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The NCAA making a random example of Marcus Carr, who has the same résumé as many athletes allowed to compete after transferring, does not set a precedent that will keep athletes from transferring in the future.
Give Bruce Boudreau depth, and he can do damage to opponents. He's rolling four quality lines that might not have existed had Paul Fenton made a splashy trade over the summer.
Lindsay Whalen's coaching debut at the University of Minnesota on Friday night will be unique because her circumstances are almost as unimaginable as they are familiar.
A look at Twins history reveals the difficulty and unpredictability of judging players whose careers were damaged by injuries.
In a program and an athletic department in desperate need of ticket sales and financial success, Richard Pitino isn't shying away from expectations.
Defensive end Danielle Hunter blends the Hulk's bulk and Spiderman's agility, and you would probably like him when he's angry.
Last week vs. New Orleans, Adam Thielen fumbled in the red zone and Stefon Diggs stopped running a route leading to a pick-six. Both took responsibility in the moments after the game.
Two nights after scorching the Lakers, Jimmy Butler sat in the locker room, lounging in jeans and whining about media coverage instead of playing.
Baseball's problem is that it is going backward while the NFL is surviving some of its problems and solving others. Here are five proposals for changing the game.
Last time the New Orleans Saints visited they aided and abetted the Minneapolis Miracle. This time, they facilitated Minnesota mediocrity.
The true Minneapolis Miracle is that Vikings fans have mythologized a fluke play, caused by the most egregious missed tackle in recent NFL history, that led to an embarrassing blowout loss.
If the transition from Paul Molitor to Rocco Baldelli as Twins manager is to succeed, Rocco Baldelli will have to prove he can somehow improve key players who have faltered.
Rejoining his teammates at the Vikings' training facility might be good for Everson Griffen. Everything else — practicing, playing, taking even light hits to the head — sounds inadvisable.
Adam Thielen left MetLife Stadium with another milestone and a cut mouth, courtesy of a shoulder to the chin.
On Oct. 21, 2013 the Vikings chose to start the recently acquired Josh Freeman, who had been cut by Tampa Bay, over Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel in a Monday night game against the Giants at MetLife Stadium
Once Jimmy Butler is gone, the Wolves won't be rebuilding from scratch. Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the best young players in the league, who soon should make the word "young" an unnecessary qualifier.
Adam Thielen is making history while writing one of the greatest Minnesota sports stories of all time, prompting a new question: Who does he compare to historically?
The Vikings' next two games could be as important and revealing as any two on the schedule.
Jimmy Butler calls himself a winner while trying to force a trade from a talented playoff team to a horrible one. It's part of being Jimmy Two-Face.
In 2006, the Dolphins chose to trade for Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper instead of signing Drew Brees. Which was a good move -- for Brees and the Saints.
Linval Joseph is 6-4 and 329 pounds. Sunday, when a football floated in his direction, he reacted not as a living stereotype of a full-figured lineman, but in the way any world-class athlete would.
In a league full of spectacular receivers and prolific offenses, Adam Thielen ranks second in catches, yards and yards per game. Like Joe Mauer, he deflects praise.
Paul Molitor was fired for several reasons, and none of them would have sounded great if Derek Falvey and Thad Levine had been direct in their answers.
Joe Mauer could come back, could play a role, but he will never play one as poignant as the one he helped write Sunday
Without the benefit of a new stadium or large payroll, the Royals came within a few pitches of winning two straight World Series titles. It takes patience - and organizational leadership.
This was a mismatch, and given that the Vikings defense is supposed to be the strength of the team, that is a bad sign.
There are already ominous signs that this season could be more like 2010, when the Vikings got their coach fired, than 2009, when they came within an eyelash from playing in a Super Bowl.
Freshman QB Zack Annexstad is leading a Gophers team that raised expectations in the first three games, and Saturday was blown out by Maryland.
The Gophers coach excels at connecting with talented teenagers. Whether he's a good Big Ten coach is yet to be determined, but the determining can fairly start Saturday when his young team opens conference play.
NBA stars carry all the power, so the Wolves need to carefully explore all their difficult options.
In a rivalry defined for 25 years by the Green Bay Packers' stability at the most important position, Kirk Cousins went into Lambeau Field on Sunday and threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns.
NFL quarterbacks prove that football's toughest players are often those who receive, rather than deliver, punishment.
Here's how it should go down Sunday at Lambeau Field: If the Packers wonder whether Aaron Rodgers is healthy enough to play in Week 2, he's not healthy enough to play in Week 2.
With the team's founder away because of Hurricane Florence, the Saints earned a shutout to even up their series with Kansas City.
New Vikings QB Kirk Cousins put his team above health with a fourth-quarter dive on third down, and fellow football players respect nothing more.
Use our weekly poll to grade the Vikings' performance against the 49ers.
