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The offense figures to lean heavily on tight end formations, and it has the talent at the position to do so.
One person not surprised about Kevin Stefanski's rise is former Vikings head coach Brad Childress, who hired the offensive coordinator for an entry-level job 13 years ago.
Senior linebacker Carter Coughlin has a Gophers bloodline and Eden Prairie's winning mentality.
Nelson Cruz was on one of the hottest streaks of any hitter to wear a Twins uniform before he injured himself Thursday swinging and missing at a Mike Clevinger fastball.
JOTTINGS • Vikings left guard Pat Elflein on how he’s working with rookie Garrett Bradbury at center: “Garrett is a really smart guy and…
Kirk Cousins stabilized the position, but Friday's preseason opponent, the New Orleans Saints, have needed only Drew Brees since trading for him in 2006.
Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and manager Rocco Baldelli were in the longest postgame meeting of the season after the Twins lost to Atlanta on Wednesday
When Mike Krzyzewski was preparing for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he was joined by Gersson Rosas, new Timberwolves president of basketball operations as the international player personnel scout.
JOTTINGS • Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck said when it comes to planning out his roster he relies heavily on Marcus Hendrickson, director of…
The Wilf family bought the Vikings in 2005. Since that time, they have been the best ownership group in town when it comes to spending money and trying to win a title.
Max Kepler has career highs going in many stats after signing a five-year extension.
A lot more is expected from the Vikings offense and Kirk Cousins, including the production of receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, whose numbers both dipped in the latter half of last season.
JOTTINGS • Forbes ran its list of the most profitable franchises in sports this past week, and the Vikings ranked No. 35 with a value…
Taylor Rogers' recent blown saves were only his second and third of the season. But there's no question the Twins are going to have to keep leaning on him.
One of the big problems Derek Falvey faces right now is the number of teams on the edge of playoff contention, which has hampered the ability to add new talent.
The longtime Twins star says he is content in retirement.
The Twins have gotten vital boosts from Byron Buxton and rookie Luis Arraez. But Buxton's injury issues continue to create concern.
The Twins looked lost in two losses to the Mets at Target Field, but their star catcher produced.
Even with the great start, owner Jim Pohlad is no different from many Twins fans. He is concerned that the club went 9-11 over its final 20 games before the All-Star break.
JOTTINGS • Minnesota United managing director Bill McGuire said a number of prominent families in the Twin Cities are part owners of the club. That…
Manager Rocco Baldelli said the All-Star break came at the right time for a resilient but weary Twins team that opens its second half at Cleveland.
The Timberwolves decision to let Tyus Jones go to the Memphis Grizzlies on a three-year, $28 million deal had to be difficult for owner Glen Taylor.
"I have tried to leave a university that is well-positioned across the board, and I think that is true in athletics, as well," Kaler said.
Jack Nicklaus won here as an amateur, and Keller Golf Course in Maplewood has long stood out.
TPC Twin Cities was built for daily use, but co-designer Tom Lehman toughened it up for the first 3M Open.
The Twins have gotten a lot of praise for the free-agent class they brought in this year, and they should.
JOTTINGS • One reason it’s a bad time for Twins injuries to be adding up is because, starting Tuesday night at Oakland, 25 of 37…
The Twins still lead the Indians by eight games, but Cleveland is getting healthier and improving.
New recruiting rules have meant P.J. Fleck and staff are zeroing in on and signing players earlier. The Gophers now have 21 commitments for the Class of 2020, which is the most in the Big Ten
The Twins are off to the best start in club history and hitting at a historic pace, and fans are starting to return to the ballpark.
JOTTINGS • Vikings assistant head coach Gary Kubiak on how former Washington coach Mike Shanahan’s system is helping him with Kirk Cousins:…
North Carolina's speedy point guard Coby White was available with the sixth pick and instead was picked by the Bulls one selection later.
There's no doubt Paul Molitor got a bad shake when the Twins fired the manager after the 2018 season. But Molitor said he's thrilled about the team's current success.
The tight end said the contract negotiations took some work, but added that ultimately both sides got what they wanted.
The kid from Cretin-Derham Hall showed over his career why he was worthy of a No. 1 overall draft pick.
This year's dangerous squad has threats to hit the ball out of the park up and down the lineup.
Rob Brzezinski works many miracles, as he did with the Kyle Rudolph extension, to creatively pay players.
This will be the second time in three seasons that the Vikings have had a rookie at center. Pat Elflein started there in 2017 but has moved to guard.
