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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…
Injuries certainly played a significant role in the team's inability to return to the postseason.
Splitting up 20 Big Ten Conference basketball games isn't ideal, but Gophers coach Richard Pitino hopes his team is up for the challenge.
This year the Vikings had $182 million in salary given out to 62 players, but for the 2019 season they already have $181 million given out to just 43 players.
JOTTINGS • The last time the Vikings made the playoffs in at least three out of four seasons was their stretch of five consecutive playoff…
The Vikings and Packers have dominated the division, but Chicago has lots of good, young talent.
For Cousins, the most important thing is that he continues to find ways to improve as a player every week, and he said following the Vikings' 41-17 victory over the Dolphins last weekend that he is still accomplishing that this season.
Everson Griffen's return and healthy personnel have made life miserable for opposing quarterbacks.
Vikings tight end Tyler Conklin was a D-II basketball player before transferring and switching sports.
Zygi Wilf said there is no question about who will be leading the Vikings next season and that he is confident with the direction of the franchise.
The city of Minneapolis and state of Minnesota can continue to show other states what a successful partnership looks like when it comes to stadium financing for professional sports.
JOTTINGS • Before being named Vikings interim offensive coordinator, Kevin Stefanski talked about what he sees in quarterback Kirk Cousins: “He is a…
Heavily scrutinized Vikings offensive line has given up two sacks in each of past four games.
The Vikings and Eagles are hanging in the playoff race, despite coaching and quarterback switches.
The most versatile defensive player in the NFL is Vikings safety Harrison Smith, and it shows every week as coach Mike Zimmer positions him all over the field.
The Vikings are clinging to a playoff spot, but two games might end up being costly.
So far, 2.5 million people have visited U.S. Bank Stadium - which broke ground five years ago this week - and 90 percent of the $1.1 billion in stadium construction costs went back to Minnesotans.
Some people in Detroit Lakes thought current Vikings receiver Adam Thielen could be a pro golfer or an NBA basketball player given the time to develop at the college level.
JOTTINGS • Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who will coach his 300th NFL game Sunday, said there is “just not a lot of margin for…
New England typically doesn't reciprocate such blunders, especially playing in Foxborough.
Defensive line coach Andre Patterson is pleased by Everson Griffen's return to health and his play in a surging defense.
Mike Zimmer wanted to keep Aaron Rodgers on the sidelines with the outcome on the line.
Saturday's memorable game not only gave coach P.J. Fleck a signature victory, it also gave him another month of practices for this young Gophers squad.
JOTTINGS • Vikings coach Mike Zimmer talked about the importance of getting Anthony Barr back at linebacker after he missed three games because…
Fans of Gophers athletics have to wonder if there is any chance the new president will be as supportive of the athletic department as Eric Kaler has been since he was hired in 2011.
JOTTINGS • Dalvin Cook looked fantastic two weeks ago against the Lions when he ran for 89 yards and caught four passes for 20…
Stars gets the big bucks, but drafting Stephen Weatherly and Jayron Kearse in later rounds has paid off, too.
General Manager Rick Spielman points out evidence the team has improved at developing young players.
The combination of Joe Mauer's performance for the Twins and his performance as a prep athlete at Cretin-Derham Hall makes him the most successful athlete in state history.
JOTTINGS • ESPN Insider graded the Timberwolves trade of Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia along with Justin Patton for Dario Saric, Robert…
The new Gophers women's basketball coach wants her team to enjoy the same advantage at home that she did as a player.
The bar was set high after last season's success, but the pass rushers are again crushing QBs.
Alan Page, Jared Allen, John Randle: The Vikings' single-season sacks record list contains the names of some of the greatest defensive linemen in team history.
Kirk Cousins' 315 passing yards per game are the fifth-best mark in the NFL behind Matt Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes.
JOTTINGS • The Las Vegas sports books opened with the Vikings as seven-point favorites, but as of Sunday it was down to four. •…
Five of their remaining eight games will be against teams in their own division.
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