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Sunday, while looking erratic and jittery, Kirk Cousins offered the most compelling case to date that signing him as the Vikings starter was a mistake.
What works one week might not work the next.
C.J. Ham's ability to pass block, run block, run and catch could give him rare job security for an NFL fullback, especially one who wasn't drafted out of college.
The Twins, who found out Tuesday they'd be without Byron Buxton the rest of the season, haven't entered the playoffs with their best players healthy since 2003.
Having Dalvin Cook available and productive is the unifying theme of the 2019 Vikings. He is the rare non-quarterback who may be his team's pivotal player.
The Vikings should be good this year. They should make the playoffs. If they don't, ownership will have to decide whether to give Mike Zimmer and personnel boss Rick Spielman one more year.
When it comes to Vikings and kickers, history doesn't just haunt. It nags.
Both teams know that merely winning won't mean they will suddenly begin earning what their male counterparts make, nor will silence. "We're all in this together," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said.
Most debates about the greatest athlete of all time skew toward our most popular sports and most celebrated performers. But Simone Biles could be the greatest athlete ever.
Seimone Augustus played what might have been her last game at Target Center on Sunday night. If the Lynx can't secure a home playoff game, Augustus might have said her first goodbyes.
Twins slugger Miguel Sano has refined his mechanics so he can crush fastballs, and his batting eye so he can lay off tough pitches.
In his first year as a head coach, James Wade is taking the Chicago Sky to its first playoff berth since 2016. His philosophy: Why reinvent the wheel when you can borrow one?
While pitching well enough to Detroit, Martin Perez continued a trend for the twins that is part good, part lousy and part worrisome:
Running back Dalvin Cook provided the highlight of the Saturday's preseason game with an 85-yard TD run.
If the Wild struggles struggles this season, fired Wild general manager Paul Fenton will be blamed, and rightly so. If the Wild surprises this year, the new general manager's leadership will be lauded.
If you're the kind of baseball traditionalist who believes the old days were better, this might be a good time to adopt modernity. This Twins season has been fascinating.
Let's search for hints, clues and annoyances from the Vikings' exhibition (the NFL hates that word) game at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.
Are these unspoken agreements useful or would we be better off in general without them?
They have used up another fifth-round draft pick to land a guy who might or might not be the solution.
The MIAC will be an easier place to win games and a lesser place to be an athlete once St. Thomas is gone. The Tommies shouldn't go out quietly
You have questions about the Twins after the trade deadline? Jim Souhan has answers.
Joe Nathan mastered that as the best closer in Twins history, and he said he will try to employ that skill Saturday when the team inducts him into its Hall of Fame.
You can blame fired Wild GM Paul Fenton for a rare blend of incompetence and arrogance, but only after you blame the guy who knew him -- and hired him anyway.
What will matter for the 2019 Vikings is not what they say this summer, but what they show after a potential rough start or key injury this fall.
Can the Twins win big this year without making a trade to bolster their bullpen? The tested nerves of a Minnesota sports fan say no. History says yes.
Claimed off waivers in February 2017, Ehire Adrianza joined the Twins as a stereotypical light-hitting utility infielder. But his game has grown substantially.
The Twins don't need to make a statement. They need to avoid regret.
As the vice president of fan experience, Jeff Munneke might have the toughest job in local sports, and he is one of the longest-tenured of Minnesota sports executives.
In eight pitches in Tuesday's game, Louis Arraez demonstrated how he has risen so quickly with the Twins and, perhaps, so permanently.
If you haven't noticed, the Lynx are 10-7 without four star players who were with them last season: Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen, Rebekkah Brunson and Seimone Augustus.
Jamal James, a welterweight from Minneapolis, on Saturday headlined another nationally televised card at the Armory. He defeated Antonio DeMarco in a unanimous decision.
The Twins should return to the playoffs this season. If they do, Nelson Cruz and the people who signed him should receive a large percentage of the credit.
Jamal James, 30, is closing in on a title fight that could change his life. But because this is boxing, there are no guarantees this will actually happen.
Little more than an hour before Matthew Wolff rolled in his winning eagle, there were six players tied for the 3M Open lead and 14 players within two shots of it.
To paraphrase golfers everywhere and Duke Ellington once upon a time: It's not how, it's how many; and you ain't got a thing if you ain't got your own swing.
Thursday, in the first round, he shot a 67, leaving him tied for 18th. If he keeps playing like this, he'll face insider trading charges.
Jason Day hasn't won the PGA Tour in more than a year, and he missed the cut twice in majors in 2018. But, "my game is kind of starting to take a turn," he said on Wednesday."
At Hazeltine in 2016, Patrick Reed became Captain America, a player who elevated his game when playing for country and with countrymen.
3M Open boss Hollis Cavner follows Arnold Palmer's model of kindness, with a penchant for relentless networking and old-fashioned hospitality.
