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One man's takeaways from Florida spring training.
Always a friendly presence, former Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer this spring is more relaxed than he has ever been in a baseball clubhouse. "It's great," he said of the retired life.
As of 2013, Joe Mauer remained on pace to finish his career as one of the greatest-hitting catchers in baseball. He'll enter 2017 as a light-hitting first baseman with, perhaps, the end of his career in sight.
When a top prospect struggles, everyone in the organization wants to help, leading to a cacophony of advice. "You're going to have to fail to learn how to succeed," Byron Buxton said.
When the new Twins bosses discussed trades of second baseman Brian Dozier this winter, Dozier sought refuge at a rural cabin two hours from his Mississippi home.
NFL free agency is rarely a vehicle for greatness. Instead of it being the foundation, it fixes the cracks.
With Reggie Lynch intimidating shooters near the basket and Amir Coffey hurling his long frame and arms at shooters on the perimeter, the Gophers' defense has improved immeasurably - and measurably.
Nearing the end of the best season in Wild history, the Xcel Energy Center sounded awfully quiet Tuesday night. The St. Louis Blues were in town with a coach named Yeo, and it doesn't take much to make Minnesota sports fans worry about curses and hexes, franchise history and old acquaintances.
The GM's fearlessness has built the best team in the Western Conference, and Sunday he again demonstrated that he doesn't know why anyone would bother putting yellow on a traffic light.
Richard Pitino presided over one of the worst seasons in Gophers basketball history last year. He initiated one of the most dramatic turnarounds in Gophers sports history this year.
The franchise history of point guards explains why the Timberwolves have ended all but one season without winning a playoff series.
For once, the Blackhawks won a game against Minnesota and could feel they proved something, because this is the best Wild team in history.
During the Gophers' 83-78 overtime victory over Michigan, Curry, the freshman from Memphis, borrowed Reggie Lynch's job and ran with it.
There remain athletes who can awe regardless of familiarity and LeBron James is one of them. In person he looks more powerful than he appears on any screen.
As earnest an athlete as you'll meet, Mikko Koivu isn't the kind of guy who's going to make you slap your knee but this season he has earned pats on the back.
As the least-anticipated Twins spring training in decades begins, let's count our blessings.
Boudreau has helped the Wild rise to the top of the Western Conference by blending the philosophies and habits of two of the most skilled coaches and managers in Twin Cities history, former Twins manager Tom Kelly and former Wild coach Jacques Lemaire.
The game and the spectacle surrounding the Super Bowl has grown like an internet startup since Minnesota last hosted the big game. Minneapolis has to prove that the Super Bowl isn't too big for it to handle.
No Falcons seemed angry on Sunday night. They murmured, packed and quickly left. It turns out the wrong side of history is a large and quiet room.
Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are trying to win a fifth Super Bowl in 16 years. Nobody has won that many or contended for titles for so long, and it is bottom feeding that has allowed the Patriots to stay on top.
Super Bowl fans, you pick: The "Rise Up" Falcons or the locked-down Patriots.
In Super Bowl XLIX, little known Malcolm Butler made the interception at the goal line that gave the Patriots a 28-24 victory over Seattle
With his ego checked at the door, Julio Jones has become one of the NFL's top receivers.
Kevin Warren is following in his father's footsteps as a trailblazer for minorities.
Is former Cretin-Derham Hall receiver Michael Floyd the next player to make Patriots coach Bill Belichick look smarter than the rest of the NFL? That hasn't happened yet.
Like P.J. Fleck, Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn sounds as if he's considering trademarking every sentence he speaks.
The Falcons and the Patriots sought balance and the ability to score rushing touchdowns near the goal line. Both succeeded without spending a first-round draft pick or multiple millions of dollars on a running back.
If Tom Thibodeau's players had tired of him, they wouldn't be showing improvement like they have over the past month.
At some point, Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and GM Thad Levine will have to prove they operate differently than former GM Terry Ryan.
The NFL could use a dramatic Super Bowl. Only two of this year's playoff games have been decided by fewer than two touchdowns.
Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers could create one of the greatest quarterback matchups in Super Bowl history.
Gophers men's basketball needs a victory over Wisconsin to maintain the momentum for a promising season.
The primary flaw of coach Bruce Boudreau's predecessor, Mike Yeo, was that Yeo cared about making his bosses look good and about relationships with his key players.
The Twins' trade of Chuck Knoblauch to New York in 1998 isn't as analogous to a potential Brian Dozier trade now as you would think.
Four of the past five seasons, the Wild has hit a January skid. That hasn't happened yet this season, and by the looks of the team on Thursday night it might not happen at all.
Minnesota could have fired Richard Pitino last spring. Instead, he is getting a chance to show off coaching chops with his first impressive recruiting class.
In praising Gophers guard Nate Mason, Ohio State coach Thad Matta noted that Mason's ballhandling created openings for Akeem Springs. Although he didn't know Springs' name.
