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Former MSR columnist hailed as ‘quintessential great man’

Kwame McDonald

The Minnesota Coalition of Women in Athletic Leadership has renamed its annual award after the late MSR senior columnist Kwame McDonald. McDonald, who died in 2011, was honored for his longtime coverage of women and girls in sport at the 29th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration February 5 at the Minnesota History Center.

The day was instituted by Congress in 1986 to honor female athletic achievement at all levels. The first celebration took place in 1987 to honor Flo Hyman for her athletic exploits and work for equity in women’s sports. Hyman, a U.S. Olympic volleyball player, received the honor after she died of Marfan’s Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan.

“He [McDonald] is another pioneer, another champion in the cause of equity that all of us have benefited from,” said Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to the MSR after his proclamation presentation. “It’s fitting that he is properly being honored today.” Continue Reading →

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College sports: where the money goes


The Knight Commission on Sports recently reported that college athletic spending is three to 12 times more than is spent on academics. Recently, the MSR received the most recent reporting data from the University of Minnesota, and we examined 2012 and 2013 revenues and expenses for all 25 men’s and women’s sports programs at the school. We chose six of them — women’s basketball (WBB), women’s hockey (WH) and volleyball (VB); men’s basketball (MBB), men’s hockey (MH) and football (FB) — because they are revenue generating sports. Rounded in thousands of dollars, monies generated from ticket sales greatly varied among the six teams:


FB — $11.2 million in 2012 and $11.4 million in 2013;

MBB — $5.6 million (2012) and $5.2 million (2013);

MH — $5 million (2012) and $5.1 million (2013);

WBB — $261,000-plus (2012) and $269,000-plus (2013);

WH — $45,000 (2012) and $87,000 (2013); and

VB — $119,000 (2012) and $147,000 (2013). Only Minnesota football ($34.5 million), men’s basketball ($16.9 million), and men’s hockey ($204,919) brought in money from post-season appearances, but not women’s hockey, despite the fact that they won consecutive national championships during the same time period. 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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Sims-Griner combo makes Baylor stand tall


By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer
Although her taller teammate 6-8 junior center Brittney Griner typically draws most of the attention, Baylor sophomore guard Odyssey Sims stands tall in her own right. Brittney Griner                           Odyssey Sims
Baylor came to town and left Sunday as the nation’s top-ranked women’s basketball team, and the 5-8 Sims is a major reason for their success thus far this season. She had 15 points, nine assists, and four steals in an 89-60 win over Minnesota.                   
“You need a point guard like that who can make that team run,” said Minnesota Coach Pam Borton afterwards. Baylor Coach Kim Mulkey handed her the ball in her 10th collegiate game last season, and Sims has been the team’s starting point guard ever since. Continue Reading →

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Hoops odds and ends – More women’s games on ESPN — but still just a blip



By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


ESPN will show a record-high 130 women’s basketball games this season on its family of channels: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3. Along with their Full Court’s pay-per-view package, nearly 250 games are scheduled for telecast during the 2011-12 season. “We are adding more and more each year,” said Carol Stiff, the network’s vice president of programming and acquisition during a November 11 media conference call. “There is a lot to watch.”

The network also will air all 63 games of the NCAA tournament in March. However, women’s college hoops coverage is still just a blip — only two games were part of Tuesday’s ESPN 24 Hours of Hoops marathon coverage. Continue Reading →

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