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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.
The overall picture of the men's athletics department and specifically Gophers football simply hasn't been able to maintain steady employment at key positions.
JOTTINGS•Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards has been named coach of the West team in this year's East-West Shrine Game, to be held Saturday in…
If there's one positive to the Gophers' three losses this season, they have all come against quality opponents: Against Michigan State and No. 9 Florida State.
The Gophers AD had to convince Eric Kaler that retaining Tracy Claeys would hurt ticket sales.
Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman suffered a broken right hip in a fall Friday night.
Munnerlyn said that the team's win over Jacksonville last Sunday was not only necessary for its playoff chances but got the team in the right frame of mind.
Glen Taylor craves more victories, too, but understands growth takes young teams time.
Some of the program's followers find it hard to understand why the action was taken, but colleges have a process of investigating sexual assaults that differs from legal investigations.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said his recovery has been going well and has been in constant communication with his doctors. He's more concerned with his team than his eye.
JOTTINGS • Trevon Diggs, the brother of Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs, has had a great freshman season at No. 1 Alabama. The 6-2, 195-pound…
When it comes to the difference in losing six of the past seven games after the Vikings' 5-0 start, tight end Kyle Rudolph said the team's problems have been self-inflicted.
Zygi Wilf is hopeful that his team can repeat the 4-0, playoff-clinching finish of 2012.
Chad Greenway said the Vikings' trouble has come in the final five minutes of a game.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones built one of the most expensive stadiums in the world back in 2009, the $1.3 billion AT&T Stadium, so on Thursday he talked about how impressed he was with the new U.S. Bank Stadium and also about how important the stadium is for Minneapolis and for the NFL at large.
Adam Thielen has been a big contributor all season, and that fumble was out of character for the surehanded receiver.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer spent 13 years as a Cowboys assistant and won one Super Bowl.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said at his Friday news conference that the team's mind-set has to stay the same going forward, even though the Vikings are now on the outside looking in for a playoff berth.
JOTTINGS • Ticket-selling for local sports events must not be going very well, including the Wild, which announces sellouts for every game. The Wild and Timberwolves…
Pivotal game vs. Lions comes four days after win over Arizona, with Cowboys up a week later.
The defense was strong all game against the Cardinals, but it was especially big at the end.
They had a big part in believing in what we wanted to do," Tracy Claeys said of this year's senior class.
JOTTINGS • While Sunday’s game with the Cardinals is obviously big for the Vikings, who desperately want to end their four-game losing streak, it’s worth…
The Vikings offensive line has had a rough go this season but Tony Sparano says he believes the players he has now can get the job done.
Larry Fitzgerald, who is one of the greatest athletes Minnesota has ever produced and a sure first-ballot Hall of Famer, has many exceptional qualities, but one of the best is durability.
The Vikings wasted many great individual efforts in their fourth consecutive loss.
Mark Coyle on Friday hit the six-month mark in his tenure as Gophers athletic director.
JOTTINGS • The Vikings have applied to play host to either the 2022 or the 2023 NFL draft, with a good chance they will have…
A collision of Darrin Nelson and Anthony Carter near the end zone caused a perfectly thrown ball by quarterback Wade Wilson to fall incomplete in the final minute of the 1987 NFC title game.
When owner Carl Pohlad promoted Andy MacPhail to general manager of the Twins in 1986, MacPhail was the youngest GM in baseball at age 33.
The offense, the defense, the special teams — all three had failures that led to a stunning OT loss.
The Vikings are a team scrambling to turn around a season that once looked so promising but has hit a gigantic road bump with back-to-back ugly losses.
JOTTINGS • New Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur on taking over the role on a short week. “I think the biggest thing is we…
The Boilermakers don't have a great record, but their explosive passing game leads the Big Ten.
Norv Turner's resignation apparently makes him the scapegoat for the Vikings' recent performance. The simple fact is that the offensive line is in shambles
The enthusiasm of 5-0 is gone thanks to a group that can't pass-protect and can't run-block either.
Brian Robison said the players will put last week behind them and focus on taking care of Chicago.
JOTTINGS • While the Vikings were handed their first loss of the season by the Eagles last week, and coach Mike Zimmer has been…
After last week's loss to the Eagles, the veteran linebacker is convinced team will bounce back in Chicago. "We typically respond well to adversity."
The new Vikings franchise won its first game behind Fran Tarkenton's four TD passes off the bench.
Emmit Carpenter missed an earlier attempt, but his late field goal proved the difference against Rutgers.
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