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For the 2017 season it's clear that the Vikings are going to need much more out of their offense, which ranked 28th in the league in 2016, if they are going to compete for a Super Bowl bid in their home stadium.
After going 3-9 last year, the young pitcher is 6-1 with a 2.74 ERA since being called up in May.
The Vikings couldn't find two better Ring of Honor inductees than Randy Moss and Ahmad Rashad.
Vikings executive vice president of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley warned of "sticker shock" for the Super Bowl. "Tickets are going to be hard to come by," he said.
JOTTINGS • Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was asked to sum up the battle for Chad Greenway’s former weak-side linebacker position. “We’re going to…
Only a handful of players from Minnesota high schools have ever been selected in the first round.
Jarius Wright, the 2012 fourth-round draft choice out of Arkansas said that while last season was very difficult for him, he is always keeping a positive mind-set.
JOTTINGS • Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford was asked if being with the team all offseason is a big advantage compared with last year,…
Guentzel, who grew up in Woodbury, now has 12 goals and seven assists in the playoffs, including three goals in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final.
Twins owner Jim Pohlad sees improvement from the team so far, but knows rosters made up of young players will struggle on occasion.
The Vikings like what they see from their young players, which is good considering how many veterans are free agents after the season.
Former Ohio State assistant Ed Warinner, now with the Gophers, praises Vikings versatility of Vikings rookie Pat Elflein.
No matter where he hits in the Twins order or plays in the outfield, Max Kepler has been productive lately.
Terence Newman said he relishes the chance to keep playing and being productive. He is a two-time Pro Bowl player and is also second on the active list for career interceptions with 41.
He's struggled in his past two home starts, but the team has no regrets about not trading him.
Vikings officials call the new Eagan complex an "iconic venue" and hopes it heralds on-field success.
Defensive lineman Brian Robison will be the longest-tenured Viking when the 2017 season starts.
JOTTINGS • The Twins have the No. 1 choice in the draft this year for the first time since Joe Mauer in 2001, and…
Scott Ellison, Gophers associate athletic director in charge of the Athletes Village facilities project, is enthusiastically reporting the project is progressing as scheduled.
JOTTINGS • Timberwolves General Manager Scott Layden knows the team will have a very good first-round pick. He was asked how the team scouts…
Datone Jones jumped the border to sign with the Vikings after the defensive lineman bonded with Minnesota coaches.
Everson Griffen, an eight-year veteran, knows that in the NFL you get better or you get out.
JOTTINGS • Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford said this past week that he is looking forward to having a full offseason with his teammates. “Just…
The former Gophers wideout has learned much on the practice squad and feels ready to help Vikings.
Even though the Vikings don't have a first-round pick Thursday night, coach Mike Zimmer expects talent to still be available.
The last time the Vikings didn't make a first-round selection was in 2010, before Rick Spielman assumed his role in 2012
Lou Nanne says beating the Blues won't be easy after being down 3-0, but Game 4 provided hope.
Byron Buxton, leading the league in strikeouts with 23 and hitting just .085 with four hits in 47 at-bats over 14 games to start this season for the Twins, has turned things around before.
Coach P.J. Fleck also said that the coaches have started to get clearer indications of who could help them when the season starts.
JOTTINGS • Vikings owner Mark Wilf got a great honor from the Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA) when he was recognized as a Visionary Leader. Wilf…
"[Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau] needs some players that will come off the bench and keep us going and not give up the lead," owner Glen Taylor said.
JOTTINGS • The Gophers rank No. 14 overall and No. 8 in the Class of 2018 football recruiting rankings, according to 247sports.com. The Gophers, who have…
Manager Paul Molitor knows it's a long season, but the Twins' hot start is a vast improvement over last year's 0-9 mark.
Work on fielding, hitting and weight have helped the Twins third baseman get off to a sizzling start.
Ask St. Peter what he sees out of this year's squad and he believes there's much more positive on the horizon at Target Field than negative.
Sid Hartman writes: "In my days members of the sports staff also worked on publicity for the sports teams in town, and that's how I got permission from the editors to work with the Lakers."
It's amazing to think that just over a month ago, there were serious questions about whether Rubio would finish the season with the Wolves.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is aware of how difficult replacing 12 players on a 53-man roster can be but won't get caught up in who's gone.
