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The best rivalries swing back-and-forth like tennis matches. Gophers-Badgers in football has become terribly one-sided.
Bill Musselman and his pregame warmup routine gave Williams Arena its soul and made Gophers basketball the hottest ticket in town in the early 1970s.
The festive mood of the Gophers' season opener three months ago feels like three years ago after all the ups and downs. Win Saturday and a major disappointment is avoided.
If judged by a single-game knee-jerk snapshot Monday, the Wolves turned in the wrong name. If examined more reasonably through a longer lens, the Wolves got it right in selecting Towns.
The window was a foot wide. Maybe two. Hardly enough space to consider placing a football. Aaron Rodgers didn’t flinch.
Four true freshmen saved the Gophers with critical contributions that turned a potentially disheartening loss into a 32-23 victory against Illinois at TCF Bank Stadium.
Packers Weeks of the recent past usually have featured the next round of Aaron Rodgers’ passing clinics. Feels different this time, doesn’t it?
The Gophers’ season continued to sink Saturday with a fourth straight loss as Iowa soared to new heights at 10-0.
Respectable in Season 1, miserable in Season 2, and now comes a critical third season for Pitino in terms of establishing momentum and an identity as he puts his stamp on his program.
LaMarcus Joyner tried to spin his version of a hit that knocked Teddy Bridgewayer out of Sunday's game to make his actions look less egregious.
For most of the first half the Gophers' plan unfolded better than anyone could have imagined, until a bang-bang hit on Mitch Leidner brought their positive vibe to a halt.
The young Timberwolves will have many more nights like Monday. Count on it. Tough nights, hard nights, frustrating nights. But that's not a bad thing.
Gophers football has experienced some painful, mind-boggling, ridiculous losses in its history, but what took place Saturday night might top them all.
The renewed anticipation over a state-of-the-art home for Gophers athletics came just two days after football coach Jerry Kill left fans reeling with his resignation.
Jerry Kill always made time for others, now he needs it for himself.
Saunders poured so much of himself into his plan and believed in it so strongly that the Wolves owe it to him, to his legacy and to themselves to carry forward with his mission.
Flip Saunders had a million basketball stories, usually involving one of his million friends, former teammates or coaches.
Justin Kucek knows better than anyone the pain and probably shock that Michigan punter Blake O’Neill feels right now. He lived that same nightmare exactly 10 years and two days prior to O’Neill’s gaffe.
The Vikings won but it wasn’t an artistic masterpiece -- certainly not for the guys who carry 1 and 1A duties for the offense.
The Gophers gave up 464 yards and the most points in four years.
Order is out. Daffiness reigns in college football. Keep it up.
Fun, stressful and a half-dozen other emotions appropriately define an even matchup that has reached a decisive Game 5.
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.
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