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Golf
May 16
Tiger Woods, left, and Brooks Koepka walk to the 14th fairway during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament, Thursday, May 16, 2019,

Souhan: Much to love about the PGA's Bethpage Black course

It's big, and beautiful.
Golf
April 14

Souhan: Shuffling patrons early on Sunday at the Masters

Prepping for a big Sunday
Golf
April 13
Zach Johnson hits on the 18th hole during the first round for the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Augusta, Ga.

Souhan: Iowa's Zach Johnson hits a clunker of a shot, but no harm, no foul

He took a practice swing on the 13th tee Friday and accidentally hit his ball. It clanged off a the tee marker to his right and caromed forward.
Golf
April 12

Souhan: A rainy weekend ahead at the Masters

Who's promising, who's out
Blogs
April 11

Former Gopher at The Masters

Wilhelm Schauman is working for a Swedish TV station
Golf
April 11
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his putt on the 13th hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Monday, April 8, 2019, in

Souhan: At the Masters. A favorite, a sleeper, a (big name) long shot

Favorites and sleepers
Golf
April 10
Brandt Snedeker talked to six-year-old fan Caleb Daniel during a rainy practice round before the Masters at Augusta National in Augusta, Ga., on Monda

Souhan: The good, the bad and the muddy from the Masters

Here's something you might not know: When it rains, the "patron''' walkways turn into a swamp. The course? The course is perfect.
Sports
April 8
Texas Tech guard Davide Moretti, left, is consoled by a teammate after losing to Virginia.

Souhan: Virginia made Texas Tech pay for late lapse

What evolved into a great championship battle spilled into overtime after an uncharacteristic defensive slip by Texas Tech.
Gophers
March 22
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo directs his team during a first round men's college basketball game against Bradley in the NCAA Tournament, Thursda

Souhan: Izzo's mistake was linking manic outburst, real-world behavior

Gophers will face legendary the Michigan State coach two days after his controversial berating of a Spartans player in Round 1.
Gophers
March 21
Minnesota coach Richard Pitino questions a call during the first half of a first round men's college basketball game against Louisville in the NCAA To

Souhan: Pitino wins coaching battle, steers Gophers into Round 2

Richard Pitino thoroughly outcoached his father's successor at Louisville to get his first NCAA victory as a head coach.
Vikings
February 3
The Rams' Michael Brockers (90) rallied his teammates before Super Bowl LIII against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Souhan: My Super Bowl pick

Six reasons why I'm picking the ...
Blogs
February 2

Remembering Wade Wilson: A decent, kind man on a chaotic Vikings team

From Atlanta
Vikings
December 23, 2018
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) leaves the stands after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against th

Souhan rapid reaction: Only the result matters as Vikings shut down Detroit

The details don't matter much at this time of the year because the Vikings have entered the portion of the season in which only math matters.
Vikings
December 16, 2018
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook held up two fingers to signify his second touchdown of the game after his 21 yard scoring run in the fourth

Souhan postgame reaction: Vikings in great shape for playoffs

With their 41-17 victory over Miami on Sunday, the Vikings likely will need only a victory against a battered Detroit team next Sunday to make the playoffs.
Vikings
December 2, 2018
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) passes against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 2,

Souhan: Vikings haven't done much to show they're a playoff team

The Vikings are 6-5-1 with four games remaining and their spotty play on Sunday provided another reminder that we have little evidence, apart from preseason prognostications, that they are a good team.
Blogs
December 2, 2018
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick faces reporters before an NFL football practice, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Pho

Souhan: Belichick will challenge the Vikings on Sunday

What's fascinating about covering the NFL is that every week everyone knows what the coaching staffs should be trying to accomplish, yet so often the coaching staffs fail to make it happen. It's different when you cover a Patriots game. Bill Belichick usually makes it happen.
Blogs
November 25, 2018

Souhan rapid reaction: Cousins again shows he likes facing Packers

Sunday night, Kirk Cousins outperformed Aaron Rodgers and led the Vikings to a 24-17 victory over Green Bay at U.S. Bank Stadium
Vikings
November 4, 2018
Vikings receiver Adam Thielen caught a 2 yard touchdown over Lions corner back Nevin Lawson in the second quarter at U.S.Bank Stadium Sunday 4, 2018 i

Souhan postgame: Vikings needed a game like this one

The Vikings needed a game like this - a laugher, an opportunity to coast, a chance to go into the bye feeling good and looking like a playoff contender.
Vikings
October 21, 2018

Souhan rapid reaction: Not always pretty, but Vikings win

Good teams tend to win as a matter of habit, and the Vikings have been forming one of late, as they exhibited with their 37-17 victory over the Jets on Sunday.
Vikings
October 14, 2018
Adam Thielen made a catch during the first half of Sunday's game.

Souhan rapid reaction: Thielen produces again

Adam Thielen has become the NFL's most consistently excellent receiver, and on Sunday he became Kirk Cousins' safety belt as well.
Vikings
October 8, 2018
Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs tried to break free from the Eagles' Sidney Jones during the second half Sunday.

Souhan: Grading the Vikings in Sunday's win over the Eagles

A's and B's for the most part. But something was only average in the victory over the Eagles.
Vikings
October 7, 2018

Souhan postgame: Sunday's victory could be key point in season

Beating the Eagles in Philadelphia does nothing to make up for losing the NFC title game here nine months ago, but it does fit nicely into a winning scenario for this season.
Blogs
October 7, 2018

Vikings, Sherels and Gagliardi

RIP, John
Twins
October 4, 2018
Souhan: The reasons why I'll miss Paul Molitor

Souhan: The reasons why I'll miss Paul Molitor

I'll miss Paul Molitor for many reasons, the foremost of which was that he created so many great moments for me as a baseball writer.
Vikings
September 28, 2018
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley catches a touchdown pass in front of Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr during the first half in an N

Souhan: Rams coach beat Zimmer, so quit blaming Barr for touchdowns

"Anthony Barr is an easy target now, and I've questioned his play in the past. What happened in Thursday's loss was not his fault."