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Gophers focus on Hockey Frozen Four

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


It was like Bachmann-Turner Overdrive last week for the Minnesota women’s hockey team, and this week it’s the Isley Brothers. Minnesota has been “Taking Care of Business,” scoring four unanswered goals to defeat Boston University 5-1 last Saturday in the NCAA quarterfinals. This Friday, they’ve still got “Work to Do” as the Gophers (37-1-1) face Wisconsin (28-7-2) in Hamden, Conn., the site of the 2014 Frozen Four. “It was business as usual,” proclaimed U of M junior defenseman Rachel Ramsey after the win. She added that the biggest prize still lies ahead of them. Continue Reading →

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‘Enormous’ graduation gap between Blacks and Whites in college hoops


In past years, I used to scrounge newsstands for any piece of needed information to fill out mimeographed bracket sheets, only to later lose my hard-earned money in the worksite pool. Don’t get me wrong — I still sequester myself watching the first two rounds through bloodshot eyes, with the mute button at full volume. However, I no longer act like Marvin Gaye, foolishly asking what’s going on, because I’m now like Johnny Nash and can see clearly now — my eyes are now wide open. While broadcasters and others call it the “Big Dance,” the annual NCAA men’s basketball tournament actually is like the players’ ball where the “pimps” — the television networks, the NCAA, advertisers and big-school officials — all get rich. An estimated $702 million in television revenues will be raked in, and with ticket sales, that amount is expected to balloon to around $797 million. Continue Reading →

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