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Vikings
August 12, 2019
Minnesota Vikings' newly acquired punter/kicker Kaare Vedvik (7). ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ¥ cgonzalez@startribune.com Ð Eagan, MN Ð August 12, 2019, TCO

A mess of their own making: The Vikings and their kicking game

Kaare Vedvik might turn out to be great, or it might just be one more failed attempt at chasing greatness — one that probably could have been avoided a year ago.
Twins
August 9, 2019
Standoff between FSN and providers is frustrating many Twins fans

Standoff between FSN and providers is frustrating many Twins fans

These dust-ups have happened in the past, but what makes this one particularly frustrating and damaging is that there doesn’t appear to be any compromise in sight.
Twins
August 8, 2019
How would you grade the Twins' TV announcers?

How would you grade the Twins' TV announcers?

The web site Awful Announcing is back with its annual question: How would you rank the local broadcast crews for all 30 MLB teams? So how did the Twins do?
Loons
August 8, 2019
United's run to Open Cup final fuels new era of Minnesota soccer

United's run to Open Cup final fuels new era of Minnesota soccer

Minnesota United has captured a major league-level fan base in its first two years. Now, in a new stadium, the Loons are playing like they deserve every one of those supporters.
Vikings
August 7, 2019
Vikings have gotten older in a hurry. What does that tell us?

Vikings have gotten older in a hurry. What does that tell us?

Lacking players under 25 doesn’t necessarily mean a roster is old. Rather it means that in the case of a good roster, at least, there are a lot of players in their prime who possibly have played together for a while.
Vikings
August 7, 2019
Packers playing Raiders in Winnipeg (and nobody wants to go)

Packers playing Raiders in Winnipeg (and nobody wants to go)

The game is on pace to draw fewer than 9,000 fans, according to a social media post from a Canadian journalist. The ticket prices aren't helping.
Vikings
August 7, 2019
Sign of the times: NFL star Antonio Brown's ugly, injured feet explained

Sign of the times: NFL star Antonio Brown's ugly, injured feet explained

The blistered feet that have kept Antonio Brown from working out with his new team, the Oakland Raiders, came as the result of a cryotherapy session gone bad.
Twins
August 6, 2019
Arizona Diamondbacks' Eduardo Escobar smiles as he arrives back at the dugout after hitting a two-run home run against the Washington Nationals during

A dozen Twins from the awful years are somehow thriving in 2019

While the current Twins season has been a joy in many ways, 2019 has stubbornly refused to let us forget some of the awful teams from recent years.
Twins
August 6, 2019
Sano making the most of yet another second chance with the Twins

Sano making the most of yet another second chance with the Twins

Miguel Sano has had more than one second chance to prove himself — and right now he's making the most of his current opportunity. Will more Twins fans change their feelings about him?
Wild
August 5, 2019
Wild: From Stanley Cup contenders to long shots in two years

Wild: From Stanley Cup contenders to long shots in two years

One web site offering odds on the 2019-20 NHL Stanley Cup champion lists the Wild among the longest of long shots.
Twins
August 5, 2019
Health permitting, what's the Twins' best postseason lineup and rotation?

Health permitting, what's the Twins' best postseason lineup and rotation?

The position players are a little easier to sort out, even if there are still some questions. The pitching rotation is a far more intriguing issue.
Sports
July 30, 2019
The Great Baseball Road Trip meets the energy of a great city

The Great Baseball Road Trip meets the energy of a great city

I go to great lengths to try to wear myself out, to feel like I've given everything to a day. Case in point: Today, Week…
Twins
July 19, 2019
Eddie Rosario

Give me the confidence of Rosario and the efficiency of Taylor Rogers

RandBall writes: 'I like to think that I’m a reasonably confident person, but I would love to live just one day of my life with the confidence that Eddie Rosario carries with him.'
Wolves
July 18, 2019
Towns: Culture under Thibodeau would have been bad for rookies

Towns: Culture under Thibodeau would have been bad for rookies

Wolves star Karl-Anthony Towns is happy right now, and he's making no secret of some things that annoyed him before last season's coaching change.
Twins
July 18, 2019
Ope! Sometimes you get in a Twitter battle with the Cleveland Indians

Ope! Sometimes you get in a Twitter battle with the Cleveland Indians

Twitter is either the greatest and most important communication advancement of this era or the worst thing in the world.
Wild
July 17, 2019
After reshuffling, did Wild gain in talent or flexibility?

After reshuffling, did Wild gain in talent or flexibility?

