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Their defense is cohesive, stingy, physically intimidating and a bunch of other superlatives that point directly to cumulative talent.
If anything, the Gophers won their first Big Ten game Saturday in spite of their quarterback and some head-scratching play calls. They can thank third-string running back Kobe McCrary for saving their bacon.
The Wolves could become the most improved team in the NBA this season, but they'll face a steep climb because of the quality of other teams in the conference.
A season-ending injury to Aaron Rodgers would be seismic under any circumstance, but unlike the Vikings, the Packers can't rely on their defense to bail them out.
The Gophers remain winless in the Big Ten, and P.J. Fleck's first season is in danger of circling the drain if his team doesn't fix myriad problems. At least they have clarity at their quarterback.
Sam Bradford's body language reeked of a guy who was miserable and waiting for someone to force him out of action.
The Vikings' wild-goose chase for quarterback stability has nothing on the Bears' painful history at that position.
The Gophers on Saturday blew a winnable road game in the Big Ten for myriad reasons.
The Wild did some things well but also had enough mistakes and sloppy play to allow the Red Wings to celebrate their grand opening with a joyous result.
The news on Dalvin Cook's left knee isn't promising, just the latest devastating injury for a Vikings franchise that has endured more than their fair share.
Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck was correct when he said his team got what it deserved: A loss against Maryland and its third-string quarterback.
Wholesale change might have produced desirable results, but this season has reinforced that patience also can be rewarded with unexpected success.
The difference in Chelsea Gray being the hero instead of Maya Moore came down to the final seconds of a thrilling Game 1.
On the field, United has yo-yoed between encouraging and poor performances. The biggest victory in Season 1 has occurred in the stands.
Brian Dozier's combination of power and slick defense made him an All-Star second baseman, but his durability should not go overlooked in dissecting his importance to the Twins' success.
Gophers offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca kept an unbalanced game plan with an emphasis on the run game. The question now becomes, can they continue to follow this template against Big Ten competition?
Adrian Peterson rushed for 18 harmless yards on six carries. Asked afterward to evaluate his performance, Peterson's measured words spoke volumes.
The Lucius brothers are well-known in Minnesota youth hockey circles as prodigies. They're 13 and 14 (and have verbally committed to the Gophers).
In the midst of dealing with his eye problems this spring, Mike Zimmer made a road trip to Oklahoma to visit his quarterback.
Recent roster moves show that the Vikings general manager is feeling real pressure to deliver a winner this season and can't afford to sit patiently and hope that things improve.
Constant shuffling could disrupt rhythm and flow, but neither Conor Rhoda nor Demry Croft seems ready to stake claim to the job yet.
The Gophers have questions at quarterback, but the tag-team duo of tailbacks Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith combined for 1,808 yards and 21 touchdowns last season, marks they should exceed this season.
Big money, long games and which conference is the best are part of the list.
Returning Heisman winners face incredible pressure to duplicate — or play even better — in their follow-up act.
College Football Playoff picks: Washington, Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State. And the winner is ...
Chip Scoggins already knows how the national championship hunt ends.
Hoops heaven conference now has some of the best football teams and players.
Flag-waving, air horn-blowing Kyle Gergely is P.J. Fleck's running shadow during Gophers football practices. He's lost about 20 pounds since practices began.
Times have changed out there on the high school, college and pro practice fields, where days are shorter and hitting less frequent, to the benefit of healthier, smarter players.
P.J. Fleck insists the Gophers having two starting quarterbacks is "not a controversy." It's not ideal, either.
Based on their words and actions, Twins bosses Derek Falvey and Thad Levine can't decide whether to buy, sell or put both options on a dart board and fire away.
A recommitment to academics is playing big dividends in the U athletic department, particularly football.
The bill has come due for Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman in constructing a top-five defense mostly with homegrown, ascending talent.
Virtually no wind combined with soft greens from Thursday's rain rendered the TPC Twin Cities defenseless against the best senior golfers.
Fall camps open this week, and the Big Ten has three teams — Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin — that look capable of crashing the College Football Playoff.
The question is not whether P.J. Fleck can coach. The real question is whether Fleck can succeed at Minnesota. That we won't know for some time.
Jim Harbaugh who? Hurricane Fleck took a back seat to no one in Chicago. "He's very good for the Big Ten," Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman said.
The lone shutout in Urban Meyer's Hall of Fame career came in his most recent game, a 31-0 trouncing by Clemson in the College Football Playoffs semifinals last season.
After years of dreadful baseball, the Twins have played themselves into playoff contention, flaws and all. Selling while in contention would send a horrible message.
A year removed from coaching at the University of Minnesota has not diminished J Robinson's frustration and disappointment over the way his 30-year Hall of Fame career as the school's wrestling coach ended.
