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Aiming to learn from last season's sour finish, the Vikings worked on a lot of situational football during OTAs and minicamps, which ended this week.
JOTTINGS • Pro Football Focus showed why Kirk Cousins might thrive with the Vikings: The team led the NFL in contested pass receptions last…
The Vikings will have their official ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday for the new team headquarters, which is still a long way from being fully developed.
The front office has to be hoping that its big collection of free agent signings and trade acquisitions is going to start to contribute more than it has so far.
For all the hand-wringing about Miguel Sano, through his first 343 career games he compares almost identically to the greatest power hitter in franchise history
JOTTINGS• Trevor Siemian, the backup to Kirk Cousins, said of the Vikings quarterback room: "Kirk is obviously doing a great job. You…
Mike Remmers' versatility will play an important role in how the Vikings revamp their offensive line this season.
Twins manager Paul Molitor points to how the Gophers play on the field and how their coach prepared players for life.
In the past two seasons, the Vikings have signed $209 million worth in total contracts to 15 unrestricted free agents, according to Spotrac.com.
JOTTINGS • Ken Mauer, the NBA official and a cousin of Twins first baseman Joe Mauer, was blamed by many Cavaliers fans for…
The offense has not been able to do much since the first baseman landed on the disabled list.
John Anderson is considered one of the best college baseball coaches in the country, but it may be time to recognize him as the best coach ever at the U.
Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs went to Atlanta in April to work out with Kirk Cousins after the Vikings signed their new QB.
JOTTINGS • ESPN said if the 2018 Vikings are going to exceed last season’s results, there’s no doubt that Kirk Cousins will have to…
Fernando Rodney, the 41-year-old Twins closer, had a rocky start, but he has been fantastic in his past 10 outings.
Manager Paul Molitor continues to piece together lineups and keep them competitive.
Injuries and player struggles are taking their toll on the 2018 campaign while big contract decisions loom this offseason. Through it all, Derek Falvey says the Twins are in good shape.
Great coaching hires have led to fine seasons and/or optimism for many women's teams.
After a rough start to the 2018 season, Twins Manager Paul Molitor sees signs of improvement and a still-close AL Central race.
JOTTINGS • Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck said that while the team will have more depth this year, that doesn’t mean it will have…
Escobar's versatility and production have kept him in the lineup; Kepler has improved vs. lefties.
One of the areas where the Vikings will adjust is on the offensive line, and Mike Zimmer said they are expecting big things out of guard Nick Easton, who fractured his ankle in the second-to-last game of the regular season
JOTTINGS • Even with Jamal Crawford opting out of the final year of his contract, the Timberwolves are currently slated to pay nine players…
Rick Spielman's chats with Scott Frost led him to believe Central Florida's Mike Hughes was a value pick at the end of the first round.
Manager Paul Molitor sees some positives with the Twins despite the team's recent 3-12 downswing.
There is no doubt Rick Spielman continues to build on the faith Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf showed when they made him the franchise's first GM since Mike Lynn in the 1980s.
JOTTINGS • It’s sad that former Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher lost his job after reaching the postseason for six consecutive seasons, and especially…
ESPN.com ranked All-Pro safety Harrison Smith as the top first-round choice by the Vikings in past 10 years.
Saturday's Game 3 win displayed new resilience, especially by some of the team's youngest stars.
"The good thing is we have a pretty good football team, so we can kind of be selective on taking the best player available and not try to fill too many holes," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.
JOTTINGS • Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman broke down what newly signed wide receiver Kendall Wright brings: “Very good slot, has some quickness…
After getting blown out in Houston 102-82 on Wednesday to fall behind 0-2, the Timberwolves host their first playoff game in 5,075 days on Saturday.
Ex-Bruins coach Jim Mora sees a continuation of their college days in what Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr have done with Vikings.
Last year around the time of the spring game the Gophers roster was so depleted that they couldn't even run two teams on the field.
JOTTINGS • With the Timberwolves set to play Houston in the franchise’s first playoff game in 14 years, it’s worth noting that the Rockets will…
Tom Thibodeau assessed the Wolves, brought in key additions and finally ended a 14-year postseason void.
The Wolves ended their long postseason drought, and owner Glen Taylor was happy for the loyal fans.
Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey has said he will wait until the offseason to do any contract negotiations with Joe Mauer, who would hit free agency at age 36.