JOTTINGS • Byron Buxton hit leadoff for most of his time in the minors, but Twins manager Paul Molitor said Friday he didn’t…
Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck sees progress and reason for optimism at the start of spring practice.
The Timberwolves' long playoff drought probably won't end this year, but soon. Karl-Anthony Towns' continued growth should set the stage for a great second year under coach Tom Thibodeau next season
Vikings GM Rick Spielman said NFL free agency is a balancing act and the team still feels it's in a good position.
JOTTINGS • ByungHo Park is hitting .357 with three home runs in 28 spring at-bats after the Twins took him off the 40-man roster…
The Gophers, who led the Big Ten in offensive rebounding during conference play, gave up 11 offensive boards to MTSU and grabbed only four themselves.
The Louisville coach liked what he saw of his son's team going into the year.
The biggest improvement for the Twins, along with their starting pitching, is going to have to come from their everyday position players.
Brian Dozier, after a career year, endured trade rumors. He's happy to be back to help the Twins rebound after a 103-loss season.
Coach Mike Zimmer has holes to fill, but the club has cap money available to tempt free agents.
JOTTINGS • Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck was asked about the progress he is seeing on the $160 million facilities project, a lot of…
A son of U great Darrell Thompson is receiving the sort of attention from colleges his father once did.
Sid on ‘Today’ Star Tribune sports columnist Sid Hartman will be featured on the Sunday “Today” show, which airs 8-9 a.m. Sunday on Ch. 11.…
Success has brought back the crowds and noise to Williams Arena, which is a boon to recruiting.
Twins manager Paul Molitor said recently that regardless of what has happened in the past few years, he still sees the 2009 American League MVP as a player critical to his team's success.
JOTTINGS • New Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck was asked what he expects his “Row the Boat” slogan can do for the program. “What these…
Transfers and freshmen made an immediate impact, and top returning players greatly improved to help the Gophers into one of this season's biggest stories.
The Vikings and Twins must ponder the worth of Adrian Peterson and Joe Mauer as their mighty contracts come due.
The Gophers held an open house for any high school coach last weekend, and coach P.J. Fleck talked about their importance and his familiarity with them.
JOTTINGS • The Timberwolves are 22-35 at the All-Star break. With 28 games remaining, they are 3½ games behind Denver for the eighth and final…
Coach Don Lucia knows the high-scoring Gophers can't rely on barrage of goals vs. the Nittany Lions.
With a stout defense and Fran Tarkenton in his second year back, the team went to Super Bowl.
There's no question that the Timberwolves front office, coaching staff and players all expected to have a better record than 20-34 at this point, but the team's play last week showed just how maddening it can be when it comes to consistency.
One thing that is easy to forget about these Gophers, because they have played so competitively, is their youth.
Planning goes on for the 2018 game in Minnesota, and Vikings owner Mark Wilf expects quite a show.
Former Vikings coach Bud Grant recalls how the small moments in the Super Bowl decide everything.
JOTTINGS • I wonder where Bill Belichick would be if he had accepted the job as defensive coordinator with the Vikings in 1984,…
Alan Page said the Vikings' two closest losses hurt worst, but players have no reason to hang heads.
With only 26 days left after his hiring, the new Gophers coach brought in a solid class of talent.
With the hiring of Clancy Barone and Kennedy Polamalu, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is clearly trying to improve the run game, which struggled mightily in 2016
JOTTINGS • It’s interesting that the Gophers men’s basketball team offered six local players in the 2017 class and none of them chose to play…
Along with a new coach, Chuck Fletcher says team has returned to former 100-point season form.
The Twins are falling behind last year's season ticket numbers, but president Dave St. Peter and the team's front office personnel understand fans taking a wait-and-see approach.
NFL free agency begins March 9, and the Vikings have to make decisions on a number of players.
JOTTINGS • The Vikings need a draft like 2015 instead of 2016 if they’re going to add to their depth in 2017. In 2015 they…
The first honor for the Vikings defensive tackle comes after he took his game to another level.
Chad Greenway, the 11th-year linebacker, after anticipating 2016 would be his final season, is weighing his options.
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