Minneapolis Wins Bid for Final Four in 2019

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The team behind Minneapolis's winning bid celebrated on Friday

Last Friday the NCAA announced Minneapolis will host the Final Four in 2019.

The city's winning bid was titled "Winning Happens Here," a bit ironic for a city that literally has not won a major sports championship since 1991. (Sorry, Lynx fans.)

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Minneapolis Makes Its Pitch for the Final Four

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If Minneapolis hosts the Final Four it will look something like this
If an envoy of local business bigwigs and Minneapolis boosters were convincing enough yesterday the city could host the MLB All-Star Game, Super Bowl and Final Four within a span of five years.

The NCAA will announce which of eight finalist cities will host the Final Four from 2017-2020 on Friday. Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen said the presentation "went off without a hitch" when we caught up with her on her way home from the presentation to the NCAA in Indianapolis.

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Washington "Redskins" Protestors in Minneapolis: We're Not Mascots [Video]

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Just a few of the many signs at Sunday's protest.
Thousands united towards a single cause on a chilly morning outside of TCF Bank Stadium just hours ahead of the Vikings game against Washington on November 2. But this wasn't a routine tailgating session before the big game -- this was people from all walks of life protesting against the Washington "Redskins" name.

Dan Snyder, Washington's NFL team owner, has been deaf to the arguments against the offensive name, but that didn't stop folks from descending upon the stadium in droves to voice their grievances.

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Dawn Bjoraker Knows Why Native Americans Hate "Redskins" So Much

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Outside the American Indian OIC along East Franklin Avenue, Dawn Bjoraker's teeth chatter in the harsh cold. It's early, the sun barely making its way over the skyscrapers surrounding her.

Perhaps Bjoraker's family would still be sleeping or curled up by a fireplace in these conditions, but not today. They're here for an important reason: to join together with brothers, sisters, and elders in a march and rally to let Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder know that the word "Redskins" is racist, no matter what he says. And he better change it. Soon.

"This has always been a big deal! It was a big deal when I was a kid. And now I'm 40, so you see?" Bjoraker explains. "But now, we're taking it back."

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Religious Freedom Group Says Transgender Athlete Policy "Treats Children As Guinea Pigs"

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The October hearing, from Jana Shortal on Twitter

As the Minnesota State High School League keeps deliberating on a policy to allow transgendered athletes to choose what sport they play based on their gender identity, it's heard from nearly everybody. Students, parents, administrators, activists.

To us, the policy seemed logical (and simply the right thing to do). But for the Alliance Defending Freedom, it's been anything but.


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Vikings' Tom Johnson Tased, Pepper Sprayed, Arrested, Police Say

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In only the latest incident of a Vikings player getting in trouble with the law, defensive tackle Tom Johnson was arrested for disorderly conduct and trespassing this weekend, stemming from an incident at the restaurant Seven that police say involved all sorts of force to restrain the player, from pepper spray to a taser.

When the defensive tackle wouldn't leave the restaurant early on Sunday morning, police say, they had to resort to serious tactics. Johnson was arrested but released from jail later in the morning, and he'll next see a judge about the whole case on October 17.

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Minnesota State High School League Delays Vote on Transgender Athlete Policy

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Jana Shortal on Twitter

Yesterday morning, the Minnesota State High School League was on the brink of history, ready to vote on the first rules for transgender athletes in the state's history. It's a policy that, as we explained yesterday, shouldn't be controversial. But it's still historic.

And yet the MSSHL decided to keep teasing out the decision. In its meeting yesterday, the group voted to table their vote on the proposal until December so they could learn a little more in the interim. Despite hearing the stories from transgender students and activists over the course of a few days, the board said it needed time to "get this right."

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"Controversial" MSHSL Draft Transgender Policy Really Shouldn't Be

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Jana Shortal on Twitter
An overflow crowd attended yesterday's hearing.
Yesterday, the Minnesota State High School League held a hearing on the draft "Participation of Transgender Students" policy board members are set to vote on as soon as today.

As we wrote about in the context of an anti-transgender ad the Star Tribune ran last Sunday, the draft policy is controversial. It really shouldn't be, however, if you accept that being transgender is a fact of life that shouldn't result in a person being treated as a second-class citizen.

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Ex-Viking Husain Abdullah Penalized for Praying After Touchdown [VIDEO]

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Abdullah with the Vikings back in 2008
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controversial month for the NFL is concluding on a fitting note, as the league finds itself taking heat this morning after Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah was penalized for celebrating his Monday Night Football pick-six on Tom Brady with a prayer in the end zone.

Abdullah, a Viking from 2008 through 2011, is a devout Muslim who actually sat out last season to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. After the game, he downplayed the controversy, but others weren't so charitable to the NFL.

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Star Tribune Runs Anti-Transgender Ad [IMAGE]

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Yesterday, the Star Tribune upset many of its LGBT-friendly readers by running an anti-transgender ad paid for by the Minnesota Child Protection League.

The ad urges parents to contact Minnesota State High School League officials ahead of a meeting later this week and ask them not to approve a new policy that would allow transgender students to participate in athletics based on their gender identity.

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