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He’s surprisingly large for a baseball player. He moves surprisingly well for his size. He throws surprisingly hard for a player known primarily as a hitter. He has adapted surprisingly well to the big leagues. And he is surprisingly open and friendly for a player who has drawn immense attention since he was a preteen.
The Twins overspent on four players, and it’s hurting.
Talented linebacker Eric Kendricks is working on not being too aggressive during his rookie year so far.
The Gophers have had a series of QBs with nimble feet and not-so-accurate arms.
Because he didn’t last in the majors, and because he became the manager of a franchise featuring the motto “Fun is good,” it has been easy to forget that the Saints' George Tsamis is a serious competitor.
Charles Johnson sees a playmaking void he can fill by stepping in as a primary target.
The NFL ignores players’ well-being by not pulling plug on meaningless preseason games.
There may never be another winner like Jack Nicklaus, or intimidator like Tiger Woods, but today’s golfers are the best players and athletes in the sport’s history.
The new world No. 1 was ready to pounce but lost to an unflappable, steady rival in a Sunday pairing.
Following Jason Day's rise to winner of the PGA Championship was a mentor who rebuilt his life.
Jordan Spieth will play in the final group Sunday with a chance at his third major title of the year.
The likeable Aussie finds himself again in contention at a major, but with Jordan Spieth lurking.
Former PGA champions Rich Beem and Davis Love III are expecting the Chaska course to shine at 2016 event.
The Midwest heat and humidity boiled the PGA Championship leaderboard into a bouillabaisse of inspirations and oddities.
He has committed to play next week, even though drought in majors likely will continue today.
Dustin Johnson might be the best athlete on tour. He might be the best all-around ball striker. He might be the worst on tour at dealing with pressure.
Two club pros with Minnesota ties enjoyed their day on the big stage.
Jordan Spieth can be outdriven on the golf course, but he won’t be outworked this week at the PGA Championship.
Setting up a golf course so that a strange and inconsistent ruling can alter the course of a major championship, as the PGA Championship did in 2010, is silly.
There’s much more to the young Vikings quarterback than meets the eye.
Is it just a coincidence that the sound of the Twins front office this week is the same as the sound at Target Field for most of this homestand? Silence?
In his second stint on the job, the former Trader Terry has become the general manager of mild moves.
A team that has proved itself so different from its four, losing, predecessors, has something in common with every Twins team since 2001:
Two-time Pro-Bowler Chad Greenway is many things you might not suspect, but is defined by the ways he conforms to the stereotype of a small-town Midwestern father.
The last time the Vikings had a roster this talented and added a quarterback who knew what he was doing, they almost went to the Super Bowl.
If you care only about football, or choose to care only about football in this case, Adrian Peterson's new deal makes sense.
The captain has his hands full trying to right the U.S. ship.
John Randle’s first Minnesota bus ride led to a Hall of Fame career. His son’s illness led him back to Minnesota, where he found St. David’s.
Paul Molitor is a baseball Hall of Famer whose managerial style is defined by humility. "He's got everybody believing in themselves," said one Twins official.
Off the field, the All-Star closer has just one objective: keeping that left arm humming.
A flock of young athletes has graduated from puberty to the outskirts of stardom in Minnesota, making the Twins, Timberwolves and Vikings as simultaneously promising as they have been for decades.
Brian Dozier will find out today whether he’ll make the All-Star team. He sounds neither optimistic nor impressed with the current mechanism.
The team's new No. 4 hitter is quickly proving he belongs in the majors. “He changes the way pitchers have to approach us," Torii Hunter said.
The Royals’ rise to AL power, without the benefit of or reliance upon payroll or power, demonstrates that the path to the World Series is smoother than it has been in decades.
Let’s break new ground. Let’s use a sentence never before uttered or written. The Minnesota Timberwolves can’t screw this up.
If Thursday’s playoff-quality victory proved anything, it would be that the Twins would be wise to continue investing faith and time in their best young players.
In just three games with the Twins, Byron Buxton already has flashed his rare, pure-athlete talent.
