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This was the extent of most Minnesotans' soccer knowledge on Nov. 25, 1975, when it was announced a local group had purchased the Denver Dynamos…
Minnesota United's move into MLS will have broader, wealthier support than the '70s Kicks
A weak home schedule and more competition than ever for a local fan's sports buck is working against coach Tracy Claeys and the Gophers football program.
I've been in sports journalism so long that I can't remember the feeling of zealous fandom. I know it was there in my teens for…
Jerry Haugen completed his 40th season as Johnnies' baseball coach this spring one win short of a trip to the Division III World Series. The school's new baseball field will be named after him.
The three games in a row Jorge Polanco started at shortstop for the Twins were three more than he started there for Class AAA Rochester. With a new front-office regime ahead, communication better improve.
Joe Durant admitted the missed chances with the Champions had led to "doubt creeping into my mind'' about being able to win again.
Apparently, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer still believes players can be motivated by lying over what's being said about them
There was the weekend years ago when Woody Austin told anyone who'd listen that he was hitting the ball better than Tiger Woods. He really believed it.
Unless a big-league team offers a spot in the majors, Mark Hamburger is content to pitch for the Saints.
There are occasions when you wonder how the baseball commissioner's office can squeeze so many morons onto the committees it forms to govern the actual…
Wherever Terry Ryan ends up now that his time with the Twins is over, his loyalty to that organization will be unquestioned.
There might have been a late-night celebration at the Ranchero Supper Club, Webster's only bar, but it has been closed for a few weeks for remodeling.
Ten months after he seemed lost to a heart attack, Twins hitting great Rod Carew will be at the baseball Hall of Fame this weekend to welcome in its new members.
John George Taylor Spink died on Dec. 7, 1962, at age 74. He had been the publisher of the Sporting News in St. Louis from…
What can be said without a doubt is that Denny Green was an outstanding NFL coach — second only to Bud Grant in the Vikings' archives.
Vital customers such as sponsors and suite holders, season-ticket holders and the public were clamoring for a change in Twins leadership, and owner Jim Pohlad decided to give it to them.
The Twins are holding induction ceremonies for the team's Hall of Fame this weekend for the first time since 2013. Chuck Knoblauch's ceremony was canceled…
Yes, there were probably a few new attendees at Target Center for the Lynx game because players supported Black Lives Matter last week — with "few" being the key word.
Despite their poor showing in 2016 so far, the Twins appear to be auditioning for a future rather than throwing darts at a canvas with no target.
The first Final Four that I covered was in 1981 in Philadelphia. The championship game was delayed on Monday night, after President Reagan was shot…
Historically, Minnesota sports has lacked racial diversity.
Brandon Kintzler was released by the Padres organization in 2006, believed to have no shot in the major leagues. Now, he's the Twins closer.
There has been an outpouring of media coverage as John Kundla has approached his 100th birthday on Sunday. He won six titles as the coach of the Minneapolis Lakers and played and coached for the Gophers.
What's intriguing is that Rochester wasn't the rival that attracted the most attention and largest crowds for Kundla's Lakers. It was a series of games with the Harlem Globetrotters, then a team of serious basketball that added some comedy, rather than vice versa.
Why the Twins continue to trot out a 29-year-old marginal major leaguer to the mound defies logic.
Pitchers are athletes like none other, in that they are required to make their arms work in an unusual way thousands of times per year. And the public diagnosis of Glen Perkins and Phil Hughes as 'soft' was silly and misguided.
The death of Muhammad Ali on June 3 caused many of us to look back on the timeline of his career. The first real attention…
Don't look to the big four in this market if you want high achievement. Look to the "Next Four" instead.
O.J. Simpson's former college track and field teammate - who became a professor in the psychiatry department at the University of Minnesota - recalls Simpson's prowess.
This will be the first Father's Day for Ryan Saunders without his father Flip, whose relationship went far beyond a mutual devotion to basketball.
The phenomenal five-part documentary on Orenthal James Simpson produced by ESPN's "30 for 30" crew piqued an interest in all things O.J. Included was the…
There was a strong indication of the disaster that looms for the Twins as a business on Friday night. The Boston Red Sox, a prime…
The years of "owning up'' from Minnesota's front office have not soothed the wounds left after David Ortiz departed the lineup for Boston.
Why are the players, the on-field staff, the baseball department and the business operation not completely and apologetically embarrassed by the pathetic product they are offering this season?
Harvey Mackay and his family were in Centennial Olympic Stadium on July 19, 1996, for the Opening Ceremony of the Atlanta Games when Muhammad Ali lit the flame. It was a moment that fueled Mackay's drive to meet Ali.
In November 1958, prominent New York lawyer William Shea announced plans to form a new league — the Continental League — that would either be absorbed as whole by Major League Baseball or compete with MLB.
Olympian Lindsey Vonn was back in the Twin Cities, the home of her youth, Friday to host an event sponsored by the Lindsey Vonn Foundation. The foundation is less than a year old, and it raises funds for athletic programs and esteem-building for girls.
