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During GM Terry Ryan's best years, he would turn players he didn't want into good players and prospects. Since 2008, he and former GM Bill Smith have turned valuable players into less valuable players.
Joe Mauer will never return to his form of 2009, when he hit home runs and won an MVP award. But he could still contend for a batting title.
By drafting Laquon Treadwell in the first round on Thursday night, the Vikings added the right kind of player at the right position.
It became evident during Tuesday's introductions of coach Tom Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden is that the Timberwolves have never had quite so much reason for optimism as they have now.
The Wild's enervating comeback fell short, and while it is the nature of players to celebrate a comeback, what should be remembered is that they positioned themselves to require one.
His goal in Game 3 proved to be the winner, and on Friday he scored to send Game 5 to overtime and then ended it with a deflection of Ryan Suter's shot.
Mikko Koivu's postseason efforts have been marred by whiffs and near-misses. But Friday night he was the one pumping his fist and celebrating and skating toward teammate Ryan Suter.
The Wild managed only 87 points this year, making the playoffs as the eighth and final seed in the Western Conference and trails Dallas 3-1 in their series. But owner Craig Leipold is firm that GM Chuck Fletcher is not in trouble.
For once, the Wolves were in a no-lose position, and Tom Thibodeau was the best of good available options for a new head coach.
Whether because of embarrassment or Torchetti's forcefulness or some renewed sense of purpose, the Wild played 2½ periods of inspired hockey Monday.
Chuck Fletcher has committed serious money to underachievers. He has overrated his youngsters. On his current roster, it's hard to tell the checking lines from the scoring lines.
Of the nine players who finished tied for seventh or better at the Masters, four were from England and one was from Denmark.
The defending champ imploded with a quadruple bogey and then had to endure the aftermath instead of winning his second Masters by age 23, which had appeared to be the likely outcome.
Willett didn't three-putt or make a bogey in a pristine final round. On the 18th green he ripped off his white sweater as if mimicking Superman, revealing a green shirt.
Pushing age 60, Bernhard Langer is on the Sunday morning leaderboard for a Masters title he last won 23 years ago
Rivals see a chance after Spieth's hiccup shinks lead to 1
Jordan Spieth is trying to become the fourth player to win consecutive Masters. Rory McIlroy is trying to become the sixth player to win the career grand slam. Bryson DeChambeau might be more fascinating than either.
Farmington's Sammy Schmitz misses cut but vows to prolong stay at friendly Augusta
With one green jacket already, 22-year-old Jordan Spieth seems eager to make the Masters his own personal haberdashery.
There is one forty-something player in this year's Masters field who might be able to fend off time and youth. Just ask Phil Mickelson.
A big piece of advice for Masters newcomer Sammy Schmitz of Farmington: Large, moving crowds will line the fairways. So keep it straight.
Golf is hard when you're playing for fun on an empty course. Add galleries and TV cameras pressure and it can turn your mind into a funhouse.
The Twins lost in a fashion remindful of how many different ways baseball games can be won and lost during the longest season in American sports.
The best reason for optimism is that many of the Twins' best players last season didn't perform, or perform well, for more than a few months while the Twins won a surprising total of 83 games.
Signed to be the Twins' de facto ace, Ricky Nolasco has produced ERAs of 5.38 and 6.75 and is now their fifth starter.
More than 20 years after he introduced himself to the game of golf by stealing range balls from Fountain Valley Golf Course in Farmington, Sammy Schmitz is at Augusta National preparing to play in the Masters.
The Wolves' Sam Mitchell is the coaching version of curdled milk. He has complained about his plight and his team and even his training staff instead of realizing how lucky he is to get a chance to coach these players.
Since taking over for the fired Mike Yeo in February, John Torchetti has made bold moves with the Wild's lineup and is coaching without fear.
When the Vikings re-signed him last week, Sherels was set up to play a sixth season in the NFL. As Sherels' mentor, former Gophers great Darrell Thompson is not surprised.
At 31, Zach Parise is either in decline or injured. He is signed for nine more seasons after this one, and neither he nor the team seem happy about the direction they're moving together.
At offensive line, it's more important to be competent than exceptional. The Vikings' offseason moves give them a chance to be competent.
Tuesday, Minnesotans for the first time saw why the Dolphins were eager to trade Mike Wallace when he insulted Teddy Bridgewater after signing with Baltimore.
With the Gophers just missing the tournament, Minnesotans need to find teams to cheer. Here are some suggestions.
If we allow any references in our state to other NFC North teams, we will slide headfirst down the slippery slope toward sporting anarchy. Anarchy, I say.
