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MINNEAPOLIS — Kirk Cousins' home debut at U.S. Bank Stadium won't make anyone forget the "Minnesota Miracle" any time soon. The Minnesota Vikings' new $84 million quarterback looked unsteady in his quarter-plus during the Vikings' drab 14-10 preseason loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday, Aug. 18. Cousins completed 3 of 8 attempts for 12 yards and was sacked once in a forgettable performance. But they play the preseason for a reason, right? It's to get the kinks out after an offseason of OTAs and film study.
ST. PAUL — Mike Sertich was beloved during his 18 seasons as Minnesota Duluth men's hockey coach. "Sertie" ushered in the golden era of UMD hockey with back-to-back NCAA final four appearances in 1984-85, multiple Hobey Baker Award winners and player personalities that are fondly recalled decades later.
ST. PAUL—In the movie "D2: The Mighty Ducks," fictional character Russ Tyler uncorked his knucklepuck to beat Team Iceland. Frederick Paine doesn't have a name for the shot he used to beat Edina in the Class AA semifinals Friday night, March 9, but the Duluth East junior defenseman was just as successful with it as the Greyhounds defeated the Hornets 4-2 at the Minnesota high school boys hockey state tournament at Xcel Energy Center.
ST. PAUL — The dynasty may not be over, but it's on hiatus this year. Hermantown's run of eight consecutive Class A state championship appearances came to an end Friday afternoon when fourth-seeded Alexandria Area upset the No. 1 Hawks 6-1 in a high school state tournament semifinal before 11,905 at Xcel Energy Center.
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.