Recent content from Chip Scoggins
Here is a body..
Contributing to the community is a part of the job description at top workplaces.
This is a test for staff bios
This is to test related items in addition to inline video
This is a dek
Here is a dek.
Defenses in college football already play on a slanted field. How quickly the Gophers' new-look unit matures will determine whether P.J. Fleck's program takes the next step and wins the Big Ten West.
None charged in Mpls. riot crimes publicly linked to far-right groups
Welcome to the weirdest college football season on record.
There is no adequate way to describe what it's like to work with Sid Hartman, but he was certainly a special colleague.
Plenty of Colts season-ticket holders who were able to score tickets to Sunday's game vs. the Vikings sold them on the secondary market. At a premium, in some cases. Capacity was capped at 2,500
The overmatched Vikings defense was ill equipped in every way to stop Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense.
Spring football won't have the same aura towns like Hutchinson have come to embrace. It's still football, and that's better than nothing, but you can understand the disappointment players felt Tuesday.
This is how the NFL intends/hopes/prays to make pandemic football succeed, in the absence of a bubble: The honor system and self-policing. How realistic is that?
Born 17 years apart, Nelson Cruz and Luis Arraez are also very different hitters who consistently deliver in their own way; one mashes, the other slashes.
A familiar theme emerged on Opening Day of the strangest season in the 60 years of the Twins' existence that allows for one definitive statement that promises to hold up.
A 60-game season magnifies every game, but MLB has eased the intensity by expanding the playoff field from 10 teams to 16 for this season.
Lineup options abound for the 2020 Twins. And it's a lineup that looks even more formidable than the one that launched an MLB-record 307 home runs and scored a franchise-record 939 runs.
Chicago's Wrigley Field, a place revered for its rollicking party scene, was quieter than solitary confinement during Wednesday's game between the Twins and Cubs.
Baseball scouts showed little interest in the Twins reliever out of high school or college because he's smallish in size with a fastball that lacks sizzle. Yet he's in his 13th MLB season with three World Series rings and an All-Star appearance on his résumé.
Temperature checks, blocked-off bathroom stalls, hand sanitizer stations and, of course, masks are all part of allowing people — a few, anyway — back to watch.
The surge of COVID-19 cases in different states — including Florida, where the NBA, WNBA and MLS will be based — has cast new doubt about whether sports can pull this off.
In boxing, the fundamental objective is to knock down your opponent. At Circle of Discipline, a boxing gym on E. Lake St., the mission was just the opposite last week after the killing of George Floyd.
The legendary North High boys' basketball coach keeps replaying the video of George Floyd in his mind. "That could've been me. That could've been my son. That could've been any of my players."
Willie Mitchell, the tough ex-Wild player who appeared in 900-plus games over 15 NHL seasons, is now part owner of a resort on Vancouver Island.
Reading through baseball's 67-page manual for starting the season is a blunt reminder that "Game on!" will be far more complex than simply telling fans to stay home.
Pay reductions and hiring freezes already are in effect for the university's 25-team athletic department. But that's not going to be enough for the financial problems that are ahead.
When you consider at all the blue-chip high school talent being produced, this truly has become a basketball state. Chip Scoggins explains why and answers a bunch of other questions, too.
Sports executives are busy sorting through scenarios that would allow games to start again. They're trying to piece together timelines without an expiration date. How will ticket holders respond?
On the day that would have been the Twins season opener, manager Rocco Baldelli declined to reveal the lineup he would have submitted. That's no fun.
They know that staying home is necessary because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is something comforting about being alone in a basketball gym, shooting in silence.
If the Vikings don't have a mobile quarterback skilled at making something out of nothing, they'd better have a stalwart line that insulates him.
Being in Aruba was like standing on Mars watching something deeply personal go from zero to warp speed in a blink of the eye.
The Gophers failed to execute in a doomsday five-minute stretch that should be used as an instructional video on how not to handle crunch time.
The Wolves changed out a large chunk of their roster, but where did it get them? Is this it? There must be more moves coming because this is a mess.
The former Gophers star became friends with the late Lakers great.
Coach Mike Zimmer's nonnegotiable style of play, shortcomings in current personnel and a looming decision on running back Dalvin Cook's future. All are tied to the offensive line.
It was failure at the worst possible moments at Kinnick Stadium, and the U did not look like a team that started off 9-0.
A legitimate big game under a national spotlight, which, for those new to Gophers football, happens every half-century or so. Or so it seems.