Lou Holtz had the key people associated with the program convinced that he wanted to live in Minnesota forever, which is the same vibe radiating from P.J. Fleck.
Ricky Rubio knew that coming into a promising season with a new coach he could prove himself valuable either to the Timberwolves or other NBA teams. He has damaged his value in both cases.
Though coach Bruce Boudreau wasn't here for past collapses in the year's first month, he has a group of players who know too well their own history.
Many renowned Minnesota sports careers have ended with hurt feelings and without fanfare.
The Vikings coach must take a look in the mirror when looking ahead to what has to change in 2017.
Jeff Hintz's vision as director made for a 2016 Ryder Cup that won't soon be forgotten.
The Vikings' annual trip to Wisconsin eliminated them from playoff contention and for the first time exposed fissures in relationships between coach Mike Zimmer and key players.
During his team's late-season surge, Aaron Rodgers has reasserted himself as the best and most important player in the NFC North, if not in all of football.
Devan Dubnyk's goaltending and Bruce Boudreau's inclination to use four lines have emphasized the roster's strengths and Eric Staal has compensated for Zach Parise's struggles
Behind an offensive line that had been as battered and ineffective as the Vikings', Andrew Luck was not sacked once Sunday. The Vikings allowed 411 yards, 27 first downs and didn't force a turnover.
The Gophers football team threatened to boycott the Holiday Bowl, but it should have been the other way around.
Bob Schnelker enjoyed a long and eventful career in football. He also became a pioneer. He helped blaze the trail for offensive coordinators as blame receptacles of blame.
Mike Zimmer isn't just being tough by coaching after multiple eye surgeries. He's upholding his end of his unwritten contract with the players.
At 6-6, the comparison is mathematically logical but otherwise suspect.
Gregg Popovich on Tuesday night was funny and thoughtful, nothing like the persona he often shows off during TV interviews.
After decades of denying the intelligence of a playoff, college football finally adopted one a few years ago. It worked so well they expanded it from two to four teams. In this case, more is better, and even more would be much better.
And the top-ranked Gophers have more to come after their impressive victories to begin the NCAA tournament.
Problem: Dallas is 11-1 with a first-round rookie running back and a fourth-round rookie quarterback. Laquon Treadwell, the Vikings' top pick, has one catch this season.
When a team wins, we rush to give them the credit they "deserve," but sometimes success is a function of luck that is not necessarily the residue of design.
Sam Bradford's last pass flew where he wanted but landed in the wrong hands, like an online transaction that gets hacked.
Under the most difficult circumstances you could invent, Bradford has proved durable and accurate. He ranks third in the NFL in completion percentage and eighth in passer rating. He has withstood brutal hits and refused to leave the field.
Pat Shurmur is willing to try just about anything to fool an opponent. He proved that during the Vikings' 30-24 victory Sunday.
The Timberwolves, with talent even more precocious and accomplished than the Twins' top prospects, are looking more like an AAU team than one coached by a renowned defensive guru.
Kickers can go south at any time and for any reason, and few of them are markedly better than those you would sign off the street to replace them.
The Vikings have lost four straight seemingly winnable games, casting this season and the direction of Mike Zimmer's program into question.
Mike Zimmer's called timeout with 27 seconds remaining led to a Vikings touchdown, but left too much time for Detroit.
On a team featuring two expected superstars in Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine is capable on any given night of being the Wolves' most spectacular player.
Never have the Wolves built a team stocked so deep with star-quality young talent, or one that promises to be so sustainable.
He missed open receivers and showed poor pocket awareness. He looked spooked even when there were no ghosts. From the second half of the victory in Carolina up until kickoff on Sunday, Bradford had managed pressure well, beating blitzes with quick passes and decisions.
The front office held a mock draft of quarterbacks who might be available. That process helped steer a muddled, panic-inducing situation to an obvious solution. "Sam Bradford was the best quarterback out there," Spielman said.
Cheryl Reeve took a seat behind a microphone and lit into the officials, noting that a key Los Angeles basket came after the shot clock expired and the play was not reviewed.
Maybe this will be their last Finals together -- or maybe the last until next fall. "The beauty of it is it's not like the NBA, where some guys leave for money or to be in a better city," Seimone Augustus said.
Why are NFL ratings down? Maybe because the league isn't very good to watch.
The Gophers needed to run the ball well to win Saturday. Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith ran well when given holes, and when they weren't given holes they sometimes ran even better.
Eyes up, shoulders back, Maya Moore offered another reminder of why she is one of the world's best players during the Lynx's 79-60 victory over Los Angeles.
The Vikings keep losing players and winning games as if one isn't related to the other, as if coaches can use some kind of magic app to bring X's and O's to life.
This weekend, Hazeltine National filled two voids on its résumé, as the Ryder Cup visited Minnesota for the first time, and a dominant champion, Patrick Reed, soaked the grounds with champagne.
Maybe Pete Willett wasn't so wrong after all. Partisanship has crossed the line into rudeness as fans at Hazeltine jeered the Euros as much as they cheered their own.
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