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Sid Hartman

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Sid Hartman is a sports columnist. He also can be heard weekdays on WCCO AM-830 at 6:40, 7:40 and 8:40 a.m.
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Hartman: Rigorous schedule doesn't daunt Kill, Gophers

Hartman: Rigorous schedule doesn't daunt Kill, Gophers

The Gophers play the No. 1 and 2 teams in the preseason coaches poll.

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SID’s JOTTINGS• Justin Morneau spent almost a month in the Twin Cities awaiting the birth of his third child, and last week the former Twins…
Hartman: Vikings' Rudolph aims to put his injuries behind him

Hartman: Vikings' Rudolph aims to put his injuries behind him

There’s no question that if tight end Kyle Rudolph can play a full season for the first time since 2012, he could have as big of an impact on the Vikings as anyone.
Hartman: Kill, Gophers football prepare for TCU's big challenge

Hartman: Kill, Gophers football prepare for TCU's big challenge

The speedy Horned Frogs will be one of the top teams in the country for the 2014 season opener.
Hartman: Minneapolis better hurry if it wants MLS

Hartman: Minneapolis better hurry if it wants MLS

The word is that St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is working hard behind the scenes to land the MLS franchise with the same vigor with which he was able to get CHS Field built for the Saints.
Hartman: Zimmer excited by Vikings' prospects with Peterson

Hartman: Zimmer excited by Vikings' prospects with Peterson

Mike Zimmer expects Adrian Peterson’s presence after missing almost all of last season to make a lot of difference in the passing game.
Hartman: Wild tries to keep gaining on Chicago

Hartman: Wild tries to keep gaining on Chicago

GM Chuck Fletcher likes his improving young talent while Blackhawks deal with the salary cap.
Hartman: Sano is still learning but off to great start

Hartman: Sano is still learning but off to great start

The Twins rookie has impressed manager Paul Molitor with his patience and approach at the plate.
Hartman: Molitor says Twins are well-armed to compete

Hartman: Molitor says Twins are well-armed to compete

The Twins manager saw signs last season that led him to believe the 2015 team could compete.

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Hartman: Fans enthusiastic for Wolves turnaround

Hartman: Fans enthusiastic for Wolves turnaround

Flip Saunders said the team has worked hard to stockpile its roster with young, gifted athletes.
Hartman: By numbers alone, Dozier is easily an All-Star

Hartman: By numbers alone, Dozier is easily an All-Star

Twins manager Paul Molitor hopes others notice his second baseman’s marks.
Hartman: Healthy Mauer shows signs of hitting breakout

Hartman: Healthy Mauer shows signs of hitting breakout

The many fans who are on Joe Mauer’s case might have to change their tune, and there are many fans like that.
Hartman: Gophers should benefit from offensive line depth

Hartman: Gophers should benefit from offensive line depth

The Gophers have many gifted players on the line who are healthy and ready to contribute.
Hartman: Bank chief says Vikings naming rights is good business

Hartman: Bank chief says Vikings naming rights is good business

Ties with Vikings reflect a strong commitment to community and bolster U.S. Bank’s profile.
Hartman: Rick Pitino praises Wolves' Towns as complete player

Hartman: Rick Pitino praises Wolves' Towns as complete player

The Louisville coach sees some similarities, and differences, between No. 1 overall draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns and Patrick Ewing.

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SID’s JOTTINGS   • The Vikings at present are $8.5 million under the salary cap, so they have money to sign a free agent if…
Hartman: Wolves had Towns in their sights from the start

Hartman: Wolves had Towns in their sights from the start

My sources tell me that from Day 1 of the draft process, there was little doubt that the Wolves were going to select the consensus best player in the draft.
Hartman: Twins starter Hughes returning to strong '14 form

Hartman: Twins starter Hughes returning to strong '14 form

After disposing of the White Sox, he keeps improving after a slow start to the season. In the month of June, Hughes has seen his ERA drop from 4.96 to 4.19.
Hartman: Buxton will remain with Twins to stay if he just chips in

Hartman: Buxton will remain with Twins to stay if he just chips in

Terry Ryan said the Twins can wait for their top prospect’s bat to eventually come around.
Hartman: Peterson's still with Vikings, no surprise

Hartman: Peterson's still with Vikings, no surprise

There is no question that all of the doubters who questioned whether the 2012 NFL MVP would be in a Vikings uniform this season have been proven wrong.
Hartman: Wins help Mauer cope with struggles at plate

Hartman: Wins help Mauer cope with struggles at plate

Joe Mauer is only batting .253, but the Twins first baseman is confident the hits will start falling in.
Hartman: NBA chief Silver impressed by where Wolves stand

Hartman: NBA chief Silver impressed by where Wolves stand

New practice facility, top draft pick adding more young talent have team in good place, he says.
Hartman: Vikings backfield stars try gaining experience together

Hartman: Vikings backfield stars try gaining experience together

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and running back Adrian Peterson are making up for lost time.
Hartman: Twins CEO Pohlad reflects on team's progress

