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Chris Miller

Editor | Pro sports
Phone: 612-673-4428

Chris Miller supervises coverage of professional sports teams. He has been at the Star Tribune since 1999 and is a former sports editor of the Duluth News-Tribune and the Mesabi Daily News.

Miller traveled the world as an Army brat before his folks settled in Minnesota. He graduated from Lake City High School and attended University of Minnesota Duluth before getting a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota in 1981. He and his wife, Mary, have six children and live in Lino Lakes. In his spare time ... well ... he has no spare time.
Recent content from Chris Miller
Twins fan Zack Kellner of Minneapolis left Target Field after the team announced that the series opener against Boston was postponed Monday.

Pro sports on pause in Minnesota after shooting death of Daunte Wright

With metro curfew in effect, Monday's slate of games off as teams search for answers, share frustration after the fatal shooting of a Black motorist in Brooklyn Center on Sunday.
Can Josh Donaldson have a bigger impact on the Twins this season?

Five keys to the Twins' success in 2021

What to watch for as the 2021 season gets underway today in Milwaukee
The Wild’s game at Xcel Energy Center on March 15, 2020, was canceled, signaling the start of a sports shutdown in the Twin Cities.

After a year of cardboard cutouts and piped-in noise, players, coaches welcome fans' return

The Wild, Twins and Timberwolves will get the first chance to welcome large numbers of fans back in attendance.
Lynx teammates Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen posed for photographers after winning Olympic gold medals in London in 2012.

Lynx's Moore says she'll miss another WNBA season

The six-time All-Star and eight-year Lynx veteran said on Good Morning America that she'll sit out this season as well.
Jake Odorizzi went 22-18 over three seasons with the Twins, posting a 4.11 ERA.

Former Twins All-Star Jake Odorizzi agrees to two-year deal with Houston

The Astros swept the Twins in a playoff series after last season.
An independent team in 2020, the Saints will be the Twins’ top affiliate at CHS Field this season.

St. Paul Saints season will be delayed a month

CHS Field will be used as an alternate site for the Twins in April, meaning the Class AAA season will be 120 games.
Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Jorge Alcala.

Twins reliever Jorge Alcala has rapidly improving comfort level

After an impressive rookie season, the righthander will be joined by new pair of fellow Dominicans.
Eddie Rosario rounded the bases after a home run against Cleveland on Aug. 1 at Target Field.

Eddie Rosario gets one-year, $8 million deal with Cleveland

The 29-year-old left fielder played the past six seasons for the Twins.
Kevin Fiala of the Wild earned a boarding major and game misconduct for a hit from behind on Kings defenseman Matt Roy on Thursday at Xcel Energy Cent

Wild winger Fiala gets game misconduct after dangerous hit

The NHL will review the play for possible suspension after Kings defenseman Matt Roy was injured on the check.
Ehire Adrianza played 311 games with the Twins over the past four seasons.

Ehire Adrianza thanked Twins fans in Instagram post before signing with Atlanta

The veteran utility player was with the team the past four seasons.
Marcus Johansson

New additions to this season's Wild roster

Here are seven new players who could have an impact in 2021.
Former Wild goalie Anton Khudobin remained with the Stars after becoming a free agent, receiving a three-year deal worth $10 million.

Who went where among NHL goaltenders in free agency

The offseason was a busy time for free-agent goalies in a crowded market. Here's a look at who went where.
Miami’s JT Riddle (39) celebrated his walk-off home run with teammates Marcell Ozuna (13) and Christian Yelich (21) on April 16, 2017.

Twins sign utility player Riddle to minor-league deal

JT Riddle can play infield and outfield position, and has played mostly at shortstop during a career with the Pirates and Marlins.
Rosario, in Instagram letter, bids farewell to Twins fans

Rosario, in Instagram letter, bids farewell to Twins fans

The left fielder played six seasons in Minnesota and was non-tendered at the deadline Wednesday.
Jose Berrios

'We know we fell short.' Falvey ponders conquering 'Octoberphobia'

Twins executive Derek Falvey Falvey and manager Rocco Baldelli understand that the fan base has 'Octoberphobia' when it comes to the Twins and the playoffs.
Bob Woods has been the Wild’s top assistant coach for the past three seasons.

