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State of hockey? Good! Wild clinch playoffs!



Minnesota’s resent surge of playoff success continues with the Minnesota Wild clinching a playoff spot on the final day of the NHL season. It took a 3-1 win at Colorado for the Wild to grab -the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot and win a tie-breaker over Columbus. It’s the first playoff appearance for the Wild since 2007. It’s a been a long time coming, but Minnesota sports teams, after a few lean years, have been making a bit of a comeback. The Lynx started that comeback two years ago by winning the WNBA Championship; last year they were a WNBA Finalist. Continue Reading →

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More should be done to honor Kwame McDonald


Why is it that we Blacks must often wait for the shortest month each year to be honored, to get our accomplishments recognized, to get our heritage respected? Why do we often have to be half-past dead to finally get our bouquets? It took one Black History Month and nearly half of another before the Minnesota Golden Gophers publicly honored the late Kwame McDonald, who died in October 2011. The belated recognition came Sunday at halftime of the Minnesota-Illinois men’s basketball game. The Gopher women are expected to offer a similar tribute at this Sunday’s Minnesota-Northwestern contest. Continue Reading →

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Recovery from an ACL injury is quicker now, but still challenging


Modern medicine has improved so much in recent years that an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury these days isn’t career-ending for an athlete, but rather a temporary setback. Historically, “People were really stiff coming out of surgery,” notes orthopedic surgeon Dr. Joel Boyd. “Then the surgical knee was immobilized in a cast, and then began rehab. It would take people a year to come back.”

Boyd, the team physician for the Minnesota Vikings, Wild and Lynx, points out that “accelerated rehab” now is the norm rather than the exception for most athletes. Nonetheless, the doctor says that there’s no substitute for hard work during rehabilitation if the person really wants to get back to action. Continue Reading →

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