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At one time, sports owners in this market were regarded as cheapskates. But the present collection of owners aren't operating in the mold of tightwads. This is how it should be.
The former Twins manager returned for the first time as the leader of the rival Detroit Tigers.
The team has handed out many big checks over the past two years in trying to keep intact its stars but still hopes to sign Anthony Barr, Danielle Hunter and Stefon Diggs to lucrative deals.
An individual's freedom to make choices should not be restricted out of fear that a small percentage will not act responsibly.
Friday marked the second anniversary of athletic director Mark Coyle's hiring. He has replaced six of the U's 21 head coaches, a turnover rate that he admits is "absolutely nuts."
John Anderson's tenure remains a remarkable accomplishment in the history of Gophers athletics. He is a rock and trusted figure at a school known for leadership turnover in athletics.
An ongoing FBI investigation has exposed college basketball's underbelly, revealing a system spinning out of control. These aren't new problems, and they can't be solved solely on recommendations unveiled by the Commission on College Basketball
Fernando Romero's MLB debut showed why his stuff gives the Twins organization hope he can become a top-of-the-rotation flamethrower.
Six of the league's top nine teams in defensive rating are among the eight teams alive in the playoffs. So the blueprint for continued improvement isn't a mystery.
Fans are red-faced angry over the Wild, Wolves and Twins - and rightfully so. Maybe that collective anger is a good thing, though.
Financial constraints set by high-dollar contracts for their established stars means Vikings GM Rick Spielman can't afford to swing-and-miss on too many of his draft picks.
The Wild isn't on the cusp of hoisting the Stanley Cup, so why prevent a general manager from making necessary changes, even if they are grand in scope?
Wild owner Craig Leipold has two choices: Stay the course and hope things will be different next season, or make major changes in management and/or roster construction.
The Wild was battered, bruised and bleeding in its 2-0 loss to Winnipeg at the X, which put Minnesota one game from summer vacation.
Devan Dubnyk described rookie defenseman Nick Seeler as "mean," praise that underscores the former Eden Prairie high school star's impact only 25 games into his NHL career.
The Wild showed how to make a statement in Game 3 with pride, toughness and a willingness to not back down from Winnipeg's physical challenge.
Punching an opponent in the head after being so thoroughly dominated such as the Wild in Game 2 doesn't send a message. That's called blowing off steam.
The Gophers are getting plenty of substance with this PR splash: From high school to college to professional to Olympian, Lindsay Whalen is an all-time winner and competitor.
A successful regular season was always an assumption, fair or not, because the Wild is built to be a playoff force. Is the team ready for that challenge?
It's somehow fitting that everyone will have to wait until the final day of the regular season before learning if the NBA's longest playoff drought will end.
The Gophers remain a blue-blood in terms of facilities, resources and visibility. But the UMD Bulldogs don't take a back seat to anyone in pursuing championships right now.
Osseo boxer Caleb Truax granted a rematch to former IBF supermiddleweight champion James DeGale in a title bout televised on Showtime in the fight capital of Las Vegas.
Minnesota Duluth's youth movement was supposed to be the team's undoing this season. Instead, the Bulldogs are right back where they finished last season, in the national championship game
Notre Dame, which advanced to Saturday's Frozen Four championship in St. Paul, has five Minnesotans on the roster.
Both teams are jockeying for playoff positioning in this critical week, but things have become a little harried for each one for different reasons.
At this point, nothing that happens with any of the remaining 16 teams should be shocking, regardless of what their seedings might suggest.
News of Jorge Polanco's 80-game drug suspension as a result of a failed drug test serves as a reminder that best-laid plans can change in a blink of an eye.
Everything felt so rushed in the organization's first season of MLS a year ago. Now? The Loons are moving in the right direction.
Few things deflate a fan base more than envy borne of sitting on the sideline while other franchises conduct business with clear championship aspirations.
Sammy Walker, who had a goal and four assists in Thursday's 2A quarterfinal victory over Lakeville North, is as good as advertised. So is his Edina Hornets hockey team.
After three weeks in Korea, Chip Scoggins writes: "Mostly, I'll remember those four days when Minnesota athletes stole the show with one riveting performance after another."
Nothing in sports tops unexpected success, and the U.S. men's curling team, led by Chisholm-born John Shuster, engineered one of the greatest surprise endings in Olympic history.
Every other Olympic sport offers a showcase of the world's premier talent. Not men's hockey this year.
Bill Hancock has worn many sports hats, handling high pressure with perspective
Americans finished sixth, equaling the best-ever result for the U.S, but the team was "gunning for a lot more."
A rivalry that already ranked among the best in sports managed to deliver another epic clash that won't be topped by anything in these Olympics in entertainment and drama.