Hartman: Twins CEO Pohlad reflects on team's progress

After several bleak seasons, the CEO has enjoyed the team’s start under Paul Molitor.
Hartman: Gophers' Pitino gets $400,000 raise

Hartman: Gophers' Pitino gets $400,000 raise

Alabama’s interest in hiring Minnesota's basketball coach likely was behind the move. He will still be near the bottom in salary among Big Ten men's basketball coaches.
Sid Hartman: Triple Crown-winning horse has Minnesota link

Sid Hartman: Triple Crown-winning horse has Minnesota link

American Pharoah’s great-grandfather was Derby winner Unbridled, owned by Frances Genter.
Hartman: Vikings stadium 53% complete

Hartman: Vikings stadium 53% complete

Work on the new Vikings stadium is more than halfway complete with $430 million of the work installed, team executive vice president of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley said.
Hartman: Norv Turner can't wait to mix in Peterson

Hartman: Norv Turner can't wait to mix in Peterson

The Vikings coordinator thinks the offense will be much more explosive by adding the star runner.
Hartman: Favre says he's a fan of Teddy Bridgewater

Hartman: Favre says he's a fan of Teddy Bridgewater

Brett Favre weighs in on Teddy Bridgewater, “Deflategate,” Adrian Peterson and his short stint with the Vikings.
Hartman: Twins hit a home run by bringing back Hunter

Hartman: Twins hit a home run by bringing back Hunter

The entire clubhouse and culture around the team has been changed with the addition of the Twins former All-Star and Gold Glove winner.
Hartman: Dayton says new Vikings stadium on budget

Hartman: Dayton says new Vikings stadium on budget

Gov. Mark Dayton says the Vikings stadium funding voted on by the Legislature is in good financial shape.
Hartman: Perkins stays fresh while pitching more

Hartman: Perkins stays fresh while pitching more

The Twins closer says he welcomes the work, after the team endured several losing seasons in a row.
Hartman: Vikings will need surprise contributors to emerge

Hartman: Vikings will need surprise contributors to emerge

In Mike Zimmer's second year, the team will have to find a lot of players to step up who weren't around last season.

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SID’S JOTTINGS   • People have to be surprised that going into Saturday, the Twins had the fourth-best record in baseball since April 14,…
Hartman: Molitor, staff work wonders with Twins

Hartman: Molitor, staff work wonders with Twins

One factor that has a lot to do with the Twins’ success is that for nine years, Paul Molitor traveled all over the team’s minor league system and spent countless hours helping young players become better.
Hartman: Grant turned down coaching chances after Vikings

Hartman: Grant turned down coaching chances after Vikings

Vikings legend Bud Grant, who just turned 88, wasn’t interested if teams asked about his interest to coach.
Hartman: Bell part of Gophers' best football recruiting era

Hartman: Bell part of Gophers' best football recruiting era

Bobby Bell was a key player in a three-year era that brought the best recruiting classes from all over the country that ever enrolled at Minnesota.
Hartman: Zimmer impressed at Vikings' rookie minicamp

Hartman: Zimmer impressed at Vikings' rookie minicamp

Mike Zimmer is impressed after he got a good look at not only his 10 draft picks, but about 10 other rookie free agent signings and 50 additional players who came in for a tryout for the team’s rookie minicamp.
Hartman: Wild not as far off as sweep indicates

Hartman: Wild not as far off as sweep indicates

Lou Nanne believes the team could have beaten the Blackhawks with only a few breaks along the way.
Hartman: Vikings rely on UCLA for top linebackers

Hartman: Vikings rely on UCLA for top linebackers

Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks stood out at UCLA before they were first-round selections by the Vikings, Barr in 2014 and Kendricks this year.

Hartman: Twins' solid roll over 22 games a reason for rare optimism

After a dismal start, the hitting and pitching — and attitude — has clicked over the past 22 games.
Hartman: Peterson's agent has changed his tone, and that's telling

Hartman: Peterson's agent has changed his tone, and that's telling

With no takers on a trade, Ben Dogra sounded a more conciliatory note with the Vikings.

Hartman: Ex-Pitt assistant says Vikings got draft steal in Clemmings

Jim Hueber helped convert T.J. Clemmings into an offensive tackle and likes his athleticism.
Hartman: Ravens, Steelers tried to select Gophers' TE Williams

Hartman: Ravens, Steelers tried to select Gophers' TE Williams

After Maxx Williams wasn’t selected in Thursday’s first round of the NFL draft, the Steelers and the Ravens battled for his services in the second round.

Hartman: Waynes worked way up Michigan State ladder

The first-round pick by the Vikings was not highly recruited before landing with the Spartans.

Hartman: Vikings' selection tougher to predict

Iowa’s Brandon Scherff and Michigan State’s Trae Waynes seem like the most logical picks.

