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This series already among the most memorable finals
Put in simplest terms, the Indiana Fever played like the more desperate team, and now the WNBA Finals shifts to a winner-take-all Game 5 back at Target Center on Wednesday night.
Freshman running back pounds his way through Boilermakers D in big second half
The Twins, Gophers and Lynx flopped and the Vikings lost, but a few particular developments picked from the rubble deserve further examination.
Trust in QB Mitch Leidner appears misplaced on a Gophers' offensive unit that hasn’t turned the corner in Jerry Kill’s five seasons.
This is a critical season for Ricky Rubio. Injuries have limited him to 202 games in four seasons, including a career-low 22 last season because of a severe ankle injury.
Chad Greenway’s grandfather had never watched him play in an NFL game in person before Sunday. He picked a great debut.
Mitch Leidner gives critics reason to back off with the timing of his success.
Zimmer’s Vikings earned something Sunday that Kill’s Gophers desperately need right now: a therapeutic victory.
Peterson’s return to the Vikings has produced a string of benchmarks. First practice, first game, first carry. Sunday represented another one.
Never has a victory felt more like a loss than what the Gophers put on display in a 10-7 win against Kent State. Coach Jerry Kill didn't feel much like talking afterward.
The fictional month is outfielder Torii Hunter's homage to the critical period in every baseball season when games become extra important.
It’s one thing to lose a first game on the road. But for the Vikings to soil themselves in that manner, on that stage, after having their egos stroked all preseason, good grief, their performance stunk to high heavens.
Bridgewater and AP rule the marquee, but a young unit that shined in Zimmer’s first season could bring real star power.
Regardless of the public spin at Winter Park, center John Sullivan’s prolonged absence represents another disconcerting development for a unit that has so much to prove this season.
Jerry Kill and his staff could face a difficult decision eventually. The offense - QB Mitch Leidner specifically - has to provide more than what it showed in a 23-17 loss to TCU.
The Gophers can take a lot of positives from their defensive performance against TCU. Namely, that contributions came from a lot of sources.
The Gophers' defense is well aware TCU’s QB Boykin is a difference-maker
The way Gary Patterson sees things, his No. 2-rankedTCU football team remains in “prove-it” mode after getting a sniff of college football’s inaugural playoff last season.
Chip Scoggins offers up his annual baker’s dozen: 13 thoughts on the national scene. A 14th thought could have been: How can it get any better than last year’s epic season?
U’s Kill and Co. set sights on the biggest opener in decades.
The latest NFL controversy — a daily occurrence, it seems — comes courtesy of former Vikings star Cris Carter, who told a roomful of NFL rookies at a league-sanctioned symposium last year that they need a “fall guy” in their “crew” to take the collar should their behavior turn criminal.
Gophers’ defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys is bucking the Xbox offense trend.
Win the winnable games is a bumper sticker slogan for the modern-day NFL. That’s often what separates the good teams from the bad.
Critics assail flaws, but the Bucs are sold on the No. 1 overall draft pick.
The university must inspect closely and discipline harshly to demonstrate its commitment to doing what’s right.
The accumulation of disappointment over the years — NCAA violations, misdeeds, awful hires, heartbreaking defeats — has created this perception that the U can’t get out of its own way
Receiver Stefon Diggs works after practice to ensure he’s learning as fast as possible.
Jerry Kill’s program no longer should be treated as the Little Engine That Could. The Gophers have shed their “Kick Me” sign and deserve to be taken seriously.
While Kevin Jepsen is a nice addition, this roster still has many holes.
The technology makes traditional practice video that’s shot from the sideline, end zone or from a mechanical lift high above the field look like a ’56 Buick.
After a year away from the game, the Vikings running back is out to prove something again.
One misplaced pitch tied the score, and another gave the Yankees the comeback victory.
Early retirements among NFL players made splash in headlines this offseason. Former Vikings tight end John Carlson says he reached a point after seven NFL seasons where he had enough of football.
Eden Prairie’s star linebacker, Carter Coughlin, told his dad he needed to use the family’s cabin. “I thought that having the guys up to the cabin would just be killer,” he said.
The Dark Clouds love to sing and dance. And bang drums. And set off smoke machines. And tease opponents with creative wisecracks.
