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Sports
March 22
Fans will miss Marcus Sherels; Vikings might miss him even more

Fans will miss Marcus Sherels; Vikings might miss him even more

Marcus Sherels became a Vikings fan favorite for a number of reasons after arriving with the team in 2010. He was “one of us,” hailing from Rochester and playing for the Gophers.
Sports
March 22
Sites duped by fake tweet about NCAA hoops star missing flight, taking Uber

Sites duped by fake tweet about NCAA hoops star missing flight, taking Uber

Welcome to the Friday edition of The Cooler, where the smell test is still an important one. Let's get to it: *On Wednesday evening, a…
Gophers
March 21
Pitino following Tubby Smith's script so far -- but ending feels different

Pitino following Tubby Smith's script so far -- but ending feels different

Richard Pitino entered Year 6 as Gophers men’s basketball coach with zero NCAA tournament victories, a Big Ten career record well below .500 and whispers that his job could be in jeopardy.
Vikings
March 21
Is it time for Vikings to trust Kyle Sloter as their backup QB?

Is it time for Vikings to trust Kyle Sloter as their backup QB?

For what it’s worth, Kirk Cousins seems pretty comfortable with Sloter. He posted a picture on Instagram of the two of them working out together last week
Sports
March 20
Gophers fans in Des Moines: Early departures, beverages and basketball

Gophers fans in Des Moines: Early departures, beverages and basketball

The first of the “field of 64” games in the entire tournament, it’s televised on CBS and it will make for a great lunchtime rallying point on Thursday. But what about a road trip?
Wolves
March 20
Injuries? Sure, but awful defense has hurt the Timberwolves just as much

Injuries? Sure, but awful defense has hurt the Timberwolves just as much

Their defensive rating since Ryan Saunders took over as interim coach is just about the worst in the NBA. Here's how bad things have become.
Twins
March 19
Extended forecast: Almost 60 and sunny for Twins opener next week

Extended forecast: Almost 60 and sunny for Twins opener next week

Relentless checking of the 10-day forecast for good news has revealed this: The current projected high temperature in Minneapolis for March 28 is 59 degrees.
Vikings
March 18
Coaching > talent? Vikings' 2019 philosophy takes a different turn

Coaching > talent? Vikings' 2019 philosophy takes a different turn

The Vikings find themselves with plenty of offensive line needs but limited cap space in an offseason when a lot of linemen are getting paid.
Gophers
March 18
Amir Coffey reacts during overtime vs. Penn State on Thursday night.

Have Gophers overachieved, underachieved or properly achieved?

The Gophers men’s basketball team this season offers an interesting test case for that set of questions — and perhaps a case where perception doesn’t quite match reality.
Sports
March 14
Fans are skeptical, but projections say Twins are wild card contenders

Fans are skeptical, but projections say Twins are wild card contenders

Having learned long ago that the online comments section on Star Tribune stories is a place to go for the loudest voices, but not necessarily…
Sports
March 14
Can Teddy Bridgewater and the Dolphins figure this out?

Can Teddy Bridgewater and the Dolphins figure this out?

The Miami Dolphins are a NFL team in desperate need of a starting quarterback. Teddy Bridgewater is a Miami native in need of a job.
Wolves
March 13
ESPN: Timberwolves' once-bright future vanishing before our eyes

ESPN: Timberwolves' once-bright future vanishing before our eyes

If you want a sobering look at what has happened to the Timberwolves in the last three years — and what might happen in the next three — ESPN has you covered.
Vikings
March 13
Winfield ..,. Cousins ... Barr. Vikings keep annoying Jets in free agency

Winfield ..,. Cousins ... Barr. Vikings keep annoying Jets in free agency

This is the story of three pro football players, when given a choice, picking the Minni-apple over the Big Apple. Let’s start in the past and work our way forward:
Sports
March 12
OKC's Westbrook curses out heckler, says 'consequences' necessary

OKC's Westbrook curses out heckler, says 'consequences' necessary

Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook was recorded by a fan Monday in Utah issuing an expletive-laden threat at a heckler, and after the game he said…
Gophers
March 11
Everything has broken just right (so far) for Gophers men's basketball

