Sports & Leisure

  • Minnesota's 44 Olympians: How they're doing
    There are 44 athletes with Minnesota ties competing at the Sochi Olympics. We have one biathlete and one luger, two speed skaters, six skiers, eight curlers and 26 hockey players. We're tracking the athletes and the team as the games progress.February 15, 2014
  • Photos: At the Metrodome, wrecking ball continues its work
    It took more than two years to build the Metrodome; it will take considerably less time to tear it down. MPR News photographer Jeffrey Thompson visited the 32-year-old 'dome yesterday to check in on the demolition.February 14, 2014
  • Seeing Sochi: Our favorite photos of Minnesota Olympians
    Athletes with connections to Minnesota are flying high at the Sochi Winter Olympics -- quite literally in the case of skier Keri Herman from Bloomington.February 14, 2014
  • Spring training about to begin for Minnesota Twins
    On Sunday, pitchers and catchers for the Minnesota Twins arrive in Fort Myers, Fla., to start getting ready for the upcoming baseball season. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the team.February 14, 2014
  • Seeing Sochi Day 7: Our favorite Olympics photos
    In Sochi today, the U.S. men's hockey team crushed Slovakia, Canada won their fifth straight in women's curling and Evgeni Plushenko retired from competitive figure skating shortly after withdrawing from the men's competition.February 13, 2014
  • Why would you camp in the winter?
    Meet Chris Gibbs, one of the Minnesotans who voluntarily sleeps outside in a tent in the depths of winter. "The world kind of stands still in the winter," Gibbs says.February 13, 2014
  • Photos: See the allure of winter camping
    Chris Gibbs' first attempt at traditional winter camping in the Boundary Waters didn't end well. "We had a 20 below night and our Stove Top stuffing froze to the bottom of the bowl," Gibbs said. "We kind of decided to pull the plug on that one very quick -- we weren't very well prepared." He's quickly learned what's necessary to adequately prepare for a camping trip in the Minnesota winter. Here are some of his photos.February 13, 2014
  • US crushes Slovakia 7-1 in men's Olympic hockey
    Paul Stastny scored twice during a six-goal barrage in the second period, and the United States got off to a spectacular start in the Olympic men's hockey tournament with a 7-1 victory over Slovakia on Thursday.February 13, 2014
  • Canterbury agrees to simulcast races for off-track betting at Northern Lights Casino
    This is the first deal to take advantage of a law enacted in 2012 to allow off-track betting. The agreement is subject to state and federal approval, but backers hope to get it operating during this year's racing season.February 12, 2014
  • Final price for Vikings upgrades at TCF may nearly double initial estimate
    The preliminary price tag on tomorrow's agenda is $6.6 million in capital improvements, up from the $3.5 million that the team and school initially estimated in a 2013 agreeement.February 12, 2014
  • Seeing Sochi Day 6: Our favorite Olympics photos
    In Sochi today, the US women's hockey team fell to their arch-rival Canada; the US men curlers finally notched a win, but the US women lost to China.February 12, 2014
  • Canada beats US 3-2 in Olympic women's hockey
    Megan Agosta scored twice and assisted on Hayley Wickenheiser's goal to lead Canada to a 3-2 victory over the United States on Wednesday in a tense preview of the expected gold medal match.February 12, 2014
  • Olympic curling: US men notch win; women struggle
    Meanwhile, wearing flat caps, knee-length knickers and dark blue soccer socks, the stylish Norwegians beat Germany 8-5 for a third consecutive victory. "It was knickerbockers vs. lederhosen today," Norway curler Christoffer Svae said. "And the knickerbockers won."February 12, 2014
  • Ski jumping in the U.S. owes a debt to Minnesota
    Ski jumping in Minnesota can trace its history back to 1883, when Norwegian brothers Torjus and Mikkel Hemmestvedt brought the sport to the bluffs of southern Minnesota. It then spread to the hills of western Wisconsin, the North Shore and the Upper Peninsula of MichiganFebruary 11, 2014
  • Shaun White falls just short of three-peat quest in halfpipe
    In an event that came down to a dramatic final run, American snowboarder Shaun White finished in fourth place in the men's halfpipe Tuesday, falling just short of the podium with a score of 90.25. White needed a score of better than 94.75 to take gold.February 11, 2014

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