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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.
SID’S JOTTINGS • People have to be surprised that going into Saturday, the Twins had the fourth-best record in baseball since April 14,…
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.
Vikings legend Bud Grant, who just turned 88, wasn’t interested if teams asked about his interest to coach.
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.
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.
Lou Nanne believes the team could have beaten the Blackhawks with only a few breaks along the way.
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.
After a dismal start, the hitting and pitching — and attitude — has clicked over the past 22 games.
With no takers on a trade, Ben Dogra sounded a more conciliatory note with the Vikings.
Jim Hueber helped convert T.J. Clemmings into an offensive tackle and likes his athleticism.
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.
The first-round pick by the Vikings was not highly recruited before landing with the Spartans.
Iowa’s Brandon Scherff and Michigan State’s Trae Waynes seem like the most logical picks.
Craig Leipold believed illnesses and goaltending were the issues, not the coach, and he was right.
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.
Doug Risebrough, Glen Sather and Tommy Thompson all spent time with Wild or North Stars.
The ex-North Stars player and Tampa Bay GM knows goal scoring could be an issue for the team.
The Blues series might be long, but Chuck Fletcher thinks Wild has the talent and drive to compete.
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.
The matchup is a tough one for the Wild, but the team’s depth could be a problem for St. Louis.
Games with Ohio State and TCU this fall will require a better passing game.
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.
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.
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…
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is inclined to let coach Flip Saunders keep doing double duty – for now.
The captain attributed his team’s recent surge to players figuring out what they need to do to succeed.
Apparently the Wilf family is willing to spend as much money as necessary to make their football stadium the best in the NFL.
SID’s JOTTINGS • There is no doubt that several of the Vikings players are in contact with Adrian Peterson, trying to convince him…
The basketball team has been underwhelming for 30 years, hurt by scandals and poor play.
Wild GM Chuck Fletcher praised the goalie for helping save the season.
The Star Tribune building has been my workplace since the 1940s, but its time is running out.
“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.
SID’s JOTTINGS • The Wild roster features six Minnesota natives, with many playing a big part in the team’s bid for the Stanley…
Unless a stunning trade offer surfaces, Adrian Peterson will stay under contract with the Vikings.
Adolph Rupp's Wildcats title teams had talent that stayed longer than today’s one-and-done stars.
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.
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…
Flip Saunders has built a nice mix of young players and veterans, exciting the fan base.
Jim Pohlad said winning would be the only factor for Target Field attendance going forward.
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.…
The Badgers coach does things right, Knight said, but he’s never been a fan of shots beyond the arc.
Spring football practice gives Jerry Kill a chance to see what they can do.
The Vikings GM is free to talk with his superstar running back again after last week’s court ruling.
SID’s JOTTINGS • The Gophers men’s basketball team went from a ranking of 93 to 79 in the RPI after beating Michigan State…
Over the long term, Fran Tarkenton’s return to the Vikings was a success, as he guided the Vikings to three Super Bowls.
The Wolves owner said the team will wait for his decision but wants the superstar to return.
Kevin Garnett intends to work with the Wolves once he’s done playing.
The Timberwolves were interested in a reunion with Kevin Garnett as far back as last summer.
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.
SID’s JOTTINGS • Timberwolves fans will get a chance to watch Kevin Garnett chase a number of career milestones. He is 14th all-time…
Lester Bagley says the team has done well with keeping construction costs under control.
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…
SID’s JOTTINGS• One of the reasons some University of Minnesota officials are optimistic about raising the $150 million to build the Gophers…
Vikings owner/president Mark Wilf hopes the back will rejoin the team after legal issues are resolved.
The university president is happy with the money raised and says the U is “100 percent committed.”
Nearly 100,000 people have registered for the ticket lottery, with an estimated 45,000 daily tickets available to the public.
SID’s JOTTINGS • Gophers football players David Cobb, Maxx Williams and Damien Wilson have been invited to participate in the NFL combine Feb.…
The Patriots turned the Vikings’ four picks into three players who helped them win the Super Bowl.
Football coach Jerry Kill is excited about bringing in some big wideouts and filling holes elsewhere.
The Vikings great was passed over for Canton when lesser centers were getting enshrined.
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.
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…
Pete Carroll displayed his knowledge and enthusiasm when the Vikings hired him in 1985.
The former Vikings defensive tackle stepped into ideal role in Seattle.
Richard Pitino points to the senior’s recent play as something for the Gophers to build on.
SID’s JOTTINGS • Despite the Timberwolves’ poor record, owner Glen Taylor said that he will lose only $1 million or $2 million to operate…
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.
The former Viking says QBs today have more input about how they want footballs prepared.
The state Legislature, parking revenue and ticket taxes could help fund athletic facilities.
The team made some big investments, but it wants last year’s pricey free agent to contribute.
The Vikings have done a good job of getting younger since the 2010 season, which was their final season with Brett Favre. That team…
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…
Offensive coordinator Norv Turner expects the Vikings QB to get stronger and smarter yet.
With few exceptions, most of the prominent teams in town are finding victories pretty scarce.
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