Onika Nicole Craven

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A lot of planning goes into sports tournaments







The inaugural Big Ten men’s hockey tournament held last week in St. Paul provided many inaugural moments, surprises and disappointments, not unlike other post-season events. All but one of the five tournament games were decided by a goal, including last Saturday’s inaugural championship game, won 5-4 by Wisconsin. The first two contests went to overtime as well as the title game. Only

Minnesota’s 3-1 loss to eventual tourney runners-up Ohio State had a wider winning margin. Continue Reading →

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Lynx players, coaches, fans reflect on championship run










Monday’s Minnesota Lynx championship celebration looked more like a bon voyage send-off, especially given that every player soon will leave for off-season overseas jobs. “It’s awesome having our fans out here and be able to say good-bye to them,” said Lynx guard Monica Wright, who heads to South Korea by month’s end.  

Added Israel-bound rookie Sugar Rodgers of her first overseas assignment, “I’m going down to take care of a little business, to see my family before I head out.”


“It’s a long off season, and I will miss this group,” noted Maya Moore, who will play again in China. Mounds of confetti became a temporary asphalt blanket on Monday as the procession that carried the 2013 WNBA Champions Lynx moved slowly along Nicollet Avenue, with adoring fans providing escort as they made their way to their downtown Minneapolis basketball home. There, inside, a large crowd impatiently awaited the arrival of the only local pro team that boasts a championship trophy these days. Continue Reading →

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Women talkin’ sports




Among my constant complaints about sports radio, besides its overbearing White male testosterone presence, is the absence of women voices. Even when White females are heard, they often act Gracie Allen-like as foils for the George Burns-like hosts. You won’t hear on sports radio someone like Jemele Hill, a Black female sports commentator who speaks her mind. We recently invited four local sistahs to visit us here at the MSR and talk sports. All four played college sports, two for the Gophers. Continue Reading →

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