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Add this to the list of unexpected things of 2020: Gophers men's basketball has a deep, stable roster.
A controversial finish by the Gophers over Purdue overshadowed the main topic pregame: 22 players did not suit up, leaving them with only 61 scholarship players available. Is this worth it?
From 10th to 93rd in total defense. From 36th to 99th in scoring defense. This has been a staggering U-turn for the Gophers' defense in only one season.
The maligned quarterback more than filled in the gaps on a night when other parts of the Vikings' game weren't as good as they needed to be.
Outplayed and outcoached are just two words that apply to what transpired Friday night at TCF Bank Stadium, where the Gophers lost yet again to rival Iowa.
Sophomore year in high school, his second game as a starting running back, facing one of the best teams in the state of Maryland. Mo Ibrahim remembers it vividly.
A strong case can be made that Cook is the best all-around running back in the NFL. That's why the Vikings signed him to a big contract before the season started despite his injury history.
The NFL trade deadline is 3 p.m. today and if the Vikings can move a veteran or two in exchange for draft picks, they should go for it. Trade veterans, commit to young players, stockpile draft picks.
Another batch of injuries during Sunday's game forced the Vikings to make some moves on defense that not even Mike Zimmer could have imagined.
Remember when Packers week meant something? The excitement, the animosity, the extra significance of those two games each season?
The schools have more minority students enrolled than white students, with 48 languages spoken in its classrooms. Through the changes, two colors have united the town: The red and white of the Austin Packers.
If the NCAA mandates that colleges test athletes three times per week, Minnesota schools will need to figure our how to get access and pay for thousands of tests.
Every scout team member is a potential starter. The No. 3 quarterback might be running onto the field at some point. It's not ideal, but this is what we wanted.
An overmatched defense and absurd special teams — caused by COVID-19 absences and injuries — turned a highly anticipated opener into a one-sided contest. Michigan's offense basically did whatever it wanted all game.
Defenses in college football already play on a slanted field. How quickly the Gophers' new-look unit matures will determine whether P.J. Fleck's program takes the next step and wins the Big Ten West.
"This is a completely different animal," Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said. "It's preparing for ghosts, preparing for the unknown. You just have to be ready for it."
Welcome to the weirdest college football season on record.
There is no adequate way to describe what it's like to work with Sid Hartman, but he was certainly a special colleague.
The game offered a basket full of headline-worthy developments, but coach Mike Zimmer's decision with two minutes to play will receive the most scrutiny.
Any down, any situation, Eric Kendricks is the rock in middle of Vikings defense
The weekend's on-the-fly schedule changes were an inevitable outcome in the precarious pursuit of playing a full pro football season, however crass that might sound.
Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson on Sunday gave the Vikings' offense life and got the team into the win column for the first time this season.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer dreams at night about winning games 13-10. But low scoring isn't realistic right now, meaning his teams will have to win shootouts until the defense gets healthy and more experienced.
The Vikings on Sunday found a new way to lose as a slapstick finish wasted brilliant performances by Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson.
Mike Zimmer billed himself as a 'Fixer' when he was hired, and at 0-2 heading into Sunday's date with Tennessee this feels like a hefty repair job.
This isn't complicated: The Big Ten flip-flopped on whether it is safe to play football this fall. Why can't Gophers star Rashod Bateman do the same?
Kirk Cousins on Sunday finished with a 15.9 passer rating, the ninth-worst in team history. "It was just a poor day," he said. And it was. For him, his team, the whole operation.
Plenty of Colts season-ticket holders who were able to score tickets to Sunday's game vs. the Vikings sold them on the secondary market. At a premium, in some cases. Capacity was capped at 2,500
The thrill of attending a sporting event is enhanced by the noise, the energy, the smells, the claustrophobic nature of fans cramming into a confined space. Remove all that and here's what it feels like.
Josh Donaldson's post-home run antics Thursday were selfish, completely unnecessary and hurt the Twins' chances in a crucial game.
There's no wiggle room on personal responsibility if the season is to play out properly.
The Gophers coaching staff had so little faith in Chris Streveler's skills that they ultimately moved him to wide receiver. Now he's Kyler Murray's backup with the Arizona Cardinals.
The Big Ten made a decision before it needed to, failed miserably in articulating why they made it and couldn't even agree on whether a formal vote had been taken.
The overmatched Vikings defense was ill equipped in every way to stop Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense.
The "power of the collective" helped the second-year running back reach the NFL and become a role model in his California hometown. "Everything was always a learning situation," his mother says.
No sport relies on fan noise to provide an advantage as much as football, and the Vikings will lose a big advantage when they play without fans at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Kirk Cousins remains the most important player on the Vikings roster, evidenced by social media stampede following his actions on the field and off it.
If big boppers in the lineup don't start big bopping again, this team won't contend no matter how the rotation fares.
How a 16-year-old student-athlete's decision to donate organs has improved the lives of more than 75 people.
