singer Dave Matthews -- not once, but twice. Ronchi, at Essentia Health Duluth (formerly Miller-Dwan) on Thursday to receive the medical center's Junior Journey Award, discussed her life since the two-car crash along Highway 2 left her with what doctors termed a "1 percent chance of survival," her $70,000 prosthetic right leg and the infections that nearly cost her her left leg. But the effervescent 25-year-old Northwestern High Schoo
Three days after the Stanley Cup appears at the Chicago Blackhawks' banner-raising opening game Oct. 1, one of sport's oldest and most revered trophies will spend the day in Duluth. Blackhawks assistant general manager Norm Maciver, a former All-American defenseman at UMD and a Duluth resident, will bring the Cup to town for one day as is the tradition for every member of the organization. Though Maciver didn't yet want to publicly divulge the Cup's travels during the day, it will be on display in the Amsoil Arena concourse from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 4, before the UMD women's regular-season opener.
After traveling about 3,000 miles and visiting four college campuses in the past two weeks, Jessica Lindstrom headed to St.
Like every other day growing up in Kennett Square, Pa., 5-year-old Amanda McGrory awoke in the morning at the family home and headed downstairs. Only this would be the final time. "I woke up in the morning and I was OK, then I started losing sensation in my legs," McGrory said Saturday after winning her seventh Grandma's Marathon women's wheelchair race.
Mohamed Trafeh's plan of sprinting to the lead of the USA Half Marathon Championships and withering away the competition didn't quite work out this morning, so the 28-year-old of Moroccan descent decided a different approach was needed to win an eighth U.S.
Tess Nelson used part of Wednesday's practice working on her 300-meter hurdle start times. The Northwestern senior was just glad to be practicing her favorite event, the one she had been disqualified from during Monday's Wisconsin Division 2 regional track and field meet in Frederic, Wis. The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association overturned that decision Wednesday, allowing the two-time defending state champion to compete in today's Sectional 1 meet at Barron. "That was good news to hear," Tigers coach Noah Jurek said.