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Jim Souhan

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P. J. Fleck was all smiles after Minnesota's wide receiver Tyler Johnson's touchdown during the third quarter as Minnesota took on Miami (Ohio) last S

Souhan: The time to judge P.J. Fleck begins now

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.
Jimmy Butler did much for the Wolves in his first year in Minnesota, but it remains to be seen if there will be a Year 2.

Souhan: Wolves, Jimmy Butler have reached the tipping point

NBA stars carry all the power, so the Wolves need to carefully explore all their difficult options.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was not outplayed by Aaron Rodgers, a rare measure of equal production in this rivalry.

Souhan: In Cousins, Vikings have QB who could match Rodgers' efforts

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.
Lions tackle Shaun Rogers sacked Brad Johnson

Souhan: Heroics can be painful but QBs live for the moment

NFL quarterbacks prove that football's toughest players are often those who receive, rather than deliver, punishment.
Aaron Rodgers missed practice again Thursday after injuring his knee in Week 1.

Souhan: Packers have a lot to lose if Rodgers plays Sunday

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.
Saints manager George Tsamis, center, and the team thanked the CHS Field crowd after their victory Wednesday. It was the Saints' last home game of the

Souhan: Veeck follows Saints from afar this championship series

With the team's founder away because of Hurricane Florence, the Saints earned a shutout to even up their series with Kansas City.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins scrambles for a first down late in the fourth quarter. He cam up short, but got the ball back when the 49ers jumped o

Souhan: Cousins' head-first dive was crazy, but won the locker room

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.

Grade the Vikings: How did the team do on offense, defense, special teams and coaching?

Use our weekly poll to grade the Vikings' performance against the 49ers.
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.

Souhan: Vikings OC DeFilippo has a certain swagger

John DeFilippo is eager to prove himself, and follow the path cut by Brian Billick and Pat Shurmur.
Miguel Sano, left, and Byron Buxton were the future of Twins baseball just a few seasons ago, but have ongoing struggles

Souhan: Twins need a winter of answers to a long summer of questions

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

Souhan: With Vikings pieces in place, pressure now rests on Zimmer

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 put himself front and center during last season’s playoffs when he scored perhaps the most heralded touchdown in Vikings history. Indic

Souhan: This is Diggs' time to shine as most-talented, highest-paid receiver

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.
Defensive end Khalil Mack is headed to the Chicago Bears.

Souhan: Bears' trade for Mack throws another hurdle in front of Vikings

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.
Former Gophers receiver Eric Decker is proof that a Minnesota kid unheralded by national recruiting services can stay in Minnesota and use the program

Souhan: Decker shows that risks of football can be worth taking

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.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer announced Sunday that starting center Pat Elflein would not practice this week but wouldn’t necessarily start the season o

Souhan: Elflein situation will not go away for Vikings

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.
Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau cracked a smile during a game last season, a rarity.

Souhan: Thibodeau has relaxed, recharged himself over the summer

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 Athletics' Jed Lowrie

Souhan: A's here to destroy every losing argument by Twins fans

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.
Boxer Jamal James got a smile out of Makilah Orr, 4, as he read Dr. Seuss to her at People Serving People in Minneapolis.

Souhan: Armed with support, James pursues boxing title bout

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
Reigning WNBA MVP Sylvia Fowles collected 26 points and 14 rebounds against the Washington Mystics at Target Center on Sunday.

Souhan: With MVP Fowles on her game, Lynx won't be easy playoff foe

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.
Vikings defensive end Stephen Weatherly sacked Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles during the second quarter Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Souhan: Jaguars should try to land Bridgewater as a replacement for Bortles

Blake Bortles' play Saturday again inspired no confidence to a team with championship aspirations.
Vikings strong safety Andrew Sendejo is known for his crushing blows on opposing ballcarriers, but new NFL rules are cracking down on certain hits to

Souhan: 'Make football violent again'? Sendejo's mindset needs to be knocked out

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.
Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco threw water on teammate Mitch Garver after Garver's walkoff double beat the Indians earlier this season.

Souhan: Praise Twins front office for new approach

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.
Lynx players and coaches gathered with Lindsay Whalen Monday at her retirement press conference.

