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Jerry Zgoda

Reporter | Timberwolves, NBA
phone: 612-673-7197
Jerry has been a Star Tribune sportswriter so long, his first beat directly out of college was covering the North Stars. In nearly 30 years, he has covered the NHL, the Wolves and the NBA twice (he missed the first Kevin Garnett era, which says something about his sense of timing), Gophers and NCAA athletics, the radio/TV beat, major-championship golf and outdoor recreation. Follow @JerryZgoda
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Ryder Cup hopefuls Fowler, Reed lead at The Barclays

Ryder Cup hopefuls Fowler, Reed lead at The Barclays

Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed can solidify their U.S. Ryder Cup status with a 1-2 finish Sunday in New York.
'Better late than never' now applies to making U.S. Ryder Cup team

'Better late than never' now applies to making U.S. Ryder Cup team

Despite being the hottest player on the planet in the fall of 2014, Billy Horschel was left off the U.S. Ryder Cup team. This time around, the final captain's pick will come the night before the team flies to Minnesota.
This week's Barclays a lesson in Ryder Cup pressure

This week's Barclays a lesson in Ryder Cup pressure

The first tournament of the FedEx Cup playoffs, The Barclays, represents the last chance for players to lock up automatic berths on U.S. Ryder Cup team
Ryder Cup, you're next

Ryder Cup, you're next

The attention can turn to Hazeltine with final major of the year completed.
Day's eagle on No. 18 delivers tight finish at PGA

Day's eagle on No. 18 delivers tight finish at PGA

Day's eagle moved him to 13 under par for the tournament, one shot behind Walker even though Day had stepped onto the Baltusrol course Wednesday for the first time and played only one abbreviated practice round.
Walker holds off Day to win PGA Championship

Walker holds off Day to win PGA Championship

The wire-to-wire winner saw his momentum build after a chip for birdie, but Jason Day made it close.
Fortysomethings Stricker, Furyk enter Ryder Cup conversation

Fortysomethings Stricker, Furyk enter Ryder Cup conversation

Each U.S. Ryder Cup vice captain made the cut at the PGA Championship, and a strong finish at Baltusrol Golf Club will move either significantly up the points list.
Heavy rain puts Sunday finish at PGA Championship in jeopardy

Heavy rain puts Sunday finish at PGA Championship in jeopardy

Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb, tied for the lead at 9-under par, were 40 minutes from teeing off in the third round when clouds gathered, the sky rumbled and the horn sounded
Streb uses straight and true shots to gain PGA Championship lead

Streb uses straight and true shots to gain PGA Championship lead

Robert Streb's record-tying 63 on Friday gave him a share of the lead. Plenty of names are close but there are some surprises headed home, too.
Ryder Cup planners make final preparations at PGA Championship

Ryder Cup planners make final preparations at PGA Championship

Ryder Cup tournament director Jeff Hintz is at the PGA Championship for three days of meetings with vendors, caterers and to tie up other logistics for this fall's big event in Chaska.
After 'kick in the bum,' Day strings up seven birdies

After 'kick in the bum,' Day strings up seven birdies

Defending PGA Championship winner Jason Day's 7-under-par score after the first two rounds trails the leaders by just two strokes.
'02 PGA champ Beem in red numbers at Baltusrol

'02 PGA champ Beem in red numbers at Baltusrol

The unlikely 2002 PGA Championship winner at Hazeltine is making waves again 14 years later.
Walker's 65 sets early pace at stifling PGA Championship

Walker's 65 sets early pace at stifling PGA Championship

Jimmy Walker leads Martin Kaymer, Emiliano Grillo and Ross Fisher by one on a day when Dustin Johnson shot a 77, Rory McIlroy 74 and Phil Mickelson scrambled his way back to 71.
'Beef' reaches folk-hero status but is he Ryder Cup material?

'Beef' reaches folk-hero status but is he Ryder Cup material?

In a short period of time, Andrew Johnston's burly charm has enchanted golf fans around the globe. But is that enough for Team Europe captain Darren Clarke?
Wolves free agency primer

Wolves free agency primer

What to watch for as the Wolves gear up for NBA free agency
Wolves notes: Andy Greer joins team as Thibodeau's top assistant

Wolves notes: Andy Greer joins team as Thibodeau's top assistant

Greer and Thibodeau were assistants together for Jeff Van Gundy in Houston a decade ago, and Thibodeau hired Greer as an assistant in Chicago.
He never walked alone: Wolves' Towns finds he's huge in China