Decades before the 3M Championship became the 3M Open, a local golfer stopped by 3M headquarters to pitch a local tournament. That golfer, Joel Goldstrand, deserves to be remembered, as well.
The Loons put eight shots on goal against a clearly overmatched Cincinnati side on Saturday. Seven went in.
Miguel Sano, 0-for-7 on Thursday, is desperately in need of a reset. But this is no time to give up on him. His primary problem is mechanical, and mechanics can be fixed.
Their performance over the past two weeks doesn't qualify as a toe stub, much less a headlong tumble down the stairs.
His inability to produce at a $184 million level in his later seasons drew much criticism from fans.
Former Twins player David Ortiz went on to enormous success with the Red Sox. Sunday night in Santo Domingo he was shot in the back and remembering happier times is not difficult for current players.
That Faith Johnson Patterson isn't coaching is an indictment of high school sports and society. "I think things have changed drastically in terms of parent involvement," she said.
In the Twin Cities sports market, the average male fan spends more time complaining about his favorite team than recognizing Minnesota as a bastion of women's sports success.
The Twins' success this season is not pleasing everyone in the fan base - nor will it.
Kevin Warren accomplished all that he could with the Vikings as their chief operating officer. Now he's off the lead the Big Ten, which should not be his destination job.
The crowd was loud, the sun was shining and the play was intense, and all that wound up mattering was that Minnesota United didn't take advantage of scoring chances.
For the last 104 games of the season, the 2006 Twins played better than any Twins team since the 1991 World Series champion, and the 2019 Twins are playing just as well.
Twins officials said that Target Field uses more netting than is required by Major League Baseball, and that they will reevaluate the need for more fan protection.
Rookie pitcher Devin Smeltzer looked composed right up until he met his wife, Brianne, outside the Twins clubhouse after the game. That's when the tears started.
James Rowson and assistant hitting coach Rudy Hernandez are at the heart, or at least the calluses, of the Twins' transformation into a feared slugging lineup.
First-round draft pick Napheesa Collier logged big minutes Saturday in the Lynx season opener, and connected well with fellow rookie Jessica Shepard.
Joe Mauer's retirement - and money off the books - is not the only key development in the Twins' emergence as one of baseball's best teams, but it might be the most important.
Brooks Koepka chafes at some criticisms and invents others — "In my own head," he said — to inspire himself. He'll be bringing a power game, fist pumps and more to the 3M Open in July.
In an industry defined by change and with a team that has become willing to fire even its most beloved figures, St. Peter is the rare sports executive who survives franchise slumps.
Brooks Koepka survived a stretch of four bogeys on the back nine Sunday to win the PGA Championship by two shots over Dustin Johnson and six shots over the rest of the field.
Erik van Rooyen tied for eighth place in the PGA Championship with former Gophers teammate Alex Gaugert caddying for him.
Everyone else is playing for second with the way Brooks Koepka is playing at the PGA Championship. But that would be quite an accomplishment for someone like Jazz Janewattananond.
Varner shot a 67 to move into a tie for second, seven shots behind Brooks Koepka. Van Rooyen, the former Gopher golfer, shot an even-par 70 and is tied for 12th.
After two of the most nonchalantly exceptional rounds in major history (an opening 63 and a second-round 65), Brooks Koepka will take a seven-shot lead into the weekend.
Erik van Rooyen trails the leader, Brooks Koepka, by 10 shots. Affable and confident, he's not conceding. "The goal is to win," he said. "... We're not just here to sign up and have a great experience."
Earlier this week, Brooks Koepka dismissed the chances of all but about 40 of his competitors. Thursday, he might have cut his serious competition to a handful.
Several with state ties are at Bethpage Black, including golfers Alex Beach and Troy Merritt.
Alex Beach -- born in Eden Prairie, former student at Stillwater High, now as assistant club pro on the East Coast -- wants to prove he can be a touring pro with his play in the PGA Championship this week.
Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and John Daly are as talented a golf threesome as you'll find. They also could combine to fill out the Seven Deadly Sins punch-card.
In Paul Fenton's first season as GM, the Wild missed the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons and made a series of trades that ranged from awful to questionable.
While previous regimes deserve credit for amassing young talent, the current Twins front office had an offseason for the ages, one belying the difficulty of roster management.
Gersson Rosas indicated Monday that he would prefer to improve Andrew Wiggins rather than trade him.
As the Lynx begin training camp Sunday, Seimone Augustus is entering her 14th season, all in Minnesota, having won four titles and established herself as one of the greatest players in league history.
Gersson Rosas is too experienced not to recognize the Wolves' systemic problems. He may also be perceptive enough to recognize the franchise's advantages
Unlike past searches that have turned out less than ideal for the Timberwolves, they have interviewed intriguing and even qualified candidates to be president of basketball operations.
The Minnesota United star from the team's pre-MLS days provided a spark when he entered in the second half.
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