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Olympic Gold Medalist Sunisa Lee Bets on More NCAA Success – WCCO

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Sunisa Lee needed a break from the grueling, absorbing world of elite gymnastics. it’s an easy decision. READ MORE: Sunisa Lee, Grace McCallum return to Minnesota, Olympic medals in hand “Dancing with the Stars” among other endeavors. The 19-year-old is not your normal college freshman. “Even without the NIL, I knew I wanted to go to college anyway just because I had to find my love of sports again,” Lee said. “I had to get out of the elite world just because it’s so different. This is much more fun and having the support of the team”. NIL’s new rules allowed him to turn his success in Tokyo last summer into financial security without sacrificing college experience and education. And she without spending all day locked in the gym. Lee has helped lead the Tigers to the NCAA championships, April 14-16 in Fort Worth, Texas, for the first time since 2016. He scored his fifth 10 of the season at the regional at Neville Arena, this in the balance beam to help Auburn get past Kentucky. The All-American she ranked first nationally on the uneven bars, where she won bronze in Tokyo, she tied for first on balance beam and second on all. -around. “I think if the Olympics were a year early and this happened, she wouldn’t be able to make the decision” to attend college, said Auburn coach Jeff Graba, whose twin brother Jess has been Lee’s personal trainer for a long time. . As Lee competes for NCAA titles, she too feels like she has a lot to prove. Lee’s overall gold came after favorite Simone Biles withdrew from the competition citing mental health issues. Lee said that she believes that she has not yet reached her full potential and that is worthy of a gold medal. “I think it’s something I want to prove to myself, because I think I have a lot of doubts,” said Lee, a Hmong American who is from Minnesota. “And prove it to everyone else, but most importantly to myself. “I don’t want to look back and think that I could have done so much more. I want to look back and know that I gave everything I had and if I didn’t succeed, I didn’t. But I gave it my all.” READ MORE: After winning gold, Sunisa Lee adds bronze on uneven bars Lee has a leotard line with GK Elite and a clothing line with Pretty Little Thing., which she continues while living in a dorm like other Freshmen Auburn year with her roommate/teammate Sara Hubbard. She has splurged on a car and her first designer bag, but most of all she fears spending too much now and not having enough later. “I am very afraid to use my money,” Lee said. “I am very cautious because I have to be.” She is still taking online courses and spent the fall in Los Angeles for the dance competition before officially joining the team at Auburn in December. Lee feels that appearing on “Dancing With the Stars” (she made it to the semifinals with her partner Sasha Farber) makes her “a more exciting person.” “She just makes it interesting,” Lee said. “It’s really cool that she can do all of this at such a young age. But then I am afraid. When she’s older, what am I going to do then? Because if I do everything now, what am I going to do in the future? “But I don’t know, it’s really exciting.” Lee has also dealt with the sudden fame that comes with being an Olympic champion. She can’t just go to the grocery store or go out to dinner quietly. She even stopped going to Auburn basketball games. It’s all part of the new normal for a teenager who’s not quite used to being the center of attention yet, but she’s eager to never seem so distant. like, ‘Hold my baby. Take my photo. She signs my shoes,’” Hubbard said of her roommate. “I think it’s overwhelming. It’s kind of scary when a bunch of random people are at your business.” But Graba and Lee’s teammates said in and around the practice gym that she is just another gymnast from Auburn. Dealing with high expectations is part of the challenge. “She’s probably the one who pushes herself the most,” her teammate Cassie Stevens said. “But I think she’s handling it much better, listening to what we have to say. Like, just being you is good enough. Actually, she’s great.” But, Graba added: “She doesn’t win an Olympic gold medal without having that hard-as-nails mentality.” MORE NEWS: ‘I told her she was my hero’: Suni Lee’s head coach reflects On watching her win Olympic gold(© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed ).

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Gilbert Dominant On Mound To Lift Mariners Past Twins 5-0 – WCCO