He never walked alone: Wolves' Towns finds he's huge in China

At the end of an eight-day tour, Wolves' center Karl-Anthony Towns was a bit overwhelmed by the impression he's made. 'I step outside and everyone has my jersey on.'
Ryder Cup village is rising out of Chaska

Ryder Cup village is rising out of Chaska

Hazeltine is being made Ryder Cup-ready by a cast growing by the day.
'Landmark' day for Towns, but he vows it won't be the last one

'Landmark' day for Towns, but he vows it won't be the last one

If he's gifted enough, an NBA player can be named league MVP or an All-Star multiple times, but only once can he ever be honored as Rookie of the Year. Karl-Anthony Towns celebrated that honor Monday while also looking ahead.
It's unanimous: Towns gets every Rookie of the Year first-place vote

It's unanimous: Towns gets every Rookie of the Year first-place vote

Towns won the Western Conference's Rookie of the Month award every month from November to April.
New Wolves coach Thibodeau is back on job at Chicago combine

New Wolves coach Thibodeau is back on job at Chicago combine

New Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau returns to work by making contacts at Chicago draft combine.

Wolves' Towns expected to be revealed as NBA Rookie of the Year on Monday

One year after Andrew Wiggins became the first Timberwolves player to win the NBA's Rookie of the Year award, teammate Karl-Anthony Towns is expected to…
Jerry Zgoda's preview of Tuesday's NBA draft lottery

Jerry Zgoda's preview of Tuesday's NBA draft lottery

Wolves' odds for repeat are slim, but not everyone is sold on LSU's Simmons as the man.
Providence forward Bentil catches Wolves' eye at rookie combine

Providence forward Bentil catches Wolves' eye at rookie combine

Ben Bentil and new Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau apparently hit it off. "I see myself as a defensive player," Bentil said, "and he's a defensive coach."
Wolves have 'unique opportunity' with new management in place

Wolves have 'unique opportunity' with new management in place

After guaranteeing them $50 million for these next five years, Wolves owner Glen Taylor envisions a third window opening in franchise history, even if the first two times didn't turn out as he'd hoped.
Thibodeau fans include former U.S. education secretary

Thibodeau fans include former U.S. education secretary

A decade before he helped an ambitious teenager named Kobe Bryant develop his game in Philadelphia, Thibodeau did the same in Boston-area gyms with Arne Duncan, an Ivy League player long on desire and short on ability.
Thibodeau, a former assistant with expansion Wolves, coming full circle

Thibodeau, a former assistant with expansion Wolves, coming full circle

The new coach and team president is a product of the Bill Musselman coaching tree.
'There are a lot of assets here': Thibodeau assesses job ahead

'There are a lot of assets here': Thibodeau assesses job ahead

The coach and president of basketball operations is candid about the team's strengths and weaknesses as he takes charge.
Glen Taylor Q&A: Wolves owner acted quickly to land who he wanted

Glen Taylor Q&A: Wolves owner acted quickly to land who he wanted

It was a sweeping decision that transitions the franchise from October's tumultuous death of Flip Saunders, its coach and president of basketball operations, to a new day.
Jackson joins mix for Wolves coach

Jackson joins mix for Wolves coach

The former Warriors coach is in line for an interview.
Wolves talk to Thibodeau, Brooks, Van Gundy about coaching job

Wolves talk to Thibodeau, Brooks, Van Gundy about coaching job

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has met with all three of those candidates for the job; The Associated Press is reporting that he will meet with former Golden State coach Mark Jackson too.
Target doesn't come off Warriors' back for NBA playoffs

Target doesn't come off Warriors' back for NBA playoffs

The Warriors face Houston — the team they beat in last year's Western Conference finals — in a first-round series starting Saturday afternoon in Oakland.
Wolves notes: Management wants players to spend more time in Minn. in offseason

Wolves notes: Management wants players to spend more time in Minn. in offseason

Now that the season is over, Timberwolves players soon will scatter to all points for the summer, if they haven't already.Before they left, General Manager…
Mitchell removed as Wolves coach, says 'I did my job'

Mitchell removed as Wolves coach, says 'I did my job'

Interim coach Sam Mitchell will not return and the job may be the most attractive opening in the NBA because of the team's talented young players, several of whom seemed stunned by the news.
Towns shows Wolves he can come through as a finisher, too

Towns shows Wolves he can come through as a finisher, too

Karl-Anthony Towns beat Portland with a bread-and-butter hook when his number was called late.
Pass-first, score-second Rubio's game isn't typical in modern NBA

Pass-first, score-second Rubio's game isn't typical in modern NBA

Wolves will try to become the odd playoff team with a pass-first point guard
Jones contributing in Wolves' victories in many ways

