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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.
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.
For long-suffering, die-hard Timberwolves fans Saturday night's Game 3 is a long time coming - as in 14 years.
Ten ways the Timberwolves can create a stir and upset the No. 1 seed Rockets in the opening round of the NBA playoffs.
On the first night of boxing at the refurbished Armory, Jamal James won a majority decision with a national audience watching on FS1 and an announced crowd of 3,521 packed around the squared circle.
Andrew Wiggins is at the heart of the Wolves' failings. He isn't always engaged on defense — or on offense when he doesn't have the ball.
The 2009 PGA Championships at Hazeltine and this year's Masters gave us a glimpse into golf's future -- a future without Tiger Woods as a dominating figure.
By avoiding looking at leaderboards all day — or so he said — Spieth avoided feeling stress and injected it into those he was chasing.
Fiery Patrick Reed on Sunday conquered his past, shooting 1-under 71 to finish at 15 under and win the Masters, fending off a furious charge from Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler.
Patrick Reed became famous for beating Rory McIlroy in Ryder Cup matches featuring both fist-pumping and fist-bumping. Their rivalry now spans from Lake Hazeltine to Rae's Creek.
Patrick Reed became a golfing hero at Hazeltine National in 2016, leading the U.S. to victory. Friday at Augusta, he shot a 66 to follow his opening-round 69 and take a two-shot lead into the weekend at the Masters.
No player has overcome more than an eight-shot 36-hole deficit to win at the Masters. Tiger Woods is 13 shots behind after Friday, and Phil Mickelson a shot worse than that.
As deep and impressive as the Masters leaderboard is, none of the players who shot 69 or better has won a green jacket - other than Round 1 leader Jordan Spieth.
Tiger and Phil who? At 24, Justin Thomas is the reigning PGA Tour player of the year. He won the last major and last year's FedEx Cup, while winning five times on tour in 2017.
Jordan Spieth, for perhaps the first time in his life, found himself in a putting slump before rallying to finish third at the Houston Open last weekend.
Ex-antagonists Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson shared laughs in a Tuesday practice round at Augusta National ahead of the Masters.
Despite their relative levels of greatness, Mickelson and Woods never held a 1-on-1 duel on Sunday afternoon at the Masters, and their advanced age, along with Woods' personal and physical problems, hinted that they never would. But ...
tournament at a glanceThe essentialsWhen: Thursday-next Sunday Where: Augusta, Ga.The course: Augusta National Golf Club (7,435 yards, par 72)Purse: To be determined ($11 million in…
During the Twins' 3-2, 11-inning loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Opening Day at Camden Yards, manager Paul Molitor had no choice but to make a series of difficult and intriguing calculations.
As the Twins open the season in Baltimore, few of the team's young position players have produced a full, excellent, big-league season.
As he begins his fourth season with the Twins, Miguel Sano has yet to fulfill his promise. Here's what he still needs to do.
Don Lucia wrote his own ending at the University of Minnesota, to depart with grace, to create a smooth transition to his successor. "I've always tried to do it the right way,'' he said.
Tom Thibodeau's reputation as a defensive mastermind has to be questioned, after watching this team fail far too often on that end of the floor.
With one signature, Kirk Cousins transformed from plucky overachiever unappreciated by his first employer into a franchise quarterback for a franchise that expects him to win a Super Bowl.
Many opinions surround the Vikings' decision to hand Kirk Cousins $84 million to take over as quarterback. But this is a franchise that desperately needed to take a chance.
Once quaint and antiquated, spring training has become highly professionalized, befitting a billion-dollar industry populated by millionaire employees.
There are a few players who -- by virtue of height, arm length, release point and athletic ability -- are always open. Karl-Anthony Towns is one of that elite group.
Derek Falvey and Thad Levine have aggressively built a deep, strong team without giving up a top prospect or a long-term contract. They have positioned the 2018 Twins to win without hamstringing any future teams.
The question is not whether Twins pitcher Jose Berrios will do all he can to succeed but whether, in baseball, maximum effort yields maximum results.
Embracing the power of one thought, Twins outfielder Byron Buxton hit .314 with a .912 OPS (on-base-plus-slugging percentage) from July 4 through the end of the regular season - and his hot numbers had company.
Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey seems more curious than certain. He compared running a franchise to "drinking from a fire hose," yet he still sounds thirsty.
The second baseman said the prospect of free agency is "intriguing" to him.
Jamal James, 29, would feel comfortable in another era, but he's trying to usher in a new one for Minnesota boxing. He's ranked 13th in the world and eighth in the United States.
Some highly serious (wink, wink) suggestions on ways baseball could pick up the pace at the ballpark this season.
In the NFL, gambling on roster moves gets you fired. But so do bland moves, or any combination of aggressiveness and passiveness that doesn't lead to the playoffs.
Even if the Twins head North with their current roster, they will have strengthened a good, young team by raiding a franchise they once resembled.
Jimmy Butler's absence in the Wolves lineup is damaging, but it could have been much worse.