Team USA sure needed a pick-me-up. These have been tough Olympic Games for the Americans in terms of winning medals, and a batch of Minnesotans came through.
Here we go again: The gold medal matchup for women's hockey at the Pyeongchang Games could have been written in permanent marker before the tournament began.
At 33, Lindsey Vonn became the oldest female medalist in Alpine skiing in Winter Games history when she took bronze in the downhill. She has said this is her final Olympics.
Pyeongchang Games organizers wanted experts in ice making so they outsourced those jobs. Minnesota experts stepped up and were selected.
The no-checking rule should be placed in air quotes. It seems more like a suggestion than a hard and fast rule, judging by some of the physical play in the Olympics.
Team USA's offense came alive with a drubbing of Slovakia to advance to tonight's quarterfinals against the Czech Republic.
Awaited American showdown undone by schedule change forced by high winds.
Women's hockey final fourFirst semifinal: USA 5, Finland 0Second semifinal: Canada 5, OAR 0Bronze medal game: Finland vs. OAR, 1:40 a.m. Wednesday (USA)Gold medal game:…
Richard Park is a large part of Korea's hockey movement.
The United States will meet Canada on Wednesday night for the third straight time in the gold medal game. The Canadians have won the last two and beat the USA in pool play last week.
Thirteen months ago, Irondale High graduate Akuoma Omeoga took her first bobsled run. "This is crazier than anything I could have imagined," she said the other day in Pyeongchang.
Team USA went 1-2 in the preliminary round, and its collegians have been among their most productive players.
Team USA faces Slovakia at 9:10 p.m. Monday in a qualifying round.
Mothers and fathers of Minnesota-linked Olympians made the 6,400-mile journey to South Korea to share in an experience that is as rewarding for them as it is for their children.
Everybody always asks about food and how we're eating. In Sochi, the answer was simple. Not well. Here in Pyeongchang, no complaints.
Afton's Jessie Diggins made up ground as the anchor leg but the Americans never seriously contended for a medal.
The Olympic Athletes from Russia are participating with no flag and no national anthem.
Team USA picked up its first win of the Pyeongchang Games after an OT loss in the opener.
Former Wild defenseman Jonathon Blum left the NHL for Russia, and now is in South Korea for the Olympics.
Wild prospect Jordan Greenway is the first black U.S. men's hockey player in Olympic history. He scored a goal Wednesday in his Olympics debut
Olympic women's hockey remains a two-team battle for gold, and their renewed acquaintance in pool play on Thursday afternoon was a typical U.S.-Canada bout.
USA Hockey promoted former Gophers goalie Robb Stauber to head coach last May. He has brought a different style to the team, one that eschews dump-and-chase and embraces puck possession.
Jim Johannson, who died unexpectedly less than a month ago, was beloved by all.
Unable to pick from the usual pool of NHL players, those in charge of constructing Olympic rosters were forced to beat the bushes in search of the next tier of talent in far-flung hockey outposts.
Shaun White's fourth-place finish in the halfpipe in Sochi in 2014 forced him to decide whether he still had the fire to compete. The answer is in his return to the Olympics.
Second opportunity comes Monday in 12.5k pursuit.
Ski jumpers must have a screw loose to do what they do: Travel at speeds of 50-plus miles per hour down a steep hill and then launch themselves like a DC-9 at takeoff with no guarantees.
Weeks before the Pyeongchang Games, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced that he would send 22 athletes to the Olympics, 12 of them women's hockey players. That was a surprise to the coach.
The Opening Ceremony is Friday for the Pyeongchang Olympics - a mere 15-hour time zone change away.
The organization is positioned nicely in many facets. In looking ahead to next season, though, instability at quarterback hovers over the entire operation.
A backup quarterback went nose-to-nose against the greatest quarterback in NFL history on the biggest stage, and came out victorious.
Tom Brady owns five Super Bowl rings and holds the (un)official title of Greatest of All Time. Foles has been traded, demoted and released and gave retirement serious consideration after his fourth NFL season.
Sorry, Vikings fans: The Eagles are a team full of interesting personalities, cool individual stories and a noticeable lack of ego.
Doug Pederson will throw deep, go for it on fourth down and put his foot on the gas. A player's coach, Pederson is fearless.
The New England defensive coordinator arrived at Super Bowl LII Opening Night in full character. If Paul Bunyan had a son, he would look like Matt Patricia.
The defensive line, a key part of the Eagles' powerful defense, runs at least eight players deep
It's one thing for a team to lay an egg one step from the Super Bowl. It's diabolically dreadful for a team to host the Super Bowl two weeks after laying that egg. How's the hangover going, Vikings fans?
The Vikings have many selling points for any quarterback: A final four team this season, an elite defense, talented receivers and the return of running back Dalvin Cook among them.
Return to Philly this season restored QB's confidence.
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