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In a season of disappointment for almost every Twins player in uniform, Dozier looks lost — defiant is probably more accurate — at the plate as he attempts to yank every pitch down the left-field line.
Just as he did when he was the Vikings quarterback, Pastor Randall Cunningham knows how to captivate an audience. Now he's doing that with a 1,200-member church in Las Vegas, where he played college football.
After a leukemia diagnosis and bone marrow transplant, Gophers pitching coach Todd Oakes' recovery has inspired others to donate time, money, blood and stem cells.
Four women's teams won either regular-season or tournament Big Ten championships. Women's hockey won the national title for the second consecutive year and fourth time in five years. The volleyball team advanced to the Final Four.
In sports, strong coaches anchor organizations by giving them credibility, direction and decisive leadership. They often become the face of their organizations, even more than their star players.
Beth Goetz did her best to hold things together for nine months under tough circumstances. But she was not the right choice to lead the department beyond her interim label.
Richard Pitino has an image problem. His program has an image problem. That means University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has a problem, too.
At 8-20, the Twins have the worst record in the American League and the second-worst record in Major League Baseball. But owner Jim Pohlad isn't about to lay solo blame on those at the top.
The actual number on University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler's hand-picked committee is 16, but it might as well be 900 because the size of that group served as a stop sign for some potential candidates.
The Vikings rolled the dice Saturday in the sixth round by making Moritz Boehringer the first straight-from-Europe player ever selected in the NFL draft.
The Wild lost Wednesday night because of too many mistakes — costly penalties, a weak penalty kill — against a superior Dallas team with a finishing gear the Wild lacks.
From lifeless to hellbent hockey in a flick of a switch, the Wild encapsulated its entire season — and its strange personality — in a Game 3 about-face against the Dallas Stars. So what happens now?
The Wild had great chances in Game 2. But too many missed opportunities combined with other factors contributed to a 0-2 series deficit heading home.
The Wild certainly missed Zach Parise's and Erik Haula's offense, but the Stars played without stud forward Tyler Seguin and managed just fine.
A series of developments conspired to create an unmistakable sense of doom and gloom around the Wild in its series against Minnesota's previous NHL tenant.
The Twins increased their season total for strikeouts to 79 in seven games, maintaining pace in pursuit of major league baseball's record.
Tink Larson's sadness is evident in his eyes, and his words, but he refuses to complain. He often recites a phrase that he borrowed from Twins manager Paul Molitor.
The Wild did the most Wild thing ever Tuesday night. It was deliciously fitting for this current outfit, actually.
Specialized diets and strength training help Gophers football players get bigger, stronger.
Without a new AD in place, the university should look into giving its men's hockey coach a short contract extension.
Devan Dubnyk has returned to form since being pulled from a 7-4 meltdown in New Jersey last week. His response: stopping 98 of 103 shots.
Curry and the Warriors traveling circus blew into town Monday. For one night, they looked more like grinders than the Greatest Show in Sports, but even max effort from the Timberwolves wasn't enough to derail history in the making.
Paige Bueckers already has scholarship offers from the Gophers, Iowa State and Illinois -- and the attention of Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve.
John Tauer doesn't lose too often, but he rarely talks about winning with his team either, even though winning at a high level remains an overarching expectation for his program. "We talk about [achieving] excellence," he said.
In the absence of one or two dominant teams, the beauty of this field lies in its balance at the top — and middle. The No. 1 seeds have 23 combined losses, the most ever for the top four teams in the field.
As much pride as we take in our self-assigned marketing nickname "State of Hockey," the caliber of basketball talent here isn't exactly chopped liver.
The ever-animated Thorson remains a polarizing figure in Minnesota basketball because DeLaSalle, a private school, hasn't moved up in class against the big schools.
Pete Najarian built a national profile because of his success in the financial world and he has close ties to the Twin Cities business community. Would he be a good choice for AD?
"I hear it every day, summer, winter, spring and fall," Hawks coach Bruce Plante said. "Doesn't matter where I go."
With the NHL lifestyle in the rear-view mirror, Trent Klatt has found a new passion in coaching.
The cumulative effect of a rash of disciplinary issues raises concerns about Pitino's program and deserves as much attention as his won-lost record.
Both Jerry Kill and the U of M will be better off now that the former football coach officially won't return to the school in a full-time capacity.
Given the before-and-after contrast since his firing, one can reasonably surmise that former coach Mike Yeo's players really must have not enjoyed playing for him.
Bobby Smith's stature as one of the best and most popular players ever to wear a North Stars jersey was reflected in the warm embrace he received during Saturday's alumni game
A group of excited kids swarmed Rachel Banham for autographs 30 minutes after her game-winner. They probably won't forget that whole experience Monday night for a long time.
Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher's résumé reeks of bad trades, shaky draft decisions and other well-documented personnel mistakes.
Schools love to use expensive search firms in hiring key athletic positions and coaches. Maybe they think it provides them cover if things go south with the hire.
The whole "You can't win at Minnesota" excuse is a tiresome loser's lament. Unique challenges exist, but the Gophers athletic program also holds enough potential to not have to accept mediocrity, or worse.
Daily demands of current-day athletic directors make it more of a "vocation than an occupation," most would agree.
Chuck Fletcher staked his team's future, and possibly his job, on the belief that a group of young players would grow and improve individually. The plan looks murky at present.
The attention paid to Sam Mitchell has deflected focus from an issue of equal importance, if not greater: What will owner Glen Taylor do with his top leadership position?
National signing day brings finality to months — or sometimes years — of coaches fawning over recruits.
What started as a controversial brainchild of a few city officials has turned into a $24 million gem that attracts a cross-section of people curious about the sport of curling.
Apple Valley is ranked in the top 10 nationally by USA Today in large part because of Gary Trent Jr.'s dominance as a shooting guard.
Maybe Pat Shurmur will be here only a short time before moving to a higher-profile job elsewhere. Or maybe Mike Zimmer views him as a coordinator-in-waiting if the offense continues to struggle.
Following the Wild is like watching the movie "Groundhog Day." That's the Wild's nightmare, too. Nothing ever changes.
Max Aaron took up figure skating as a second sport, but hockey was his true passion.
Adrian Peterson has led all running backs in fumbles since entering the league in 2007. He is hurting the Vikings and staining his legacy.
Do those fans honestly believe an appropriate, sane response to a crushing defeat is to send despicable messages to a player who feels worse than anyone else right now?
Blair Walsh's kick never stood a chance once it left his foot. Then he stood in front of his locker and answered every question about what went wrong.
He needs to play well on a big stage for the Vikings to have a chance to win
The Vikings are positioning themselves to become a regular playoff team rather than one that merely pops up every so often.
The Packers are no longer king of the division. They can thank their offense for their undoing and ending their four-year run as champions.
Williams Arena was a fun place to be Saturday, and that's a start for a program that has become largely irrelevant in our collective thoughts.
The positives gained from being division champs in the NFL and thus a home playoff game trump any matchup scenario.
Eli Manning ran for his life most of the night and appeared claustrophobic against a Mike Zimmer defense that is healthy again and at full capacity.
The Gophers punter raised more than $25,000 to buy presents for teenage patients at the U.
Brian Robison's strip-sack was a key play in keeping the Vikings on track.
Gophers fans once were giddy over MarQueis Gray and he ended his career as a wide receiver. Fans became giddy over Philip Nelson too, and that went south quickly.
U president wants a new athletic diretor by July 1.
Claeys deserves the freedom to make decisions that he feels will enable him to win in the short term to keep his job. Change can be both necessary and painful.
The best rivalries swing back-and-forth like tennis matches. Gophers-Badgers in football has become terribly one-sided.
Bill Musselman and his pregame warmup routine gave Williams Arena its soul and made Gophers basketball the hottest ticket in town in the early 1970s.
The festive mood of the Gophers' season opener three months ago feels like three years ago after all the ups and downs. Win Saturday and a major disappointment is avoided.
If judged by a single-game knee-jerk snapshot Monday, the Wolves turned in the wrong name. If examined more reasonably through a longer lens, the Wolves got it right in selecting Towns.
The window was a foot wide. Maybe two. Hardly enough space to consider placing a football. Aaron Rodgers didn't flinch.
Four true freshmen saved the Gophers with critical contributions that turned a potentially disheartening loss into a 32-23 victory against Illinois at TCF Bank Stadium.
Packers Weeks of the recent past usually have featured the next round of Aaron Rodgers' passing clinics. Feels different this time, doesn't it?
The Gophers' season continued to sink Saturday with a fourth straight loss as Iowa soared to new heights at 10-0.
Respectable in Season 1, miserable in Season 2, and now comes a critical third season for Pitino in terms of establishing momentum and an identity as he puts his stamp on his program.
LaMarcus Joyner tried to spin his version of a hit that knocked Teddy Bridgewayer out of Sunday's game to make his actions look less egregious.
For most of the first half the Gophers' plan unfolded better than anyone could have imagined, until a bang-bang hit on Mitch Leidner brought their positive vibe to a halt.
The young Timberwolves will have many more nights like Monday. Count on it. Tough nights, hard nights, frustrating nights. But that's not a bad thing.
Gophers football has experienced some painful, mind-boggling, ridiculous losses in its history, but what took place Saturday night might top them all.
The renewed anticipation over a state-of-the-art home for Gophers athletics came just two days after football coach Jerry Kill left fans reeling with his resignation.
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