Sports & Leisure

  • Gopher men advance to Frozen Four
    Minnesota (27-6-6) will face North Dakota in the Frozen Four semifinals in Philadelphia on April 10. Boston College will play Union in the other semifinal.March 31, 2014
  • Wisconsin students celebrate Badgers' NCAA victory
    Thousands of students rushed onto State Street in Madison to celebrate Wisconsin's 64-63 overtime victory over Arizona in the NCAA basketball tournament, a win that sends the Badgers to the Final Four.March 30, 2014
  • Police fire pepper spray at students after game
    Tucson police said Saturday night that they shot pepper spray at several hundred fans who took to the streets and threw beer bottles and firecrackers at officers after the University of Arizona basketball team's overtime loss in the NCAA tournament.March 30, 2014
  • No-kill caviar aims to keep the treat and save the sturgeon
    Caviar was once the food of kings and czars -- and for a sturgeon, it meant death. But a new technique of massaging the ripe eggs from a female sturgeon -- without killing or even cutting the fish open-- could make caviar more abundant, more affordable, and more accessible to all.March 30, 2014
  • For women, being a jock may also signal political ambition
    Women who play competitive sports in college are more likely to go into politics, a study says, suggesting that increased opportunities for women under Title IX may help boost interest in public office.March 29, 2014
  • Would March be less mad if players were paid?
    Last week's National Labor Relations Board ruling that football players at Northwestern University should be able to form a union triggered dire warnings from the NCAA that the ideal of the student-athlete would be forever corrupted if players were treated as employees and paid as such. But for fans, the reality is that the game wouldn't change. The real question is how the pie would be sliced, with players suddenly demanding a share of the take.March 29, 2014
  • U of M fires women's basketball coach Pam Borton
    Pam Borton was relieved of her duties immediately and assistant coach Kelly Roysland will serve as interim coach, the university said today.March 28, 2014
  • OMGTransit: Let a 'decision engine' get you to work
    The Minneapolis-based hackers at OMGTransit rebooted their web service last night and are getting tantalizingly close to putting a transportation system in the palm of your hand -- or at least on your smart phone.March 28, 2014
  • Gopher women's basketball coach's seat gets hotter after NIT loss
    The season is over for the University of Minnesota women's basketball team. They were defeated by South Dakota State last night in the women's N.I.T. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the future of the Gopher program and head coach Pam Borton.March 28, 2014
  • Finding the perfect cup of coffee can be a grind(er)
    In the tiny town of Troy, Idaho, Barb and Doug Garrott have spent the past three years perfecting a machine that could change the morning routines of coffee drinkers all over the country: a $175 hand-cranked coffee grinder. It's called the Lido 2, the first run of 500 has already sold out on preorder, and coffee aficionados are asking for more.March 28, 2014
  • Northwestern player unionization could cause sweeping changes
    A federal decision to allow Northwestern University football players to unionize will have little immediate impact on major universities like the University of Minnesota, but it could portend big changes down the road.March 27, 2014
  • College athletes can unionize, federal agency says
    The decision by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board answered the question at the heart of the debate over the unionization bid: Are football players who receive full scholarships to the Big Ten school considered employees under federal law, thereby allowing them to unionize?March 26, 2014
  • Appetites: Taprooms bubble up across Minn.
    Minnesota is in the midst of a taproom boom. Including open and soon-to-open taprooms, there are about 25 in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and many more across the state.March 26, 2014
  • Planning woes raise SW light rail costs, delay opening to at least 2019
    The new timeline accounts for delays in planning the passenger service from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie, officials said Wednesday.March 26, 2014
  • Parking restrictions end Thursday for Minneapolis and St. Paul
    Drivers will be able to park on both sides of the street in St. Paul and Minneapolis starting tomorrow, when the cities lift emergency parking restrictions put in place earlier this month because of excessive snow.March 26, 2014

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