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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: 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.

Hartman: Kill says Gophers' redshirts should really help this year

Spring football practice gives Jerry Kill a chance to see what they can do.
Hartman: Vikings GM Spielman still has praise for Peterson

Hartman: Vikings GM Spielman still has praise for Peterson

The Vikings GM is free to talk with his superstar running back again after last week’s court ruling.

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SID’s JOTTINGS   • The Gophers men’s basketball team went from a ranking of 93 to 79 in the RPI after beating Michigan State…
Hartman: Tarkenton's return made biggest impact

Hartman: Tarkenton's return made biggest impact

Over the long term, Fran Tarkenton’s return to the Vikings was a success, as he guided the Vikings to three Super Bowls.

Hartman: Taylor wishes for Garnett to stick with Wolves long-term

The Wolves owner said the team will wait for his decision but wants the superstar to return.
Hartman: Whatever he does, Garnett will do it here

Hartman: Whatever he does, Garnett will do it here

Kevin Garnett intends to work with the Wolves once he’s done playing.

Hartman: Saunders has had eye on Garnett reunion for some time

The Timberwolves were interested in a reunion with Kevin Garnett as far back as last summer.
Hartman: Wolves trio patches past differences

Hartman: Wolves trio patches past differences

While Kevin Garnett might not be the player he was in 2007, he and Flip Saunders will have the chance to help do what they did to the Timberwolves when Garnett was drafted.

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SID’s JOTTINGS   • Timberwolves fans will get a chance to watch Kevin Garnett chase a number of career milestones. He is 14th all-time…
Hartman: Vikings stadium construction right on schedule

Hartman: Vikings stadium construction right on schedule

Lester Bagley says the team has done well with keeping construction costs under control.
Hartman: Rubio the key piece to Wolves' future

Hartman: Rubio the key piece to Wolves' future

I’ve been at sports events where the crowds really get into games, including the Vikings, Twins, Wild and all the Gophers teams, but the way…

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SID’s JOTTINGS• One of the reasons some University of Minnesota officials are optimistic about raising the $150 million to build the Gophers…
Hartman: Wilfs would like Peterson to return

Hartman: Wilfs would like Peterson to return

Vikings owner/president Mark Wilf hopes the back will rejoin the team after legal issues are resolved.
Hartman: Kaler says no concerns over fundraising for U facilities project

Hartman: Kaler says no concerns over fundraising for U facilities project

The university president is happy with the money raised and says the U is “100 percent committed.”
Hartman: 2016 Ryder Cup chairman says event is bigger than Super Bowl

Hartman: 2016 Ryder Cup chairman says event is bigger than Super Bowl

Nearly 100,000 people have registered for the ticket lottery, with an estimated 45,000 daily tickets available to the public.

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SID’s JOTTINGS   • Gophers football players David Cobb, Maxx Williams and Damien Wilson have been invited to participate in the NFL combine Feb.…

Hartman: Trade with Vikings helped Patriots win championship

The Patriots turned the Vikings’ four picks into three players who helped them win the Super Bowl.

Hartman: Gophers get better, add depth with football recruits

Football coach Jerry Kill is excited about bringing in some big wideouts and filling holes elsewhere.
Hartman: Tingelhoff deserved Hall of Fame honor decades ago

Hartman: Tingelhoff deserved Hall of Fame honor decades ago

The Vikings great was passed over for Canton when lesser centers were getting enshrined.
Hartman: Lynch shows Vikings the benefit of a power runner

Hartman: Lynch shows Vikings the benefit of a power runner

If the Vikings need any more reasons to bring Adrian Peterson back this fall, they need look no further than the Seattle Seahawks and Marshawn Lynch.

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SID’s JOTTINGS• At last weekend’s TwinsFest, Torii Hunter, who has only played at Target Field as a visitor, was asked how difficult it is…
Hartman: Vikings' Grant saw Carroll had bright future

Hartman: Vikings' Grant saw Carroll had bright future

Pete Carroll displayed his knowledge and enthusiasm when the Vikings hired him in 1985.
Hartman: Former Viking Williams finally gets to Super Bowl

Hartman: Former Viking Williams finally gets to Super Bowl

The former Vikings defensive tackle stepped into ideal role in Seattle.
Hartman: Hollins' play has provided U a spark

Hartman: Hollins' play has provided U a spark

Richard Pitino points to the senior’s recent play as something for the Gophers to build on.

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SID’s JOTTINGS   • Despite the Timberwolves’ poor record, owner Glen Taylor said that he will lose only $1 million or $2 million to operate…
Hartman: Vikings' Spielman patient with youth movement

Hartman: Vikings' Spielman patient with youth movement

General Manager Rick Spielman believes the team’s long-term plan of creating a core group of young stars has really started to take shape.

Hartman: 'Deflategate' isn't big deal to former Vikings QB Gannon

The former Viking says QBs today have more input about how they want footballs prepared.

Hartman: U athletic department should have more access to financing

The state Legislature, parking revenue and ticket taxes could help fund athletic facilities.
Hartman: GM Ryan has faith Twins will be better

Hartman: GM Ryan has faith Twins will be better

The team made some big investments, but it wants last year’s pricey free agent to contribute.
Hartman: Vikings' desire to get younger shouldn't cost Greenway

Hartman: Vikings' desire to get younger shouldn't cost Greenway

The Vikings have done a good job of getting younger since the 2010 season, which was their final season with Brett Favre. That team…

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SID’s JOTTINGS• The Gophers lost their first five Big Ten games by an average of five points, and in those games Andre Hollins scored…
Hartman: Vikings' Bridgewater made big strides this season

Hartman: Vikings' Bridgewater made big strides this season

Offensive coordinator Norv Turner expects the Vikings QB to get stronger and smarter yet.

Hartman: Local teams can't shake lousy streaks

With few exceptions, most of the prominent teams in town are finding victories pretty scarce.
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