RandBall: With bi-weekly no-hitters in MLB, does anyone still care?

A no-hit bid in Major League Baseball, as recently as a decade ago, was a “drop what you’re doing” occasion for baseball fans — and the completion of a no-hitter was major news.

Motorcycle deaths are mounting, surpasses total for all of 2014

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Motorcycle deaths are mounting, surpasses total for all of 2014
Public safety officials are pleading with motorcyclists and motorists alike to exercise caution and make safety a priority after the state recorded its 47th motorcyclist death of the year, one more than in all of 2014.

Running back Williams focused on improving, not on team cuts

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Running back Williams focused on improving, not on team cuts
Dominique Williams has learned through that experience how to prepare for the process of training camp and the preseason, particularly with this franchise.
Local
10 minutes ago

Suspects in robbery of elderly Minneapolis woman arrested

Minneapolis police on Sunday arrested the second of two suspects in the robbery of a 90-year-old woman as she walked home from a grocery store in south Minneapolis earlier this month, officials said. The other suspect was arrested last week.
Variety
11 minutes ago

Current data on carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

Global average for June was 400.11 ppm
Vikings
26 minutes ago

Robinson out for first half of season; Bykowski on injured reserve

Being placed on the injured Physically Unable to Perform list means that cornerback Josh Robinson will be out until at least Week 7. Center John Sullivan also missed practice again with back spasms.
Local
12:19pm

MPCA-Northern Metal court showdown delayed as exceedances up

Four more particle exceedances recorded since state responded to firm's lawsuit
Vikings
12:15pm

Zimmer on Trae Waynes: Not so fast with starter talk

Coach Mike Zimmer said it is not realistic that Waynes will start ahead of veteran Terence Newman when the Vikings open the season against San Francisco.
Sports
11:49am

TCU coach: Gophers played Ohio State as well as anybody last year

TCU coach Gary Patterson doled out praise for the Gophers in Monday's Big 12 coaches teleconference.
Local
11:42am

SouthWest Transit reinstates route to Normandale Community College

Riders have asked for Route 694S service from the southwest suburbs to Normandale Community College to be reinstated and SouthWest Transit says it's bringing the service back.
10:55am

Morning Hot Dish

Good morning. Final day of August. Expect a slow-ish news week with the traditional Labor Day holiday coming up, marking the final weekend of summer. Many pols at the State Fair this week, however.
Sports
10:32am

Naked fantasy football loser in Minneapolis is your daily inspiration

Do not draft poorly, people. You don't want to end up wearing only cardboard through the streets of your city.
Vikings
10:19am
Minnesota Vikings Xavier Rhodes (29).

Xavier Rhodes relates to Trae Waynes' NFL adjustment

He went through his own struggles after leaving Florida State in 2013, but Rhodes flashed his All-Pro potential last season in his first season under head coach Mike Zimmer.
Sports
9:19am

Pheasant count up 42 percent in South Dakota

Increase bodes well for pheasant hunters
Sports
8:10am

Hooray for Staples-Motley! Its 5-year football losing streak is over

The head coach quoted the rapper Ice Cube after the game as the small school near Brainerd won for the first time after 39 straight losses. (We have the radio call of the final seconds, too.)
Vikings
7:39am

Access Vikings morning walkthrough: Vikings make first roster cuts, Teddy's impressive preseason stats and more

The Vikings are back on the field today after yesterday’s day off. Coach Mike Zimmer is on the podium at 11 a.m. Practice starts at 1 p.m.
Blogs
August 30

September Sweat - Sunday Soaking - Baked Alaska

We salvaged an OK weekend after all, not as warm as we thought though. I'm still wondering (out loud) if a canopy of thick smoke from western wildfires kept us a few degrees cooler. The combination of heat and humidity will make it feel more like July this week, a streak of days ranging from 85-90F. Relief arrives next weekend; right now Sunday looks like the wetter, more volatile day. By Labor Day it will definitely feel like September.
Sports
August 30

Postgame: Pain too much for Whalen as Lynx teammates step up

Star guard, battling ankle and Achilles pain, should return for playoffs.
Vikings
August 30
Minnesota Vikings Joe Banyard (23).

Vikings cut Bostick, Banyard, nine others

The Vikings announced this evening that they have released 11 players, including tight end Brandon Bostick and running back Joe Banyard.
Twins
August 30
Houston Astros� Carlos Gomez, left, remains seated momentarily after h...

Postgame: Gomez's aggressiveness helped the Twins

Nunez hits a milestone home run; Santana wasn't tipping pitches, as far as Twins could tell.
Sports
August 30
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) scored on a...

VikesCentric: The Patterson puzzle

Cordarrelle Patterson showed us again on Saturday night just how dangerous he can be, which is why he's so frustrating.
Vikings
August 30

Eric Kendricks cuts it loose, and four other takeaways from Saturday's win

For a rookie linebacker in his fourth preseason game, he looks very comfortable both against the run and in coverage.
Twins
August 30

Santana makes fourth attempt at first Target Field win

Veteran righthander hasn't won a game in August, but Molitor is optimistic he's made critical changes