Wild hires assistant coaches Chabot, McLean

The Wild hired two assistant coaches and extended the contract of three others Wednesday.
Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton (25) scored the winning run in Tuesday's game.

Falvey gives injury updates; Jeffers promoted over Astudillo

Byron Buxton and Mitch Garver went on the 10-day injured list. But Derek Falvey downplayed the severity of the injuries that are sidelining them.
Matt Dumba

Wild defenseman Matt Dumba is finalist for King Clancy Trophy

Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers and Devils defenseman P.K. Subban are also in the running for the humanitarian award.
No social distancing was evident as Twins players celebrated their victory over the White Sox in Chicago on Sunday.

Twins, other teams working through first in-season coronavirus scare

The Twins beat the White Sox in two of three games in Chicago over the weekend, with both teams finding it difficult to observe social distancing and avoiding actions such as spitting.
Luis Arraez of the Twins turned a double play against the Yankees during last year’s playoff series.

Border Battle with Brewers will open 2021 regular season for Twins

The home opener is Thursday, April 8, against the Seattle Mariners, part of a seven-game homestand that includes four games against the Red Sox.
Twins pitcher Devin Smeltzer

Smeltzer's workouts led to improved slider

Twins rotation hopeful Devin Smeltzer said working on his slider was a top priority during the layoff, and away from the competition, he felt a lot of improvement.
Adam Thielen offers tips online to Vikings receivers

Vikings' Thielen schools up new virtual receiving partners

With Stefon Diggs traded to Buffalo and the coronavirus pandemic limiting in-person teaching opportunities, the two-time Pro Bowler has been getting online to help teammates, including first-round draft pick Justin Jefferson.
Vikings safety Anthony Harris (41) wrote on social media Sunday that he will return; the Vikings placed a franchise tag on him to prevent him from bec

Harris accepts franchise tender, likely will return to Vikings in 2020

Safety Anthony Harris led the league in interceptions, but there had been some speculation he might be traded.
illustration for 100 quotes about Sid Hartman

100 years. 100 things. All about Sid Hartman.

1 Sid was born March 15, 1920 at 10:15 a.m. in Minneapolis’ Asbury Methodist Hospital. He had three siblings — Bernice, Harold and Saul. 2…
Jeremy Hefner was an advance scout for the Twins before being named assistant pitching coach for the 2019 season.

Twins losing assistant pitching coach Hefner to Mets

The 33-year-old was an advance scout for the Twins before joining the coaching staff last season.
A common sight for Vikings fans in the 1960s and 1970s was Fred Cox kicking out of the hold of safety Paul Krause.

Fred Cox, leading scorer in Vikings history and inventor of Nerf football, dies at 80

Cox, one of 11 players on the rosters of all four Vikings' Super Bowl teams, died at age 80. Bud Grant called him the 'ultimate team player' for all of the things he did beyond kicking.
Wild defenseman Carson Soucy is a team-best plus-4. He earned a surprise spot on the roster this season as a 25-year-old rookie, and a difficult decis

Wild's Soucy hopes he has shown enough to stick around

Defenseman Greg Pateryn's imminent return leaves the Wild with a decision to make.
Bombas away: Left, center, right. Check out every Twins' home run

Bombas away: Left, center, right. Check out every Twins' home run

The Twins have set a team record for home runs in a season, and this chart shows who hit each of their "bombas" and where they landed.
The Big Ten will name Vikings Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren the conference's next commissioner to replace Jim Delany, an NFL source confirmed M

Big Ten to name Vikings' chief operating officer Kevin Warren commissioner

Kevin Warren played a key role in the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium and the Vikings' training complex in Eagan. The official announcement is scheduled for 11 a.m. today.
Mike Modano played 20 seasons for the Stars franchise, and had his number retired in 2014.

Wild hires Mike Modano as executive adviser

The Hockey Hall of Famer will assist owner Craig Leipold and team president Matt Majka starting Sept. 1.
Minnesota Vikings Holton Hill.

