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The offense was so poor that a three-point deficit felt insurmountable. Kirk Cousins looked skittish. John DeFilippo's play-calling was weird. The entire offense is a mess.
The Vikings need their best position group — the heralded and highly compensated defensive line — to be their best players in a game that could determine their playoff fate.
In whiteout conditions with its season on the line Minnesota State Mankato called 26 consecutive runs, followed by a 5-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal.
Are we seeing growing pains in a new relationship or a fundamental divide that creates an unsustainable situation between the head coach and a top assistant?
Re-signing Sheldon Richardson and reworking Adam Thielen's existing contract this offseason seem like natural starting points for looking to the team's future.
Aaron Rodgers had 71 yards passing in the first quarter but managed only 127 the rest of the game — and 82 of those yards came on a hurry-up final drive.
P.J. Fleck's team earned the right to celebrate after a historic performance at Wisconsin.
Tanner Morgan gets another shot to solidify his No. 1 QB standing on Saturday. Zack Annexstad might have the bigger upside. Either way, the Gophers won't need to start over at QB next fall.
Since winning his 11th state championship last November, the Eagles' longtime football coach has shed a lot of tears.
Coming out of a bye in front of a national TV audience against the NFC North division leaders, the Vikings needed to bring their "A" game. They didn't come close.
Division games always carry extra significance. Division games in mid-November with first place at stake get prime-time treatment.
The relationship columnist Chip Scoggins built with Joe Mauer dates back to their first conversation, when Mauer asked if he could call back after he'd finished his homework.
Jimmy Butler is gone but the damage remains. The Wolves might not be as dysfunctional, but what exactly is their organizational plan
Firing a coordinator during his second year as Gophers head coach shows both desperation and an acknowledgment that P.J. Fleck got it wrong on the front end.
It was strange and alarming to see Mike Zimmer's defense exposed so readily after distinguishing itself as the best in the NFL throughout much of 2017.
The bar needs to be raised considerably as Minnesota United moves into its new home, Allianz Field, starting next season.
On a night when the NBA's biggest star was at Target Center, the Wolves' Jimmy Butler still remained the top story. Weirdly, in a good way.
The NFL's all-time leading passer had an unusually quiet performance, but the Saints showed they can win using a different formula than run-and-gun offense.
Tanner Morgan stated his case in his first career start in relief on an injured Zack Annexstad with a performance that included 302 yards passing, a lot of positives and one costly mistake.
The remarkable Drew Brees became the NFL's career leading passer earlier this month when he broke Peyton Manning's record. He is currently at 72,315 yards.
One week after displaying grit and competitive fight at Ohio State, the Gophers offered no resistance whatsoever against winless Nebraska while starting nine upperclassmen on defense.
The skyway connecting Marquette Avenue and 6th Street in downtown Minneapolis has five pillars decorated in a Timberwolves promotion. Only four of them feature members of the team.
On the first offensive series, Kirk Cousins caught a pass from himself. That set the tone for a rather strange and eventful performance for the Vikings quarterback.
Andrew Wiggins has shown he can score but hasn't shown much else.
The star player demands a trade. The coach gets booed at home in a preseason game. The rest of the team looks distracted or uninspired. And the season starts next week.
There's a difference between being aggressive and reckless, and P.J. Fleck's decision to fake punt on Saturday fell on the wrong side on that one.
Minnesota's inexperience on the offensive line is a challenge that shouldn't be dismissed when explaining the difficulty of relying on so many young players in a power conference.
Twins baseball executives Derek Falvey and Thad Levine should first look in the mirror when assessing how the season went haywire from the start.
If Jimmy Butler isn't part of the Wolves' picture, the revised organizational blueprint has zero chance of succeeding if Andrew Wiggins doesn't blossom
Tom Thibodeau took a risk and got burned. And now his future as Timberwolves coach and basketball czar appears very much uncertain.
The Vikings on Sunday looked totally and utterly unprepared to play at a level that suggested they respected their opponent.
Through two games, Sheldon Richardson has been one of the defense's most disruptive and productive players.
