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The Vikings defense ranked only 14th in 2019, and it was gashed by running backs far too often.
Justin Morneau has taken off in broadcasting and public relations roles for the Twins. This year he will work 80 games on TV as Bert Blyleven's role continues to be reduced.
Wolves owner Glen Taylor said that at no point during this season, including the 5-27 streak before the trade deadline, has he considered firing coach Ryan Saunders
Twins owner Jim Pohlad explained how the front-office team of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine approached him with the plan to sign a player like Donaldson to a four-year, $92 million deal, the richest in club history.
JOTTINGS • Marty Davis, the CEO of Cambria, is a big baseball fan, and the company is set to host the Cambria Classic at U.S.…
It's hard to recall a week in Minnesota sports history with such a dramatic burst of trade activity involving two local professional teams.
Kevin Warren, the former chief financial officer of the Vikings, took over as Big Ten commissioner for the retiring Jim Delany last month.
He has never had a contract of longer than two seasons before now.
After beginning the season with some promise, the Timberwolves have been on a 5-24 slide. Home attendance has dropped to 14,569 per game, the lowest in the league, according to ESPN.
One of the Twins' best front-office decisions last year was signing Max Kepler to a contract that locked him into the team's plans through 2024.
Last spring, ESPN had 31 experts across their baseball departments pick who they thought would win the AL Central, and only three picked the Twins while the remaining 28 picked the Indians.
JOTTINGS • Twins President Dave St. Peter gave a health update on several players: “[Byron Buxton] got a full clean bill of health…
Fred Guerrero continues to spot, develop talent in the Dominican Republic and Latin America.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan were born here when their dads were working for the Twins and Gophers.
When the history of Gophers football is written, you will not be able pass up the fact that only three years ago, this program was in its worst straits ever when P.J. Fleck took over as coach.
JOTTINGS• Brian Gutekunst, the son of former Gophers football coach John Gutekunst, is in his second season as general manager of the Packers,…
Josh Donaldson's $92 million deal is the latest example debunking the myth that Twins ownership has been frugal.
Tough roster choices are ahead for the Vikings, needed to free up salary and see if developing players are ready. Overall, the Packers appear to have a more competitive roster than the Vikings' from top to bottom.
This loss doesn't take away from a very good season, but the front office will have a lot of question marks as it prepares for what's ahead, including some tough salary calls.
Some savvy salary cap moves kept Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Barr and Everson Griffen as part of a playoff team.
There's an argument to be made that last week was the best stretch of football for the Gophers and the Vikings since the NFL came to Minnesota.
The Vikings ranked 15th this season in pass defense, giving up 233.6 yards per game, after ranking third in 2018, second in 2017 and third in 2016.
The two teams have split their past two postseason games, both in dramatic fashion.
Mike Zimmer came away from Sunday's loss pleased with some young players and the Vikings' running game.
The standout receiver is back but hasn't been much of a factor since returning from a hamstring injury.
The fifth-year safety, in the midst of his best season, will become an unrestricted free agent.
The Vikings need good health, and the Twins need better pitching. There's a gift just right for everybody, including a top state basketball recruit for Richard Pitino.
The Vikings' decision to give Kirk Cousins big money was in direct response to the success the Packers have had with Aaron Rodgers. So far, the numbers show Cousins is holding up his end of the bargain.
JOTTINGS • There was great news for Rick Spielman and the Vikings front office when the NFL announced the 2020 salary cap should go…
The standout defensive end could void his current contract and become an unrestricted free agent.
It was fitting that two of the best performances in the Chargers game in Los Angeles came from linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks
The Vikings tight end isn't getting a lot of catches, but he has made enough to move into the top five in franchise history.
The unit is allowing 236.6 yards per game through the air, and it faces Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers on Sunday.
Defensive end Danielle Hunter was a third-round pick in 2015 and has steadily been piling up sacks ever since.
A late Lions score in the fourth quarter was the only blemish for the Vikings' defense, which had struggled recently.
Kirk Cousins' 111.9 rating ranks second in the NFL behind Ryan Tannehill, who has played just eight games. But that mark would be the highest in Vikings history, a record set in 2004 by Daunte Culpepper.
