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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.
fabulous freshmenDuke’s Tyus Jones became just the fourth true freshman to be named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.Year Player Championship game1986 Pervis…
The Wolves could use a star-like rise from oft-injured Ricky Rubio next season.
The former Twins first baseman is disappointed he didn't claim the managerial job, but he will remain a key figure in the organization. “I’m crushed,” he said. “I thought I was ready.”
Trevor Plouffe has become a dependable third baseman and productive hitter.
Mikko Koivu is playing his best hockey in a long time. Thomas Vanek is providing scoring pop. And Ryan Suter looks like Ryan Suter again.
Eddie Rosario’s goal of making the Twins’ Opening Day roster ended Saturday. But Rosario made a positive impression this spring.
Terry Ryan told Brian Dozier bluntly in 2012 that he didn’t deserve a promotion and was staying in Class AAA Rochester. That started a big change.
Kennys Vargas put on a power display in batting practice Monday that left teammates and coaches, even former manager Tom Kelly, howling with some good-natured ribbing.
The Wild has not lost back-to-back games in two months.
“We’re very much set on operating at a very high level,” the coach says.
John Calipari didn’t wait for the selection committee to reveal the NCAA tournament bracket Sunday evening before predicting how the final push to perfection might look for his undefeated Kentucky Wildcats.
Not since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers has a team posted a perfect season. Like a snowball rolling downhill, Kentucky’s bid for 40-0 has gained momentum with each win.
Recruiting followers live by them. Does anybody really understand them?
Instead of bubble talk, coach Richard Pitino devoted much of his postgame remarks Thursday expressing his excitement level for the future of his freshmen.
The Big Ten is discussing the issue for football and men’s basketball. It’s a bad idea.
Wolves fan Bill Beise, who gained national attention for his courtside antics during the first Kevin Garnett era, was back in the arena Wednesday for the first time since 2009.
For one night, and hopefully longer than that, basketball in downtown Minneapolis became fun again.
The 38-year-old forward admits he’s in ‘the declining days’ of his playing career.
Ex-teammate Wally Szczerbiak knows rookies will get a jolt.
A stunning rebirth has catapulted the Wild into the top eight in the playoff standings for the first time since around Thanksgiving.
The Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins hasn't been alone this season. His family is here, including two younger sisters who are basketball players for Hopkins High School.
The price could be all that prevents a reunion between the team and its suspended former NFL MVP.
Once seemingly a lock for the NCAA tournament, the Gophers' women's basketball team is now firmly on the bubble.
The Wolves have been together for about four days, which is precisely what this portion of their season is all about: See what they can do now that they have a full complement of players for the first time since early November.
Players’ legal problems and inept decisions in the league office haven’t hurt popularity.
Devan Dubnyk has played with five teams in one year, but might get to enjoy an extended stay with the Wild if he keeps stopping pucks with ease.
These divine recipes are a great place to start when baking chocolate-chip cookies.
Show him we’ve moved on, and thank him for Andrew Wiggins.
Rumor has it the Super Bowl will be played this week — so can we please talk about football? Not the science of footballs. Not the grip of footballs. Not the PSI of footballs.
Sure, the Gophers coach want to win now. But he also needs to develop players for next year, too.
The longtime Vikings leader and defensive stalwart gets to experience something missing from his decorated career: A chance to play in the Super Bowl.
Andre Hollins descended the stairs at Williams Arena and made his way to the locker room. He looked like a guy who had just trekked…
When a team’s body language mirrors its play, a fix calls for more than ousting an embattled coach.
The Wild's Mike Yeo, after the 113-day NHL lockout, will finally get to coach a team infused with new talent.
He dismissed the popular wave toward stipends for athletes as financial folly.
Richard Pitino listened to a number of different theories from reporters fishing for reasons that might explain why his two senior guards, Andre Hollins and…
bowl recap The Big Ten went 5-5 during the bowl season, including 3-1 on New Year’s Day. Here are all of the results with a…
New Year’s Day brought the opposite of a hangover for the Big Ten, with a solid showing in big-time bowl games.
Gophers coach Jerry Kill went conservative on Thursday in the Citrus Bowl. Far too conservative.
After another eye-popping catch Thursday, the tight end is expected to declare for the draft this month.
Players refused to quit when Jerry Kill demanded so much of them, and now are in a New Year's Day bowl.
Teddy Bridgewater entrenched himself as QB right away, but the pressing issues are at running back, wide receiver and left tackle.
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.
After several Hopkins basketball players removed their second-place medals almost as soon as they received them Saturday night, the team's student manager provided a moment to remember.
Tracy Claeys’ upbringing explains his sharp mind and love of simple pleasures.
Rochester's Marcus Sherels has turned a long-shot ticket into a five-year NFL career . Since it’s virtually impossible to get him to say two words about himself, we tried a different tactic
Gophers punter Peter Mortell is one more example of an athlete performing a selfless act.
All 10 conference teams playing in bowl games are considered underdogs.
Shabazz Muhammad appears to be developing nicely in his second year with the Timberwolves.
Kuemper’s performance this season has been all over the map. He’s looked invincible, average and awful. Sometimes all in one game.
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