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A large crowd at Williams Arena to watched a young basketball coach lead the Gophers, and there were 5,500 excited volleyball fans in the adjacent arena behind the west wall.
Basketball was Joe Mauer's favorite sport growing up, and recruiting services said he was the best senior quarterback in the country, but Mauer's game was always going to be baseball.
When the season settles down after the Jimmy Butler situation, the Timberwolves still will be left to face the No. 1 question for a successful future: What is to become of Andrew Wiggins?
The four-time Pro Bowler is fourth in Vikings history in rushing yards and TDs.
In all levels of football below the NFL, the power structure is predictable, and imbalance is often grotesque.
A night after getting blown out at home, the Gophers missed prime chances Saturday at MSU Mankato and now have lost three in a row.
The No. 1-rated Mavericks made a clutch defensive stand, and then drove for a clinching field goal by Casey Bednarski to run their NSIC winning streak to 23 games.
The safety is wrapping up a four-year career with the Bison that has continued the success he found in high school.
With Byron Buxton turning 25 in December and Miguel Sano 26 in May, the clock is ticking on them both reaching the superstar status that many expected of them both.
Former U football coach Tracy Claeys, fired after the 2016 season, is defensive coordinator for 14th-ranked Washington State -- and is a bit sick of hearing about the 'culture' change in Gophers football.
Minnesota received a full dose of Joe Willie Namath in October, 1975
After Friday it's clear: Jimmy Butler offers a game and an on-court attitude that demands Tom Thibodeau's stubbornness in trade negotiations with the rest of the league.
A mighty presence when she delivers a kill with full force, Gophers junior Alexis Hart has learned that sometimes a calculated drop shot over the net is just as impressive to those in the know.
COLLEGEVILLE, MINN. – You never knew what St. John’s football coach John Gagliardi would be doing to occupy himself if you dropped by during…
John Gagliardi didn't believe in emotional pregame speeches, and his successors at St. John's will honor that tradition before playing St. Thomas.
The feeling in Chicago was that Jimmy Butler's game stopped growing a few years ago, as his head grew ever larger. That was on display with his behavior Wednesday at Wolves practice.
The Eden Prairie coach and former St. John's tight end learned from Gagliardi that football was about players and not "stupid drills."
Once housed in the small, cold Duluth Curling Club, the Bulldogs men's hockey team now is defending NCAA champions.
Bob Motzko could have had the Gophers stay in the locker room during Duluth's banner raising. He chose the bench, either in the name of sportsmanship, or to show the team what it's like to win the big one
The Twins next season will field a lineup lineup with Eddie Rosario in left and either vague or no answers in center, right, catcher, first, second, shortstop and third.
Unheralded Martin Luther College hasn't been blessed with much football success over the years but has found a way to start this season 3-1 including a four-touchdown victory over mighty St. Scholastica. How?
There is nothing more futile in sports forecasting than trying to figure out what's going to happen in the NHL before the first puck is dropped.
Throughout Paul Molitor's career, from the Gophers to a manager in the big leagues, his greatness was expected.
Max Kepler will lead the 2018 Twins in games played, plate appearances and walks - and is hitting just .222.
The Twins never have put a less interesting collection on the field over the final one-third of the schedule than what has been foisted on ticket owners since Aug. 1.
Jimmy Butler might have messed up Tom Thibodeau's plan, but he is also at this moment more prominent in the NBA's pantheon of stars than at any previous time.
From the backyard rink to the pros, Eden Prairie's Nick Seeler hasn't backed down and is now among the Wild's top six defensemen.
It's the 30th season of Timberwolves basketball, so why not start it out with more of the same? The Jimmy Butler Situation is the latest story for a franchise full of turmoil.
James Nunnally has become familiar with numerous working environments and international cities in the pursuit of what's now an actual NBA opportunity with the Wolves.
Basketball star, graduate, coach and administrator. Steve Fritz came to the St. Thomas campus on the corner of Summit and Cretin in September 1967 and never left.
Every 10 years, something unique happens in Vikings history, so get ready for this season.
From when Calvin Griffith owned the Twins to now, baseball responses from the front office have the same tone -- even if the words are different.
Tom Gugliotta saw it all here: From the odd couple, Laettner and Rider, to what could have been with KG and Steph.
Bud Grant visited Fred Zamberletti a couple of days ago and there was no laughter to share. The former Vikings trainer couldn't communicate.
The majority of Minnesota's sporting public has been turned so cynical about the words "Twins'' and "prospects'' that it does zero to create interest for next season.
How did Midway get its name? How can a place without people field a baseball team? Where can you see them play? And what's a Snurdbird, anyway?
Mark Nelson has refereed from Australia to Germany and in 10 states. He recently became one of four nonresident referees sanctioned in Nevada
The second boxing card held at the renovated Minneapolis Armory turned strange by the time Minneapolis welterweight Jamal James arrived to face Mahonry Montes.
