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Marcus Williams envisioned something more useful than a few hours on the field and a picture with a pro football player. Here's how his idea came to life at a Minneapolis park.
The three-time All-Star is widely regarded as a top-15 player who excels as a two-way talent and is entering the prime of his career at age 27.
The Wolves were big winners Thursday night, and acquiring Jimmy Butler now raises the ante for Tom Thibodeau in Year 2.
He's been good enough to play for five organizations but expendable enough as a backup catcher to never feel completely settled.
As a kid raised in Tennessee, we observed two seasons: college football season and spring practice. Now Nashville is on fire with hockey mania.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck treats recruiting like a favorite toy. He never ignores it, constantly searching for new ways to connect. This aggressive focus gives Fleck fuel to compete against programs of more prestige.
The Twins bullpen's stat line Monday looked like something out of youth in-house baseball: 14 runs, 13 hits, two home runs, three walks, a hit batter and a partridge in a pear tree.
The Vikings wouldn't have released that Teddy Bridgewater video if they didn't feel reasonably optimistic about his progress.
As Gophers equipment manager for nearly five decades, Dick Mattson became a beloved character who provided colleagues a vault of tales, some too colorful for print.
An explosion of year-round basketball for all ages has made Minnesota a prime source of top talent
That scenario wouldn't happen today, of course, because premier players attend national showcases all summer. Athletic secrets don't exist in the internet age.
More kids, even before high school, are seeking private instruction from former college and professional basketball players to improve their skills.
Jessica Allister proved that sometimes the fifth choice is the right choice, as evident by the transformation of Gophers softball under her leadership.
How did a committee of softball experts look at the Gophers' historic season and decide they don't deserve to host a regional as a top 16 seed? Did they forget a secret handshake or something?
Mark Coyle's first year in charge of Gophers athletics witnessed a staggering amount of crisis management, important decisions and change.
Marion Barber Jr. promised his mother as a teenager that he would graduate from the University of Minnesota. On Thursday, he will receive his diploma at age 57.
Marcus Sherels and Adam Thielen began their NFL careers with no guarantees and no money. So they're telling new undrafted free agents there's a chance.
Athletic director Mark Coyle has launched a series of initiatives designed to give Gophers fans more voice and better benefits. "It's not our fans' fault that they're not coming to games," he said.
Gophers cornerback Jalen Myrick is grateful for the chance after being drafted in the seventh round by Jacksonville but felt he would be earlier pick.
The Vikings were the worst rushing team in the NFL last season, and by fixing that with running back Dalvin Cook and lineman Pat Elflein the defense shouldn't be as taxed this season.
The Lynx don't understand the concept of mediocrity. Not this core group, winners of three WNBA championships and five trips to the Finals in six seasons.
Twins manager Paul Molitor made three intriguing moves before getting ejected from Thursday's game. Two worked out, one didn't.
This isn't a new problem, of course. It becomes a discussion topic every postseason. Hand-wringing over a lack of snipers and finishers and high-end scorers has become a default setting.
Chip Scoggins writes: 'The idea was to determine which feat was more impressive: Bruce Boudreau's impact on the Wild or Chef Crystal Boudreau's ability to prevent me from burning down the kitchen at her workplace."
Starter Ervin Santana on Monday allowed only two hits to become the first Twins pitcher to win on Opening Day since Livan Hernandez in 2008.
A female NBA coach is no longer alien talk. The only crazy idea would be for NBA teams to ignore qualified candidates just because of their chromosome structure.
The coach who bears ultimate responsibility for one of the most painful episodes in Gophers athletic history sounded tone-deaf in practically begging for red-carpet treatment.
Tre Jones continues to blaze his own path — a similar path of excellence — and managed to one-up his brother, Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones.
The Wild finally has settled into its comfort zone. Forget all that prosperity nonsense. Welcome back to Desperation Town.
Middle Tennessee, the 12 seed Thursday, looked like a veteran team on both ends of the floor. The fifth-seed Gophers looked like a young team that has zero depth and was hanging by a thread.
To avoid a one-and-done exit, the Gophers must follow a script that guided their historic turnaround. Here's a look at the blueprint.
Junior Nate Mason emerged as the catalyst behind a historic turnaround that propelled the Gophers back to the NCAA tournament. He leads the team in scoring and several other offensive categories while providing bulldog tenacity as captain.
Junior All-Big Ten point guard Nate Mason leads the Gophers in several statistical categories:
United's defense has been abysmal, to put it kindly. The back line looked frozen stiff along with an announced crowd of 35,043, who braved the blowing snow.
Drafting star Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon would fly in the face of Zygi and Mark Wilf's declaration that player conduct is a top priority.
Gophers hockey coach Don Lucia has a successor in mind, a cabin picked out, plenty of memories — and the drive for at least two more years.
Monique Quinn came all the way from Australia to attend her first Timberwolves game Monday night. She wore a Karl-Anthony Towns jersey and tennis shoes with Ricky Rubio's name on them. Imagine her reaction when she heard the game against the Portland Trail Blazers was being postponed because of condensation on the court.
The Loons had some nice stretches in the second half but a late meltdown resulted in a flurry of goals for the host Timbers.
