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Too bad "Dark Clouds" is already taken by local soccer fans. It would be a fine handle for Minnesota's NBA followers, dating to a belly landing in a cornfield 58 years ago.
Next week, the Gophers will be in the NCAA baseball tournament for the 17th time in the 33 years that John Anderson and soon-to-be-retired Ron Fornasiere have been a team.
Frank Qulici's death on Monday led to a reporter digging up a story in which Quilici said his hot streak at the plate could be tied to changing his head position to account for the size of his nose.
This team will struggle to reach .500 if someone doesn't get to Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano.
Bobby Wilson started his pro career in 2003. Name a baseball outpost and Wilson probably has played in it, either for the home team or as a visitor. But now he figures to stick in Minnesota for the season.
Norb Koch was a righthanded pitcher who could top his Gophers teammates on a golf course and in war stories.
Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien grew up in Roseau, 22 miles west of Warroad and the archrival for hockey supremacy in the northwest corner of Minnesota.
Nashville, Tampa Bay, Las Vegas and soon Seattle are alive with hockey fever while the NBA has settled for relocating teams in secondary markets like Oklahoma City,
There are other options, clearly, but it never can be declared a mistake for a much-sought football recruit to take his shot with the Irish.
It was so much simpler when Minnesota first tried an excursion into the North American version of big-league soccer in 1976.
Once a young major leaguer with a sweet swing, the Twins third baseman has been derailed on his way to stardom.
While the Vegas Golden Knights thrive this season, initial investments in Minnesota pro sports franchises were modest and so was the access to talent.
The Twins' new slogan doesn't do good things for the English language in the same way that the team's performance hasn't exactly done good things for building excitement.
Damon Gibson, the quarterback of a wing T offense in Nine-Man football at Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, is a late-round draft prospect as an H-back or tight end.
Feed Boos was an avid golfer, and he came to see that as the future of bringing groups to Grand View Lodge in bigger numbers than family fishing and boating vacations.
From superstardom at Breck School to Gophers standout to a multi-team NHL journey, Blake Wheeler has credentials that make him a key part of Winnipeg's success.
AD Mark Coye has been aggressive in remaking coaching staffs around Gophers athletics.
Building has enjoyed a rebirth and Friday it'll host its first pro fight card since 1973.
When you have been away from the playoffs for 14 straight years, there was a desperate need for the Wolves to win to finally give their fans something to scream about.
If Andrew Wiggins' approach was as lackadaisical as his critics claim, he would have figured out a way to miss eight or 10 games a season. He's done the opposite.
Last season, Mitch Garver played sparingly for the Twins, with 23 games, 46 at-bats and a .196 average. And no home runs.
Baseball lifers reflect on the coldest games they've been part of.
The Twins and Opening Day fans are lamenting Thursday's forecast high of 38 with snow and rain at Target Field but that's far from the worst this state has seen for "baseball weather."
The four veterans brought in by Timberwolves coach/boss Tom Thibodeau before the start of the 2017-18 season have proved to be sizable assets.
As the hockey world that Andrew Carroll touched has mourned and wondered about his death at age 32, the former UMD star's immediate family has remembered a wonderful uncle.
Bob Motzko has an easy manner -- a people person but certainly not a super salesman. His business plan to get fans back to Mariucci Arena will be simple: Win.
Through his spring, Kiriloff has been receiving strong reviews and will open at low-A Cedar Rapids.
As a No. 1 overall draft pick who carried the hopes of his hometown and bore the pressure of a $184 million contract, Joe Mauer continues to deliver.
The Twins manager is mostly mum about his time as one of the game's all-time greats.
He did offer the traditional "I thought it was a dose of B-12'' angle that is popular when ballplayers are caught, but as long as there is no indignation over being treated unfairly, he will be fine.
Bobby Wilson figues to start the year third on the depth chart. He played in the big leagues in eight of the nine seasons from 2008 to 2016. He played a total of 75 games with three clubs in 2016.
Willians Astudillo became an internet sensation.
The signing of Lance Lynn and the arrival of Kirk Cousins provide comparisons for the franchises that arrived at Met Stadium in 1961, when Minnesota became a major league market.
What's obvious is that Derek Falvey and the Twins' front office has been aggressive throughout the off-season in seeking upgrades for the roster.
Major leaguers Jim and Gaylord Perry were making big plays on the field while out-of-this-world activity was literally going on above them.
Tampa Bay appears set to try using a four-man rotation as long as possible this season.
In his sixth season, Ryan Pressly is still the guy trying to convince the Twins there's a big payoff to come by sticking with his power arm.