JOTTINGS • As recruiting picks up for 2021, Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck described how he decides when to offer a player: “Every case…
After leading Tampa Bay with 30 homers and 74 RBI last year, C.J. Cron plugged nicely into the Twins' lineup.
Byron Buxton has always been an exceptional outfielder, but now he's producing big numbers at the plate.
With so much roster and coaching turnover, Vikings GM Rick Spielman noted that OTAs were important for getting everyone on the same page and the coaches are leading that.
JOTTINGS • Can the Gophers basketball team survive the loss of Jordan Murphy, Dupree McBrayer, Isaiah Washington and Amir Coffey despite…
Plenty of coaching and playing talent now in Minnesota came from Tampa Bay, which is still winning with a modest payroll.
The Twins gave Max Kepler a five-year, $35M deal in February, and now he's putting up great stats. Kepler has been on the Twins' radar since he was 14 years old in Germany.
There had been some talk before Anthony Barr re-signed that he could be moved to defensive end to help the pass rush. But coach Mike Zimmer said Barr will stay where he is.
JOTTINGS • A nice note for Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, who is still in contract negotiations and attending OTAs: He was given…
Jonathan Schoop has bounced back from his tough 2018 with a strong 2019 for the Twins.
Ryan Saunders' popularity with Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and players helped get him the full-time coaching job, but now he'll have to produce.
Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf said that when the Vikings lost their final regular-season game to the Bears, thus missing the playoffs, the ownership group knew major changes had to happen.
Center John Keenoy started 51 of 52 games at Western Michigan, where he played for current Gophers coach P.J. Fleck."I think he will be successful wherever he goes," Keenoy said.
The tight end wants to remain with the Vikings, but knows other teams would want to acquire him. He had a two-word answer when asked if he'd take a discount to stay.
The Twins offense has posted back-to-back solid seasons in James Rowson's two full seasons as hitting coach.
JOTTINGS • According to betonline.ag, the Vikings are tied with the Cowboys and Packers with the ninth-best odds of winning the Super Bowl at 22-1.…
Compared to a year ago, the club signed players earlier and had better luck with the results.
The Wolves just joined the Twins and Wild in making recent changes in management.
One of the biggest reasons for his optimism is the completely reworked offensive coaching staff: starting with offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski but also with bringing in Gary Kubiak.
JOTTINGS • There is no doubt Ryan Saunders will be named Timberwolves coach as a part of Gersson Rosas being named president of…
Big performances against the Astros showed that the pitchers are taking to new coach Wes Johnson.
A dominant 6-2 win over the Astros on Wednesday moved Minnesota's record to 18-10 through 28 games, matching their fourth-best start and the best in the American League.
This weekend's draft was another sign that a lot of the plans for this Vikings franchise changed after that loss in December.
JOTTINGS • The Vikings will play back-to-back home games just once in 2019, the same situation they had in 2018. • The Vikings selection…
Garrett Bradbury will be one of many players they will ask to contribute early in their NFL careers.
In Sid Hartman's 21,000th byline, he writes that new coaches, drafted players and developing talent should help improve the Vikings' offensive line for the 2019 season.
In the past 24 years the Vikings have used only two of their 27 first-round picks on offensive linemen — Matt Kalil in 2012 with the No. 4 overall pick and Bryant McKinnie in 2002 with the No. 7 overall pick.
JOTTINGS • The Twins were sold for $44 million in 1984; Forbes Magazine put their value at $1.2 billion this month. The Twins were ranked…
Football ticket sales for schools such as Penn State and Wisconsin provide a big advantage.
Bench coach Derek Shelton's long friendship with new Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was a key factor in agreeing to come back.
The only Big Ten team that was more dominant down the stretch than the Gophers last season was Iowa.
JOTTINGS • Timberwolves (and Star Tribune) owner Glen Taylor on the team’s plans for restricted free agent Tyus Jones: “It’s a little bit…
Whether Ryan Saunders and Scott Layden stay or go could depend on who is hired as the Timberwolves' new basketball boss.
Patrick Talty has done several national events before and says he hasn't seen it done better.
This weekend's Final Four was another resounding success not only for U.S. Bank Stadium but for Minnesota and downtown Minneapolis.
JOTTINGS • The announced attendance at the 2001 NCAA championship game between Duke and Arizona at the Metrodome was 45,944. In 1992 for Duke vs. Michigan…
nantz’s job security TV play-by-play announcers of the Final Four since it first aired on network television in 1969: Name<CHARENTITY>8</CHARENTITY>Years worked Jim Nantz29 (CBS,…
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