Stew Thornley is stereotypical baseball geek, except when sky diving, bear wrestling, writing books about obscure topics or visiting Hall of Famers’ grave sites.
“I fly by the seat of my pants,'' Mike Zimmer says. And that's working.
The University of Minnesota isn’t specifically discriminating against female athletes. The school is discriminating against unprofitable sports.
Joe Mauer’s OPS ranks behind Brian Dozier, Torii Hunter, Trevor Plouffe, Eddie Rosario, Oswaldo Arcia and Eduardo Nunez.
“I don’t know if fans wanted to see me in the rotation, the way the last two years have gone,” Mike Pelfrey said. “But I knew how the ball was coming out of my hand this spring.”
The last time a horse won racing’s Triple Crown, ESPN didn’t even mention it. Because ESPN did not yet exist.
The NFL’s treatment of player health, which has ranged from cynical to criminal, has become exposed in recent years, and marginally improved.
If there are 12 steps to public recovery, Adrian Peterson might have taken a couple in one bound. So is it now time to turn the page to football, and only football?
After a victory, the Twins repair to their clubhouse, turn on the fog and light machines, and demand that the star of the game dance in the middle of the floor.
Twins closer Glen Perkins is so normal, it’s easy to forget he’s unique.
Adrian Peterson has a point when it comes to NFL contracts. There are players who have been harmed, but he is not the guy to be a martyr.
Brian Dozier might currently be the best second baseman in the American League, and he credits Paul Molitor with more than making him an effective leadoff hitter.
With a loaded farm system and a winning big-league team, Twins General Manager Terry Ryan will soon have a rare problem: too many worthwhile players.
Minnesota fans are known for jeering departed athletes when they return. That is not what happened on Saturday afternoon at Ridgedale.
CHS Field is a work of art, and Saints owner Mike Veeck’s still a piece of work.
Receiving the top pick in the NBA draft is important not necessarily because of what it means for the roster as what it symbolizes for the franchise.
When Miguel Sano entered the Twins’ organization, Trevor Plouffe became labeled a placeholder. Now he’s contending with Brian Dozier to become known as the Twins’ best all-around player.
Under first-year manager Paul Molitor, the Twins are better than expected for unexpected reasons.
Joe Mauer or Torii Hunter. Who has been a better value? The answer might surprise you.
The NBA’s clutch-and-grab tactics have hurt the sport while hockey has soared.
Three veteran voices have fueled unexpected success.
The atmosphere is “light years ahead” of last season.
The division alignment favored by Wild owner Craig Leipold could haunt him for a decade.
When the Wild needed to win the most, Thomas Vanek gave the least. Vanek isn’t the Wild’s only problem. He’s merely the most obvious.
The Wild needs more help from Thomas Vanek, Chris Stewart, Jason Pominville and Mikko Koivu
In Game 1, the Wild winger missed a crucial chance — the kind Chicago seems to convert.
The Wild’s usually-reliable defense handed Chicago three goals in the first period, and Devan Dubnyk whiffed on a long shot in the last minute of the second.
Wild players Ryan Suter and Devan Dubnyk use smarts and attitudes as boosts to their stamina.
Analyzing the Vikings GM’s moves is a sport in itself.
Zach Parise's two goals and Mike Yeo's pregame challenge were cause for celebration throughout the day.
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock says physical play causes game-to-game changes.
It was predictable that if the Wild was to win Game 5, goalie Devan Dubnyk would have to perform well. What surprised was the identity of his supporting cast.
Ken Hitchcock knows what to say and when to say it. The Blues coach has his team back in the series with the Wild.
When Ott actually had a chance to help his team with a third-period breakaway, he lost the puck, then fanned on a pass in the crease. He’s not a hockey player; he’s a rodeo clown.
You know the old hockey saying: It’s not a playoff series until someone patronizingly pats you on the head. Steve Ott did so to Jason…
The Twins might have to consider rushing top prospect Byron Buxton to the majors to play center field.
Ugly as the Wolves have been, they are in an enviable position moving forward.
The public’s thirst for the next big thing is so unquenchable that often the thirst persists even before the previous big thing has departed.