Souhan: We may never see the likes of Lindsay Whalen again

Will there ever be another basketball player, or any athlete, from Minnesota who so ideally combines greatness and so many other attributes?
On Sunday night, Lindsay Whalen -- the greatest women's basketball player in Minnesota history -- came off the bench for the first time since her firs

Souhan: Lynx starters take the floor, and Whalen stays behind

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 threw batting practice to Saints players at CHS Field.

Souhan: Get up close and personal with Saints manager Tsamis

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.
Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Nick Easton (62) during practice on August 2, 2018. Easton had neck surgery and will likely miss the rest of the s

Souhan: Functional offensive line might be enough for Vikings

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?
Vikings defensive line coach Andre Patterson

Souhan: Well-traveled defensive line coach finds home with Vikings

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 shot 69 Sunday in what might be his final professional round in Minnesota. He finished in a tie for 10th at the 3M Championship.

Souhan: Tom Lehman's next role is making Blaine course worthy of PGA

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.
Johan Santana, inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame on Saturday, embodies franchise philosophy that was on display at this year's trading deadline.

Souhan: Twins front office did what it had to do at the deadline

Derek Falvey and Thad Levine continue to do what is logical and, in the Twins' organization, traditional.
Johan Santana in 2007.

Souhan: 'Honor means everything' as Johan Santana joins Twins Hall of Fame

Santana won two Cy Young Awards with the Twins, and credits coaches and teammates who mentored him during his years in Minnesota.
When discussions about the NFL's greatest receivers take place, the Vikings' Randy Moss, left, and the 49ers' Jerry Rice are always at or near the top

Souhan: Moss was greatness, wherever he ranks

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).
Team Parker forward Maya Moore held up her trophy along with WNBA league president Lisa Michelle Borders

Souhan: Moore adds another trophy to her case

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.
Fans can take a powerful message, as well as memorabilia, away from Saturday’s game.

Souhan: WNBA All-Star Game in Minneapolis should matter to all of us

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.
Jim Thome

Souhan: Like Favre, Thome delivered as an elder arrival to Twin Cities

Brett Favre put on quite a show when he decided to come to Minnesota. So did Jim Thome.
The TCO Performance Center.

Souhan: Vikings have finest of facilities, can they be finest on field?

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.
Brad Hand, a Chaska native, was traded from San Diego to the Indians on Thursday.

Souhan: With shrewd trade, Cleveland leaves Twins in the dust

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.
Brian Dozier was greeted by Twins teammates after his walkoff grand slam Sunday. The Twins bosses indicated they would be in sell mode after a 1-8 roa

Souhan: Try for playoffs or move on to 2019? Twins can do both

As they showed last year, they are capable of contending even by subtracting from the team they have.
Miguel Sano, left, and Byron Buxton were the future of Twins baseball just a few seasons ago, but have ongoing struggles

Souhan: Twins must stay patient with Sano, Buxton

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.
Serena Williams celebrates defeating Germany's Julia Gorges in their women's singles semifinals match at Wimbledon

Souhan: Serena Williams adds to greatness with Wimbledon run

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.
Former MLB star Rafael Palmeiro is playing with the Cleburne Railroaders at 53 years old as he attempts to return to the big leagues.

Souhan: At age 53, Palmeiro's redemption tour rolls through town

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?
As contributors to two of the most disappointing teams in the American League, (clockwise from top left) the Twins' Lance Lynn and Logan Morrison and

Souhan: Collusion? Free agents at Target Field make shambles of that argument

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.
World Cup fever has spread to the U.S., evidenced when customers at Brit’s Pub watched England defeat Sweden 2-0 in a quarterfinal Saturday. Leonard

Souhan: Pubs are the place to show deep World Cup allegiances

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.
Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson (32) celebrated the team's 83-72 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks -- and becoming the WNBA's career leading rebounder

Souhan: Brunson grabs spotlight for herself on boards

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.
For Twins starter Jake Odorizzi and the Twins, it's been an ugly half-season, combining injuries, a key drug suspension, demotions of vital players an

Souhan: It's almost time to write off Twins, but there is a sliver of hope

The team left spring training with justified optimism and has performed as if trying to revisit contraction.
Souhan: Wolves need to contend and keep paying customers entertained

Souhan: Wolves need to contend and keep paying customers entertained

The Wolves could learn something from other local franchises that have failed to win championships: There is value in relevance.
Anthony Barr or Stefon Diggs? It’s defense vs. offense at the base, but there’s more to consider for Vikings GM Rick Spielman.

