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A year after Tom Thibodeau's introduction to the Wolves' talented youngsters yielded a paltry 31 victories, his reunion with Jimmy Butler is supposed to redefine the franchise.
The last time the Wolves added a quality guard to a team that looked ready to win, Sam Cassell took them to the Western Conference finals. And Butler is a better player than Cassell ever was.
If Teddy Bridgewater is cleared to practice and looks like the team's best quarterback, the Vikings will face a torturous decision under radically revamped circumstances.
There are other quarterbacks with more accolades. But if you combine statistical analysis with the eye test, you can find a path to calling Aaron Rodgers the greatest quarterback in NFL history.
Chances are, you'll be reminded Sunday when the Packers visit the Vikings, that these franchises have been perpetrators and victims of some of the best celebrations in league history.
On the local football scene, there currently is no middle ground. Which do you prefer in a football coach?
There is one truth about the NFLthat has remained constant: Most of the games are mediocre but draw big audiences because of fantasy football.
During the past two seasons, Moore breathed new life into every sports cliché about togetherness.
Not only would the Twins have erred in firing him, they would have sent troubling signals about their standards.
Derek Falvey and Thad Levine arrived in Minnesota, inheriting tremendous young position players and low expectations. Now? Now they face expectations of winning.
Ervin Santana couldn't muster the composure of his younger teammates, calling into question his postseason worthiness and future role with the Twins.
The Twins will need his leadership and savvy to finally dispatch the Yankees, the franchise that ruined so many of their Octobers.
Brian Dozier would rather not get caught up in team award talk, but the Twins' leadoff hitter is the MVP in the clubhouse and on the field.
To do what the Twins did this season, they needed a few key players to outperform expectations. Eddie Rosario, Jorge Polanco and Eduardo Escobar have.
In what could have been her last game at Williams Arena, former Gophers' women's basketball player Lindsay Whalen scored 14 points and gave an all-out effort so many have come to expect over the years.
What Colin Kaepernick began with a knee, President Trump accelerated with a speech that turned pro sports into an awkward bastion of protests.
With Sam Bradford missing a second straight game this week, the Vikings at best are facing a season of week-to-week doubt at the most important position in sports.
Since Fran Tarkenton retired, the Vikings have been scrambling like Sir Francis to fill the position.
Given Sam Bradford's injury history, Vikings GM Rick Spielman should have again behaved ambitiously and acquired the best quarterback available to him: Colin Kaepernick.
Miguel Sano entered the clubhouse Thursday with his leg wrapped, carrying a large, black walking boot. His status for the rest of the season, including the playoffs, sounded in doubt.
When Seimone Augustus told her grandmother that she'd had set a career high in assists, Sarah Augustus replied, "Yeah, that's great — but shoot the ball."
If Sam Bradford remains healthy and plays this well, Teddy Bridgewater's comeback will result in him becoming a backup, or playing for another team.
Like so many of the best athletes to perform in Minnesota, neither can claim to be the greatest ever, yet both were uniquely great.
The Vikings have been patient with lack of playoff success over GM Rick Spielman's 12 years. But how long will that last?
The Gophers' amped-up football coach didn't use one of his favorite words at Tuesday's weekly news conference, and for once sounded more like a planner than a marketer.
Millions of fans cringe at violent hits in the NFL, especially those aimed at or caused by heads, without losing interest in favorite teams.
They won 80 percent of their games this season and remain loaded with talent and experience. With an aging roster, this could be their last best chance to win one more title.
Larry Corrigan, who has continued to work after a stroke, was inducted into the Fort Myers Miracle Professional Scouts Hall of Fame and named Midwest Scout of the Year at baseball's winter meetings.
As August ends, this year's physically battered, emotionally buoyant Twins have a better record after 133 games than did the 1987 Twins, who won the World Series.
There will be meaningful games in Target Field in September and perhaps October. It is time to celebrate the Twins and the nature of unpredictable baseball.
What's disturbing about the Vikings' offensive problems is that they are identical to last season, when the team lost eight of its last 11 games. But at least quarterback Sam Bradford has earned the benefit of any doubt.
Stephen Strom from New Jersey has obsessed about Minnesota sports since the early 2000s.
Floyd Mayweather is a heavy favorite and needs to be both dominant and flamboyant Saturday when he takes on UFC front man Conor McGregor.
The NFL isn't just wrong about Kaepernick. It's wrong about the way in which it is wrong. This is mismanagement at its worst by commissioner Roger Goodell.
Miguel Sano, playing heavier than his listed weight of 260 pounds, needs to show some dietary discipline.
The risk in having home-state favorites end their careers here is wondering if the player wants to return home more because of comfort than ambition.
Criticizing Kyle Gibson's performance may seem redundant, but he showed again Thursday why his failure is so important to the Twins.
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.
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