Jones contributing in Wolves' victories in many ways

Tyus Jones has found other ways to contribute when his long-range shot is off.
Beating Golden State has Wolves dreaming big

Beating Golden State has Wolves dreaming big

Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins both see Tuesday night's upset at Golden State as a bright sign for the Timberwolves.
Late-night surprise: Wolves rally to beat Golden State in overtime

Late-night surprise: Wolves rally to beat Golden State in overtime

Andrew Wiggins scored 27 of his 32 points after halftime, and the Wolves rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second half to defeat the NBA's most dominant team.
Best ever? Wolves assistant Lowe was part of '83 NCAA title game

Best ever? Wolves assistant Lowe was part of '83 NCAA title game

Sidney Lowe said watching Monday's thrilling NCAA title game took him back in time to when his NC State team knocked off Houston.
Using sign language skills, Wolves' LaVine silently speaks volumes

Using sign language skills, Wolves' LaVine silently speaks volumes

He has developed a relationship with Metro Deaf School in St. Paul, which teaches 100 students from 35 different school districts. He donated $10,000 to the school from his February slam-dunk winnings.
Wolves' chance to be a spoiler is spoiled in Utah

Wolves' chance to be a spoiler is spoiled in Utah

The Timberwolves, a team pushing to disrupt others' efforts to make the playoffs, didn't accomplish that Friday against the Jazz.
Mitchell urges Wolves players to 'watch playoffs'

Mitchell urges Wolves players to 'watch playoffs'

Zach LaVine and Karl-Anthony Towns each attended a Clippers playoff game in Los Angeles last spring. LaVine said he'll "definitely" attend at least one this year.
Wolves youngsters determined to play all 82 games

Wolves youngsters determined to play all 82 games

In era of strategic days off, young Wolves starters are set on not missing games as the season comes to a close.
Wolves toss up a dud against Clippers

Wolves toss up a dud against Clippers

Calling Wednesday's loss the "worst game" this season, Mitchell's postgame media address lasted little more than 30 seconds.
Pierce misses Clippers' road trip

Pierce misses Clippers' road trip

While Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett watched his 30th consecutive game from the sideline because of a sore knee, former Boston teammate Paul Pierce stayed home in Los Angeles for the Clippers' quick two-game Midwestern trip to Target Center on Wednesday and to Oklahoma City on Thursday.
Threes and frees: Wiggins' efficiency in Wolves games improves

Threes and frees: Wiggins' efficiency in Wolves games improves

Andrew Wiggins took only 13 shots but scored 32 points Monday. "I've just been shooting without thinking," he said.
Back in the NBA, Wolves' Smith knows his role

Back in the NBA, Wolves' Smith knows his role

"I know my role, I know my game," he said. "I know what they want from me." Toughened up by his older relatives, journeyman Greg Smith won't back dow
NBA Insider: Miller blasts Wolves' plan from afar

NBA Insider: Miller blasts Wolves' plan from afar

The veteran guard said his former team's young stars have been given no expectations or goals.
Dieng's various heroics send Wolves past Wizards

Dieng's various heroics send Wolves past Wizards

Gorgui Dieng's three-point shot late in regulation sent the Wolves to not one but two overtimes Friday, where they won it 132-129 after he made yet another shot, albeit a shorter one.
Glen Taylor: GM Newton will run Wolves through draft, into July

Glen Taylor: GM Newton will run Wolves through draft, into July

The NBA owner didn't address coach Sam Mitchell's future on Friday, other than to say he and team management will evaluate "everything" at season's end.
Curry's appeal reminds Kerr of 1990s Bulls popularity

Curry's appeal reminds Kerr of 1990s Bulls popularity

Autograph-seeking fans lined up early Monday morning outside the Warriors' hotel across from Target Center, waiting for a glimpse of superstar Stephen Curry, just like whenever MIchael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and the Bulls came to opposing cities two decades ago.
Wolves end long road trip with 116-111 loss at Houston

Wolves end long road trip with 116-111 loss at Houston

James Harden led the Rockets with 29 points, and Patrick Beverly added 18 points and 10 assists.
Beasley wonders what might have been with Wolves

Beasley wonders what might have been with Wolves

Michael Beasley, now with his fourth NBA team, wonders what might have been if he, Kevin Love and other lottery picks had all stayed together.
Shooting guard role suits LaVine just fine

Shooting guard role suits LaVine just fine

Wolves second-year guard Zach LaVine has sizzled since no longer being made to play the point. "Just more comfortable," he said.
Wolves win after big leads come and go vs. depleted Memphis

