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Pandemic football audible: What if Gophers played North Dakota State?

North Dakota State defensive back Marcus Williams (1), who played high school football for Hopkins, scored after a pass interception against the Gophe

If the college football schedule is thrown into disarray by COVID-19 based travel restrictions, could Minnesota and North Dakota State put on a hastily planned game (or two)?


The Last Dance: Series ends, Jordan's search for acceptance goes on

Michael Jordan pours bubbly on Dennis Rodman inside the locker room after winning the NBA title on June 14, 1998.

Michael Jordan found peace on the basketball court, but the questions remain about whether he's ever really found peace away from the game.


U women's hoops mailbag: Any in-state recruits on the 2021 horizon?

U women's hoops mailbag: Any in-state recruits on the 2021 horizon?

The Gophers have two Minnesotans committed from the Class of 2021, and are looking at others, including a star center from Farmington.


Gophers baseball/softball mailbag: What's the outlook for 2021?

Gophers baseball/softball mailbag: What's the outlook for 2021?

Both teams had their seasons cut short this year, but both are well-stocked for next year.


Golf mailbag: Sharing your feelings about socially distanced golf

Golfers practice putting at Braemar Golf Course in Edina.

After a month of hitting the course with modified rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we took your temperature about what it's like playing this way.


Canterbury mailbag: Shouldn't racing without spectators be a sure thing?

Canterbury Park could open for horse racing without live fans. But Minnesota residents won't be able to bet on the races via computer or phone the way

Horses are arriving at the race track in Shakopee and people have an assortment of questions about what's going to happen next.


'The Last Dance,' In tragedy and defeat, Michael Jordan finds himself

Michael Jordan serves his father, James, right, a slice of birthday cake while his mother, Deloris watches during a party in honor of Jordan's 26th bi

The death of Michael Jordan's father, James, sends him on a journey away from the game of basketball, followed by a failure that fuels his second stint with the Bulls.


'The Last Dance,' Parts V and VI: Do you really want to be like Mike? It's a fair question

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As Michael Jordan reaches international superstardom, the world starts encroaching on his personal life and the image he has created. How would you handle that?


'The Last Dance,' Parts III and IV: Rodman steals the show just by being Rodman

Dennis Rodman added toughness, and weirdness, to the Chicago Bulls when he played for them from 1995-98. His story is a major theme of The Last Dance,

ESPN's The Last Dance will ultimately be the story of Michael Jordan. But what a blessing that we were given both Jordan and Dennis Rodman on the same team in 1998, with the cameras rolling.


Golf mailbag: Will 3M Open really happen? And how was your game?

Superintendent Brandon Gauster placed a pin flag for the 10th green, complete with an addition so the ball doesn't fall all the way in the hole, as he

There are a lot of variables that go into putting on a pro golf tournament. What needs to fall into place for the 3M Open to go on as planned?


40 years ago: A memorable Twins and North Stars doubleheader

40 years ago: A memorable Twins and North Stars doubleheader

On April 22, 1980, a fan could watch the Twins win their home opener in 90-degree heat and watch the North Stars take on Montreal in the Stanley Cup playoffs. That's what Jerry Zgoda did.


U women's hoops mailbag: How deep will Gophers' rotation be?

Gopher coach Lindsay Whalen

Coach Lindsay Whalen will have more options than she did last season, with freshmen and transfers adding depth at every position.


'The Last Dance,' Parts I and II: Remember all we forgot about Michael Jordan

'The Last Dance,' Parts I and II: Remember all we forgot about Michael Jordan

The first two segments of Jason Hehir's 10-part documentary covering the Chicago Bulls' 1997-98 championship run have story lines to spare.


Gophers welcome 25 who hope to make a splash

The Gophers announced their full incoming swimming and diving classes on Wednesday. Both on the men's and women's side, they are talented and from many places.


U women's tennis had best start in more than 40 years before season's halt

The Gophers had a nine-match winning streak and were undefeated at home before the coronavirus pandemic ended their season.


Golf mailbag: Would you play right now? And where would you play?

Keller Golf Course in Maplewood.

In this mailbag, things are a little different: You provided the answers to questions posed by golf writer Jerry Zgoda.


U sports mailbag: Time to recognize women's gymnastics success?

University of Minnesota fans cheer on the women's gymnastics team.

A question about the contract status of the women's gymnastics staff and athletes who made an impact in the short spring season.


U women's hoops mailbag: What does Whalen's 2020-21 team look like?

Improving Klarke Sconiers is expected to give the Gophers a boost at center in 2020-21.

One thing we can say with some certainty: The Gophers will be much deeper in the post than they have been in Whalen's first two seasons. But what are their tournament chances?


Looking back at a Gophers softball season that ended too soon

Looking back at a Gophers softball season that ended too soon

Coming off a Women's College World Series appearance, Minnesota played a tough schedule and finished 15-9-1 with several impressive performances.


Coronavirus spoiled Division III swimming showdown between Minnesotans

Wentzel, who set a new D-III 200 breaststroke record, will be back next season for St. Catherine, but Kustritz was a senior this year for Denison in Ohio.