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Wild's four-game winning streak ends with 3-1 loss to Capitals

Minnesota Wild defenseman Mike Reilly (4) and defenseman Matt Dumba (24) battle for the puck against Washington Capitals right wing Alex Chiasson (39) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The Capitals held ground with star Alex Ovechkin out after taking a puck to the face, then closed out a home victory over the streaking Wild.

Windy City blues: Turnover-prone Gophers shut out at Northwestern

Northwestern running back Justin Jackson ran with the ball for a first down during the second quarter against Minnesota

Saturday's 39-0 loss to the Wildcats left the Gophers searching for answers, still one victory away from bowl eligibility. And that will have to come next week vs. No. 5 Wisconsin.

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Shuster clinches record-setting fourth U.S. men's Olympics curling team

John Shuster was greeted by his family after his team won the Gold Medal at the U.S. Olympic curling team trials. Team Shuster beat Team McCormick to represent the USA in the 2018 Winter Olympics. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ � cgonzalez@startribune.com - November 18, 2017, Omaha, NE, Baxter Arena, US Olympic curling trials, Team McCormick vs. Team Shuster

John Shuster guided his foursome to a 7-5 victory over Team Heath McCormick to win the third and deciding playoff game at the U.S. Olympic trials.

Craig: How McVay has the Rams partying like it's 1999

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay talks to quarterback Jared Goff earlier this season. The duo has LA among the top teams in the NFL.

Smart moves have transformed the Rams from doormat to contender - just as they did as the "Greatest Show on Turf" Super Bowl team

3A: St. Croix Lutheran dominates Pequot Lakes to reach Prep Bowl

The Crusaders, typically prolific on offense, showed a stifling defense as well in a 45-7 victory.

Feeling comfort: Pitino knows AD Coyle has his back

Tough conversations — and some winning — have helped quickly form a tight bond between Gophers AD Mark Coyle and men's basketball coach Richard Pitino.

Sheehy's OT goal gives Gophers hockey a win over Harvard

The Gophers captain got his fourth goal in the past five games.

Anderson: Wisconsin tradition remains as deer season begins

STOKING THE FIRE: After dinner, the group departs to various barns and shacks, hoping for sleep before rising early Saturday to hunt. Here Dennis Anderson fires up a wood stove upon arrival after dinner at a shack on the Berg property where he headquarters during the Wisconsin season.

Change inevitably comes, but just as inevitably much stays comfortably the same

Pitinos buy home in Edina, sport court included, for $2.25 million

The Gophers basketball coach has a contract that runs through the 2021-22 season.

Vikings 4-1-1: Everything about Sunday's Vikings-Rams game

Links to team updates, rosters, statistics, our Live Blog and more. Click here for a guide to Sunday's game between the Vikings and Los Angeles Rams.

Michael Jordan replaces fan's jersey he signed in '90s that was stolen years later in Wis.

Two suspects were confronted by a family member, and they said they were looting the home.

Scoggins: Hulk? Monster? Vikings' NT Joseph swallows opponents whole

Minnesota Vikings Linval Joseph (98).

Linval Joseph is 6 feet, 4 inches and 329 pounds of muscle and intimidation who benched 550 pounds - in high school.

Souhan: A bad Gophers' loss, yes, but don't jump to conclusions

Minnesota running back Rodney Smith recovers a ball he almost fumbled during a return in the fourth quarter. The Gophers lost to Northwestern 39-0.

If you thought Minnesota had turned a corner by scoring 54 points against Nebraska, you were wrong. If you think P.J. Fleck has no chance to win because of one bad game, you're dangerously jumping to conclusions.

Hartman: Massive improvement by Vikings offensive line is obvious

Minnesota Vikings Riley Reiff (71). ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï cgonzalez@startribune.com - November 12, 2017, Landover, MD, FedEx Field, NFL, Minnesota Vikings vs. Washington Redskins.

The Vikings have given up only 10 sacks in nine games. That's the NFL's second-lowest mark behind the Saints, who have Drew Brees, one of the quickest-release passers in league history.

NBA Insider: Barea helped lead relief effort for his native Puerto Rico

J.J. Barea led a fundraising effort that filled up the Mavericks' team plane with supplies five times this fall and, filled to capacity, brought back passengers seeking to flee the widespread wreckage.