How does Minnesota United find its footing in a crowded sports market with five other existing pro franchises and a major Division I athletic program? The Loons start with strength in fan support.
Adrian Peterson's legacy as one of the Vikings' all-time greats is secure, but the fit no longer makes sense.
Many of the factors that have contributed to a 22-7 record will make Minnesota a tough match-up in the upcoming NCAA men's basketball tournament.
That Brad Bigler and his family can find comfort and happiness again after enduring unspeakable heartache makes this season extra inspiring.
This time a year ago, a healthy percentage of the Twin Cities sporting public rooted for two outcomes: Richard Pitino to be fired and Chuck Fletcher to overhaul the Wild roster.
Benny Sapp III committed to P.J. Fleck as the first member of the Gophers' 2018 recruiting class even though Sapp has not played football for two seasons after tearing the ACL in his knee twice.
Good teams scratch and claw and survive in games like the one the Gophers had with Indiana on Wednesday night. Aesthetics don't matter at this juncture, only results.
The arrival of Urban Meyer, Jim Harbaugh and now James Franklin put Big Ten brethren on notice. To avoid falling miles behind, you must be able to swim with the sharks in recruiting.
With 160 goals exiting the All-Star break, the Wild leads the Western Conference in scoring and is on pace to obliterate the team's single-season record of 235 goals.
If the Wolves trade point guard Ricky Rubio, they should do so because they want to see how Kris Dunn develops as the starter.
The Gophers on Saturday dropped an important basketball game that was winnable. But the atmosphere at Williams Arena was refreshingly enjoyable.
Bruce Boudreau's deft touch with in-game adjustments and willingness to ride a hot hand demonstrate just how much coaching matters. On his list of attributes is that he doesn't play favorites.
Hours after stepping off a private plane for his first day on the job for the Gophers, Fleck began salvaging a recruiting class by poaching recruits that had verbally committed to his previous employer, Western Michigan.
Every new coach deserves to bring in his own staff. They shouldn't feel obligated to keep anyone. But P.J. Fleck's decision to not retain linebackers coach Mike Sherels is a mistake
Big-ticket decisions by the University of Minnesota demonstrate an understanding that college sports have become cutthroat, competitive and expensive, and that failure to jump in will only widen the gap.
The Gophers men's basketball program suddenly appears on solid footing under Richard Pitino after a transformational offseason.
P.J. Fleck undoubtedly will use quirky ploys to motivate his players, but here's a key point to remember: His résumé includes running a successful Division I program.
We'll learn more about Coyle's leadership and ability to attract coaches with this critical hire. This coaching change will be both expensive and a big part of Coyle's legacy at Minnesota.
As a decision nears, here's my vote: Retain Claeys and add one season to his contract with the same buyout provision ($250,000 per season), giving him three seasons remaining. I see enough positives in Claeys and his staff to maintain continuity.
There should be no suspense over looming Vikings organizational decisions on QB Sam Bradford.
The suspensions from the sexual assault investigation left Sawvel without two defensive starters and four of his top six defensive backs — a tall order against any opponent. And Washington State's offense isn't just any offense.
Playing a game will help provide some sense of normalcy and briefly take the focus off fallout from the university's sexual assault investigation. But it's not being melodramatic to suggest Gophers football has reached a critical crossroads that will shape its future.
Remember all the talk back in October about Rodgers being on the decline and no longer a pinpoint passer? Seems a little silly now, doesn't it?
Here's a dozen post-Christmas bowl games to savor.
College administrators often talk about their "brand" in schmoozing donors and corporate sponsors. The image of Gophers football is not appealing right now. The stain from this painful episode will be permanent.
Battle lines are being drawn and the University of Minnesota football program basically has been shut down.
The Gophers' volleyball leader is driven to succeed, but with a willingness to shift gears. Athletic director Mark Coyle said, 'I always feel like he's a step ahead.'
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.66), save percentage (.946) and shutouts (four). And unlike a year ago, he's not letting in the fluky goals.
Sharply declining figures should alarm local teams. They also send a message: Fans are withholding financial support until they see their home teams start winning.
What is Mike Eaves doing at age 60, coaching at Division III St. Olaf, the private liberal arts college in Northfield known more for its choir than its hockey team?
Chip Scoggins looks at Saturday night's Big Ten championship game between Wisconsin and Penn State in Indianapolis.
Missing a few games this season, even as his team fights to make the playoffs, shouldn't override Mike Zimmer's health and doing what's best for him.
Mark Coyle found himself in a no-win situation with whatever decision he made on his football coach. There would be angry fans no matter what he decided.
Saturday's performance: In the second half, Mitch Leidner completed only two passes -- and threw four interceptions -- after a strong start to his final regular-season game.
The Badgers defense is too suffocating to play it safe and conventional. This situation calls for creativity and willingness to try things that otherwise might be kept tucked away in the playbook.
Tony Kuplic played in only eight games for the St. Thomas soccer team and didn't even take a shot. That he's scored five goals in four postseason games has stunned everyone, including Kuplic.
Xavier Rhodes' pick six gave the Vikings a 10-point lead. His second interception — a swan-dive pick on a deep pass down the middle of the field — preserved their 10-point lead in the third quarter.
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