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Quarterback Conor Rhoda was ready to leave the program, but P.J. Fleck's arrival and persuasion quickly changed his mind.
The Gophers football team got a big surprise performance on offense Saturday when senior Kobe McCrary had 23 carries for 107 yards and three touchdowns.
JOTTINGS • Mike Zimmer has never faced the Steelers as a head coach, but he faced them twice a year when he was the…
The Vikings; offensive line cleaned up many of the mistakes that dogged it during the preseason and during the 2016 campaign.
The Vikings coach had nothing but praise for the unit after its eye-opening Week 1 performance.
The Vikings are coming off a 2-2 preseason, and their first test out of the gate is against a Saints team that features one of the game's top quarterbacks.
JOTTINGS • It’s looking more likely that Twins first baseman Joe Mauer, who is having a great comeback season if there ever was one,…
Come February, more than 5,000 media members will be here and the Minneapolis dateline will be in papers all over the country and the world.
Nick Easton started five games at center last season, but will move to left guard as the Vikings open the year.
JOTTINGS • Vikings coach Mike Zimmer on the improvements he has seen from defensive lineman and former Louisiana State standout Danielle Hunter: “Danielle has…
Glen Mason, who worked Thursday's game for Big Ten Network, said the key for this year's Gophers is to be playing well when the schedule gets tough.
Even if he had been retained, Tracy Claeys had no shot at lasting beyond this season. Several things would have combined to seal his fate.
JOTTINGS • Quarterback might be a problem for the Gophers as they are planning to start both Conor Rhoda and Demry Croft, but…
Mike Zimmer wants to see more from his starters Sunday night against San Francisco in what could be their final preseason tilt.
Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco have all starred at the plate of late.
JOTTINGS • The Gophers got great news with the recent NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) announcement for 2016. The football team tied for sixth in…
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says Friday's game in Seattle will help evaluate the line and several young players.
Ben Gedeon, a fourth-round pick out of Michigan, is quickly catching on at linebacker in Vikings camp and mounting a bid to make team at need position.
Andre Patterson has been coaching with Mike Zimmer on and off for 29 years since they first coached together at Weber State in 1988, when Patterson coached the defensive line and Zimmer was defensive coordinator.
One of the big story lines regarding P.J. Fleck taking over as Gophers coach has been whether he is downplaying expectations after a 9-4 season under Tracy Claeys.
Glen Taylor made it clear he is going to sign guard/forward Andrew Wiggins in the near future to a five-year, $150 million contract -- and that he won't be traded.
If you're looking for the next Vikings defender to get a big contract, look no further than Danielle Hunter. The third-round pick was the steal of the 2015 draft, and he keeps getting better.
It's hard to remember two coaches with better pedigrees joining a new staff the way that Robb Smith and Ed Warinner signed up with Fleck.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer talked about some of the changes coming to the Vikings and how he plans to approach camp with a team that finished 8-8 last season.
JOTTINGS • Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck talked about how he plans to use running backs Rodney Smith, who rushed for 1,219 yards last…
Owner Glen Taylor said discussions are in the early stages.
LaTroy Hawkins did not flinch as many pushed for the Twins to select Hunter Greene with the No. 1 pick.
Former Gophers coach Tim Brewster recruited Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook to Florida State.
Sid Hartman pens his tribute to the late John Kundla, who died at 101 last weekend.
Bradford admitted that even though he put together good numbers, he didn't have full command of the offense for some time last season.
Andy McPhail thought the Twins might be a .500 team in 1987. That was before they won the World Series.
Twins third baseman and slugger Miguel Sano reached his goal of making the All-Star Game by working hard.
Halfway through his 14th major league season, Twins first baseman Joe Mauer's .286 batting average is his best since 2013, when he hit .324 and posted a .404 on-base percentage.
JOTTINGS • Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck was asked about the condition of the 22 players who missed spring practice because of injuries. “They’re getting…
After bringing in Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson, one website ranked the Timberwolves' transactions close to the best in the NBA this summer.
The Twins still have pitching and hitting questions, but the players have had success preventing runs.
Twins manager Paul Molitor was a seven-time All-Star, spread out over 15 seasons. "[T]he first time you walk into an All-Star locker room it's just something you'll never forget."
JOTTINGS • Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck was asked if he has made any decisions on the two scholarships he still has open for…
Brandon Kintzler climbed through the minors and recovered from an injury to become one of AL's best closers.
Ricky Rubio appeared to be getting better and better throughout his NBA career, including as a shooter. But Ton Thibodeau wanted to go a different direction.
JOTTINGS • Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck reported that the team will start its training camp the first week in August. “The way we…
The Timberwolves have acquired young talent, but getting All-Star Jimmy Butler has drawn lots of attention.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor believes the team's newest star, Jimmy Butler, could attract other outstanding players.
Behind-the-scenes work is paying off, the team's baseball boss says.
It must have been hard to deal guards Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn, but Tom Thibodeau now has a veteran leader in Jimmy Butler who can score and defend.
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…
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