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Brian Dozier's combination of power and slick defense made him an All-Star second baseman, but his durability should not go overlooked in dissecting his importance to the Twins' success.
Gophers offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca kept an unbalanced game plan with an emphasis on the run game. The question now becomes, can they continue to follow this template against Big Ten competition?
Adrian Peterson rushed for 18 harmless yards on six carries. Asked afterward to evaluate his performance, Peterson's measured words spoke volumes.
The Lucius brothers are well-known in Minnesota youth hockey circles as prodigies. They're 13 and 14 (and have verbally committed to the Gophers).
In the midst of dealing with his eye problems this spring, Mike Zimmer made a road trip to Oklahoma to visit his quarterback.
Recent roster moves show that the Vikings general manager is feeling real pressure to deliver a winner this season and can't afford to sit patiently and hope that things improve.
Constant shuffling could disrupt rhythm and flow, but neither Conor Rhoda nor Demry Croft seems ready to stake claim to the job yet.
The Gophers have questions at quarterback, but the tag-team duo of tailbacks Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith combined for 1,808 yards and 21 touchdowns last season, marks they should exceed this season.
Big money, long games and which conference is the best are part of the list.
Returning Heisman winners face incredible pressure to duplicate — or play even better — in their follow-up act.
College Football Playoff picks: Washington, Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State. And the winner is ...
Chip Scoggins already knows how the national championship hunt ends.
Hoops heaven conference now has some of the best football teams and players.
Flag-waving, air horn-blowing Kyle Gergely is P.J. Fleck's running shadow during Gophers football practices. He's lost about 20 pounds since practices began.
Times have changed out there on the high school, college and pro practice fields, where days are shorter and hitting less frequent, to the benefit of healthier, smarter players.
P.J. Fleck insists the Gophers having two starting quarterbacks is "not a controversy." It's not ideal, either.
Based on their words and actions, Twins bosses Derek Falvey and Thad Levine can't decide whether to buy, sell or put both options on a dart board and fire away.
A recommitment to academics is playing big dividends in the U athletic department, particularly football.
The bill has come due for Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman in constructing a top-five defense mostly with homegrown, ascending talent.
Virtually no wind combined with soft greens from Thursday's rain rendered the TPC Twin Cities defenseless against the best senior golfers.
Fall camps open this week, and the Big Ten has three teams — Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin — that look capable of crashing the College Football Playoff.
The question is not whether P.J. Fleck can coach. The real question is whether Fleck can succeed at Minnesota. That we won't know for some time.
Jim Harbaugh who? Hurricane Fleck took a back seat to no one in Chicago. "He's very good for the Big Ten," Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman said.
The lone shutout in Urban Meyer's Hall of Fame career came in his most recent game, a 31-0 trouncing by Clemson in the College Football Playoffs semifinals last season.
After years of dreadful baseball, the Twins have played themselves into playoff contention, flaws and all. Selling while in contention would send a horrible message.
A year removed from coaching at the University of Minnesota has not diminished J Robinson's frustration and disappointment over the way his 30-year Hall of Fame career as the school's wrestling coach ended.
After absorbing hits for making her hijab non-negotiable, Amaiya Zafar pushes ahead with her boxing career.
Sometimes when he's at the mall, Alec Majerus will stop and stare at a staircase. He will look at the angles, study the handrail, his mind racing with ideas for tricks, which is how skateboarders are judged in competition.
The Twins' home field suddenly has become a launching pad. Target Field had produced 127 home runs this season, a rate of 3.02 per game, third-highest in Major League Baseball.
The Twins and their opponents are on pace to hit a record number of home runs at Target Field this season.
The Wolves boss put his cards on the table the past week, reshaping the roster in his vision and thus accelerating the organization's timeline for building a winner.
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.
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