Amidst the Twins' gloom, Eduardo Nunez has been the most consistent hitter available to manager Paul Molitor. The choice to represent the Twins in the All-Star game is an easy one.
The way I envision it, the greatest concern for Commissioner Roger Goodell as he arrived at the NFL offices in Manhattan on Tuesday was to…
Columnist Patrick Reusse writes: "News of the wrestling Xanax ring made me wince. News on Thursday that Neil Allen had been arrested early that morning on DWI suspicion made me ill."
The 2016 Twins were swept in three three-game series to open the season, and then in three more three-game series over the next 22 games. It hasn't gotten better since.
The opinion here long has been that the most-unwatchable team in Twins history was the 1981 collection. But at least there were two positive elements to that season: A new manager and a players' strike.
Trent Tucker was the best long-range shooter any of us has seen play basketball for the Gophers. Those bombs weren't credited as threes when Tucker…
The Gophers, ninth-place finishers in the Big Ten in 2015, took care of business Friday and got some help to eventually hoist the hardware.
The Twins are now a bad joke in a Twin Cities professional sports market that in August will become more competitive than at any time in our history.
The litany of failures for Richard Pitino as the Gophers men's basketball coach has been repeated since his program was ripped publicly by university President…
All of a sudden, the Gophers men's basketball coach has plenty to say.
Hockey moms have a tendency to rely on one another. Margaret Ann Erwin and Crystal Boudreau became good friends, and so did their families, when they were living outside of Washington, D.C., years ago.
Minnesotans had a fondness for partying in the Met Stadium parking lot before and after Vikings games. This was passed along by parents and older siblings to the 16-to-26 crowd that turned Minnesota Kicks soccer team into a 1970s phenomenon.
During his time with the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the old World Hockey Association, Wild coaching candidate Bruce Boudreau was introduced to a level of pranking that would have fit into the "Slap Shot" script.
The hypocrisy that is the NCAA's investigative system never has been clearer than in the final allegations sent to North Carolina for its long-standing and…
Sunday will mark the 100th anniversary of John Mariucci's birth. In the 1956 Olympics - with 11 of 17 players from Minnesota - Mariucci's Team USA defeated Canada.
The Big Ten's pending bonanza in television money for football and men's basketball figures to prevent financial difficulties for the Gophers athletic department. It's so…
Two weeks ago, Canterbury Park announced it would be making a significant cut in the share that the track takes from betting pools. The initiative drew nationwide publicity — and praise — from horse players and their organizations.
Once upon a time, the now-hyped NFL draft barely moved the needle on local sports pages.
We look at the hiring of the high-profile Tom Thibodeau as the coach of the Timberwolves as quite a departure for owner Glen Taylor, although…
The Wild played on Friday night in Dallas with the end of its 15th season looming. A playoff exit would be the Wild's fourth first-round…
The Gophers' baseball team is ranked. So is softball. These teams are more representative of what has happened with University of Minnesota athletics in this school year than what occurred with the large teams.
The 23rd anniversary of the North Stars' final game passed without attention Friday. The conclusion of the franchise's 26-year stay in Minnesota came with a…
It would appear that Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor did not release Mitchell without having done proper homework on how to go big for a replacement.
There is nothing more off-putting in major professional sports than a bad baseball team. And that's what the Twins have looked like through the first week of the season.
Penn State had a tradition of tremendous linebackers dating to the late '60s, with future Pro Football Hall of Famer Jack Ham and two-time All-America…
Matt Fiedler is in good company, being compared to Dave Winfield and Brian Denman. He's the Gophers' top pitcher and bats third in the lineup.
There is no process in major professional team sports in North America that compares to becoming a competent big-league hitter.
FORT MYERS, FLA. – The Boston Red Sox announced Friday that Travis Shaw would be the starting third baseman and Pablo Sandoval would be…
The contention here is it's the best lineup the Twins have had to offer since Justin Morneau was kneed in the head by Toronto's John McDonald as Morneau slid into second base on July 7, 2010.
Sano is always going to be able to hit, but right now, he's a 22-year-old kid rather than a 22-year-old professional ready to put in the work that would allow him to be an All-Star in his first full season.
The University of St. Thomas has won seven NCAA Division III national championships in team sports in the 2000s. The Tommies have received assistance with…
With Tyler Duffey struggling this spring and Jose Berrios sent to minor league camp, the stage is set for Ricky Nolasco.
After all those seasons hearing fans - and others - calling for a trade, Trevor Plouffe figures to bat fourth for a Twins team that hopes to be a contender.
David Ortiz opens up about his departure from Minnesota and his decision to retire after this season in Boston.
FORT MYERS, FLA. – A Minnesota reporter was visiting the Boston Red Sox spring complex last week in an attempt to interview David Ortiz.…
Red Sox veteran (and former Twins castoff) David Ortiz thinks Trevor Plouffe should be in right field, not Miguel Sano: "You're going to remember what I'm telling you and say, 'Big Papi was right.' ''
With big questions yet to be answered, Twins manager Paul Molitor has given Twins followers precious little to observe so far during spring training..
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