Barring anything dramatic, the Wild’s offseason activity might be drawing to a close.
Vikings
July 16, 2019
Vegas insider: NFC North champ will be determined by Kirk Cousins

Vegas insider: NFC North champ will be determined by Kirk Cousins

Will the overhaul of the Vikings offense be a good thing for the Vikings' quarterback? That's the expectation out of Las Vegas, where the Vikings are listed just behind the Bears in the NFC North division race.
Wolves
July 16, 2019
Saunders: Summer League laid groundwork for what Wolves want to be

Saunders: Summer League laid groundwork for what Wolves want to be

Moch of what the Wolves did during the summer league in going 6-1 can be construed as the seeds of what Ryan Saunders would like to see extended to the full NBA squad.
Sports
July 15, 2019
Much to like about the Summer League Timberwolves

Much to like about the Summer League Timberwolves

As long as we keep things in perspective, there has been a lot to like about what the Wolves have done during the past week in the Las Vegas Summer League, where they've won all six of their games.
Sports
July 15, 2019
We can't seem to pick up the pace.

Sometimes a man falls while running — and asks a lot of questions

Michael Rand fell while on a run a few days ago. It caused him to think through a lot of things -- from his multiple sclerosis diagnosis to whether there was a positive message in what happened.
Wolves
July 12, 2019
With Westbrook in Houston, the silly Wolves speculation is over

With Westbrook in Houston, the silly Wolves speculation is over

When it became clear that Russell Westbrook was out his way out of Oklahoma City, there was speculation he could be headed to the Wolves. But you didn't read that here.
Wolves
July 11, 2019
Shabazz Napier might be a better fit for Wolves than Tyus

Shabazz Napier might be a better fit for Wolves than Tyus

Napier, whose one-year, $1.88 million contract became fully guaranteed Wednesday, might offer equal (or more) production than Tyus Jones next season for a fraction of the cost.
Wolves
July 10, 2019
Timberwolves 2020: You can see the future from here

Timberwolves 2020: You can see the future from here

It’s becoming clear that the Wolves are gearing up for the summer and fall of 2020 while treating the upcoming season as a way to see where they stand.
Twins
July 9, 2019
Homer-bashing Twins avoided 'curse' of the Home Run Derby

Homer-bashing Twins avoided 'curse' of the Home Run Derby

Many MLB fans worry that participating in the home run contest at the All-Star break will doom participants to a relatively poor second half of the season.
Wolves
July 9, 2019
Russell knows he might not be in Golden State long

Russell knows he might not be in Golden State long

Almost as soon as Golden State nabbed Russell out from under the rest of the NBA (and most notably the Timberwolves), reports started emerging that his stay with the Warriors might not last long.
TV Listings

Local Schedule

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  • Gophers men's basketball at Rutgers

    12 pm on BTN, 100.3-FM

  • Gophers women's basketball at Purdue

    1 pm on 96.7-FM

  • Denver at Timberwolves

    7 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Florida at Wild

    7 pm on FSN PLUS, 100.3-FM

  • Timberwolves at Chicago

    7 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Wisconsin at Gophers women's basketball

    7 pm on 96.7-FM

  • Detroit at Timberwolves

    7:10 pm on NBCSN, 100.3-FM

  • Gophers men's basketball at Ohio State

    5:30 pm on FS1, 100.3-FM

  • Ohio State at Gophers men's hockey

    7 pm on FSN, 103.5-FM/1130-AM

  • Houston at Timberwolves

    7 pm on FSN, ESPN, 830-AM

  • Gophers women's hockey at Wisconsin

    7:07 pm

  • Gophers women's hockey at Wisconsin

    3:07 pm

  • Oklahoma City at Timberwolves

    7 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Ohio State at Gophers men's hockey

    7:30 pm on BTN, 103.5-FM/1130-AM

Today's Scoreboard

No MLB games today

No NFL games today

  • LA Clippers

    New Orleans

     

    - F

    133

    130

  • Milwaukee

    Brooklyn

     

    - F

    117

    97

  • Phoenix

    Boston

     

    - F

    123

    119

  • Philadelphia

    New York

     

    - F

    90

    87

  • Detroit

    Atlanta

     

    - F

    136

    103

  • Toronto

    Minnesota

     

    - F

    122

    112

  • Cleveland

    Chicago

     

    - F

    116

    118

  • LA Lakers

    Houston

     

    - F

    124

    115

  • Orlando

    Golden State

     

    - F

    95

    109

  • Sacramento

    Utah

     

    - F

    101

    123

  • Portland

    Oklahoma City

     

    - F

    106

    119

  • Washington

    NY Islanders

     

    - F

    6

    4

  • St. Louis

    Colorado

     

    - F

    3

    5

  • Arizona

    Edmonton

     

    - F

    3

    7

  • Calgary

    Ottawa

     

    - F

    2

    5

  • New Jersey

    Columbus

     

    - F

    0

    5

  • Florida

    Detroit

     

    - F

    4

    1

  • Vegas

    Montreal

     

    - F

    4

    5

  • Los Angeles

    Philadelphia

     

    - F

    1

    4

  • Chicago

    Toronto

     

    - F

    6

    2

  • Buffalo

    Nashville

     

    - F

    1

    2

  • Dallas

    Minnesota

     

    - F

    0

    7

  • San Jose

    Vancouver

     

    - F

    1

    4

No MLS games today