Professional Sports

Wild Hire UMD Hall of Famer Tom Kurvers as Asst. GM

The former Hobey Baker Award winner spent the past ten seasons with Tampa Bay.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Wild have announced that UMD Hall of Famer Tom Kurvers will become their new assistant general manager. The Bloomington, MN native has spent the past 10 seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning as the assistant GM and senior advisor to the GM. He also spent time in Phoenix as director of player personnel. In…

Pionk, LeBlanc Captain “Heritage Summer Classic” Teams

The Heritage Summer Classic took place Monday night at the Duluth Heritage Center.

DULUTH, Minn. – Some of the best professional and semi–pro hockey players gathered at the Heritage Center for the annual Heritage Summer Classic. This year, Duluth native Drew LeBlanc and Hermantown native Neal Pionk were named team captains, but their fathers would coach on opposite teams. All the proceeds from the game go to the Ray Peterson Legacy Fund, which…

Tampa Bay Drafts Hermantown Native Cole Koepke

The UMD commit was selected in the sixth round of the 2018 NHL Draft.

DALLAS, Texas – Hermantown native and UMD commit Cole Koepke will be taking his talents to Tampa Bay as the Lightning selected the forward in the sixth round of the NHL Draft. Koepke currently plays in the USHL for the Sioux City Musketeers, finishing this past season fifth in the league in goals with 28. Koepke was a senior captain…

Coaches Corner: Duluth FC Previews World Cup

The Bluegreens gave us an unofficial preview of the 2018 World Cup.

DULUTH, Minn. – On this special edition of Coaches Corner, Duluth FC provided us with some insight into who they think will perform well in this year’s World Cup. The countries represented include England, Germany, Brazil and Columbia. Categories: Professional Sports, Sports

A Cup for the Iron Range

The local Virginia-MIB hockey community talks about the impact Matt Niskanen's Stanley Cup win will have on youth hockey.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – “I’d be a liar if I said I predicted Matt when he was 8 years old to be a 15–year NHL player,” Keith Hendrickson said. Keith Hendrickson was the head coach of the Virginia–MIB boys hockey team from 1986 to 2011, including the four years where Matt Niskanen donned the blue and white. And he remembers writing…

Duluth FC Back at PSS for Two-Game Homestand

The Bluegreens are coming off a big win over Sioux Falls 2-1.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth FC got a thrilling win over Sioux Falls Thunder FC on Monday night. Ryan Tyrer scored the go-ahead goal to give the Bluegreens their second win of the season. Duluth FC will be at home for their next two matches starting with Wednesday against VSLT FC, who are #1 in the NPSL North Conference. Duluth FC…

Huskies Ride Seven-Run First Inning to Win over Rox

Duluth wins their third in a row as they top St. Cloud 10-6 at Wade Stadium.

DULUTH, Minn. – In front of over 2,000 kids on Education Day, the Duluth Huskies hosted the St. Cloud Rox on Tuesday afternoon. Less than 24 hours after a walk off win on Opening Day, this game was much less competitive as the Huskies scored seven runs in the first inning en route to a 10-6 win. Chris Gilbody led…

Break Room to Host Team Shuster in Exhibition Pool Match

The exhibition will kickoff the 8 Ball Classic tournament for this weekend.

DULUTH — The Break Room will be hosting a special exhibition match this Thursday night featuring the gold–medal winning U.S. Olympic curling team and the Masconi Cup USA team. Event coordinator Dan Witzman says he got the idea from watching the Olympics. “The Swedish team, who the U.S. played for the gold medal, said in an interview when asked by…

Former Bulldog Headed to the Pros

UMD linebacker, Zach Bassuener, set to attend Vikings and Bills mini camps

DULUTH — Over the past few years, more and more NFL athletes have been produced by division two programs. The most well known here in Minnesota is current Vikings receiver and Minnesota State Mankato product, Adam Theilen. But there’s other examples as well, such as Denfeld native CJ Ham and now hopfully, former UMD linebacker, Zach Bassuener who is set to appear in…

Eight Ball Classic Coming Back to Duluth

Top Tier Pool Returns to The Break Room

DULUTH, Minn.- Presented by Dennis “Hatchetman” Hatch, The Break Room Duluth, and On The Wire Creative Media. 3RD ANNUAL EIGHTBALL CLASSIC! $5,000 Added (Based on full field). $1,000 entry. Race to 15. Take what you make. Modified BCA rules. Winner breaks. Professional dress code. Meet & greet 4pm – 5pm Friday. Players dinner at 5pm Friday. Calcutta starts Friday @ 6pm….