Thursday's outing at Target Field again was a reminder of how far "Francisco the Kid" has fallen since his glorious run with the Twins 12 years ago.
Gordy Shaw's college coaching odyssey spanned four decades, including 14 years with the Gophers before being let go by Tim Brewster. Now he's moved to a different level.
Handball players from 10 countries are in Minneapolis this week competing in the triennial World Championships as well as the U.S. Four-Wall Nationals.
We believe this to be true: If a MLB team wins 90 games, it has had a fine season. And if it loses 90 games, it has had a putrid season.
A breakthrough by Brandon Zylstra — from Division III Moorhead to the Vikings — would be a long-shot success, but not unprecedented.
The Ryder Cup was a happening for people who went to Hazeltine to consume beer, holler patriotic nonsense and tell friends they were there. Next year's 3M Open should have something unique to get that hard-partying crowd to show up.
The nonwaiver trade deadline has been reached and the result was in on the Twins' 2018 roster manipulation: Disaster.
The TPC Twin Cities in 2019 isn't going to be Carnoustie with the wind blowing, and it's also not going to be the gentle walk in the pasture
The lefthander recorded nine outs over two Cleveland victories against his hometown Twins.
Rather than thousands of Vikings fans milling along Stadium Road as in years past, the streets and bars were quiet in Mankato on the first weekend of Vikings' training camp
Matt Fiedler, the Gophers and Big Ten player of the year in 2016, has decided to retire from baseball at age 23, and return to Minnesota for his degree in kinesiology.
As the 1984 Tigers achieved the greatest 40-game start (35-5) in major league history in 1984, Jack Morris was 9-1 with a 1.97 ERA.
Growing up around the Vikings, nothing that happened on the football field could shock Bruce Grant, the son of legendary coach Bud Grant. Bruce died this week at age 57.
New Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins arrived as a perceived self-promoter, but one phone call changed all that.
The Twins have gotten a bargain on Brian Dozier since signing him for $30,000 in July 2009. Now, a playoff contender is likely to get the same in July 2018 by trading for him.
There will be another boxing card at the remodeled Armory on Aug. 24, featuring welterweight Jamal James, the event headliner in April, and Caleb Truax, former IBF super middleweight titleholder.
Two years after transferring from the Gophers to South Dakota, Chris Streveler is in the CFL with Winnipeg.
Now a senior, Gophers volleyball setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson is five weeks away from starting what could be a memorable season. This year's NCAA Final Four is at Target Center.
Jake Cave comes from a part of the country that is rich with major league talent and, among others he admired growing up, was former Twins star Michael Cuddyer.
Making headway in the Western Conference is going to be tough, but the fans have returned to Target Center.
There is a Twins pattern in this failed decade: Record payrolls lead to lousy records.
For decades, the town ball tradition in Milroy, Minn., was as deep-rooted a local summer treasure as any in similar locales across Minnesota. The descendants…
Through Twins history, the good runs — starting with Earl Battey in the 1960s, ending with A.J. Pierzynski and Joe Mauer from 2001-10 — have included catchers who could receive and could hit.
The former Twins infielder and broadcaster seized the opportunity to return to the North Side in 2014.
The longtime MLB owner was revered among the Wrigley Field Bleacher Bums.
An always-popular team seems to be even more so since winning it all two years ago.
A three-run home run into the basket in left field from Joe Mauer gave the hordes of Twins fans in Chicago on Friday something mighty to cheer about.
Sid Hartman, the GOAT of Minnesota sports writing, had a moment of heresy recently when mentioning Miguel Sano in the same sentence as Harmon Killebrew as a slugger of baseballs.
There have been suggestions that in this age of constant, 97-mile-per-hour fastballs that players of smaller stature can benefit from a naturally quicker stroke.
Junior college Hall of Fame coach Jay Pivec learned from many of Minnesota's basketball coaching legends. But something happened recently that told him it was time to move on.
The dramatically different cases of Colin Kaepernick and Luke Heimlich lead us to the same conclusion about those who run pro football and baseball teams.
As Miguel Sano and Randy Rosario have proven, you just never know what might happen next.
A news conference is scheduled in Blaine on Monday and the expectation is that a PGA Tour event will be coming to the Twin Cities for the first time in a half-century.
BELVIEW, MINN. – Sportswriter and everyone’s friend, the late and much-missed Mike Augustin had numerous tales that were worth repeating. One of our…
In the early days of horse racing in Shakopee, one thing that you could count on was young Mike Smith's ability to turn $5 into $25 more often than the other jockeys at the track.
Last weekend, the legendary coach at another school sent his starting pitcher out for the ninth inning of an NCAA regional game after a 2 1/2-hour rain delay. That's not how Gophers coach John Anderson rolls.
Some Gophers sports teams have to win and win it all to be successful, others get recognized just because they're relevant.
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