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Minnesotans don't actually want Minnesotans involved with their sports teams. They want Minnesotans involved with their sports teams who make them feel good.
There might not be another place in the world with so many beautiful arenas located so closely together, not with the addition of U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Twins are in need of a full-time GM now that Terry Ryan has been fired. This is the hire that will define Jim Pohlad's tenure as the Twins' primary boss.
The Twins' firing of Terry Ryan feels shocking, but only because of his personality and the organization's longstanding commitment to loyalty among its most visible employees.
Of all the starting pitchers capable of taking charge of the Twins rotation, Kyle Gibson has the best pedigree.
For the eighth consecutive summer, Chad Greenway played touch football, ran drills and participated in other events at a life skills day camp in Hutchinson.
The relationship - or lack thereof - between Norv Turner and Cordarrelle Patterson is a fascinating dynamic.
Amid the big moves, Minnesota did well by staying out of the fray.
Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, collects famous guitars. Last week, he paid $137,500 in an auction to buy a guitar that at least looks a lot like the yellow version of Prince's "Cloud" guitar.
In the 1980s and '90s, football fans often couldn't wait to open the morning newspaper to see what Buddy Ryan had said, or done. The blunt former coach died Tuesday.
The team should practice patience with their top prospect, just like they did with Torii Hunter.
Tom Thibodeau's selection of Kris Dunn means he doesn't want to rely on a point guard who never seemed to be as good as he was projected to be, and who never seemed to elevate his team.
Oklahoma's Buddy Hield was the safe, even obvious, pick. Kentucky's Jamal Murray was the safe upside pick. Kris Dunn was a less obvious fit but that doesn't mean he wasn't the right guy.
Johnson's major breakthrough at Oakmont is a wonderful sign for the United States' chances of a rare Ryder Cup victory.
Dustin Johnson is an aloof golfer who oozes athletic arrogance and married the daughter of a hockey legend. Sunday at the U.S. Open, Johnson's calm and the USGA's inanity actually made him a man of the people.
If the USGA hadn't commanded so much unwanted attention, the 2016 U.S. Open could have been remembered for how poorly Shane Lowry played on Sunday.
If Shane Lowry can't maintain his two-shot lead over the field, there will be dozens of players within reach of the lead in what has become a strange and fascinating tournament.
The world's top-ranked player shot a 66 and got to sleep in.
Dustin Johnson is the most intimidating player on the PGA Tour in terms of ball-striking and athletic ability, and perhaps the frailest under pressure.
He's a major contender again after a climactic his 50-foot par.
Andrew Landry, No. 624 in the World Golf Rankings, was one of only nine golfers to finish. But his 1-under par is good enough for the lead at the U.S. Open.
Jordan Spieth is at 1 over, as an amateur and fellow Texan sits in first place during a delayed Round 1.
Phil Mickelson, six times a runner-up in the U.S. Open, turns 46 on Thursday. Only one golfer older than 46 has won a major.
This week, Oakmont and the USGA seem intent on protecting par. The question is, why?
When pro teams sign free agents, they often get damaged, arrogant or selfish goods.Somehow, the Vikings and General Manager Rick Spielman have avoided these pitfalls.
Sure, the Wolves could have had Warriors' stars Steph Curry or Klay Thompson - maybe both. But given how things played out, they're just fine now without them.
There is a hockey player with local ties who has proved himself during the Stanley Cup playoffs to be durable and clutch, productive and adaptable, and if it surprises you that the player's name is Phil Kessel, you probably care more about reputations and memes than goals.
Not many teams can win titles and then improve, but that's what the Lynx did last summer by trading for center Sylvia Fowles.
The story that might bring down one of Minnesota's best coaches is uglier than anyone would have guessed, but J Robinson's handling of it is utterly predictable.
By not telling Vikings fans what they want to hear, coach Mike Zimmer has given them what they want to hear.
The friendship between Glen Perkins and Phil Hughes seemed a charming story, until it wasn't. Now their fragility is a pivotal problem for a besieged franchise.
As the Twins head toward a fifth 90-loss season in six years, and perhaps toward a franchise record for losses, here's an instructional guide on surviving.
Long before he became a high school star, a college champion, a professional player and executive, Milt Newton knew how to work for what he wanted.
The Pohlads should reassess GM Terry Ryan at the end of the season, and if the team remains inept he should take the fall. But the idea of him leaving the job in midseason is silly.
Unless the Wolves are blown away by a trade offer for the fifth pick next month, they should take polished Oklahoma senior Buddy Hield.
The good vibes he helped nuture with the Twins in 2015 did not last.
Credit the U for winding up with a solid group from which to chooseand for making a better hire than should have been expected from the people who brought you Norwood Teague, Tim Brewster and Richard Pitino.
It's Bruce Boudreau's job to get the most out of his new players. It should be Chuck Fletcher's job to deal with the existing problems that plague the team he built.
In the next few years, local teams will face expensive decisions on their current young stars. The problem with these deals is that humans are fragile and fickle.
A Lynx game is one of the more underappreciated sporting events in Minnesota, given the world-class talent on the court and how the players treat the fans.
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.
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