After absorbing hits for making her hijab non-negotiable, Amaiya Zafar pushes ahead with her boxing career.
Sometimes when he's at the mall, Alec Majerus will stop and stare at a staircase. He will look at the angles, study the handrail, his mind racing with ideas for tricks, which is how skateboarders are judged in competition.
The Twins' home field suddenly has become a launching pad. Target Field had produced 127 home runs this season, a rate of 3.02 per game, third-highest in Major League Baseball.
The Twins and their opponents are on pace to hit a record number of home runs at Target Field this season.
The Wolves boss put his cards on the table the past week, reshaping the roster in his vision and thus accelerating the organization's timeline for building a winner.
Marcus Williams envisioned something more useful than a few hours on the field and a picture with a pro football player. Here's how his idea came to life at a Minneapolis park.
The three-time All-Star is widely regarded as a top-15 player who excels as a two-way talent and is entering the prime of his career at age 27.
The Wolves were big winners Thursday night, and acquiring Jimmy Butler now raises the ante for Tom Thibodeau in Year 2.
He's been good enough to play for five organizations but expendable enough as a backup catcher to never feel completely settled.
As a kid raised in Tennessee, we observed two seasons: college football season and spring practice. Now Nashville is on fire with hockey mania.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck treats recruiting like a favorite toy. He never ignores it, constantly searching for new ways to connect. This aggressive focus gives Fleck fuel to compete against programs of more prestige.
The Twins bullpen's stat line Monday looked like something out of youth in-house baseball: 14 runs, 13 hits, two home runs, three walks, a hit batter and a partridge in a pear tree.
The Vikings wouldn't have released that Teddy Bridgewater video if they didn't feel reasonably optimistic about his progress.
As Gophers equipment manager for nearly five decades, Dick Mattson became a beloved character who provided colleagues a vault of tales, some too colorful for print.
An explosion of year-round basketball for all ages has made Minnesota a prime source of top talent
That scenario wouldn't happen today, of course, because premier players attend national showcases all summer. Athletic secrets don't exist in the internet age.
More kids, even before high school, are seeking private instruction from former college and professional basketball players to improve their skills.
Jessica Allister proved that sometimes the fifth choice is the right choice, as evident by the transformation of Gophers softball under her leadership.
How did a committee of softball experts look at the Gophers' historic season and decide they don't deserve to host a regional as a top 16 seed? Did they forget a secret handshake or something?
Mark Coyle's first year in charge of Gophers athletics witnessed a staggering amount of crisis management, important decisions and change.
Marion Barber Jr. promised his mother as a teenager that he would graduate from the University of Minnesota. On Thursday, he will receive his diploma at age 57.
Marcus Sherels and Adam Thielen began their NFL careers with no guarantees and no money. So they're telling new undrafted free agents there's a chance.
Athletic director Mark Coyle has launched a series of initiatives designed to give Gophers fans more voice and better benefits. "It's not our fans' fault that they're not coming to games," he said.
Gophers cornerback Jalen Myrick is grateful for the chance after being drafted in the seventh round by Jacksonville but felt he would be earlier pick.
The Vikings were the worst rushing team in the NFL last season, and by fixing that with running back Dalvin Cook and lineman Pat Elflein the defense shouldn't be as taxed this season.
The Lynx don't understand the concept of mediocrity. Not this core group, winners of three WNBA championships and five trips to the Finals in six seasons.
Twins manager Paul Molitor made three intriguing moves before getting ejected from Thursday's game. Two worked out, one didn't.
This isn't a new problem, of course. It becomes a discussion topic every postseason. Hand-wringing over a lack of snipers and finishers and high-end scorers has become a default setting.
Chip Scoggins writes: 'The idea was to determine which feat was more impressive: Bruce Boudreau's impact on the Wild or Chef Crystal Boudreau's ability to prevent me from burning down the kitchen at her workplace."
Starter Ervin Santana on Monday allowed only two hits to become the first Twins pitcher to win on Opening Day since Livan Hernandez in 2008.
A female NBA coach is no longer alien talk. The only crazy idea would be for NBA teams to ignore qualified candidates just because of their chromosome structure.
The coach who bears ultimate responsibility for one of the most painful episodes in Gophers athletic history sounded tone-deaf in practically begging for red-carpet treatment.
Tre Jones continues to blaze his own path — a similar path of excellence — and managed to one-up his brother, Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones.
The Wild finally has settled into its comfort zone. Forget all that prosperity nonsense. Welcome back to Desperation Town.
Middle Tennessee, the 12 seed Thursday, looked like a veteran team on both ends of the floor. The fifth-seed Gophers looked like a young team that has zero depth and was hanging by a thread.
To avoid a one-and-done exit, the Gophers must follow a script that guided their historic turnaround. Here's a look at the blueprint.
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