Souhan: Vikings face decision on Barr and Diggs, so here's some advice

The Vikings' decision depends on what you value.
Once LeBron James decides where he wants to play next season, the rest of the top NBA free-agent dominos will start to fall. The Wolves, however, lack

Souhan: When NBA free agents go shopping, Wolves don't make many lists

While other teams await big names, for the Wolves, even with all of the talent on their roster, free agency remains something to fear.
Lynx forward Maya Moore shot under the hoop while defended by Seattle forward Breanna Stewart on Tuesday.

Souhan: 'Fix your face.' Moore hid her distress during Lynx losses

She has done nothing but win as a basketball player, so when the Lynx started the season 3-6, Maya Moore admitted being distraught. But did you see it?
Twins first baseman Joe Mauer could retire this fall, could walk away at a logical juncture of his career, but that doesn’t seem to be where the sto

Souhan: Affordable contract would keep Mauer in with Twins, fans

Joe Mauer could retire this fall, could walk away at a logical juncture of his career, but that doesn't seem to be where the story is currently heading.
(Clockwise, top right) Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, former Wild wing Marian Gaborik and Vikings receiver Ad

Souhan: Post Wild, Wolves drafts, remember prospects are just that

The Wolves and Wild, both desperate for young talent, held picks later in the first round of their respective drafts, meaning they had no chance to acquire a sure-thing superstar. Maybe they got lucky.
Souhan: Used to cringes, Wolves induce yawns on draft night

Souhan: Used to cringes, Wolves induce yawns on draft night

Was it more fun when the Wolves were picking Jonny Flynn instead of Steph Curry, or Wes Johnson instead of DeMarcus Cousins? Well, no.
Twins catcher Mitch Garver remains an intriguing hitting prospect, but needs work behind the plate.

Souhan: Twins need a starting catcher, not a stopgap

Everywhere you looked Tuesday other than the final score, there was evidence that the Twins need help. Behind the plate would be a good place to start.
USA fans cheer during the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska in 2016. Minnesotans distinguished themselves at the event as passionate

Souhan: Let's hope Minnesota PGA stop is classier than the U.S. Open

In recent years, golf is attracting fans who don't seem to care about the game as much as the opportunity to wander in a beautiful space, screaming inanities while getting drunk.
Miguel Sano has a chance to address some bad habits and resurrect his Twins career at Class A Fort Myers.

Souhan: Class A is an ideal spot for Sano to bounce back

Miguel Sano's demotion to Class A Fort Myers may be a pivotal event in his career.
In this June 16, 2008, file photo, Rocco Mediate joked with Tiger Woods following Woods' U.S. Open championship victory at Torrey Pines Golf Course in

Souhan: Walking with Tiger at 2008 Open was one for memory books

Columnist Jim Souhan writes: "In more than 30 years of sportswriting, walking alongside Woods that week might be my career highlight." Here's why.
United coach Adrian Heath and the Gallagher brothers of the band Oasis go way back.

Souhan: 'Wonderwall' more than a sign of a Loons victory for Heath

When Minnesota United wins a game at TCF Bank Stadium, "Wonderwall" plays. It brings a smile to Adrian Heath's face for more reason than victory.
Kevin Warren, the Vikings' chief operating officer, was greeted warmly by Gary Lodoen of Eden Prairie — a k a Sir Purple Heart — before a Vikings-

Souhan: Vikings' Warren would be a team owner a racially challenged NFL desperately needs

The Vikings' chief operating officer would be an ideal point person for a new ownership group. He is exceptional at what he does. He is the highest-ranking black person on the business side of an NFL franchise.
Members of the San Francisco 49ers kneel during the national anthem as others stand during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona

Souhan: Cowardly NFL goes backward with anthem decision

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his known associates are hiding their greed and cowardice behind faux patriotism.
Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold introduced Paul Fenton as the team's GM on Tuesday.

Souhan: Fenton seeks elusive formula of roster moves, puck luck

New Wild GM Paul Fenton is going to have to be creative and probably ruthless in remaking the roster of a team that has advanced to the conference finals just once.
Lindsay Whalen, left, and Odyssey Sims tangled during the fourth quarter, and a double technical foul was called.

