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Michigan State won the Big Ten regular-season title and conference tournament, only to be placed in a region with top overall seed Duke and superstar freshman Zion Williamson. That's not right.
Sweet 16 berth is reward for beating nation's No. 1 team on its home floor.
Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, Kentucky. It's common to see a coach from one of those elite basketball schools watching Hurt, who has averaged almost 37 points per game for John Marshall High School.
With no home rink in North Branch, high school players meet at 4:20 a.m. for bus rides to practice.
Michael Hsu sees everybody getting rich in the college sports arms race, except athletes. "Amateurism is an invention by the NCAA in the 1950s so they didn't have to pay workers' comp and didn't have to pay for the labor," he said.
GM Paul Fenton hasn't initiated a complete teardown — yet — but his moves before and at Monday's trade deadline left no ambiguity about his feelings on the roster he inherited
The final few days in Pyeongchang last February for the Winter Olympics were a double shot of exhilarating. Especially from a Minnesota perspective.
The Vikings introduced their new offensive coaching staff Thursday and the only thing missing was a group hug. Now it's time to see how things work out.
Saturday afternoon was a vintage Jordan Murphy performance. He was fearless in taking on taller Indiana defenders and crafty with his post moves. Gophers fans should take time to savor Murphy's career.
However this season ends up, new Wild General Manager Paul Fenton shouldn't make coach Bruce Boudreau the scapegoat for a lineup that plays hockey as if it's a chore.
Legendary Minnesota high school scorer Jake Sullivan tamed a mess in his mind and found a mission, to share what he once lacked. Here's what you didn't know about Sullivan when he was leading his school to a state basketball championship.
Many people remember Sullivan's record-setting basketball career at Tartan High but were stunned to learn how much he suffered during high school and college.
The Wild is good enough to be a playoff team but not good enough to win the Stanley Cup. It's also difficult to envision the Wild being bad enough to land a top-five draft pick, barring an all-time tank job.
Missing 12 of 13 three-pointers doomed any chance at a comeback, leaving another smudge mark on the Gophers' tournament résumé.
Longtime university booster and construction magnate Dick Ames, who died Wednesday, was always willing to donate his time and money to the program.
Relying on a piecemeal point guard approach is not what Richard Pitino had in mind but, "that's all right. Just find a way to win."
Michael Rand and Chip Scoggins weigh in on the Vikings offseason.
Lindsay Whalen didn't lose much as a player at any level. Now as Gophers head coach, this is a learning year for Whalen in immeasurable ways as she starts Act II of her adult life.
Traditional roles no longer apply to basketball. Centers are guards, guards post up, and everyone shoots three-pointers.
Tyler Johnson can cement his legacy as one of the most productive receivers in Gophers history. But by earning his degree, he wants to set an example for others in north Minneapolis.
The euphoria from Wednesday's Oklahoma City debut is short-lived for the Wolves interim coach.
Wolves executives knew they had a "Thibs problem" going back to last season when the team finally ended a lengthy playoff drought and yet everyone seemed miserable.
Too often this season the Vikings looked emotionally tight and not ready for the moment. That reflects poorly on coach Mike Zimmer's leadership.
He wasn't alone but Kirk Cousins, the $84 million quarterback, flopped at the worst possible time for the Vikings.
Minnehaha Academy's Jalen Suggs says he's seriously considering college basketball and football, knowing that kind of a double-double is rare at the highest collegiate level.
The Gophers averaged a touchdown more per game despite playing almost the entire season without two of their best players — running backs Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks — and a two-deep filled with freshman.
Ten years ago, a player voluntarily skipping a bowl game would have sparked outrage. Now, the reaction is more meh.
After scoring a 75-yard touchdown on the first play of the third quarter, the Dolphins spent the rest of the game shuffling backward against the Vikings defense.
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.