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There were plenty of questionable officiating rulings in both championship games. But based on their earlier decisions, the Saints can't say they were cheated.
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.
What the Wolves displayed in Philadelphia was a lack of toughness, getting blown out from the start against a team that is dealing with its own version of Butler dyspepsia.
The Wild is paying $3 million or more to 11 current players. But the roster as it currently stands is highly paid, too old and too unproductive.
A few loosely connected thoughts with local angles as the NFL playoffs wind down to the final four teams.
Kickers exist mostly so coaches will have someone to blame when they lose a close game. So let's devalue field goals.
Minnesota and Jordan Murphy came up short at home, against one of the many good Big Ten teams with which they will be competing for an NCAA tournament berth.
There is a great coach somewhere inside Tom Thibodeau, but Thibodeau couldn't hear his inner Popovich over his own jet-engine monologue.
Most big-money sports contracts, here and elsewhere, turn into albatross-shaped millstones. Players are often paid for past production and fail to maintain it at higher salaries.
Ranking Minnesota’s big-money deals Which big contracts in Minnesota sports history worked, and which ones didn’t? Here’s how Jim Souhan ranks ’em: Best large contracts…
Andrew Wiggins is playing under a five-year, $148 million contract and is a key player on a collapsing team. Yet the fans, at least in person, seem as apathetic about him as he is about getting back on defense.
Blaming GM Rick Spielman for the signing and Cousins for his play and behavior is easy at this point. What's difficult is figuring out what the Vikings should have done instead.
The Vikings showed why they are not a playoff team in Sunday's loss to the Bears. If Zygi Wilf wants to change his leadership formula, he's going to have to make big changes.
The Vikings have been relentlessly interesting ever since their first game, and there is more value in that than in merely winning one Super Bowl.
When you're in an end zone surrounded by superior athletes, likability won't do you much good. Being 6-6 and a former prep basketball star will.
When Vikings coach Mike Zimmer fired offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, the move may have felt like scapegoating. It may even have felt personal. That doesn't mean it won't work.
The veteran slugger appears to be a good fit in the Twins lineup, and Derek Falvey appeared to acknowledge as much.
For a franchise locked in a perpetual battle with inertia, rookie Josh Okogie is, to quote one of this century's greatest thinkers, manna from heaven.
In his debut as offensive coordinator, Kevin Stefanski faced one of the NFL's worst defenses and his game plan led to the Vikings' largest point total of the season.
Mike Zimmer has the prerogative to make controversial decisions like firing coaches and kickers, and the responsibility to do what he believes is best for his team. But is this approach what is best for his team?
Kirk Cousins' performance Monday at Seattle got offensive coordinator John DeFilippo fired, a move that should be viewed as a possible preview of coming events.
She has defied odds by immediately transferring her analytic nature to players who are only now beginning to understand the competitive drive behind the greatest basketball career in state history.
The Timberwolves are 9-3 since trading Jimmy Butler for Robert Covington and Dario Saric. Trading for Butler in the first place turned out to be move not worth the risk.
On a day when the rest of the NFC North lost and the Vikings' primary rival fired its longtime head coach, they stewed in their own frustration.
If anyone cares to ponder the once-difficult relationship between Randy Moss and the Vikings, Sunday would be the right day to do so.
This summer, Hugh McCutcheon was voted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame but he skipped this month's ceremony to be with the Gophers on the road in a crucial part of the season.
New defensive coordinator Joe Rossi has saved a football program that was headed nowhere and engineered an unexpected victory in beating Wisconsin.
Kirk Cousins still hasn't won a playoff game. But now beaten the Packers in a meaningful game, perhaps burying Green Bay's season and the tenure of Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.
Is Kirk Cousins the quarterback the Vikings thought they bought, or the one Washington refused to pay?
The Gophers football team has not improved in its second year under P.J. Fleck, even while playing in a mediocre league.
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.
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