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With his new approach and newfound confidence, Byron Buxton is back on track to become a five-tool star for the Twins.
Injuries derailed the Vikings' 2016 campaign. It's early, but the injuries are quickly adding up as a reason for concern.
If the next Wild team is to be anywhere near as successful as last year's during the regular season, Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter will have to stop being promising and start being stars.
Derek Falvey and Thad Levine maintained perspective during a season that threatened to fool them as much as it did the public and players.
Irving is a proven winner who was at his best when he and James made the Cavaliers champions two years ago. His interest in the Wolves is a cause for celebration, but is it a call to action?
Teddy Bridgewater has repeatedly executed a trick play with the Vikings: He's more likable than accessible, eliciting affection without offering many glimpses into his soul.
Ben Greve added to the family trophy case he shares with fellow former Gophers athlete Lindsay Whalen by winning his second Minnesota State Open.
One hitting slump or a couple of bad pitching outings can make a trade a waste of time or a waste of a prospect.
With decent luck and health, there is little reason to doubt that this team should win 10 or 11 games and return to the playoffs.
The Twins are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1987 World Series championship this weekend. Thursday night, the boys of that long summer convened.
We’re gonna Party like it’s 1987 A series of events honoring the 30th anniversary for the 1987 World Series-winning Twins: Friday, 4:30 p.m.: Tom Kelly…
Bartolo Colon on Tuesday in his Twins debut didn't last long, and might not have staying power, but he was better than expected for four innings.
The X Games concluded on Sunday, and this week the Twins will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1987 title. Here's Jim Souhan's ranking of the Top 10 Minnesota sports moments over those years.
X Games pros must respect danger before flying in rarest of air.
You may not like it when Williams Arena is renamed "Sherwin'' Williams, or "The Dress Barn,'' but if the price is right and the funds help the basketball programs excel, what's in a name?
There's several reasons why the 2001 Twins became one of the most beloved teams in franchise history and the current edition hasn't quite captured their fan base's hearts in the same manner.
Wolves' basketball boss Tom Thibodeau must prove he can assemble a contender's roster
In this instance, "Noah" doesn't refer to two-by-two march but a procession of threes by the Lynx.
From humble beginnings in rural Georgia, Byron Buxton has turned into the Twins' best hope for a bright future.
The problem is that Erin Hills is not interesting. It doesn't challenge players off the tee, and it doesn't look interesting either from the gallery or the couch.
Both faded in pursuit of their first major crown.
Brooks Koepka went the lowest of the low with a final-round 67 to finish 16 under par as the Erin Open became the seventh consecutive major to produce a first-time major winner.
Justin Thomas' arms are the thickness of penne noodles, but he has the hip movement of an Olympic powerlifter. He overpowered Erin Hills on Saturday, breaking a U.S. Open record by recording a round of 9 under.
Texas A&M golfer hitting nearly 340 yards off tee.
No one in the top 18 on the midway point leaderboard at Erin Hills has won a major championship.
Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day, world ranking leaders, missed the cut and made history.
Most of the world's best struggled, while lesser-known players went low.
Fescue: The tall, wispy grass that is the visual calling card of this U.S. Open is just one of the words you should add to your golf glossary as Erin Hills takes center stage.
The longer Tiger Woods is away from golf the more you appreciate his dominance. No one has risen to take over as the sport's can't-miss star.
From 1976 through 2011, the Twins chose 14 players with top-10 picks. Only two became impact players for them — Joe Mauer and Michael Cuddyer.
From 1976 to 2011, the Twins had 14 top 10 overall selections in the Major League Baseball draft. Some panned out, but most didn't — at least, not in Minnesota.
Erin Hills near Milwaukee is primed to host the U.S. Open this week. All while a key figure in the rise of the course is in jail for killing his wife and another figure destroyed his businesses and personal wealth.
Zach Kulstad, a state-caliber runner at Prior Lake, is the proud founder of The Memento Foundation, which he set up to help those with dementia and Alzheimer's.
The Angels slugger's milestone Saturday night showed that steroids ruined home runs even for those who did not take them.
You can't turn on a television without observing how far race relations have to go in our country, or how far they have regressed.
The 2017 Twins never should have been confused with true contenders. That doesn't mean they can't pretend for a while longer, especially with a favorable schedule ahead.
Try this sentence on for size: Joe Mauer made his first out of the game in the bottom of the 15th inning, 6 hours, 23 minutes after the first pitch.
Given reason to cheer, fans at TCF Bank Stadium became impressively loud, and impressively organized.
Buck Showalter heaped praise on the Twins organization as a whole - and he just might be right on all his observations
What's most important for Mike Zimmer and the Vikings is for him to make it through the 2017 season with good health and a healthy attitude. The time to start is now.
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.
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