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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,…
Lengendary college basketball announcer Dick Vitale said what makes this event so special is the unique drama of the NCAA tournament.
One of the first assistant coaches Bobby Knight hired when he took over at Texas Tech in 2001 was Chris Beard
No disrespect to the other teams, but Zion Williamson and the Blue Devils were going to be the talk of the town this weekend.
Adolph Rupp long denied any knowledge of point shaving, but the NCAA still eventually banned the Wildcats for the 1952-53 season.
JOTTINGS • The Vikings schedule features seven games with teams that reached the 2018 playoffs, and five of those are away from home. Besides facing…
Thursday's Opening Day victory was two years in the making for bosses Derek Falvey and Thad Levine.
Twins president Dave St. Peter said when it comes to judging how new manager Rocco Baldelli will perform, he's going to give the 37-year-old former first-round pick some breathing room.
The Vegas oddsmakers have the over/under on season victories as such: Cleveland at 90.5, the Twins at 84.5, the Chicago White Sox at 74.5, Kansas City 69.5 and Detroit 68.5.
JOTTINGS • Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman on how the team got Everson Griffen to rework his contract: “We were able to…
Richard Pitino's squad on Thursday played confidently vs. Louisville, but Michigan State offers another tough challenge.
When the Gophers win, the team's best two players have shined. In the losses, not so much. Here are some numbers that tell the story.
JOTTINGS • Kyle Rudolph is such a great locker room presence for the Vikings and offers so much value that it’s hard to believe…
This is Richard Pitino's sixth season, and only seven coaches in Gophers history have lasted more than six years.
Three of the Eagles' best — Tyus and Tre Jones and Gary Trent Jr. — were wooed by 'Coach K.'
The Twins still hope to find a role for former manager Paul Molitor and are paying him $3 million a year for two more years.
Coach P.J. Fleck is bringing back 37 of 44 players from the Gophers' two-deep chart from the 34-10 victory over Georgia Tech in the Quick Lane Bowl.
GM Paul Fenton's trades are trying to make the team younger and faster, and create more cap space.
Rick Spielman said his team's salary situation isn't as troubling as it has been in past seasons.
Coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman believe that newly-hired Gary Kubiak can help Kirk Cousins in the quarterback's second year with the team.
JOTTINGS • Pro Football Focus rated Mackenzie Alexander as the Vikings’ most improved player in 2018, saying he settled into the slot cornerback…
This season's free-agent signings for the Twins should be an upgrade, because last year's crop didn't pan out.
Glen Taylor spoke about his team's rising value, interim coach Ryan Saunders' future and what's ahead for the franchise.
Mike Shanahan first worked with Gary Kubiak when he was an assistant coach with the Broncos and Kubiak was backing up John Elway at quarterback.
JOTTINGS • The odds are that the Vikings would rather sign linebacker Anthony Barr than give him a franchise tag. They have used the…
The Wolves rookie has responded after being pushed into a key role in a depleted lineup.
There are good in-state prospects in the Class of 2020, and a tournament bid by the Gophers this spring would be appealing.
The Twins have a new manager, low attendance numbers and start the season without hometown favorite Joe Mauer. But, he said, "this time of year there are 30 optimistic teams. We're one of them. It's fun."
JOTTINGS • Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck recently talked about how transfers Micah Dew-Treadway and Gervarrius Owens can help the team immediately:…
With Joe Mauer's retirement, young stars Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano are the biggest keys to this season and the future.
Jason Castro played only 19 games last season, but he expects to be rejoining a much-improved Twins club.
P.J. Fleck said if there are going to be higher expectations on the outside - some publications suggest the Gophers could win the Big Ten West - the team will have higher expectations internally as well.
JOTTINGS• Former Timberwolves coach Tom Thiobdeau was on ESPN this past week and was asked if he would have done anything differently here. "There…
Kirk Cousins' stats were solid in his first year with the Vikings, but missing the playoffs left him eager to make amends.
Interim coach Ryan Saunders has shown he has what it takes to permanently get the Timberwolves job.
Sid writes: "I was not a fan of the Twins' decision to fire Paul Molitor in October, only one year after being named AL Manager of the Year. But one thing has become clear during this offseason."
Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey said the second straight season of slower-than-usual free-agent movement means the Twins are still looking at potential roster moves.
JOTTINGS • The Twins will be out of town, but you have to figure the Timberwolves will get an attendance boost by having home games on…
Vikings safeties Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris were honored by Pro Football Focus for their tackling and pass coverage skills.
Blake Parker said he didn't know what to expect about pitching at Target Field, but he did have a few clear memories, including a home run he gave up.
In 30 games at Target Field, Nelson Cruz has been a monster, hitting .325 with 10 home runs, 10 doubles, 25 RBI and 19 runs, and he should make an immediate impact for the Twins.
The question will always be, would the Wolves have been better off keeping the a core of talented young players instead of dealing for Jimmy Butler
Several hires, including Super Bowl winner Gary Kubiak, should help team's effectiveness.
Athletic director Mark Coyle said it appears the Gophers had a balanced budget in 2017-18.
Karl-Anthony Towns believes Ryan Saunders will thrive as new coach as the team hunts for the playoffs.
Shortly after the Timberwolves' 119-117 victory in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, interim coach Ryan Saunders got a phone call from team owner Glen Taylor.
Mike Zimmer believes this year's rookies and free agents - including Kirk Cousins - will be improved in 2019.
JOTTINGS • Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman on navigating the salary cap for the 2019 season: “We don’t have a lot of room right…