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The Twins had eight consecutive losing seasons, from 1993 to 2000, and there was a threat they were going to join Tampa Bay in being put out of business.
It's a new world in the NHL since the lockout of 2004-05. Twelve years later, Commissioner Gary Bettman's well-balanced league has a playoff product that immediately hooks the customers with its intensity, and also its mystery.
Bloomington's Kent Hrbek turned 34 on May 21, 1994. He was on the Twins' disabled list. He returned in June and announced in early August…
On Friday, St. Louis was not hanging on for dear life as was the case in Game 1. The Blues had more puck possession in the second period and had turned the Wild into a mess.
The first round of the NHL playoffs was played on Wednesday and Thursday. The only home team among four in the West to win an opener was Anaheim, and that was a 3-2 nail biter against Calgary.
With a new logo and renovation for Target Center in 2017-18 the Wolves are headed for their fourth reset this decade. The only constant? Discouragement.
The price of beer inside a stadium or arena might be the greatest scam in major professional sports. Very high on this list would be…
Twins starter Hector Santiago found trouble with his curveball Wednesday. Fortunately, he had a few other pitches on which to lean.
The date was March 31, 1987, meaning this past Friday — the day the 2017 Twins left spring training for the Twin Cities — was the 30th anniversary of the Glad Man, of Gladwrench, of the Dazzle Man, becoming a major character in Minnesota's major league baseball story.
It seems apparent the Twins prefer to use Kennys Vargas at DH, even with ByungHo Park's excellent spring.
The do-gooders can wipe away from the record book many of Clem Haskins' accomplishments at the university. But some memories can never be erased.
Friday's start by Brody Rodning for Minnesota State Mankato vs. UMD wasn't for the baseball scouts. It was for his mom, Tiffany. And as the game progressed, Brody had a message for teammates: "Just get me one."
FORT MYERS, FLA. – I was attempting to track down individuals involved in Wayzata's 1959 state basketball championship and discovered that starting forward Ray…
On Friday, Eddie Rosario was back with the Twins after playing right field for Puerto Rico's runner-up team in the World Baseball Classic. where he batted .375 and drove in five.
A case can be made that the starting rotation will be improved, but the Twins will enter the season with a bullpen still filled with questions.
The eight-team, one-class Minnesota state basketball tournament hadn't seen a Trojans team in 33 years. It's taken another 58 years -- until Wednesday, to be exact -- to see another one.
Aaron Rodgers turned 33 in December. He has to be so peeved over the Packers' behavior in this free-agency period that he might call up…
Strong again after injuries derailed last season, Twins pitcher Phil Hughes is working to add a changeup to go with his fastball, cutter and curve.
There are a lot of differences between the 1989 Gophers and the current team. But both rebounded from problem seasons and both featured a Coffey playing a key role.
There are 47 college baseball teams playing games in Fort Myers over spring break, including a couple from Minnesota.
Ed Garvey died two weeks ago with minimal attention in the national media, considering his status in the battle to obtain economic rights for NFL…
Laurie Trow Kelly still holds the MIAC women's basketball record with 2,607 points and 1,204 rebounds with St. Thomas. But since 2012, she's been the head coach at Gustavus.
The MIAC sponsors 20 sports, unless you want to count indoor and outdoor track for both men and women separately, which I don't. There are…
The Gophers baseball team on Friday played its first February home game in nearly four years - and first ever at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Twins might be better off throwing Danny Santana into the shortstop competition rather than have him chasing fly balls this spring.
John Ryan Murphy was a cinch to open last season as Kurt Suzuki's catching partner. He's an underdog to be the same with Jason Castro.
The Twins face a crisis of the sports calendar, considering the competition that a team coming off its worst-ever season faces from the Wild and others in the Minnesota sports marketplace.
The former Rule 5 pick took on a bigger role in the Twins bullpen last season.
San Francisco was the host city for the Super Bowl in January 1985, even though the game was played at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto.…
The Tigers are 14-2-1 and rated No. 3 in Class 1A, behind Hermantown and Breck.
The RPI index might still indicate NCAA tournament, but the Big Ten standings say the Gophers basketball team could be getting a shot at another NIT title.
There were seven members of the champion 1987 Twins and manager Tom Kelly taking part in a public conversation on Friday night at TwinsFest. Roy…
Twin Cities viewers came to appreciate Ralph Jon Fritz's easy smile, and he offered it again this week. Now living in Florida, Fritz is approaching two years of cancer survival.
J.T. Chargois might be in line for a big-league bullpen spot, but other power arms drafted by the Twins in recent years have had setbacks.
An odd truth about being a Minnesota sports writer of long standing: I'm not a hockey guy but I love hockey guys.There are no better…
Three decades after he came to the U following a stellar stint at Cloquet, Corey Millen is back at (the new) Mariucci.
Twins closer Glen Perkins has been in Florida since Jan. 2 rehabbing from a torn labrum in his left shoulder. This is the last guaranteed season of the contract extension he signed in 2014.