John DeFilippo is eager to prove himself, and follow the path cut by Brian Billick and Pat Shurmur.
We will learn nothing from a month devoid of baseball meaning. What could matter is this winter, especially for Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is set up to win big, which means he is set up to be blamed if he doesn't. Vikings coaches have been here before.
Stefon Diggs signed a five-year contract valued at $72 million during training camp. He's 24, entering his prime with a quarterback eager to spin him the ball. This is Diggs' moment.
In the past few days, the Packers signed Aaron Rodgers, the Rams signed defensive end Aaron Donald and the Bears traded for Khalil Mack. The Vikings face them all this season.
Eric Decker is proof that an unheralded Minnesota kid can stay in Minnesota and use the Gophers program as a trampoline to the big time.
What we know is that the Vikings have to find a way to field a functional line, or a remarkably talented roster will be wasted.
Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau seems to be known more for growling than winning but during a long conversation last week looked refreshed and sounded cheerful.
Oakland has built one of this season's elite teams without an easily described formula, but with a series of moves that at the time were underappreciated.
Minneapolis boxer Jamal James on Friday night returns to the Armory to face Mahonry Montes on a card that includes Minnesota's Caleb Truax and Celso Ramirez
If Lindsay Whalen wasn't retiring, Sylvia Fowles would have been the center of attention at Target Center with a big game and record-setting performance.
Blake Bortles' play Saturday again inspired no confidence to a team with championship aspirations.
Football doesn't need to be more violent. The game is at its best when its best players are healthy. Safety Andrew Sendejo needs to get that message.
What this Twins season ultimately proved is that ownership was right when it brought in a front office to revamp the team's baseball operations and analytics.
Will there ever be another basketball player, or any athlete, from Minnesota who so ideally combines greatness and so many other attributes?
When Sunday's game started, Lindsay Whalen took a seat on the bench for the first time since the first game of her WNBA career..
George Tsamis has seen it all: He pitched in the Little League World Series, pitched for the Twins and, these days, he pitches batting practice for the Saints.
Nick Easton's injury will prompt paranoia in a fan base that is always wary of the next disappointment. But is panic about the offensive line overblown?
Andre Patterson is the only coach on the Vikings staff who has worked for both Denny Green and Mike Zimmer, Red McCombs and the Wilfs. And he hopes his longevity continues.
Tom Lehman will spend the next year overseeing an effort to turn TPC-Twin Cities from a course that produced low scores on the Champions Tour into one that needs to challenge golf's best players.
Derek Falvey and Thad Levine continue to do what is logical and, in the Twins' organization, traditional.
Santana won two Cy Young Awards with the Twins, and credits coaches and teammates who mentored him during his years in Minnesota.
Moss' fans have progressed from worrying whether he would enter the Hall of Fame on the first ballot to debating whether he ranks first among all receivers, including Jerry Rice (right).
Maya Moore on Saturday became the first player from the host city to win a WNBA All-Star MVP award. She won her third, tying her with Lisa Leslie for most in league history.
The Lynx rank among the best of our sports ambassadors, and their play and popularity helped bring another big-time event to the Twin Cities - the WNBA All-Star Game.
Brett Favre put on quite a show when he decided to come to Minnesota. So did Jim Thome.
The Vikings' new TCO Performance Center is massive and spectacular with everything an NFL player could want. There are no excuses for the team not to perform at the highest level.
By trading for All-Star closer and Minnesota native Brad Hand, along with rookie reliever Adam Cimber, Cleveland sacrificed an excellent catching prospect and provided a reminder that timing can be as important as talent.
As they showed last year, they are capable of contending even by subtracting from the team they have.
There is a sense of urgency around the Twins, the kind of urgency that could persuade a more jittery front office to rush Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano back to Target Field. But patience is required.
Ten months after giving birth and recovering from a pulmonary embolism that required six weeks of bed rest, Serena Williams is in the Wimbledon final.
After 569 major league home runs and 3,020 career hits, Rafael Palmeiro is playing for the Cleburne Railroaders, who are in town facing the St. Paul Saints this week. But why?
Baseball braintrusts spent most of the winter making suspicious people like me think they were engaging in collusion. Now they can claim to have been displaying intelligence.
All along Nicollet Mall on Saturday morning, international soccer fans wore their national colors, sang and peaceably assembled to watch the World Cup, the tournament's drama transcending time zones.
Brunson already held a career record for team play, last year becoming the only WNBA player ever to have won five league titles. Thursday, she earned her greatest individual achievement in her 15th season.
The team left spring training with justified optimism and has performed as if trying to revisit contraction.
The Wolves could learn something from other local franchises that have failed to win championships: There is value in relevance.
The Vikings' decision depends on what you value.
While other teams await big names, for the Wolves, even with all of the talent on their roster, free agency remains something to fear.
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