Starks Looks to Spark Basketball Bounce Back

Starks' Basketball Academy Heads for Hermantown

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- When describing Duluth Minnesota, basketball may not come to mind, but that’s not how its always been. Dyami Starks is one of the most recognized names in Duluth basketball, after graduating Duluth East, Starks played in college leading his team in scoring, and even play professionally overseas. Now he’s found a new passion, one that combines his love of…

Karson Kuhlman Signs 2-Year NHL Entry Deal

UMD's Senior Captain Signs with the Boston Bruins

ESKO, Minn.-  It seems that just as quickly as one journey ends, a new one begins as UMD Senior Captain Karson  Kuhlman has signed a 2 year entry level deal with the Boston Bruins. During his time with UMD, Kuhlman played in an astonishing 166 consecutive games, the 7th longest streak in NCAA history. The Esko native will join the Providence…

Wild Recall Former UMD Defenseman Soucy

Carson Soucy was the assistant team captain of the '16-'17 Bulldogs team.

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled defenseman Carson Soucy from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL). Soucy, 23, has tallied 15 points (1-14=15), 55 penalty minutes (PIM) and a team-leading plus-12 rating in 67 games during his rookie season with Iowa. The 6-foot-5, 208-pound…

Quebec Training Continues For ‘Haitian Temptation’

Update On Al Sands Training Camp In Canada

QUEBEC, Can.- Training camp in only getting more intense for the ‘Haitian Temptation’ Al Sands as some impressive names have rolled into town. Sands’ new sparring partners include 6’6″ Russian champion Arslanbek Mahmudov along with Colombian heavyweight Oscar ‘KaBoom’ Rivas. Al Sands is actually the smallest fighter at this camp at 6’2″ and 220 lbs. but says he’s leaning a ton…

Andy Welinski Recalled to Anaheim

Made NHL Debut December 11th

  ANAHEIM, Calif.-  Former UMD Defenseman Andy Welinski has been called back to the big leagues by the Anaheim Ducks. The Duluth native made his NHL debut December 11th, recording two assists in his first two games. Welinski was drafted by Anaheim 83rd overall in 2011. Anaheim plays a road game Wednesday with Calgary. Categories: Professional Sports, Sports, University of…

‘The Haitian Temptation’ Back In Action

Duluth Professional Boxer Al Sands Heads for Training Camp in Canada

DULUTH, Minn- It’s been nearly 3 months to the day since ‘The Haitian Temptation’ Al Sands returned home from his WBO title fight over in Russia. Never one to stand still long, Sands is already back in action packing his bags for Canada as he heads for yet another intense training camp with a heavy weight fighter. Sands, who fights…

Randolph Signs ECHL Deal with Railers

Duluth Native Lands Pro Contract

DULUTH, Minn- Duluth native Jake Randolph has signed a pro contract with the Worcester Railers of the ECHL. Randolph wrapped up his career with the University of Nebraska-Omaha boasting 27 career goals and 70 assists. Categories: Professional Sports, Sports

Kirk Cousins Officially Signs with Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings Have Landed Their Prize QB

(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) EAGAN, Minn- QB Kirk Cousins has officially signed with the Minnesota Vikings. The deal is reportedly worth $84 million dollars guaranteed, with $6 million dollars in incentives. The largest per–year basis contact in NFL history. Categories: Professional Sports, Sports

Free Agent QB Kirk Cousins Spotted in Minneapolis

Expected to Sign Deal with the Minnesota Vikings

Photo Cred: KMSP MINNEAPOLIS, Minn- Free agent QB Kirk Cousins has been spotted in downtown Minneapolis. He is expected to sign a 3-year fully guaranteed deal with the Vikings sometime Thursday. Categories: Professional Sports, Sports

Kirk Cousins is likely to sign with the Minnesota Vikings, per sources

Cousins to visit Vikings; agent says no decision made yet

(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins is predictably the top priority on Minnesota’s offseason shopping list. Cousins will visit with the Vikings on Wednesday after the league year begins, his agent Mike McCartney said. ESPN reported Tuesday that Cousins will sign with the Vikings, but McCartney said no decision has been made yet by his client….