JOTTINGS • Recommended for Gophers football fans: Make plans for the spring game at noon Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. It is guaranteed to be…
With Miguel Sano coming off surgery on his left tibia and facing an MLB investigation there was some uncertainty whether he would start the season with the big league club.
If the Twins hope to have a better start than 2017, they will need to deal with key absences.
Sherels hasn't had any issues being a great returner in the NFL, and he'll have another year to prove that with the Vikings in 2018.
Target Field will reveal some significant changes when the home schedule begins next week.
One thing to keep watch of is how this year affects the Twins' decision-making when it comes to contracts in 2019.
For all the talk of the Vikings giving Kirk Cousins a three-year guaranteed $84 million contract, with $24 million for 2018, it's worth noting that the Vikings will be spending only $4 million more on quarterbacks in 2018 than in 2017.
Cousins and Richardson came to Minnesota as free agents in part because of team's success.
Ex-Gophers player and North Stars chief supports Don Lucia's decision to depart on his own terms.
There's no doubt that there has never been a pair of brothers from Minnesota who have been as decorated as Tyus and Tre Jones.
JOTTINGS • Before signing with the Vikings, Kirk Cousins spent time in town during Super Bowl week. He visited the Gophers football team and…
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer on Thursday talked about how John DeFilippo's experience watching Kurk Cousins from the opposite sideline helped the Vikings' decisionmaking.
Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle said that he knows there are a lot of questions surrounding the contracts of some of his coaches.
By pursing Kirk Cousins, the Vikings hope he'll be as healthy and productive as in the past three years.
After more than 20 unofficial visits to campuses around the nation, Carroll announced this past week he had narrowed his choice to six programs, and the Gophers are one of them. The others are Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.
New Vikings coach Todd Downing got his start playing for Mike Grant, then worked his way up.
Former NFL MVP Rich Gannon sizes up the Vikings-Packers rivalry and the debate over the Vikings' next quarterback.
When James Rowson joined the Twins last season, he said he immediately saw just how athletic the young hitters were.
JOTTINGS • John Anderson, in his 37th season as the Gophers baseball coach, became the 20th coach in NCAA Division I baseball history to…
After a stellar season, Case Keenum has proven he can lead, and it would finally resolve the team's quarterback issues.
Without Jimmy Butler in the lineup for the foreseeable future after knee surgery, coach Tom Thibodeau intends for the Wolves to employ a team effort to make up for his absence.
With the NFL scouting combine starting Thursday in Indianapolis, the Vikings are well underway preparing for the 2018 season.
JOTTINGS • With the news that Jimmy Butler has a meniscal injury instead of a ligament tear, the Timberwolves at least avoided the huge…
P.J. Fleck is counting on seven new players to have an immediate impact on the football program.
New offensive coordinator DeFilippo knows that the Vikings quarterback situation is unique, with three potential starters from last year's roster being free agents.
NFL COO Tod Leiweke was no stranger to Minnesota, having once served as Wild team president. He had told league officials to expect a world-class, unique event in Super Bowl LII, and he said that looking back on the experience, that was exactly what they got.
The Lakers, purchased for only $15,000 back in 1947, now are worth an astounding $3.3 billion.
From the time Flip Saunders arrived at the University of Minnesota in 1973, he showed he was a brilliant basketball mind.
The Twins last season reached the playoffs for the first time since 2010, and manager Paul Molitor was given a three-year contract extension. "I'm really excited to see what this team can do," he said.
JOTTINGS • Now that the dust has settled on the Vikings’ season, quarterback Case Keenum talked about some of the great memories he had…
Second baseman Brian Dozier has been a bargain for how he has performed during his Twins career.
Sid Hartman writes: "In my 70-plus years of working in sports, I have never seen an athlete repair his reputation as well as Randy Moss has."
There is no doubt that the Eagles' victory over this New England franchise proves that the Vikings lost to a truly great team two weeks ago.
There was no shot of the Super Bowl returning here without Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minneapolis City Council working together to get stadium financing.
Before he was coach of the Vikings, Bud Grant played two seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Tony Dungy has been watching Eagles quarterback Nick Foles since he was in college at Oregon. "I think they're going to give New England all they can handle," Dungy said of the Eagles.
When Roger Goodell took over for Paul Tagliabue as NFL Commissioner in 2006, Forbes valued only five NFL teams at above $1 billion. Today they all are, with the Vikings having more than tripled in value
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