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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.
Patrick Reed has no connection to Minnesota, but he was the only player who started a morning match wearing short sleeves.
This week, Hazeltine National is playing host to one of the most emotional Ryder Cups ever. The golf should be good, too.
The 27-year-old from Northern Ireland has grown into a leader on the European team and has taken the lead in needling his opponents from the United States.
The Ryder Cup takes a couple dozen professional golfers who spend most of their time obsessed with swing thoughts, practice, money, sponsorships, money, majors and money, and changes the way their brains and hearts work for a week.
U.S. captain Davis Love III had little choice but to reward Moore for his excellent play over the past two months, especially when he pushed Euro star Rory McIlroy to four playoff holes to finish as the runner-up at the Tour Championship.
Moore fileAge: 33Hometown: Puyallup, Wash.World ranking: 31Career victories: FiveMajor titles: None2016 season: Won the John Deere Classic on Aug. 14 in Silvis, Ill. Runner-up to…
Chamblee possesses expertise, but so do a thousand other golfers. What sets him apart from the average golf analyst, and from so many who fail to do the job properly while covering other sports, is fearlessness.
Mike Zimmer's straight talk and expertise have won over the Vikings locker room since he took over as head coach.
If Kevin Garnett is not going to become a part-owner or assistant general manager or loud voice at the end of the bench, he has no role in the New Wolves Order.
In the victory over the Packers, he threw with accuracy, he threw deep with velocity and he threw with touch.
Signed just 15 days before the Vikings' home opener at their new stadium, Sam Bradford could not have been much more impressive under the circumstances. Or any circumstances.
Two years from now, Sam Bradford will either have proved he can lead a winning team, or he will be on his way to Ponder-osa.
Everson Griffen was inactive for his first five NFL games and raised concerns about his behavior as a young pro. Now? Griffen finds himself at the apex of his career.
If Stefon Diggs hadn't turned into a quality player in short order, the Vikings would be in deeper trouble at the position. Even with Diggs producing, the Vikings' real-world pecking order is worrisome.
General Manager Rick Spielman has to hope that one of his biggest mistakes won't become the in-game story line against the Packers.
The events of the past two weeks surrounding the Vikings - losing one top quarterback and trading for a former No. 1 - were shocking only if you expect normalcy.
The Twins rank last in the majors in team ERA (5.25) and last in starting pitching ERA (5.60). That must improve under the new front office structure.
You've heard about all of the problems that threatened or hampered the Games. Here are the things that went right:
The U.S. women are one of the most dominant teams in the modern history of sports with 49 consecutive wins and six Olympic golds in a row. They did not play a fourth quarter in Rio with the outcome in doubt.
New Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau's supporting vocals help orchestrate gold medal blowout.
Title IX isn't the sole reason for the Olympic dominance of U.S. women — many gymnasts and swimmers begin winning medals before they graduate from high school — but it has helped grow the ranks of female athletes, and has given girls incentive to pursue sports and athletic scholarships.
For a team that is undefeated, this tournament has been a relative struggle, but the coaching staff has found player combinations that have led to improved defensive performance.
Four Lynx players and their coach earned medals, and the tears and hugs made gold seem like anything but a foregone conclusion.
Consistent excellence is Team USA's hoops stamp. The Americans go for a sixth consecutive gold medal on Saturday.
The U.S. defense bottled up Ricky Rubio and Spain in winning Friday's semifinal matchup.
Dan and Jennie Johnson turned a family vacation into a chance to hold a fundraiser for children of the favelas, the infamous slums that hover above Rio.
With perhaps just a few precious strides left in an unmatched Olympic career, Usain Bolt on Thursday won his eighth gold medal
Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio, playing for Spain in the Olympics, will face Tom Thibodeau, an assistant coach for Team USA, in the semifinals.
Lindsay Whalen dedicated herself to making the U.S. team. She was thrilled to compete in her first Olympics in London, and is no less thrilled to be on the current team that is dominating in Rio.
The Americans climbed out of an early hole with their work on defense.
After initially being denied, the former Minneapolis South and Gophers runner's appeal for a spot in the 5,000-meter finals was granted late Wednesday following a final-lap fall.
Defensive gaffes have plagued the gold medal favorites in Rio. The latest three-point victory came against a French team that played without star point guard Tony Parker.
Mead said he would file an appeal. If successful, that would get him into the finals of the event. The South High graduate was on pace with the top runners before the fall.
MSU Mankato track star, with mom watching, made his native country proud
What do you get the team that has everything? How about a 6-foot-5 center who comes off the bench and makes like Usain Bolt?
What's different about these Games is the way the "organizers'' react to problems. These are the "Don't Blame It On Rio'' Olympics.
Seimone Augustus, whose family in Baton Rouge, La., has been displaced by floods, helped the U.S. women set an Olympic record in her 100th game.
Usain Bolt's pursuit of records is like an Alfred Hitchcock murder. The suspense is not so much in the deed as in the possibility of what may happen.
While Usain Bolt preps for Sunday, Elaine Thompson headlined Saturday.
These Olympics, at least so far, belong to great moments for Simone Biles and Simone Manuel.
Phelps savors his career swan song, adding a silver to four Rio golds
What saved the Americans in the first half and allowed them to pull away in the second half to move to 4-0 in the Olympics was their intensity on defense.
Usain Bolt is not out to surpass Michael Phelps in number of medals but in the mark he leaves on the Games.
At what might have been the end of a successful decade of competing internationally, Minnesota rower Megan Kalmoe went out not with a roar but with a couple of tweets.
Michael Phelps sped away from the field Thursday to win gold in the 200-meter individual medley, giving him 22 Olympic gold medals. No other athlete has won more than nine.
Four-time Olympian Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points and set a U.S. Olympics scoring mark in Wednesday's victory over Australia.
Minnesotan Garrett Bender and his U.S. teammates went toe-to-toe with the world's best rugby team Wednesday in Rio.
At a time when his long-term future with the Wolves is in doubt, Ricky Rubio is damaging Spain's chances at a third consecutive gold medal game with the U.S.
Australia isn't expected to beat the Americans, or necessarily stay close, but in this lopsided competition they are one of a few teams considered to have an outside chance of testing the U.S. when the teams play at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
A sport that seemed like a lark or a departure when it became an official Olympic sport in 1996 has become one of the best shows of every summer Games.
Garrett Bender kept fighting to make the rugby sevens team after an invitation to train fell through.
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