Everything has broken just right (so far) for Gophers men's basketball

There were positive developments for the Gophers over the weekend that should make it easier to withstand the team's loss at Maryland on Friday night, including a good first-round matchup in the Big Ten tournament.
Wolves
March 7
It's that time (again) to speculate about a Timberwolves lottery pick

It's that time (again) to speculate about a Timberwolves lottery pick

The year has been filled with dysfunction (early) and disappointment (in general), but it’s been a step short of a disaster. With that in mind, let’s take a peek at the June NBA draft.
Twins
March 7
Ready for Opening Day? This is Target Field right now

Ready for Opening Day? This is Target Field right now

If you’re the Minnesota Twins, you have plenty of space for the snow at Target Field. The problem is that in three weeks from today, you’re supposed to play a baseball game.
Vikings
March 6
Two mock drafts and both have the Vikings going for ... defense

Two mock drafts and both have the Vikings going for ... defense

Keep in mind that NFL free agency starts next week, and what happens in the coming days should have a significant impact on the Vikings as the draft gets closer, But, still, what about the offensive line?
Sports
March 6
Big night for Gophers, Wolves and Wild: What does it all mean?

Big night for Gophers, Wolves and Wild: What does it all mean?

Tuesday was a big night in local sports, with three major teams quality opponents. All three games started at 7 p.m., and the news was almost all good.
Twins
March 5
Twins again getting ready to live -- and thrive? -- without Sano

Twins again getting ready to live -- and thrive? -- without Sano

Unfortunately for the Twins, they’ve become pretty accustomed to life without Miguel Sano. And interestingly, the Twins have become pretty good without him in the lineup.
Vikings
March 4
If quarterback Rosen's available, a vote for the Vikings to go after him

If quarterback Rosen's available, a vote for the Vikings to go after him

Josh Rosen, who was chosen with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2018 draft might be on the market. Here's why RandBall thinks the Vikings should trade for him.
Wild
March 4
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau anticipates he could tab goalie Devan Dubnyk for the entire three-game road trip this week, including a back-to-back at the

Goaltending, above all else, is fueling Wild's resurgence

Whatever you think of the impact of the new players, the thing that is above all else fueling this Wild resurgence is goaltending.
Gophers
March 1
Road to March Madness: Two more wins should get Gophers into tournament

Road to March Madness: Two more wins should get Gophers into tournament

The Gophers have two daunting regular-season games left: home against conference co-leader Purdue and at Maryland. Here's the formula for an NCAA berth.
Wild
February 28
Wild roster makeover: Diving into the salary cap and roster implications

Wild roster makeover: Diving into the salary cap and roster implications

Before the series of recent trades, it was going to be very hard to envision anything but the status quo for the Wild because of salary constraints.
Gophers
February 28
Gophers hurting themselves with three-point ineptitude

Gophers hurting themselves with three-point ineptitude

"Out of 353 Division I teams, the Gophers are ..." If you're a Gophers fan, the pain of completing this sentence may be a bit much. Plus, Tubby Smith gets trolled ... by a fellow coach.
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Today's Scoreboard

  • Arizona

    Atlanta

     

    - F

    4

    1

  • San Francisco

    Washington

     

    - F

    2

    4

  • Chicago White Sox

    Detroit

     

    - F

    7

    9

  • Toronto

    Minnesota

     

    - F

    7

    4

  • Kansas City

    NY Yankees

     

    - F

    6

    1

  • Baltimore

    Tampa Bay

     

    - F

    6

    5

  • LA Dodgers

    Milwaukee

     

    - F

    3

    1

  • Philadelphia

    Colorado

     

    - F

    2

    6

  • Seattle

    LA Angels

     

    - F

    11

    10

  • Cincinnati

    San Diego

     

    - F

    4

    1

No NFL games today

  • Philadelphia

    Brooklyn

     

    - F

    131

    115

  • Denver

    San Antonio

     

    - F

    108

    118

  • Golden State

    LA Clippers

     

    - F

    132

    105

  • Washington

    Carolina

     

    - F

    1

    2

  • St. Louis

    Winnipeg

     

    - F

    3

    2

  • Vegas

    San Jose

     

    - F

    2

    5

No MLS games today