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  • There's a reason they call it March Madness
    Take fantasy football. Fans make up their own teams, yes, but they know who the players are. It's their fantasy, but it's real, knowledgeable fantasy. By contrast, March Madness is like phantom basketball. It's more like a lottery. Who are these teams? Where did they come from? It's upside-down.March 19, 2014
  • Judge: Former University of Minnesota golf coach proved discrimination
    Judge Thomas Sipkins ruled Tuesday that former coach Kathryn Brenny is entitled to double her back pay and compensation for mental anguish -- in all, $359,588, plus attorneys' fees.March 18, 2014
  • A cold one for everyone: Craft beer sales surge in 2013
    Craft beer sales jumped 20 percent last year and now make up nearly 8 percent of all beer sales in America, according to new numbers from the Brewers Association, an industry trade group.March 18, 2014
  • Book shows Wahl was a trailblazer for women
    A new biography celebrates the life of a true trailblazer. "Her Honor" by Star Tribune columnist Lori Sturdevant tells the story of Rosalie Wahl. Wahl, who died in 2013, was the first woman to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court.March 18, 2014
  • A look at Target Field, five years later
    As Target Field turns 5, how is it doing financially?The Daily Circuit, March 18, 2014
  • Can classes yield a billion-dollar bracket?
    Warren Buffett looks at his offer to pay $1 billion to anyone who fills out a perfect NCAA tournament bracket as nothing more than a matter of having the numbers in his favor.March 17, 2014
  • Lynx out, Mayo in on team jerseys
    The Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA today became the first team to wipe its name off its jerseys and sell the space to an advertiser, in this case the Mayo Clinic.March 17, 2014
  • Gophers not invited to the big dance
    In sports, we now know the 68 teams that will be competing in the men's NCAA basketball tournament, and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers are not one of them.March 17, 2014
  • At state HS hoops tourney, losing isn't fun
    When a few Hopkins kids covered their faces with their jerseys when it was over, when they accepted the second-place trophy and regarded it like the bag of litter at the end of lunch at a fast-food joint, it was understandable. No sportswriters or commenters called them bad sportsmen -- unlike what happened when the US women's hokcey team lost.March 17, 2014
  • NFL visits to consider Twin Cities Super Bowl bid
    Six members of the NFL's Super Bowl unit toured the construction site of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium and venues like the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and Union Depot in St. Paul and Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.March 14, 2014
  • Close games and a thriller ending mark boys basketball tournament so far
    It was a wild day at the Minnesota Boy's High School tournament yesterday with several of the games going to multiple overtimes. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune.March 14, 2014
  • Hopkins wins hoops tourney, makes new enemies
    The name of the game in the Minnesota State High School League basketball tournament is winning, so is it a problem if a team exploits the rules and wins in a way that doesn't seem quite right?March 14, 2014
  • Retiring U of M goalie Noora Raty looks ahead
    Noora Raty, widely considered one of the best goalies in the country at age 24, announced her retirement after Finland was eliminated from medal contention.The Daily Circuit, March 13, 2014
  • Dallas Seavey wins second Iditarod race
    Seavey, 27, was victorious in the iconic dog sled race for a second time, slipping under the famed burled arch in Nome, Alaska, the finish line for the 1,000-mile-long trail.March 11, 2014
  • Stars' Peverley collapses on bench; game vs. Blue Jackets called off
    Rich Peverley underwent a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat six months ago after a physical revealed the condition at the start of training camp. The Dallas Stars' forward missed a game last week with a recurrence of the problem. But his biggest scare came Monday night.March 11, 2014

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