Hartman: When Wild struggled, owner never considered firing Yeo

Craig Leipold believed illnesses and goaltending were the issues, not the coach, and he was right.
Hartman: Vikings' Patterson in need of a return to form

Hartman: Vikings' Patterson in need of a return to form

If the Vikings could count on Cordarrelle Patterson to return to his rookie form, they wouldn’t have to consider drafting a wide receiver this week.

Hartman: Rangers employees have ties with Wild

Doug Risebrough, Glen Sather and Tommy Thompson all spent time with Wild or North Stars.

Hartman: Lawton thinks Wild could contend for Stanley Cup

The ex-North Stars player and Tampa Bay GM knows goal scoring could be an issue for the team.

Hartman: GM believes Wild as good as any team

The Blues series might be long, but Chuck Fletcher thinks Wild has the talent and drive to compete.
Hartman: Cowboys' interest in Vikings' Peterson is clear

Hartman: Cowboys' interest in Vikings' Peterson is clear

The Adrian Peterson situation is getting to be more of a circus than any story involving a local athlete in any sport in many, many years.

Hartman: Wild-Blues series should be a tussle

The matchup is a tough one for the Wild, but the team’s depth could be a problem for St. Louis.
Hartman: Gophers football aiming for better passing game

Hartman: Gophers football aiming for better passing game

Games with Ohio State and TCU this fall will require a better passing game.
Hartman: Orono's Jordan Smith savors Badgers' success

Hartman: Orono's Jordan Smith savors Badgers' success

Jordan Smith, a junior from Orono who is on the Wisconsin basketball team, has played in 14 games this season and will dress for the Badgers against Duke on Monday night for the national championship game.
Hartman: Torii Hunter embraces his return to the Twins

Hartman: Torii Hunter embraces his return to the Twins

When Hunter left for the Angels in 2008 few people could have expected that he would return to Minnesota eight years later as perhaps an even better offensive player.

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SID’s JOTTINGS • The NFL requires a 100-foot security perimeter around the new Vikings stadium. “To get that 100 feet from the skin of the…
Hartman: Taylor not pressing Saunders to give up coaching

Hartman: Taylor not pressing Saunders to give up coaching

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is inclined to let coach Flip Saunders keep doing double duty – for now.
Hartman: Koivu says Wild has found its identity

Hartman: Koivu says Wild has found its identity

The captain attributed his team’s recent surge to players figuring out what they need to do to succeed.
Hartman: Wilfs might not be done with additional payments for Vikings stadium

Hartman: Wilfs might not be done with additional payments for Vikings stadium

Apparently the Wilf family is willing to spend as much money as necessary to make their football stadium the best in the NFL.

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SID’s JOTTINGS   • There is no doubt that several of the Vikings players are in contact with Adrian Peterson, trying to convince him…

Hartman: Gophers basketball must turn around its history

The basketball team has been underwhelming for 30 years, hurt by scandals and poor play.

Hartman: Dubnyk deal paved way for Wild's playoff run

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher praised the goalie for helping save the season.
Hartman: You will be missed, 425 Portland Av.

Hartman: You will be missed, 425 Portland Av.

The Star Tribune building has been my workplace since the 1940s, but its time is running out.
Hartman: Zimmer seeking a bigger Bridgewater this fall

Hartman: Zimmer seeking a bigger Bridgewater this fall

“The big thing with Teddy is he needs to add a little bit more strength, a little more weight on him,” coach Mike Zimmer said.

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SID’s JOTTINGS   • The Wild roster features six Minnesota natives, with many playing a big part in the team’s bid for the Stanley…
Hartman: Vikings GM stresses Peterson is wanted back

Hartman: Vikings GM stresses Peterson is wanted back

Unless a stunning trade offer surfaces, Adrian Peterson will stay under contract with the Vikings.
Hartman: Legendary Adolph Rupp's teams set Kentucky standard

Hartman: Legendary Adolph Rupp's teams set Kentucky standard

Adolph Rupp's Wildcats title teams had talent that stayed longer than today’s one-and-done stars.
Hartman: Time is coming for Twins prospects Buxton, Sano

Hartman: Time is coming for Twins prospects Buxton, Sano

Byron Buxton is Baseball America’s No. 2 prospect in all of baseball. Miguel Sano is ranked 13th, even though he missed all of last year because of elbow surgery.

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SID’s JOTTINGS   • One big reason Dallas couldn’t sign running back DeMarco Murray is it is only $12 million under the cap while the…
Hartman: Drafts, trades finally working out for Wolves

Hartman: Drafts, trades finally working out for Wolves

Flip Saunders has built a nice mix of young players and veterans, exciting the fan base.
Hartman: Jim Pohlad expecting Twins turnaround in 2015

Hartman: Jim Pohlad expecting Twins turnaround in 2015

Jim Pohlad said winning would be the only factor for Target Field attendance going forward.

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SID’s JOTTINGS   • Devan Dubnyk is 18-3-1 since joining the Wild, and he has 27 victories on the season between here and Arizona.…

Hartman: Knight likes Bo Ryan, but not three-pointers

The Badgers coach does things right, Knight said, but he’s never been a fan of shots beyond the arc.
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