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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..
Tony Oliva was in the last group of ballplayers to leave Cuba legally to pursue a career in American baseball.
Tony Oliva was in the last group of Cuban baseball prospects to leave the country legally in April 1961. He has been associated with the Twins in some form for the 55 years since then.
Dereck Rodriguez throws his fastball in the low 90s and spins a good curveball, according to Brad Steil, Twins minor league director. He also has added a straight change — taught to him by his father, Ivan.
Kevin Jepsen posted a .98 ERA, one win, 10 saves and a .178 batting average in his last 28 appearances last season with the Twins. For that, the Twins traded two minor-league pitchers to the Rays.
Dan Gladden, Kirby Puckett's ex-outfield mate, shared fond memories this week, 10 years after Puckett died.
FORT MYERS, FLA. – What is legendary?There are three varieties that touch sports in this country: national, regional and local.An individual must be preeminent…
The Twins need a guy who can play all over and hit. That's Eduardo Nunez.
People close to him say Tracy Claeys is the coach who truly means it when he says, "I only want players at Minnesota who fully want to be here."
Michigan was at the bottom of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association when athletic director Don Canham convinced Red Berenson to take over the program at his alma mater in 1984.
Richard Pitino's players seemed to take the court with the attitude that Rutgers would simply roll over and play comatose. It took a half, but they were right.
Minnesotans have no idea of the NBA's national popularity in our outpost of hockey fondness.
Outfielder Joe Benson is back with the organization that signed him as a second-round draft choice out of Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy in 2006 - and waived him in 2013.
It's been a historically bad season, and no amount of optimism can change that.
Adam Brett Walker keeps moving up because of his monster power potential.
Randy Rosario said his fastball will be back to the 97 mph he was throwing before 2014 elbow surgery.
Super Bowls are full of surprises, some self-inflicted.
Could the next winner of baseball's Upper Midwest Player of the Year be a lifetime achievement award?
Oswaldo Arcia is coming off a down season as the Twins get ready for a new slate. "He had a terrible year in 2015,'' Terry Ryan said.
Doug Woog's connection to South St. Paul will be emblazoned at the hockey arena in town.
"It has been amazing to see what it takes to win," Timberwolves rookie and No. 1 overall draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns said.
The former Eden Prairie quarterback played summer basketball with Tyus Jones and competed against him in middle school.
Friday's 1-0 loss was the first shutout imposed on the Wild of the season, but certainly not the first stinker witnessed by a 2016 sellout crowd.
Has an ex-Gophers player ever been the starting quarterback in an NFL game? The answer is yes - sort of.
The role models and elements in the Vikings' seven outdoor playoff wins can be used to inspire the current team for Sunday's daunting challenge vs. the Seahawks.
Be patient? There has never been a more pathetic winter in the Twin Cities to be a basketball fan rather than a hockey fan than this one.
Now 80, he is as working as hard as he was as a child in St. Paul.
Thanks in part to state help, the university has found a way to succeed without a big-time athletic budget.
The Tommies jumped out early in the Stagg Bowl, but Mount Union was simply too tough to handle.
The Purple Raiders' hurry-up proved too tough to contain.
Never will the muscle that Dominic Truoccolo and Matt Christensen add to the Tommies' much-honored offensive line be more important than on Friday night against Mount Union.
The game begins at 6 p.m on ESPNU.
The Purple Raiders will be playing for the 19th time in 23 Stagg Bowls since the Division III championship moved to Salem, Va.
A look at Friday's Division III national title matchup between Mount Union and St. Thomas
Mount Union football has been a national Division III power the past 25 years.
The tribute that we should all pay to Glen Sonmor is to never check the veracity of his greatest stories — only to enjoy them as his poems to the game of hockey.
St. Thomas got to the Division III football title game with a 38-17 mugging of another storied D-III program – the Linfield [Ore.] Wildcats.
Reusse writes: "The fact Minnesotans now chant 'Teddy, Teddy, Teddy' doesn't change in the least the covert racism that I sensed so strongly in the criticism of (former Vikings quarterback Daunte) Culpepper."
No doubt, the tickets are sold, although the excitement level of seeing the Gophers might have lost some steam in the 79-hour period from 2 p.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
The university has an appealing combination of top facilities, top teams and top academics.
Everyone involved with the Gophers should be embarrassed — no, humiliated — to accept a "reward" for winning five of 12, for winning two of eight (over Illinois 2-6 and Purdue 1-7) in the Big Ten
Most of the attention has been focused on the Tommies offense: 56.5 points per game in their 11 victories before Saturday. But the defense is even better.
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