Souhan: Coach Whalen reminds us she remains an outstanding player

She protected the ball, led a Lynx comeback and showed her feisty side when she drew a technical foul during a shoving match.
Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer dives but can't reach a foul ball hit by the Los Angeles Angels' Justin Upton in the third inning at Angel Sta

Souhan: Mauer's latest DL stint could be troubling

This could be a 10-day injury that fades from memory, or it could be the beginning of a poorly written ending for the grown-up kid from St. Paul.
Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve greets Sylvia Fowles as other members of the team celebrate during a game last postseason.

Souhan: Unselfish Lynx stars make it easy for team to attract talent

The Lynx are the most successful WNBA franchise this decade, but in basketball, winning teams aren't always the most attractive to incoming players.
Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios

Souhan: Despite flaws, these Twins have a rare ace in the hole

The Twins face a rare dilemma in a few weeks when Ervin Santana is back healthy: Go with a six-man rotation or eject a quality arm from the rotation.
Judging personalities is an underrated front-office skill. (Clockwise from top left): the Twins' Miguel Sano has great physical gifts, but needs to de

Souhan: Analytics crunch numbers but give personalities short shrift

You want to win a championship? You'd better have the right kinds and combinations of people on your team.
Tom Thibodeau retains the title of coach and basketball boss with the Timberwolves, a situation that seems to be disappearing in the NBA.

Souhan: Choices by Wolves, Gophers could make or break teams

Sharing some thoughts on Tom Thibodeau, Lindsay Whalen and the prospect that has shined the most among the Twins' position players.
Johan Santana and Francisco Liriano worked out together in 2006, the last time the Twins had a starting rotation as strong as the current one.

Souhan: Twins have best starting rotation since Santana, Liriano days

The rise of Jose Berrios and Fernando Romero, combined with the acquisitions of Jake Odorizzi and Lance Lynn and a resurgence of Kyle Gibson, gives the Twins their best starting staff since 2006
United fans cheered for the Loons in the first half.

Souhan: Loons showcase what can be for sport, franchise as both grow

Bill McGuire, the owner of Minnesota United, didn't become a soccer fan until about four years ago. Now he's all-in.
A bright spot: Joe Mauer hit a solo home run, his first of the season, in the fist inning Tuesday night.

Souhan: Plenty of questions surrounding Twins but don't panic - yet

Some answers to the burning questions surrounding the slumping 2018 Twins.
The Twins have demonstrated during this unwatchable stretch that they are more dependent than they would like to admit on Miguel Sano, right, and Byro

Souhan: When Sano and Buxton sit, Twins' outlook sags

To watch the Twins play without them is to be transported back to 2011, when the franchise had to adapt to life without a healthy and helpful Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau.
Vikings first round pick cornerback Mike Hughes from Central Florida, surrounded by Zygi Wilf, Vikings owner, left to right, Vikings general manager R

Souhan: Wilf, Spielman stick to their guns for another NFL draft

Rick Spielman has been running the Vikings' draft since 2007, when owners put him in charge of the big event. It's been their show ever since.
Andrew Wiggins

Souhan: Trading Andrew Wiggins is the best bet for Timberwolves' future

The Wolves can't afford to lose Jimmy Butler to free agency unless Wiggins is going to replace him as an ace defender, Alpha personality and go-to-scorer. What are the chances of that happening?
Karl-Anthony Towns dunked the ball, a size-advantage trend that will have to continue if the Wolves want any chance to extend the series.

Souhan: Wolves have big advantage over Rockets that's not being used

The Timberwolves have two post players who can score, rebound, and theoretically take advantage of the Rockets' lack of interior height.
James Harden (13) was fouled in the third quarter. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï ñ April 23, 2018, Minneapolis, MN, Target Center, N

Souhan: Wolves learn the hard way, you do not poke 'The Beard'

In Game 4, Harden became a human torch, erasing a Timberwolves lead and any shadow of a doubt as to who will win this playoff series.
The Rockets' Trevor Ariza shot under pressure from Wolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) and Andrew Wiggins in the third quarter in Game 3 Saturday at Target

Souhan: Wolves making Rockets look like less than NBA's best team

The series is far more even than expected because the Wolves have hinted at what they could become and the Rockets haven't yet won a championship.
Minnesota Timberwolves Jeff Teague (0) reacted after making a three pointer in the fourth quarter.

Souhan: Teague proves he can handle big moments

Jeff Teague on Saturday turned in his most emotional and important performance with the Wolves, thumping his chest and screaming at the crowd in the fourth quarter of a blowout win.
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