In the best case, Kevin Garnett provides a version of the value that Torii Hunter has brought to the Twins.
In a stunning new home, the St. Paul team is ripping through the American Association with a 29-7 record.
TV deals are bringing more money to campus, but athletic departments are spending it quickly.
Flashy but often-injured point guard Ricky Rubio has a popular newcomer Tyus Jones waiting behind him.
The No. 1 overall pick and a savvy point guard? A two-way big man and a proven winner? An elite defensive player and a popular local kid guaranteed to sell tickets? It was a good night for the Wolves.
The rookie's first-inning double got the Twins started, and he went 3-for-5, scored three runs and threw out two baserunners.
No more tease. No more wait. No more checking Chattanooga Lookouts boxscores to see how Byron Buxton is going.
First-year pitching coach Neil Allen’s new ideas and approach clearly have made a positive impact on the staff. Allen’s voice usually can be heard stressing two things
The outfielder has piled up the home runs and the strikeouts at Class AA Chattanooga.
Watching top Twins prospect Byron Buxton’s bursts of speed in person borders on the indescribable.
The Twins have three relievers who can hit 100 miles per hour on the radar gun and Jose Berrios is leading the Southern League in strikeouts. The second of a two-day look at the talent-rich Lookouts.
Buxton, Sano, Polanco, Berrios and more. The Twins have stockpiled top prospects at their Class AA team in Chattanooga. The first of a two-day look at the Lookouts by Chip Scoggins.
Ruth, Gehrig, Mays, Killebrew — Jordan even — they all played at the Lookouts’ old home
By definition, Ty has a disability. His right arm stops 1½ inches below his elbow. In his heart, the 12-year-old from Oakdale believes he can conquer sports with one functioning arm.
Go ahead and enjoy this. It’s OK to feel excited and optimistic about this team after enduring the other side, the dark side.
Karl-Anthony Towns has an imaginary friend that sits on his shoulder and offers advice or criticism during games. He’d be a perfect fit for the wacky Timberwolves.
Fran Tarkenton never paid attention to whether the footballs were too heavy, too light or just right. 'All of our footballs were hard,' he said.
Commissioner Roger Goodell dropped the hammer on Tom Brady and the Patriots in a manner that smells of overreaction.
There’s an obvious gap between the Wild and Chicago, the team that's eliminated Minnesota from the playoffs three consecutive years.
The Wild threw everything it had at the Chicago Blackhawks in an act of desperation. Nothing to fault there. But effort brings little consolation without results.
In his first meeting with Devan Dubnyk after a mid-January trade, Wild coach Mike Yeo told his new goalie that he doesn’t need to be a hero. If his teammates don't improve, he'll need to be a miracle worker.
T.J. Clemmings’ drop perplexed supporters, but he’s ready to help Vikings.
The Vikings looked to improve their secondary - and their offense by keeping Adrian Peterson.
Lessons of leadership are reflected in team’s success.
This Wild-Blackhawks series will be a tight one, especially with Devan Dubnyk in goal.
The Wild had momentum from a dominating performance in Game 3, but fell flat Wednesday with a chance to take control of the series.
Toughness is a necessary component to hockey, but it can manifest itself in more subtle ways. It isn’t limited to face washes and fisticuffs.
The veteran kept trying to get under the Wild’s skin, with a variety of results.
It's played two games with two different outcomes, but the Wild should return home feeling reasonably encouraged by the tone of this first-round series.
T.J. Oshie has his childhood home (Everett, Wash.) and his hockey home (Warroad, Minn.). Both are dear to him.
Close to ex-teammates, the Wild forward still has a point to prove.
The Wild played smart and dished out its own tough play Thursday night in a Game 1 victory over the Blues.
The Wild has faced challenges, but it is seasoned, and playoffs are no longer a novelty.
Jones brought national attention to his city, high school and basketball program as a prep star. So Duke's victory on Monday night, and his role in it, made the NCAA title game an extra-special event.
Yes, it’s early. But it’s already clear that this team’s troubles run deep.
No-huddle offense will be fresh changeup in his bag.
The Wild's Chris Stewart remembers where he came from when times get tough.
Duke point guard Tyus Jones said Wednesday that he hasn’t decided whether he will return to school or enter the NBA draft.
Duke’s freshman star from Apple Valley played like a vet.
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