Wolves win after big leads come and go vs. depleted Memphis

Two nights after they lost by 49 points at Houston, the Grizzlies surrendered 42 first-quarter points and trailed by large margins before rallying to make the game close.
NCAA memories conflict for Wolves rookies Tyus Jones, Karl-Anthony Towns

NCAA memories conflict for Wolves rookies Tyus Jones, Karl-Anthony Towns

"This is the best time of the year," reigning Final Four Most Outstanding Player Tyus Jones said of the NCAA tournament.
Mitchell wants Wolves bench to do more than just score

Mitchell wants Wolves bench to do more than just score

Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell on reserve players: "Play some defense. Get a rebound. Set a screen. It's can't just be guys coming into the game thinking they're going to score all the time."
Buzzer-beater goes wrong way for Wolves this time

Buzzer-beater goes wrong way for Wolves this time

Mirza Teletovic's three-pointer with 1.2 seconds left lifted Phoenix over Minnesota, much like Ricky Rubio's three defeated the Thunder on Friday.
Despite some nice numbers, Tyus Jones still has 'a long ways to go'

Despite some nice numbers, Tyus Jones still has 'a long ways to go'

At the beginning of the season, Jones said it would take time to adjust to the longer three-point line and to learn how to get his shot off in a bigger, faster league. Time has passed.
NBA Insider: LaVine busy building his brand

NBA Insider: LaVine busy building his brand

The son of a former NFL player who prepped him for fame and a self-proclaimed gym rat nearly all his young life, Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine knows well what it's like to be coached.
Rubio's winning basket is product of determination

Rubio's winning basket is product of determination

The hard work that Ricky Rubio put in leading to his game-winner vs. Thunder wasn't lost on the Wolves.
Rubio's last-second three-pointer allows Wolves to stun Thunder

Rubio's last-second three-pointer allows Wolves to stun Thunder

Rubio finished with 13 points and 12 assists, and Gorgui Dieng supplied another 25 points.
Bad knee forces longtime referee Crawford to retire

Bad knee forces longtime referee Crawford to retire

After 39 years on the job, Joey Crawford will no longer hop across the court to dramatize a call. He hoped to return this month for the regular season's finish and playoffs, but pain and arthritis won't subside in a knee that required December surgery.
Short bench takes a bite out of the young Wolves

Short bench takes a bite out of the young Wolves

A stretch of seven games in 11 days didn't help in keeping depleted roster fresh.
Shorthanded San Antonio smashes weary Wolves by 25

Shorthanded San Antonio smashes weary Wolves by 25

Down three star players and without their head coach, the Spurs still had little trouble beating the Wolves at Target Center.
Andre Miller's return to Target Center no sentimental journey

Andre Miller's return to Target Center no sentimental journey

"I wasn't here that long," Andre Miller said of his emotionless return to Target Center on Tuesday with the Spurs.
Wolves' Karl-Anthony Towns sharpens his passing game

Wolves' Karl-Anthony Towns sharpens his passing game

The Wolves' multitalented big man showed off his passing game against Brooklyn and came away with aseason high in assists.
Wolves get Mitchell's point, defeat Brooklyn

Wolves get Mitchell's point, defeat Brooklyn

The starters responded to the coach's benching from the previous night with a hot-shooting performance at home.
Mitchell sends Wolves a silent message

Mitchell sends Wolves a silent message

Timberwolves interim coach Sam Mitchell didn't speak to his starting five after he benched them for most of Friday's second half at Milwaukee.
Negotiations to sell part of the Wolves hit a snag

Negotiations to sell part of the Wolves hit a snag

Glen Taylor met with Los Angeles private-equity investor Steve Kaplan on Wednesday in continuing negotiations to sell part of the franchise that are complex and proceeding slowly.
Wolves guards stand out but can't stop Washington's reserves

Wolves guards stand out but can't stop Washington's reserves

Washington's backups outscored the Wolves badly led by Bradley Beal's 26 points.
Mitchell calls newest Wolf Smith type of player worth looking at

Mitchell calls newest Wolf Smith type of player worth looking at

Greg Smith is much-needed healthy body for a Wolves team that briefly had two open roster spots after it waived Andre Miller and Kevin Martin.
Wolves reach contract buyout with Kevin Martin

Wolves reach contract buyout with Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin will now be free to sign with any team in time for the playoffs. The deal was reached just before a Tuesday-night deadline.
Injury-depleted Wolves are hungry for help

Injury-depleted Wolves are hungry for help

Undermanned and undersized, the Timberwolves played on with only two true, healthy big men available Sunday in Dallas.
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