Rachel Blount | Star Tribune
Reporter/Columnist | Sports

Rachel Blount is a sports and general assignment reporter, with a particular emphasis on Olympic sports.


Horses, family and 3,421 wins: The story of one of the state's best racers

The champion of Running Aces Harness Park will be back for his 10th season, starting Saturday.


Pro women's hockey league expands with addition of Minnesota team

The Minnesota Whitecaps, formed in 2004, are joining the National Women's Hockey League, bringing the highest level of pro women's hockey to the state for the first time.


U softball survives rocky start to enter Big Ten tournament on a roll

Minnesota was wildly inconsistent over the first two months of this season, going 12-13 before a surge that ended with the Gophers finishing second in the Big Ten.


Canterbury Park digs out from April blizzard to prepare for season's start

A few days before Canterbury Park was scheduled to open for training, superintendent Ken Brown spent 15 hours removing snow from the track. It's all gone now, and live racing returns Friday.


Nichols' revelation about Olympic doctor's abuse set her free to win

The way the Sooners sophomore from Little Canada won her NCAA title last weekend put an exclamation point on an extraordinary season.


Gophers men's gymnastics figured it out at NCAA meet

The second-ranked Gophers entered the Big Ten meet with visions of winning a team title. They finished an unhappy fifth, with only two weeks to get their minds right before the NCAAs.


Staal focused on winning, not justice after cross-check suspension

Eric Staal says he's more worried about helping to keep the Wild alive in the playoffs than Josh Morrissey's nasty hit.


Jets goalie Hellebuyck puts bad games behind him

Connor Hellebuyck bounced back from Sunday's stinker with shutout win over the Wild in Game 4 and has a chance at the league's Vezina Trophy


Byfuglien provides bruising plays but takes few penalties

The size and judgment of Jets defensemen Dustin Byfuglien keep Wild players alert.


Olympic champion Diggins comes home to Stillwater for parade

Back home as a gold medalist, Jessie Diggins rolled down Main Street in the back of a white pickup, the Olympic medalist reveled in Saturday's snowflakes as if they were nature's ticker tape.