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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.
Though the Twins bullpen was fine Saturday, the group needs a boost, whether from free-agent Craig Kimbrel or someone like the promising Fernando Romero.
The Vikings' offensive line still isn't perfect, but first-round draft pick Garrett Bradbury is a step in the right direction
The lessons stemming from the Vikings' selection of Christian Ponder with the 12th pick in the 2011 draft should always echo in the halls of the front office.
The chance to see Tiger Woods, at 43 and coming off his 15th major championship, would make the 3M Open in Blaine a can't-miss ticket for even casual golf fans.
Tiger Woods' children called him "The YouTube Golfer," because only on the internet could they find evidence of his greatness. "Prior to this comeback, they only knew that golf caused me pain," Woods said.
Young golfers played the sport because of Tiger Woods, and they adopted his habits: lifting weights, eating healthy, swinging hard and intimidating opponents. On Sunday, Woods finally beat the generation he helped create.
Tony Finau on Sunday will play in the last group at the Masters with Tiger Woods and reigning British Open champion Francesco Molinari. Woods is Finau's idol, the man who made him want to play golf.
By the end of the second round of the Masters on Friday, five major winners from four countries who have captured the past three majors were tied for the lead at 7 under. And Tiger Woods was one shot behind.
Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka shot 6-under-par 66s to share the first-round lead; Phil Mickelson shot a 67. All have committed to play in the inaugural 3M Open
Speaking under the famous oak tree in front of the Augusta National clubhouse, 3M Open tournament organizer Hollis Cavner said he's pursuing Woods for the Jule tournament in Blaine.
Rory McIlroy is trying to join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tiger Woods as winners of the modern, career grand slam. He hasn't won a major since 2014.
Virginia's Kyle Guy wore his heart on his sleeve throughout the Final Four, and gave us a peek behind a conquering athlete who was "in a dark place" after his team was shocked in 2018.
The programs have little in common other than defensive systems rooted in the game's patriarchy and coaches who would rather give up a toe than a layup.
Matt Mooney, a veteran of the multiuse DakotaDome while with South Dakota, wasn't intimidated by the cavernous U.S. Bank Stadium
The teams in this year's Final Four are perfect for Minneapolis; they bring joy, surprise and the best of sports to our big stadium.
In one of the one of the world's least likely venues for premium hoops events, each brought a procession of Who's Who and Who-Would-Become basketball names.
Both head coach Chris Beard and guard Matt Mooney picked the road less traveled, and for them it led to Texas Tech and, improbably, the Final Four in Minneapolis.
This is a tournament about veteran toughness and decision-making, and Texas Tech’s defense makes it difficult for opposing offenses to make good decisions. In the…
Texas Tech on Saturday night smothered 1-seed Gonzaga in the West Region final. The Bulldogs made only 12 of 33 second-half shots.
If the Gophers hadn't fired Tubby Smith, Texas Tech might today still be known mostly for residing in the middle of the middle of nowhere.
How does a Minneapolis native who played for DeLaSalle's dominant basketball program make it back home for the Final Four? Geno Crandall is almost there.
The Wolverines' season ended with a feeble offensive effort.
The Twins' recent history of unpredictability extends to this week, when another talented but unproven team takes the field for Opening Day on Thursday at Target Field.
Jordan Murphy covered his face as he hugged his coach and teammates, knowing he would never share this kind of stage again. It's an unmatched sense of finality in sports.
Jordan Murphy spent all but four minutes of his last college game standing, gingerly stretching his aching back as the Gophers were sent packing from the NCAA tournament.
Baldelli's ascension to a managerial job surprises only those who viewed him as just a superior talent or a tragic figure. Those close to him say his intellectual curiosity and natural empathy qualify him to lead.
Gophers freshman Gabe Kalscheur honed his shooting stroke while practicing with his mother, LeeAnna, a standout basketball player for Cal Poly Pomona and Nebraska.
Gophers coach Richard Pitino refused to play the "Him vs. Louisville" game all week, even after the Gophers had dribbled out the clock in their NCAA first-round victory over the Cardinals.
On Thursday, the 10th-seeded Gophers open the NCAA tournament featuring three starters from Minnesota. "There's nothing you can sell more ... than local kids having a great experience," Richard Pitino said.
The Vikings' general manager needs to draft an offensive lineman or two next month who are capable of starting. Will he find them?
Qualifying for the tournament that will end a couple of miles from campus means we get to see the bracket through the eyes and optimism of the Gophers' hometown players.
Sights, sounds and observations from Twins camp in Fort Myers.
Tommy Watkins spent 12 seasons in the Twins' minor league system as a player. When the Twins overhauled their field staff, they hired Watkins to be their first base coach.
Since 2010, only three Twins pitchers have produced 200 innings in a season: Carl Pavano, Phil Hughes and Ervin Santana. With his work ethic at the front of the rotation, Jose Berrios should join that group this year.
"I try to use my time effectively," said new Twins player Nelson Criz, who schedules everything from treatments to workouts to meals with meticulous detail.
The soft-spoken small-town kid is this spring displaying confidence bordering on the kind of competitive defiance that defines so many great athletes.
North Score: Michael Rand and Jim Souhan debate the possibilities.
For decades, the Twins have relied on pitchers featuring changeups and splitters, forkballs and sliders, curves and other assorted junk. No more.
It's time for college basketball fans to recognize that court-storming is a dangerous idea, and to stop doing it.
On Tuesday, the Gophers provided a reminder that a few decades ago a ticket to Williams Arena was as good as sports got in the Twin Cities.
While the Timberwolves demonstrate virtually every winter what true dysfunction looks like, the Wild at least annually give themselves a puncher's chance.
Instead of taking advantage of Jimmy Butler's absence — either by becoming more productive or proving Butler's insults wrong — Andrew Wiggins has lapsed.
Because of expanded playoff fields, teams can sell drama to their fans. Every game matters. Every game could be the difference. Every game could lead to a trophy.
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