This wasn't a harmless clerical error. Whatever happened, the lab sent the NFL into scramble mode and likely caused concern inside organizations that are trying to makes things work.
The new Big Ten commissioner failed on communication, failed on transparency and failed to bring people together.
The NFL can't relax its diligence in trying to manage this safely. But one practice in full pads under a warm August sun felt familiar and reassuring.
The Big Ten began playing football in 1896. Of all the seasons to be postponed by a global pandemic, it had to be with the Gophers coming off a historic season. Now Saturdays in the fall will be silent.
Athletes and coaches involved in all fall college sports deserve to know their fate. Keeping everyone in limbo isn't a plan.
Spring football won't have the same aura towns like Hutchinson have come to embrace. It's still football, and that's better than nothing, but you can understand the disappointment players felt Tuesday.
This is how the NFL intends/hopes/prays to make pandemic football succeed, in the absence of a bubble: The honor system and self-policing. How realistic is that?
Born 17 years apart, Nelson Cruz and Luis Arraez are also very different hitters who consistently deliver in their own way; one mashes, the other slashes.
With a mix of young and veteran talent, the White Sox could contend in the AL Central for years.
A familiar theme emerged on Opening Day of the strangest season in the 60 years of the Twins' existence that allows for one definitive statement that promises to hold up.
Lineup options abound for the 2020 Twins. And it's a lineup that looks even more formidable than the one that launched an MLB-record 307 home runs and scored a franchise-record 939 runs.
Chicago's Wrigley Field, a place revered for its rollicking party scene, was quieter than solitary confinement during Wednesday's game between the Twins and Cubs.
What is the harm in adding two years to Zimmer's contract? From a purely business perspective, that equates to a severance package if ownership ultimately chooses a new direction, not an unbreakable marriage.
Baseball scouts showed little interest in the Twins reliever out of high school or college because he's smallish in size with a fastball that lacks sizzle. Yet he's in his 13th MLB season with three World Series rings and an All-Star appearance on his résumé.
Division I makes sense for St. Thomas for a variety of reasons. So what impact will that move have on University of Minnesota sports teams? Very little, initially.
The Wild's owner never reached a point where he thought Monday's franchise-altering development might not happen, but Craig Leipold admits he had moments of real concern.
The seriousness and uncertainty of what's happening in the world and what's to come won't magically vanish, but the thought of being entertained seems awfully appealing right now.
Temperature checks, blocked-off bathroom stalls, hand sanitizer stations and, of course, masks are all part of allowing people — a few, anyway — back to watch.
The 2019 AL Manager of the Year won't push too hard too fast despite the shortened schedule.
The surge of COVID-19 cases in different states — including Florida, where the NBA, WNBA and MLS will be based — has cast new doubt about whether sports can pull this off.
Minnesota's sports leadership a largely homogeneous group of white people who run teams and programs that have a high percentage of athletes who are minorities. It's time to change that.
The coronavirus presents a complicated situation for universities as the fall approaches. No amount of health measures and protocols can eliminate risk entirely.
The sport could have been the first back from the pandemic, but thanks to failed leadership and greed there's doubt it will be back this year at all.
The Vikings will compromise. Cook will compromise. A summerlong staredown or threats of a training camp holdout are nothing more than Negotiating 101.
After a medical emergency at the wrestling state meet, Brayden Weber has been cleared to resume physical activity and hopes to wrestle and play football again.
In boxing, the fundamental objective is to knock down your opponent. At Circle of Discipline, a boxing gym on E. Lake St., the mission was just the opposite last week after the killing of George Floyd.
The legendary North High boys' basketball coach keeps replaying the video of George Floyd in his mind. "That could've been me. That could've been my son. That could've been any of my players."
Willie Mitchell, the tough ex-Wild player who appeared in 900-plus games over 15 NHL seasons, is now part owner of a resort on Vancouver Island.
College athletes will start returning to campus for workouts in two weeks and universities increasingly have pledged to resume in-person classes this fall.
As a 10-year-old with brain cancer, Mia Gerold formed a bond with the Gophers football team and former coach Jerry Kill. At 19, she has a new relationship with the U.
Tarek Tomes' pandemic mission hits close to the heart.
Reading through baseball's 67-page manual for starting the season is a blunt reminder that "Game on!" will be far more complex than simply telling fans to stay home.
Former Gophers great Trent Tucker shared a locker room with Michael Jordan for one season, 1992-93, the final act of the Bulls' first championship three-peat.
Mounting revenue loss will force athletic departments to make decisions they fear most. Do they maintain the same number of sports but reduce spending ? Or do they make the tough choice of elimination?
Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren took an important step in accomplishing that objective leaguewide by unveiling a new initiative in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month.
Starting with a Mississippi junket to lasso Brett Favre and ending with torn stadium roof, a weird season kept getting weirder.