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Young Twins starter Jose Berrios has quality stuff and multiple pitches. And he has learned to dominate each level of the game once he becomes comfortable.
Statisticians might say the rise to first place is illusory and temporary, and they're probably right. But the view from the clubhouse is different.
One of the hallmarks of the Lynx during a decade of excellence has been a mind-set best described as optimistic realism. So coach Cheryl Reeve didn't spend her postgame news conference praising Fowles; instead she pushed the buttons of a player who will be crucial to her team this season.
With the NBA draft lottery set for Tuesday night, Tom Thibodeau's tenure in Minnesota is not in trouble but his reputation is in need of bolstering.
Despite spectacular exceptions, the Vikings have generally fared well when making these sorts of ventures.
Olympian Katie Johnson has helped coach Hopkins to the national high school club championships.
The expected pitchers' duel between Ervin Santana and Chris Sale didn't quite materialize as both starters were just slightly off their games.
Unless another team offers a young ace, the Twins should be happy to keep Santana, and other teams are very unlikely to offer a young ace.
Here's an idea: Legislate an 11-man pitching staff. You'll see fewer mid-inning interruptions, more rallies, more intriguing late-game pinch-hitting and an endgame that will be worth staying awake to see.
Jose Berrios will be the next young pitcher asked to rise to the top of the Twins' rotation, and Kyle Gibson's collapse heightens the pressure.
Tuesday's upper-deck home runs by Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton showed what those in the Twins organization have been waiting for since 2013.
The Vikings are the local champions of sports drama. And as Vikings history proves, "dramatic" is not synonymous with "successful."
Chuck Fletcher has much for which to answer, but most of his recent mistakes or misjudgments stemmed from managing an inflexible roster.
Since owner Craig Leipold spent about $200 million on two premier players, his team is 2-5 in playoff series and has not advanced beyond the second round.
Devan Dubnyk on Wednesday produced his first shutout since Dec. 20 and was the better goalie in part because of his controlled performance in a critical spot.
We watch sports to be surprised. Here are 10 ways the Wild belatedly can make this a competitive series and stop whining about "puck luck."
Treating Game 4 like Game 7 is one suggestion. Another is to realize what's happening is not working.
St. Louis' strategy has limited quality, not quantity chances.
Former Wild coach Mike Yeo is coaching the Blues this series almost as if he knows the Wild's flaws.
Sometimes in hockey shots are viewed as a sign of dominance. But, as Game 1 showed for the Wild, dominating puck possession and shot totals means nothing if you can't score.
The Wild entered the opening-round playoff series with the better goalie in Devan Dubnyk but St. Louis brought Jake Allen, the hotter goalie who was on full display in Game 1.
In his first season, Bruce Boudreau has led the Wild to a team record for points. But in the past, Boudreau's teams have not won in the playoffs when it matters most.
This week, Sergio Garcia handled major championship pressure better than he ever had before, altering his persona in America from talented whiner to matured achiever.
Sergio Garcia had argued that he was a different person than the player known for choking away majors and complaining about Augusta National. He proved that all week.
He closed with a 75 at the Masters after being poised to challenge.
The 2015 winner, in the Sunday hunt again, is a reachable two shots back.
The leaderboard at the Masters has a Ryder Cup-look to it, with Europeans Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia just ahead of Americans Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Ryan Moore.
Sergio Garcia, who has never won a major and is no stranger to comments and controversy in his professional career, is in a four-way tie for the lead after Round 2 at the Masters.
Thomas Pieters, a novice at majors, hasn't buckled under the Augusta aura.
In a touching early-morning ceremony at the Masters, friends and patrons recalled Arnold Palmer's popularity and kindness.
Spieth's Masters record is both stunning and disappointing. At 23, he can choose to be proud or regretful. The way he talks about that success and failure is interesting.
It's Masters week, which means the world's best golfers are all in one place. And most sound disgusted by the way the rules of the game are enforced.
On his first Opening Day at Target Field, Jason Castro collected the Twins' first hit, drew a walk and lined a two-run single during a five-run seventh. He was also behind the plate for Ervin Santana's two-hit gem.
Byron Buxton, Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario could give the Twins their best fielding outfield since Kirby Puckett, Dan Gladden and Shane Mack were mastering the Metrodome's idiosyncrasies.
There is no better job in sports than taking over a broken franchise. Mathematically and aesthetically, Derek Falvine's new team can't get worse.
It seems highly unlikely that a 13th pitcher will help produce a Twins victory this month, and ByungHo Park earned his shot to show what he can do in the major leagues.
No matter how the Wild wants to phrase it, the team's spoken goal has changed from winning the division to eking out an occasional point.
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.
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