Only Ones on the volleyball court learn to live with being different

This column, over the past two weeks, has focused on the trials of being an Only One — the only African American — as a reporter in the media booth and as baseball players on the field. This week we conclude our Only One series with a look at club volleyball.


Only Ones are common in the sport of baseball

Baseball supposedly is the all-American game, but today it looks more like apartheid: Whites watch a game mainly played by White players, while most of the Blacks at the ballpark are not fans but concession workers.


Community grown for Target Field

Next time you’re at Target Field for a game, consider buying a healthier alternative to your typical deep fried ballpark fare. Roots for the Home Team dishes up salads grown in community gardens across the Twin Cities. The program invites youth farmers from Urban Roots, Youth Farm and EMERGE community gardens to sell the salads during weekend home games.


Being 'the Only One' can render one invisible

The little boy in the 1974 movie Claudine told James Earl Jones’ character that he wanted to be invisible. When asked why, the frustrated youngest son of Diahann Carroll’s character simply replied that since his older siblings regularly ignore him, he might just as well be invisible.


Plans take shape for Vikings stadium, adjacent park, private development

Architect’s drawing for new Vikings stadium: “largest glass pivoting doors in the world.”

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and the Minnesota Vikings unveiled the design of the Vikings’ new football stadium May 13.


United in their goal: Soccer gets a new identity in the Twin Cities

With Major League Soccer and World Cup experience under his belt, Etienne Barbara is one of the Minnesota United’s most highly decorated players. (Submitted photos)

Everyone else on the team has escaped to the locker room after the clock signals an official end to practice. Only one player remains, running sprints across the National Sports Center turf and practicing shooting drills until he’s bent over in exhaustion.


Minneapolis Downtown East development: The Yard, and the Vikings stadium

In a veritable bacchanalia of developments, we have seen three major inter-related activities in Minneapolis’s Downtown East:


OUR STORIES | Fire and ice: Sierra Leone Samuels referees with a cool hand

“The boxing ring is my living room and I’m going to let you two play fight in the living room. But if you start breaking stuff and acting like fools, I will step in and shut it down...” - Sierra Leone Samuels, boxing referee

The boxing ring has a way of revealing character and teaching lessons. Those who enter unprepared or unfocused are often exposed. For amateur boxing referee, Sierra Leone Samuels, the boxing ring has provided a test of nerves, judgment, and reason—so far she’s passing with flying colors.


Vikings stadium design revealed

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has unveiled its design for a new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis.


University of Minnesota Men’s sports teams get almost three times the money as women’s, raising equity concerns

Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi, left, announced he would step-down from his position during a press conference with University President Eric Kaler, right, on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at TCF Bank Stadium. (Daily File photo by Mark Vancleave)

University of Minnesota athletics spending has favored men over women in areas that show a lack of dedication to Title IX, the federal law that prohibits gender discrimination in education.

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