Duluth’s Golden Moment

Members of U.S.A. Mens' Curling Return Home

DULUTH, Minn- A proud day for the Northland as the U.S.A. Mens’ Curling team returns home after making history in South Korea. Capturing the nations first ever curling gold medal. No lack of drama in the teams’ run to gold and glory, as they recovered from a 2–4 record only to face a dominant team Sweden in the finals. Chisholm…

Football Fans Watch Super Bowl LII in Duluth

Northland Fans Cheered for the Patriots and Eagles in the Big Game

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers may not have made it to the Super Bowl this year, but Northlanders were out at Grandma’s Sports Garden in Duluth enjoying the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots. FOX 21 spoke to Patriots fan Colton Sanders while he cheered his team on during their Super Bowl…

Construction Time-Lapse of US Bank Stadium for Super Bowl LII

Get an insiders look at the construction process of US Bank Stadium

(Photo Courtesy: EarthCam)Minneapolis, Minn. – On Sunday, February 4, the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will face-off at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for the biggest game of the year.  EarthCam is helping football fans get excited for this epic game by sharing its broadcast-quality construction time-lapse movie for the host stadium. Showcasing 32 months of progress, viewers can…

Fox Lands Five-Year Deal for Thursday Night Football

The announcement was made in Minnesota as Super Bowl excitement ramps up.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Fox and the NFL have agreed to a five-year deal for Thursday night football games. Fox, which has the Sunday afternoon NFC package, will produce all of the games under the deal, which is worth a little more than $3 billion, according to a person with direct knowledge of the terms of the deal who spoke…

Cleveland Indians Phasing Out Chief Wahoo Logo

“Just make the leap already.” - Philip Yenyo, executive director of the American Indian Movement of Ohio

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak) CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians are dropping the Chief Wahoo logo from their uniforms next year after decades of protests and complaints that the grinning, red-faced caricature used in one version or another since 1947 is racist. The move, announced Monday, came after protracted discussions between team owner Paul Dolan and baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. The…

Philly Fans Behaving Badly

Eagles fans throw beer cans - Vikings fans donate money to fight cancer

(AP Photo/Winslow Townson)PHILADELPHIA (AP) —The Minnesota Vikings fans who walked through hostile enemy territory at the NFC championship game had to expect the boos, the obscene gestures, and the shouts to go home; But some behavior surpasses the limit of “unsportsmanlike.” Eagles fans opened coolers and chucked unopened beer cans at Vikings fans. Social media users captured snapshots of fans…

Senators Make Bets on Vikings-Saints Game

Senators make “Cake and Ice Cream Bet." Home state favorites on the line.

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today joined Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) in a friendly “Cake and Ice Cream” bet on Sunday’s NFL playoff game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints. In a salute to the Vikings and Minnesota’s many dairy cows, Senator Klobuchar wagered purple-colored homemade ice cream against a king cake from Senator…

Lynx Give Coach Cheryl Reeve Contract Extension

(Courtesy of MN Lynx)MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – Following another championship season and several high-profile accolades, the Minnesota Lynx signed Head Coach Cheryl Reeve to a multi-year contract extension Thursday, also giving her the role of general manager in addition to her coaching duties. Reeve won her fourth WNBA title with the Lynx in 2017, notching her 195th total win as the coach of the franchise…

