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Chip Scoggins is a sports columnist and enterprise writer for the Star Tribune. He previously covered the Vikings, Gophers football, Wild, Wolves and high school sports in nearly 19 years at the paper.

Scoggins was born in Missouri but moved to Tennessee when he was only a few months old and lived there until he was 20. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a journalism degree. He worked at newspapers in Texas, Connecticut, North Carolina and Chicago before joining the Star Tribune in 2000.


Scoggins: Seeing will be believing when Loons kick off tonight

The seriousness and uncertainty of what's happening in the world and what's to come won't magically vanish, but the thought of being entertained seems awfully appealing right now.


Scoggins: Canterbury Park offers sports fans a glimpse of the future

Temperature checks, blocked-off bathroom stalls, hand sanitizer stations and, of course, masks are all part of allowing people — a few, anyway — back to watch.


Scoggins: There is no handbook for Twins' Baldelli in 60-game season

The 2019 AL Manager of the Year won't push too hard too fast despite the shortened schedule.


Scoggins: Positive tests dim hopes about the return to sports

The surge of COVID-19 cases in different states — including Florida, where the NBA, WNBA and MLS will be based — has cast new doubt about whether sports can pull this off.


Scoggins: Time for bold change among Minnesota's sports executives

Minnesota's sports leadership a largely homogeneous group of white people who run teams and programs that have a high percentage of athletes who are minorities. It's time to change that.


Scoggins: When (not if) Gophers test COVID-19-positive, listen to doctors

The coronavirus presents a complicated situation for universities as the fall approaches. No amount of health measures and protocols can eliminate risk entirely.


Scoggins: Baseball is redefining 'Moneyball' in the greediest of ways

The sport could have been the first back from the pandemic, but thanks to failed leadership and greed there's doubt it will be back this year at all.


Scoggins: Cook, Vikings should and will compromise on new contract

The Vikings will compromise. Cook will compromise. A summerlong staredown or threats of a training camp holdout are nothing more than Negotiating 101.


Becker wrestler doing well after heart procedure

After a medical emergency at the wrestling state meet, Brayden Weber has been cleared to resume physical activity and hopes to wrestle and play football again.


Scoggins: Boxing gym on Lake Street fighting for its neighborhood

In boxing, the fundamental objective is to knock down your opponent. At Circle of Discipline, a boxing gym on E. Lake St., the mission was just the opposite last week after the killing of George Floyd.