The University of Minnesota has allowed the athletic department to plead with donors for pledges to cover as much of the $170 million financial burden…
Despite their play in 2017, the two utility players must prove their worth in the outfield after the team signed Logan Morrison.
The fact that he was in a game Wednesday — a week earlier than seemed likely when spring training opened — was the first positive sign for Miguel Sano since he fouled a ball off his shin last August.
FORT MYERS, FLA. – Bill Smith was in charge of setting up a training academy for the Twins that opened in Bejuma, Venezuela, in…
Legend has it the Twins were agitated by trade deadline moves in 2017 and that sparked a wild-card run. In reality, four young hitters paved the way.
Becoming a father was the peak of an amazing 2017 for Jorge Polanco, where the highs and lows were dramatic personally and as a player.
Mientkiewicz was dropped as an always-winning manager in the minor leagues by the Twins' new regime last fall.
Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire turned 60 four days after he was announced as Tigers manager last fall. His weight is down, his blood pressure is down, and he looks more energetic than exhausted.
The Twins will miss the clubhouse leadership of Chris Gimenez but believe they have the possibility of a breakout hitting catcher in Mitch Garver
The 2001 New England Patriots had benefitted from the "tuck rule'' decision to defeat Oakland in the first round of the AFC playoffs, and then…
There is considerable angst among Major League Baseball union leaders, players and agents as the start of spring training beckons and high-profile free agents remain unsigned.
Tom Brady gave the best that a quarterback could offer while it appeared that his boss, Patriots coach Bill Belichick, had a bad night.
Jim Marshall, the ironman defensive end for the Vikings, sees four opportunities lost
Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots are the most astounding example of a dynasty in the 50 years of full-blown Expansion Era of major league sports.
Earl Campbell, the Hall of Fame running back, has been sobver for nine years and was involved with the first Sober Bowl.
Coach Doug Pederson gets the third shot at the Eagles' first championship since the expansion Vikings hired away their MVP quarterback in 1961.
Al Frost was 18 months old and toddled after his father throughout the house. On Easter Sunday morning, his dad was shaving and Al was…
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is headed to U.S. Bank Stadium for the Super Bowl, much to the delight of family in Browerville.
As times change and more conversations are had, the look of Hall of Fame ballots can - and will - change.
The Vikings last played in the NFC title game in January 2010. Defensive end Brian Robison will be the lone holdover to be playing for…
The Vikings put a 27-10 shellacking on the Cowboys in Dallas in 1973 en route to the Super Bowl. Don't be surprised if we see that again Sunday in Philadelphia.
The first start Drew Brees made in the Big Ten was as a sophomore vs. the Gophers on Oct. 3, 1998, at Purdue. Final: Boilermakers, 56-21.
The environment surrounding the Twins has changed dramatically since Derek Falvey took over the baseball operation from Terry Ryan.
Ryan Connelly was offered one scholarship out of high school at Eden Prairie. He walked on at Wisconsin, and last week played a big role in the Badgers' Orange Bowl victory over Miami.
Betsy Bissen was a volunteer photographer for Twins Daily and was credentialed a few times per summer to shoot games at Target Field. The website…
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has been willing to throw the men's basketball schedule into full turmoil to continue the mirage that Rutgers has given the Big Ten legitimate entry into the New York market.
Despite an oft-repeated and not entirely correct story about his time among bears in Alaska, Jeff Overbaugh will be snapping in a true NFL game -- against the Chicago Bears -- for the first time.
The Minneapolis Fire Department had closed a firehouse on 33rd Avenue N. years ago and it was standing empty until restaurant owner Ryan Burnet came up with a plan.
Rachael Caruso recently was diagnosed with Stage 3 colorectal cancer.
The football addiction remains, and the former Gophers coach wouldn't object to a consulting job like he had at Kansas State.
Jeffrey Loria was the head of an ownership group that bought the Montreal Expos at a distressed price before the 2000 season. Legend has it,…
When you look across the history of Timberwolves, you can't avoid the connection between Thibodeau and Bill Musselman.
What any contending team in the NFL comes to appreciate on the offensive line is a reliable utility man. And at 6-6, 310-pounds, Jeremiah Sirles can play both guards and tackles.
Jack Morris' call to Cooperstown means he will join Dave Winfield and Paul Molitor as St. Paul players forever donned in bronze.
The common practice for major league athletes is to pay taxes in the states that they are visiting to compete. This means that if the…
There were 255 players taken in the 2006 NFL draft and Tom Johnson was not among them but now is on on a defensive line made to win.
Tony Levine, a former Gophers wide receiver who coached at the University of Houston, said that pro scouts "tried to come up with every reason they could to ignore" Keenum's college statistics and success.
The former Southern Miss QB has made an impact this season as a St. Thomas wide receiver.
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