JOTTINGS • Jerry Reichow will be the Vikings’ honorary captain for their game with the Lions on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. Reichow played…
Laquon Treadwell, a former first-round draft pick who was cut by the Vikings then later returned, had the longest reception of his NFL career against Seattle.
Ifeadi Odenigbo could play a more pivotal role as other linemen age or have contract issues.
The Badgers, who went into the game giving up only 98.5 yards rushing per game, limited the Gophers to 76 yards.
JOTTINGS • Vikings coach Mike Zimmer on what makes Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson so hard to cover: “First of all, he’s really accurate.…
Saturday's meeting will be only the third time in 129 games both teams are ranked in the Top 15.
The Gophers didn't do everything perfectly Saturday, but that shows just how great this club is, and how far it has exceeded expectations: 16-point road win in the Big Ten is considered normal.
JOTTINGS • It may be that the Vikings’ only chance to win the NFC North is if they win every game the rest of the…
Winning as the favorite at Northwestern on Saturday is the next challenge as coach P.J. Fleck teaches his team about "championship football."
Defensive back Benjamin St.-Juste graduated high school at 16 and had already graduated from Michigan before transferring to the Gophers in the offseason.
Coach Mike Zimmer said that while he's pleased with the record, he thinks his team has a long way to go before it starts thinking about postseason success.
Then they almost completely dominated in the second half, but they just had too many uncharacteristic plays.
Undrafted out of college in 2015, Anthony Harris has been one of the Vikings' biggest surprises.
Nonconference victories made the Gophers confident in the big-play ability they displayed vs. Penn State.
Sid Hartman writes: "I have covered Gophers football for 75 years, and I have never seen a display like I saw after P.J. Fleck's 17th-ranked squad defeated No. 4 Penn State."
JOTTINGS • Despite a tough loss at Kansas City last week, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has posted a 127.1 passer rating over his past…
Gophers star Bobby Bell should never have been called for a late hit against Wisconsin in 1962.
The veteran Gophers' defense has weathered tough times with Minnesota, and now is contributing to the team's 8-0 start.
Bill Parcells hasn't coached since 2006, but he has kept in close touch with Mike Zimmer. "They have some tough road games. I think that will be a key time for the Vikings," Parcells said.
JOTTINGS • Who would have thought the Gophers football team would begin November ranked ahead of Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa? • Gophers coach
It's an impressive rookie season, considering rookie Bisi Johnson was drafted in the seventh round, only eight picks from the final selection of the 2019 draft.
The Vikings' productive run-pass mix stems from Kevin Stefanski working well with both Kubiaks.
This is easily the most balanced Vikings team that Mike Zimmer has coached.
JOTTINGS • The Gophers’ 2020 schedule includes difficult games against Michigan and Michigan State, but they don’t have to face Ohio State or Penn State.…
P.J. Fleck has guided the Gophers to success they haven't achieved in years, but the focus remains on each individual game.
A possible fifth Super Bowl berth vanished after a dropped pass in the NFC title game.
The two clubs have faced off 115 times since 1961 and the Vikings have won .652 percent of the time with a 74-39-2 record.
JOTTINGS • Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, on why the offense has performed so well the past two weeks: “I think we are executing better.…
The backup guard has started three games with his new team after signing as a free agent.
The Vikings' star receivers are more comfortable in a new offensive scheme, and it is starting to show.
When the Vikings revamped their offensive coaching staff in the offseason, they had to envision the kind of game they played Sunday in beating Philadelphia.
Defensive end Danielle Hunter, a fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft, said working under different coaches and being around NFL veterans made a big difference in changing his game.
Kirk Cousins has averaged more than 300 yards passing in going 5-3 in his career against Philadelphia.
After a disappointing end to a historic season, the Twins believe they are in good shape for 2020.
Even if the Twins lose this series in three games, the fact is that they are in prime position to contend for years.
JOTTINGS • Kirk Cousins being sacked six times in the Bears game means that he has taken eight sacks on the season, but it…
Nelson Cruz's postseason success — and production vs. the Yankees — makes him a key figure in the ALDS.
2019 was a breakout year for Jorge Polanco, especially after last season when he was suspended 81 games for using a performance-enhancing drug.
The Twins' first trip to the playoffs in a decade shows how long it can take to build a winner, and also how old managers and front office executives often take the fall for underperforming teams while building foundations.