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Two years ago, Amanda Kessel felt like a shell of herself. Long gone were the nights she spent dominating on a hockey rink, replaced by miserable ones in a dark room watching television. Concussions suffered within a few months of each other after the 2014 Olympic Games seemed to end hockey for Kessel, the former Minnesota Gophers star who won the 2013 Patty Kazmaier Award as the nation's top women's college player.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said he "definitely" sees himself as a starter in 2018 but stopped short of speculating where he could end up as he enters the NFL offseason as a free agent for the first time since Minnesota used a first-round pick to select him in the 2014 draft. "I don't know what the future holds," Bridgewater said Monday, Jan. 22, when asked if he intends to return to the Vikings.
MINNEAPOLIS — The newly hired lawyer for suspended Gophers basketball player Reggie Lynch claimed Wednesday, Jan. 10, that sexual intercourse never happened between Lynch and two accusers, despite separate university investigations that found Lynch "responsible" for both incidents of sexual misconduct, which resulted in one recommendation for a 31-month ban from campus and another for expulsion. During a 57-minute news conference at his office in downtown Minneapolis, attorney Ryan Pacyga: • Said Lynch "vehemently" denies all allegations against him.
MINNEAPOLIS — With starting guard Amir Coffey injured and starting center Reggie Lynch suspended and now facing expulsion after a second school investigation found him responsible for a sexual misconduct offense, Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino held a team meeting Monday, Jan. 8, that one player called "atypical." Pitino's team entered this season with legitimate hopes of a deep NCAA tournament run. Two months later, an injury has marginalized their tournament hopes and Lynch's suspension has cast another dark cloud over Pitino's program.
MINNEAPOLIS — One day after University of Minnesota athletics director Mark Coyle and men's basketball coach Richard Pitino answered questions about their suspended senior center on the upper level of Williams Arena, the Gophers returned to their basketball home and tried to move on from the sexual misconduct investigation that led to the suspension of Reggie Lynch.
MINNEAPOLIS — University of Minnesota center Reggie Lynch is "still a part of" the basketball program and can practice with the team despite being found responsible for violating the U's sexual misconduct policy, athletics director Mark Coyle said Friday, Jan. 5. After an investigation by the university's Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, it was determined that Lynch violated the school's policies on sexual misconduct and on university rules during an incident in a dorm room in May 2016.
MINNEAPOLIS — Richard Pitino remained standing on the Gophers men's basketball sideline until the final minute of his team's win over Harvard finally concluded, ending a sloppy affair that offered little time for the head coach to relax. In a dream world for Pitino, Saturday's game would have offered a more definitive win than their 65-55 victory over Harvard that required last-minute timeouts and made free throws for a double-digit advantage.
MINNEAPOLIS — If the Vikings secure a first-round bye for the NFC playoffs on Sunday, Dec. 31, with a win over the Bears or a win from the Saints or Rams or loss from the Panthers, Terence Newman has a speech prepared for his teammates. The 15-year veteran cornerback doesn't want his message to overshadow what would be a 13-3 regular season, the Vikings' best record since their 15-1 season in 1998.
MINNEAPOLIS Twins all-star third baseman Miguel Sano was accused of grabbing a Twin Cities photographer by the wrist and forcibly trying to kiss her after a signing event in October 2015, the woman wrote in an online post Thursday. Betsy Bissen, a freelance photographer who has shot St. Paul Saints and Twins games, also accused a former Twins first base coach of unwanted advances and said Sano “didn’t rape me, but he sure did assault me.” The alleged incident occurred after a signing at Fan HQ, a memorabilia store in Minnetonka's Ridgedale Center, on Oct.
MINNEAPOLIS — During a nine-day break following a hectic schedule, Richard Pitino told his now-unranked Gophers men's basketball team to forget about upcoming opponents and focus on the lapses in their play that has led to losses in two of their past three games. Specifically, he talked with them about their struggles covering the 3-point line. A year ago, the Gophers surprised all of college basketball with a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament secured by a field goal defense and 3-point defense that ranked best in the Big Ten.