The Timberwolves' season has devolved into live scrimmages designed to coax their youngest players toward maturity. Tyus Jones is taking advantage.
Devan Dubnyk has played in 14 games since the beginning of February. He has given up three or more goals in nine of them. His struggles have been masked by the Wild's unprecedented scoring binge.
Wayzata's game-winning shot took its sweet time finding the net, but it was worth the wait.
Minnesota's athletic department is in disrepair, especially in positions of power, where key decisions are made and examples are set.
What is most amazing about the state of the Gophers basketball program is that the public seems to have become numb to both failure and scandal.
After his first workout with the Twins as a guest instructor, LaTroy Hawkins walked into the clubhouse looking shaken.
Always strong and athletic for a second baseman, Brian Dozier is noticeably leaner this spring.
Eduardo Escobar has proved in his four seasons with the Twins that he loves the game and his teammates, which is why he has become one of the most popular people in the organization.
Byung Ho Park is a first baseman and designated hitter. Tsuyoshi Nishioka was a middle infielder and that's not even the most important difference between the two.
Joe Mauer never satisfactorily explained the mysterious injuries that limited him to 82 games and three home runs in 2011. Now he's coming off the worst season of his career.
If Byron Buxton can produce as a leadoff hitter, the lineup would become much deeper, with much more speed at the top.
He is 26 now, and no baseball player who is 26 is considered promising. You are either valuable or not.
This is one time the local team is underrated. The 2016 Twins should be good, and they have a chance to be very good.
Terry Ryan sounds much more like someone thinking about heading to a World Series than a rocking chair. "We have our sights set on the division," he said. "We're not looking for moral victories."
It's easy to want Torii Hunter or Chad Greenway to play one more season, to hope that Kevin Garnett can make a difference. But the sports world rarely writes triumphant endings.
Newton did not lose the Super Bowl because he celebrates with a move known as the "Dab." He lost because the Broncos pressured him on 42.9 percent of his passes, the highest percentage of his career.
Seeing the sunset through the confetti after winning the Super Bowl, Peyton Manning looks primed for next chapter.
They sat next to each other on a podium after the announcement in San Francisco, and Dungy remembered Favre as an opponent and more.
This week in the Bay Area, Ron Rivera's Carolina Panthers have become one of the loosest of all Super Bowl teams.
Demaryius Thomas relishes in playing Sunday;s Super Bowl with his troubled mother in the stands.
Among other things, the 2011 NFL draft taught us reaching for the wrong quarterback is the most common and understandable mistake.
The star QB and the star guard share friendship, excellence.
Zach LaVine's rise could alter even the most optimistic outlooks about the Timberwolves. He could give them a third superstar.
Throughout his tenure, Chuck Fletcher has found quality defensemen. But he has spent most of his energy and resources on the never-ending search for a top-notch forward.
Owen Daniels is with this third team. He produced the Broncos' two touchdowns. Ted Ginn is with his fourth franchise. he produced the first big play in Carolina's victory.
Ex-Vikings QB Brad Johnson is one of those people who seems connected to everyone, everywhere, particularly this week as the AFC and NFC champions are crowned.
The Twins have waited so long to pursue bullpen help that a lot of the most recognizable names among remaining free agent relievers are all too familiar.
Both talk about world titles. But both men know that they already have won the fights of, and for, their lives outside of the boxing ring.
The Panthers look like what the Vikings could be with one caveat: Quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Cam Newton are not alike.
On Saturday Joey King proved he had recovered fully from a benching, leading the Gophers in scoring with 18 points as they lost to a quality Indiana team.
As interim coach, Sam Mitchell has produced 12 victories and no sense of progress. Owner Glen Taylor could help matters by hiring Kevin McHale as Interim Coach Part II.
To win another NFC North title, and to repeat or improve on 11 victories in 2016, the front office and coaching staff will have to make improvements and alterations over the next seven months. Here are nine they should consider:
Vikings fans should have probably expected another disappointment - and certainly got it.
In Sunday's game between the Seahawks and Vikings, one coach is a longtime Grant disciple; the other may prove to be his long-awaited successor.
One coach is a long-time Grant disciple; the other might prove to be his long-awaited successor.
One coach is a long-time Grant disciple; the other might prove to be his long-awaited successor.
Those who don't rank Russell Wilson among the NFL's best haven't been watching
Rich Young has missed only three home games since 1998. He travels to all of their road games.
Mike Zimmer has been admired as a defensive coach for years. What he proved Sunday was that he is more than just that.
Vikings victory would flip envy meter in heated border rivalry
Chad Greenway, the Vikings' senior linebacker, is preparing for one of the most meaningful games of his career Sunday at Lambeau Field.
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