We were stuck on the prairie of southwest Minnesota in the 1950s with one option for watching pro football: The boring Chicago Bears, with the…
Steve Lufkin was diagnosed with ALS three years ago next month. At the annual Twins Fantasy Camp this month, he was drafted as a scorekeeper.
Hamline's Hutton Arena, now 80 years old, is steeped in college basketball lore
It's time to hire another salesman, and there is no young coach more relentless in that department than Western Michigan's P.J. Fleck.
Tinker Field was hardly first-class, but the hope here is that the memorial plaza approved by the Orlando City Council will be.
The Blue Jackets finished last in 2015-16, and their coach had a failed run leading the United States, but all that is in the past now.
Johnny Mulvahill had perhaps the biggest cheering section at St. Thomas soccer games - 15 adopted brothers and sisters.
The Michigan State coach pulled off another magic trick in the Big Ten opener against the Gophers on Tuesday night in Williams Arena.
The gene for survival has been passed from Richard Andrew Pitino, now in his 39th season as a head coach in NCAA Division I basketball or the NBA, and his son, Richard William Pitino, now in his fifth season as a head coach in Division I.
High and mighty though university President Eric Kaler would sound if he fires Tracy Claeys, it will be a business decision.
Sid Hartman, in the hospital with a broken hip, has lived his life with a lot of drive and not much patience. Don't expect him to change now.
The Sports Show has been living on borrowed time since local media personality Dark Star died in 2012. The drama between Dark and the Star Tribune's Sid Hartman couldn't be replicated.
Two forces are colliding, justice for young black males and justice for exploited female students.
Her name is Samantha Seliger-Swenson, and the former Hopkins High School star has the Gophers among the nation's elite.
As the Gophers' setter, Samantha Seliger-Swenson set 52 of the Gophers' 62 kills in the regional semifinal Friday night.
State Fair chatter was all about the Vikings and the promising road ahead. By Thanksgiving, that kind of talk had evaporated faster than healthy bodies on the roster.
Not only is North Dakota State looking for its sixth title in a row, but UND also is making its first appearance in the FCS playoffs.
How's this for a radical plan: Owners Jim Pohlad and Glen Taylor should trade manager and head coach of their respective teams.
For now, we take our break for the 2016 Turkey Banquet, and proudly unveil the guest list. Gobble, gobble.
The Gophers had Michigan State looking completely discombobulated at the end of the second set of their volleyball match on Friday night at a packed…
The Gophers, ranked No. 2, needed five sets to beat No. 13 Michigan State on Friday. Next up to finish the season is No. 18 Michigan followed by Nebraska (No. 1) and Wisconsin (No. 3).
Thursday's first day for prep football in the Vikings' new $1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium showed plenty of offense, and a thriller at the end.
I'm guessing the Vikings get it straightened out at Washington on Sunday, and coach Mike Zimmer will regain his adulation from the local sporting public.That…
Friday night, coach Richard Pitino's fourth team was impressive in all the areas in which it was dreadful in the 8-23 catastrophe that was his third.
I don't know why those other millions of white guys who went to the polls Tuesday are angry, but I have some very good reasons for my own.
Karen Ferrian was attending St. Cloud State and had a few dates with Kaare Sanness. "She called home and said, 'I met this football player,'…
After two wins with the Twins as a player, Randy Bush is now a World Series champion as a member of the the front office with the Cubs.
There was only one way to interpret Pat Shurmur agreeing to a nothing job on Mike Zimmer's staff as tight ends coach. He was the offensive coordinator in waiting.
I'm a supporter of the popular theory that it takes three exceptional players to form a true contender for an NBA championship,The Wolves appear to…
The Gophers rowing team is a confluence of brute strength and team will with the unique practice backdrop of the Mighty Mississippi.
The Twins were 2-9 when Carl Willis was notified of his call-up. Over the next two months, the Twins went 42-18, including a 15-game winning streak as part of a 21-2 stretch.
Championship Week continues in the Twin Cities on Saturday night, when the most treasured hardware in Steel Domain Wrestling will be distributed. I'm guessing Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve will not be in attendance at American Legion Post 435 in Richfield.
The Twins were attracted to Derek Falvey by his ability to gain trust with baseball lifers such as Cleveland manager Terry Francona. The Twins believe he is a planner and a communicator -- the the organization needs both.
Major League Baseball provided 17 games of wild-card sudden death and Division Series in the first 10 days (Oct.4-13) of this postseason. There was plenty…
Penn State brought a geographical challenge but also football pizazz to the Big Ten when it arrived in 1993. Nebraska was a fantastic addition in 2011. Maryland and Rutgers? Not so much.
The Wild will start its 16th season Thursday night in St. Louis, and so will Tom Reid as an analyst for its games on the radio.
The San Francisco Giants' return to the postseason was a Twitter topic last week. Someone pointed out the Giants almost moved from New York to…
Their singles match Sunday was respectful and magnificent. It was the best four hours I've ever seen in golf.
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