Follow the state high school football semifinals on our preps Live Blog

The first four of 14 state semifinal games begins at 11:30 a.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium. Get the latest on football and other high school sports on our Live Blog.

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Stalock solid for Wild in loss to Capitals
The Wild Beat

Wild goalie Alex Stalock hadn't worked a game in almost two weeks and went 17 days in between starts, but the backup didn't appear to show any rust when he returned to the crease Saturday to face the Capitals.

Anderson: Wisconsin tradition remains as deer season begins
Dennis Anderson

Change inevitably comes, but just as inevitably much stays comfortably the same


A play-calling example provided by Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, along with terminology explanation:
Formation and motion: Red Left Switch Tight Close Z Right
Protection: Sprint Right G
Route concept: U Corner Halfback Flat

From Grant to Zimmer, Vikings play-calling has come a long way

Craig: How McVay has the Rams partying like it's 1999
Scoggins: Hulk? Monster? Vikings' NT Joseph swallows opponents whole
Double trouble: Diggs-Thielen tandem creates matchup nightmares

Dallas Mavericks' J.J. Barea

NBA Insider: Barea helped lead relief effort for his native Puerto Rico

Wolves' Butler isn't bothered by missing shots
Mixing it up: Tyus Jones giving Wolves chemistry off the bench
Michael Jordan replaces fan's jersey he signed in '90s that was stolen years later in Wis.

Minnesota Wild defenseman Mike Reilly (4) and defenseman Matt Dumba (24) battle for the puck against Washington Capitals right wing Alex Chiasson (39) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Wild's four-game winning streak ends with 3-1 loss to Capitals

Dubnyk sits out vs. Capitals for 'mental break'
Sunday Q&A: Wild forward Matt Cullen
Capitals nix Wild's season-high win streak

Northwestern running back Justin Jackson ran with the ball for a first down during the second quarter against Minnesota

Windy City blues: Turnover-prone Gophers shut out at Northwestern

Feeling comfort: Pitino knows AD Coyle has his back
Souhan: A bad Gophers' loss, yes, but don't jump to conclusions
Pitinos buy home in Edina, sport court included, for $2.25 million

This time, it's Air Owatonna in 56-28 victory over Brainerd

3A: St. Croix Lutheran dominates Pequot Lakes to reach Prep Bowl
Pierz tramples Jordan to reach 3A Prep Bowl
Edina wins Class 2A girls' swimming and diving title for 15th time

The Twins celebrated Opening Day 2017 on April 13. Next season the radio broadcasts will be on a new (old) station.

Twins radio broadcasts will move back to WCCO Radio

Astros' Altuve wins AL MVP, Marlins' Stanton earns NL honor
Manfred: MLB pace changes will happen with or without union
Aaron Boone interviews for New York Yankees manager

Shaq, Seimone, Sylvia: Fowles has her number retired at LSU

WNBA receives 'A' on race and gender report card
Jackpot! Las Vegas wins WNBA draft lottery
Sunday Q&A: Lynx star Lindsay Whalen

STOKING THE FIRE: After dinner, the group departs to various barns and shacks, hoping for sleep before rising early Saturday to hunt. Here Dennis Anderson fires up a wood stove upon arrival after dinner at a shack on the Berg property where he headquarters during the Wisconsin season.

Anderson: Wisconsin tradition remains as deer season begins

Thinking winter and beyond: How to prepare to get out and enjoy the season
Least-reserved state parks: No obstacles for you
Scopes now allowed for all muzzleloader deer hunting

Fleetwood wins European Tour's order of merit

Tommy Fleetwood won the Race to Dubai and the right to be called the top golfer in Europe after a tense battle with Justin Rose that was ultimately decided on the final green of the season on Sunday.


The referee breaking unseen barriers for women in soccer

Having made the breakthrough, the first woman referee in any of Europe's top soccer leagues is asking how long it will take for other countries…


Top 25 Takeaways: Badgers get close-up; Cardiac 'Canes back

No. 5 Wisconsin handled its close-up in a most Wisconsin way and No. 2 Miami went back to being the Cardiac 'Canes.Saturday was the sort…


Boudreau: Capitals kept Wild in own end for much of 3-1 loss

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau discussed the 3-1 loss to the Capitals Saturday.


French skiers to start in Lake Louise after Poisson's death

The French skiing federation says its athletes will compete in Lake Louise at the first World Cup speed events of the Alpine season despite the death of David Poisson earlier this week.