Looking to assign blame for Sunday's loss? In all four phases of the game at Kansas City, the Vikings fell short.
Vikings players deserve credit for feasting on an Eagles defense that had vulnerable areas, but offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski's plan was a winner by being both creative and aggressive.
The problems begin, but don't end, with frazzled quarterback Kirk Cousins, now 5-27 against teams with a winning record.
In Green Bay, Kirk Cousins had a chance to alter the narrative attached to his Vikings tenure, that he wilts in big games. Instead, he reinforced that line of thinking.
Aaron Rodgers' "what down is it?" blunder on Sunday was dumb. Kirk Cousins' "what was he thinking?" fourth-quarter throw was dumber.
A terrible start got the Vikings behind the 8-ball, but they rallied and could have stolen the victory in Green Bay.
If the Vikings are able to climb back into the NFL's top tier, they'll do so on the shoulders of their terrific defensive line.
Byron Buxton is a marvelous outfielder who makes spectacular catches that often save runs … and endanger his health. His durability has become a problem without an obvious solution.
Former Timberwolves guard Fred Hoiberg, recently named coach at Nebraska, is here to watch his son play for Spartans
The football school has lost its mind of over basketball with the Tigers' unexpected romp to the first Final Four appearance in program history.
The Virginia Cavaliers are the only No. 1 seed in the Final Four and perhaps the most well-rounded team left.The Cavs can win low-scoring games,…
A look back at Saturday night's game.
Carsen Edwards endured a shooting slump and sore back late in the season but has regained his health and shooting touch in the tournament.
Purdue coach Matt Painter made four official visits as a senior in high school – Purdue, Michigan State, Minnesota and Evansville. He said he gave serious consideration to the Gophers over the Boilermakers but opted to stay close to home.
Ryan Cline's childhood dreams of being a hero became the Boilermakers' reality against Tennessee.
The Boilermakers made 15 three-pointers to advance to their first Elite Eight since 2000.
The NCAA basketball tournament has a history full of games with heart-stopping, buzzer-beating endings. Here's a look back at six of the most memorable ones:
The No. 9 seed Huskies suffocated Sam Merrill and Utah State's offense with a hard-nosed defensive performance in a 78-61 win at Nationwide Arena.
Iowa freshman Connor McCaffery, son of basketball coach Fran McCaffery, plays two sports for the Hawkeyes.
Technically, they already are in the tournament, but eight teams begin with an annual quirky soft launch before the grand party really commences.
Are we seeing growing pains in a new relationship or a fundamental divide that creates an unsustainable situation between the head coach and a top assistant?
Tom Thibodeau took a risk and got burned. And now his future as Timberwolves coach and basketball czar appears very much uncertain.
Those who gazed into the Twins future and saw up-and-coming stars have received another blunt reminder that baseball development cannot be scripted or predicted with ironclad certainty.
The team has handed out many big checks over the past two years in trying to keep intact its stars but still hopes to sign Anthony Barr, Danielle Hunter and Stefon Diggs to lucrative deals.
An individual's freedom to make choices should not be restricted out of fear that a small percentage will not act responsibly.
Fernando Romero's MLB debut showed why his stuff gives the Twins organization hope he can become a top-of-the-rotation flamethrower.
The Wild isn't on the cusp of hoisting the Stanley Cup, so why prevent a general manager from making necessary changes, even if they are grand in scope?
Wild owner Craig Leipold has two choices: Stay the course and hope things will be different next season, or make major changes in management and/or roster construction.
Devan Dubnyk described rookie defenseman Nick Seeler as "mean," praise that underscores the former Eden Prairie high school star's impact only 25 games into his NHL career.
Punching an opponent in the head after being so thoroughly dominated such as the Wild in Game 2 doesn't send a message. That's called blowing off steam.
A successful regular season was always an assumption, fair or not, because the Wild is built to be a playoff force. Is the team ready for that challenge?
Both teams are jockeying for playoff positioning in this critical week, but things have become a little harried for each one for different reasons.
News of Jorge Polanco's 80-game drug suspension as a result of a failed drug test serves as a reminder that best-laid plans can change in a blink of an eye.
A backup quarterback went nose-to-nose against the greatest quarterback in NFL history on the biggest stage, and came out victorious.
Nick Foles, the Eagles' backup most of the season was near perfect Sunday. He completed 26 of 33 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns with a 141.4 rating.