Jimmy Butler admits he's pushing through some fatigue but the Wolves need him healthy and energetic to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
The Gophers' women's basketball team this season ranks third in the nation in scoring, behind only UConn and Baylor.
Above all, Flip Saunders was a basketball fan who wanted to bring all of Minnesota's basketball fans along on the bandwagon that he planned to build with the Wolves. Drafting Karl-Anthony Towns was the start.
This would be the kind of game that lights fires in competitors' bellies and eyes. James Harden showed that. Meanwhile, Andrew Wiggins played like he was full of asbestos.
What matters in our marketplace is that the Timberwolves have a chance to become the No. 1 sporting attraction in Minnesota for the next couple of months.
The Twins are smart to be cautious with their signings, but at some point you have to take a step to get ahead of the competition.
In the real world, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and hoping for a different result. In sports, insanity sometimes pays dividends.
What the Eagles accomplished will place more pressure on the rest of the NFL's coaches and general managers because the team wasn't deterred by key injuries or a coaching change.
Tom Brady on Sunday passed for a Super Bowl-record 505 yards at the age of 40, with a recently-healed right hand and his most talented receiver in the locker room because of a head injury.
Randy Moss and Terrell Owens deserve their calls to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But we can simultaneously acknowledge their greatness and their flaws.
Malcolm Butler, once an undrafted free agent, is expected to play in a third Super Bowl in his fourth NFL season Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The question is simple: Would Kirk Cousins be a better choice than Case Keenum or Teddy Bridgewater? The next question: If so, can they afford him?
Most of Roger Goodell's tenure as NFL Commissioner has been consumed with fighting illogical or unwinnable battles, trying to preside over the league rather than run it.
Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long are proof that players can get involved in social issues. As Long puts it: "Distraction is code for 'I don't agree with what you're talking about.' "
Nancy Kerrigan shouted questions. A reporter asked Bill Belichick what made this Super Bowl different. "It's in Minnesota,'' he deadpanned. The game's hype, with off-the-wall characters and plenty of odd questions, arrived at the X in full force.
Such a casualty would be highly inconvenient because our corporate overlords are trying to use Super Bowl week to prove that people can come to Minneapolis in February and not freeze to death.
Minnesota this week will host one team that the nation loves to hate and one fan base that deserves to be hated.
Former Vikings quarterback Joe Kapp is coming to Minnesota for Super Bowl week. He's eager to see old teammates ... and a renowned neurosurgeon.
That the Vikings could have become the first team to play a Super Bowl at home became the dominant theme of their season. That story line obscured a more important truth.
Losing big games and seeking more at quarterback. These are your Vikings.
When you become the first team ever to win a playoff game with a 61-yard touchdown pass as time expires in regulation you are playing with house money and gifted emotion.
The Vikings offensive line has become a driving force on a 14-victory team, and Joe Berger, a sixth-round draft pick out of a small school in the Upper Peninsula, has made something of himself.
Stefon Diggs said he "took a picture,'' a mental sketch, of the Saints defense before he turned back to await Keenum's pass.
Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Vikings gave us the Minneapolis Miracle, a play without precedent in 56 years of franchise history.
Vikings fans may want to forget, but there are so many reasons to remember that 2010 NFC Championship Game.
After a football life that started in Mississippi and migrated around the globe, he has found trust at the other end of the big river.
If not for what now appears to be a bizarre set of circumstances and decisions made by a seemingly random group of current and former NFL figures, Drew Brees never would have played in the NFC.
Vikings vs. Saints will provide the marquee matchup of the weekend, and the winner likely will be favored to play in the Super Bowl. Things will be much different than when the teams met in Week 1 of the season.
The Vikings are the reason there are no NFC North teams playing this weekend, and their dominance of what promised to be an intriguing division race has altered their opponents' plans, maybe even prompted mistakes.
Philadelphia earned the NFC's top seed but without former North Dakota State star Carson Wentz at quarterback, the Eagles are at the bottom of the playoff field.
Since the Vikings lost at Carolina, the defense has allowed just one offensive touchdown. Sunday, the Bears' offense produced zero points.
The Vikings' quarterback hierarchy for the remainder of this season is set. The quarterback hierarchy for the future remains muddled, and probably will be determined by Case Keenum's playoff performance.
During the Wolves' past two home games, fans began chanting "M-V-P" as Jimmy Butler shot free throws. It won't happen, but that's closer to the truth than anyone could have guessed three months ago.
If there is a downside in terms of the entertainment value of this season, it's that the Vikings are making their surge to the finish line seem clinical.
Saturday's game would provide the Vikings better playoff preparation if Aaron Rodgers were under center for the Packers.
Before, during and after Timberwolves games there's plenty of animated action - especially from coach Tom Thibodeau.
"Now that we're in, we've got to keep winning," receiver Adam Thielen said after the Vikings assured themselves of a home playoff game.
If the Vikings win their last three games, this would become the second team in franchise history to reach 13 victories.
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