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SEATTLE (AP) — At the rate he’s going, Logan Gilbert will find himself pitching in Los Angeles in the All-Star Game a month from now. -Batter in the Mariners’ 5-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. depression. But the only thing everyone wanted to talk about afterwards was another excellent performance from Gilbert. “It sounds to me like he’s putting together an All-Star season,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I think he’s certainly setting himself apart as one of the best starters in this league.” Gilbert cut his ERA to 2.22, struck out six and walked one. Gilberto Celestino, batting No. 9, and Carlos Correa hit two singles off Gilbert, but the rest of the Twins’ lineup was unsuccessful. The only time Minnesota threatened was in the sixth with runners on first and second and two out, but Gilbert struck out Max Kepler on a 3-2 pitch. It was the fourth time this year that Gilbert won after a loss in Seattle. “I’m trying to always set the tone when it’s my day, and get ahead and keep zeros on the board and give us a chance to win,” Gilbert said. . “So win or lose, that’s my job. And that’s what I’ve tried to go out and do.” Gilbert (7-2) has allowed three runs or fewer in 12 of his 13 starts this season. He has pitched at least six innings in six straight outings, and only Seattle, wanting to keep the pitching countdown down against the Twins a bit, prevented Gilbert from entering the seventh inning. just a bunch of positive things combined,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He made good pitches when he had to.” Erik Swanson, Diego Castillo and Matt Festa each worked an inning of relief to finish the shutout. home run an inning later to chase down Minnesota starter Joe Ryan. Sam Haggerty added an RBI double in the seventh. Seattle had scored three runs or fewer in four of the previous six games. The Mariners are 25-10 when scoring four or more this season, even if Gilbert didn’t need that much support.READ MORE: Buxton Homers Vs Seattle Again, Twins Top Mariners 3-2“When he goes out, it’s business, and playing behind a guy like that, he’s a lot of fun,” France said. “The game just flows. Hopefully we can get some racing support tonight.” Ryan (5-3) made his first start since he was placed on the COVID-19 disabled list on May 25. He retired 11 of his first 12 batters before Julio Rodriguez doubled with one. out in the fourth, and Suarez followed with an impressive home run down the left field line. An inning later with Ryan working, France hit a broken ball hanging on the first pitch. Ryan allowed five hits and struck out three in 4 2/3 innings. Injured back that the team expected and would be imagining a bit to see if there is something else at stake. Polanco has sat out the last two games. Mariners: SS JP Crawford was ruled out about an hour before first pitch after experiencing flu-like symptoms, Servais said. Crawford was ready to bat in the leadoff spot. Dylan Moore replaced him at shortstop. Servais seemed pessimistic that Crawford would be able to play Wednesday. … Jesse Winker was given the night off. Servais had planned to give each of his outfielders a day off during this stay at home, but Winker has been a huge disappointment at the plate. He is batting just .208 and has six hits in his last 39 at-bats. ROSTER MOVEMENT To make room for Ryan, the Twins designated Elliot Soto for the INF assignment a day after he was drafted out of Triple-A St. Paul. Soto did not appear in his only game with the Twins. Baldelli was hopeful Soto would remain in the organization if he clears waivers.UP NEXTTwins: Right-hander Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.41 ERA) is expected to be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list after missing time for a strain in the right pectoral. Gray hasn’t started for the Twins since May 29 when he pitched six innings against Kansas City. Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (3-6, 3.63) is making his 13th start of the season. Gonzales lasted 4 1/3 innings in his last start against Boston, allowing two runs on two hits with a career-high six walks. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Storm wins for fourth straight time to extend Lynx losing streak – WCCO

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 29 points, including a go-ahead basket with 42.6 seconds left, and the Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 81-79 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory. Stewart floated into the lane to break a 79-all tie. After Minnesota was left empty-handed at the other end on a lopsided layup attempt by Moriah Jefferson, Stewart dribbled the clock past it to Jewell Loyd, who missed a contested shot down the lane. But Stewart grabbed the offensive rebound and knocked him out to run out time. Epiphanny Prince made four 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and finished with 15 points for Seattle (9-5). Loyd added 13 points, including a 3-point play for a 57-54 lead after Seattle started the third quarter on an 18-8 run. Sue Bird did not play due to illness other than COVID. Breanna Stewart (Credit: Steph Chambers/Getty Images) Stewart had 15 points in the first half, but Seattle still trailed 46-39. The Storm finished 12 of 27 from 3-point range. Kayla McBride scored 20 points for Minnesota (3-12), including a 3-pointer to tie it at 79-all with 52 seconds left. Jessica Shepard added 12 points, Nikolina Milic added 11 points and the Aerial Powers had 10 points and seven assists. Minnesota, which has lost four straight, outscored Seattle 51.5% to 38.4 but gave it up 15 times. (© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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‘We are only here to win’: Benilde-St. Margaret’s Boys Lacrosse team seeks fifth state championship – WCCO

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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (WCCO) — They’re young, but they’re not insecure. “We are very confident. We know we are the best team in the state. It all comes down to whether we all play together,” said Benilde-St. Margaret’s senior spiker, Cam Gelling. READ MORE: ‘Take What’s Ours’: Championship Softball Turns Ruthless In FinalsThe Benilde-St. Margaret’s boys are back in the state, for the fifth year in a row, undefeated and in first place. “We know what to expect. We know the splendor around the state tournament,” said BSM Head Coach Rob Hunt. Margaret’s has been a sure success, winning the first state title in 2007 and last year. This week they go for title number five. (Credit: CBS) “I think it would just continue to cement our show as one of the best shows in Minnesota, if not the Midwest,” Hunt said. “We want to continue to help elevate the game not just locally, but for the entire state.” READ MORE: MSHSL passes name, image, and likeness policy for student athletes“It would mean a lot to us, especially going back,” Gelling said. The Red Knights have a reputation for winning every game. “I think you’re everyone’s target. Some people have said that. It really doesn’t affect us. We’re just here to win,” junior midfielder Brad Little said. Still, they try to reframe the narrative. “At one point this year, we positioned ourselves in our own locker room as if we were the chasers,” Hunt said. . “We were going to go out and hunt everyone down and let everyone know that we were still here. As the year progressed, it became clear that we were one of the best teams in the state. And we were going to get the best shot of all.” MORE NEWS: The Chanhassen HS lacrosse team is enjoying a dominant season despite few home game opportunities They are ready for whoever comes to take their place at the top.

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