It always seemed like a risk to go with a rookie kicker on a star-laden team, and Daniel Carlson ended up having no chance to survive his horrible Week 2.
Green Bay's Clay Matthews was flagged late in the game for roughing Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins on what looked like a textbook hit. The call wiped out an interception that would have all but sealed the game.
Antoine Winfield Jr. continues to produce game-changing plays for the Gophers so frequently that they have become routine. Tyler Johnson is giving him a run for his money.
After being dumped by the Twins, outfielder Aaron Hicks has found great success with the Yankees, and is yet another example of how baseball players develop at different paces.
Pressed into full-time duty because of injuries, first-round draft pick Mike Hughes had an eventful launch to his career Sunday, including a 28-yard interception return for a TD and a pass breakup in the end zone.
With Rodney Smith limited to just three plays Saturday, the young Gophers rallied for the win thanks to a circus throw, a circus catch and a circus interception in the closing minutes.
Maybe the front office is trying to send Buxton a message, as misguided as that would be. There's no guarantee Buxton will respond favorably.
Star power rules the NFL, but with injuries inevitable so often a season is defined by the strength of the full roster.
Freshman walk-on Zack Annexstad completed 10 of 16 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns in the first half as the Gophers sprinted away from the overmatched New Mexico State Aggies.
The Gophers football team trying to create deep emotional attachment in a crowded sports market that is coming down with Purple Fever. How do they get there?
From the Big Ten to the Deep South, dominant players up front will punish offenses this fall.
Change hit college football hard this offseason, and we can't wait to see how it all plays out.
True freshmen don't typically win quarterback competitions. But get ready for Zack Annexstad to be under center when the Gophers open the season Thursday night.
In order to make sense of the NFL's rulebook, former Vikings coach Brad Childress thought a test should be used on certain occasions. Ask 50 drunks in a bar their opinion.
Ohio State, Maryland and Michigan State are under heavy scrutiny before the games begin.
"Don't count us out," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said.
On their final visit, Anton Delgado was weak but managed to open his eyes and smile when he heard Kyle Rudolph's voice. He knew his best friend was at the hospital with him.
Dueling emotions greeted two significant developments within hours of each other Tuesday: the Vikings signing Stefon Diggs, the Twins trading Brian Dozier.
Too many players — and not just the newcomers – have had unproductive seasons. So it's hard to blame the front office for losing faith in the Twins roster.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer will face the challenge of moving his team forward after the death of assistant Tony Sparano while also facing the Super Bowl-or-bust expectations of the 2018 season.
Though it at times presents challenges, St. Thomas men's basketball coach Johnny Tauer is at peace teaching basketball and spending time with his son as an AAU coach.
How will the next president view athletics in relation to the overall mission of the university? That should be an important component of the vetting process.
The fact that he is in the All-Star discussion at all is a testament to Eddie Rosario's maturation, and also the team's acceptance of his risk-reward exuberance as a player.
NBA ratings continue to be robust, even as critics bash the league's lack of suspense, because stars are attractive and the game is being played at the highest level.
Radio play-by-play announcers carried that status with fans of a certain age. Those men brought games to life through their words before the explosion of cable TV.
Those who gazed into the Twins future and saw up-and-coming stars have received another blunt reminder that baseball development cannot be scripted or predicted with ironclad certainty.
These are significant changes that are long overdue and will provide more freedom and benefits to athletes.
Wins and losses matter, but true acts of sportsmanship define participants. A moment this genuine should be required viewing for all athletes.
The regular Japanese contingent covering Shohei Ohtani is 50 to 60 working home games. About half that number travels to road games and was at Target Field for this week's injury news.
The Twins and Chicago White Sox played a rare traditional doubleheader at Target Field. One ticket, two games, a 45-minute break in between.
The Gophers haven't advanced this far in a baseball season in more than 40 years. They'll be underdogs this weekend at Oregon State, but they won't be intimidated.
It's a small sample size, but a 7-1 win over Cleveland marked the fifth time in six games that the Twins have scored at least seven runs.
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.
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