Twins’ Miguel Sano Facing Sexual Assault Allegations

(AP) MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – A professional photographer has come forward with an allegation that Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano assaulted her after an autograph signing. Betsy Bissen also alleges that sexual harassment she endured while covering the Twins “started off with the first base coach hitting on me almost every game I was at.” In a letter posted on Twitter,…

McCarthy: Packers’ Rodgers Preparing to Play this Weekend

Aaron Rodgers (AP) GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says quarterback Aaron Rodgers is getting ready to play against the Carolina Panthers this weekend. Rodgers was medically cleared to return from a collarbone injury on Tuesday night. Rodgers missed the last seven games after breaking his right collarbone in Week 6 at Minnesota. The two-time…

Packers’ Kendricks Charged with Possession of Marijuana

Lance Kendricks (TMZ) MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) – Green Bay Packers tight end Lance Kendricks has been charged with possession of marijuana stemming from a traffic stop in early September. The Journal Sentinel reports the 29-year-old Kendricks was stopped for speeding in the early morning hours of Sept. 2. Though he only received a warning for driving 81 mph in a…

Shuster Skates to Fourth Winter Olympics

Shuster Joins Multiple Duluthians Headed to South Korea

OMAHA, Neb- Chisholm native John Shuster is heading back to the Winter Olympics for an incredible fourth time. Shuster bested Heath McCormick in the final of a best of 3 series to win the U.S. Olympic trials. Duluth natives, and teammates Tyler George and John Landsteiner, as well as Wisconsin native Matt Hamilton, will join him. The 2018 Winter Olympics will…

Longtime Twins’ Coach Rick Stelmaszek Passes Away

JUPITER, FL – FEBRUARY 28: Rick Stelmaszek poses for a portrait during the Minnesota Twins Portrait Day on February 28, 2005 at Hammond Stadium in Ft. Myers, Florida.(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images). MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – Longtime Twins’ coach Rick Stelmaszek passed away Monday after a battle with cancer. He was 69. The Twins confirmed the news with a Tweet Monday evening, saying the team…

Shuster Eyes Fourth Winter Olympics

Chisholm Native Hopes To Represent U.S.A.

Whether it’s the World Curling Championships, or the Winter Olympics its nothing new for John Shuster. The Chisholm native has now his sights set on yet another milestone, a 4th winter Olympic games, with a team that’s been training together for years. But Shuster didn’t start with the Olympics in mind, it started as a hobby that grew into a…

Astros Win 1st World Series Crown

LOS ANGELES (AP) – From laughingstock to lift off. George Springer and the Houston Astros rocketed to the top of the baseball galaxy Wednesday night, winning the first World Series championship in franchise history by romping past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7. Playing for a city still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, and wearing an H Strong logo on…

Brewers Sign Pitcher Chase Anderson to 2-Year Contract

Chase Anderson (ESPN) MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Brewers have signed Chase Anderson to a two-year contract through the 2019 season, with club options for 2020 and 2021. The 29-year-old right hander was eligible for arbitration. General manager David Stearns said Thursday that Anderson showed last season he has the “capacity to lead the rotation.” Anderson went 12-4 with a…

Twins Tell Perkins They’ll Decline $6.5M Option for 2018

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Twins have told left-hander Glen Perkins they will decline their $6.5 million option on his contract for 2018 and pay him a $700,000 buyout. The Twins announced the decision Wednesday, moving Perkins closer to retirement. The 34-year-old three-time All-Star will become a free agent able to sign with any team, includes the Twins, but…

Lynx Capture 4th Title with 85-76 Win Over Sparks in Game 5

The new Minnesota Lynx logo, unveiled Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. (Courtesy of MN Lynx) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Sylvia Fowls had 17 points and broke her own WNBA Finals record by grabbing 20 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Lynx to their fourth championship in seven years with an 85-76 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 5 on Wednesday night….

Twins Clinch Unexpected Playoff Spot

The Minnesota Twins celebrate early Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Cleveland, as they earned the AL wild-card berth right after the Los Angeles Angels lost to the Chicago White Sox. The Twins had lost 4-2 to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night (AP) CLEVELAND (AP) — From worst to wild card, the Minnesota Twins have completed a most remarkable reversal….