Vikings cornerback Holton Hill draws four-game suspension

The Vikings signed two defensive backs, Derron Smith and Duke Thomas, from San Antonio of the recently folded Alliance of American Football on Friday.
Boudrias was stopped by Los Angeles goalie Wayne Rutledge on Dec. 13, 1967, in a game at Met Center.

Former North Star Boudrias dies at 75

The diminutive winger led the team in assists during its first season in Minnesota.
Pat Dean went 1-6 with a 6.28 ERA in 19 games with the Twins in 2016 before spending the past two seasons in South Korea.

Twins re-sign lefty Dean to minor league contract

The lefthander is one of five players signed for depth at Class AAA Rochester.
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba had surgery to repair a ruptured right pectoralis muscle Wednesday and is expected to miss a minimum of three months.

Wild says Dumba will miss at least three months

He had surgery to repair a torn right pectoral muscle.
Rick Brunson

Brunson resigns as Wolves assistant; agent denies improper conduct

An NBA source said that assistant coach Rick Brunson had been the subject of complaints that he behaved improperly toward women.
Target Field.

James Rowson takes on challenge with youngsters as Twins hitting coach

The new Twins hitting coach caught Derek Falvey's attention a few years ago.
Defenseman Christian Folin

Confident Folin no longer worried about demotion

This season's strong start — he's 10th among NHL defensemen at plus-8 — has secured Christian Folin a spot on the Wild's second defensive pair with Jonas Brodin.
Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar was a minor league coach until Aug. 25.

Wild's old foe Colorado has a new face behind the bench

When volatile Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy quit on Aug. 11, the team went through a quick courtship and pilfered 44-year-old Jared Bednar from the AHL.
Vikings punter Jeff Locke

Jeff Locke got help in his best game

Special teams coach Mike Priefer thought it might have been Locke's best game in four seasons.
Minnesota Gophers head coach Don Lucia

Gophers hockey coach Don Lucia hopes to sign contract extension soon

Don Lucia has not signed a contract extension as Gophers men's hockey coach, but indicated he met with new athletic director Mark Coyle and hopes something can be worked out soon.
Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer assured the media and fans on Tuesday that he’s “not going to let this team feel sorry for itself.”

With Bridgewater's knee injury, high hopes for Vikings crumble

Zimmer's voice quavered as he spoke following the injury, saying: "He's a great kid. Let's let him get healthy and get taken care of. … I love this kid. Our fans love this kid."
Mikko Koivu.

Koivu leads five Wild players on World Cup rosters

Mikko Koivu is expected to captain the Finnish team for World Cup of Hockey 2016. The tournament runs Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 in Toronto.
By sticking with it, Mikko Koivu’s production has taken off.

Mikko Koivu's hot streak is contagious

The Wild captain has seven points in the past two games for a team that has gone from a dominant defensive stretch to an offense factory.
Vikings safety Antone Exum Jr. (32) recovered a fumble by Falcons running back Tevin Coleman (26) that was forced by linebacker Anthony Barr (55) in t

Exum picks up teammates with fill-in work at safety

Antone Exum's first NFL start was challenging. The Vikings were facing Atlanta's Julio Jones, the league's leading receiver, on Sunday as Exum stepped in for injured safety Harrison Smith.
Minnesota Wild's Jason Zucker, right, reaches for a puck alongside St. Louis Blues' Alex Pietrangelo.

Zucker will play for Wild on Saturday; Parise is close

Wild coach coach Mike Yeo looked ahead to a four-game homestand Friday with positive news about Jason Zucker and Zach Parise.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) during the preseason.

Oct. 3: Injuries at WR could mean more snaps for Patterson

Cordarrelle Patterson played 16 offensive snaps in the first three Vikings games, and has one reception for 1 yard. That could change Sunday in Denver.
Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) ] CARLOS GONZALEZ - September 14, 2015, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA, NFL, Minne

Vikings notes: Zimmer puts onus on Walsh to end slump

Blair Walsh will get a little tough love from Vikings coach Mike Zimmer after Walsh's unsteady preseason spilled into the regular season.
Babatunde Aiyegbusi came to Winter Park and signed a three-year, $1.575 million deal.

Vikings notes: Project at tackle believes he's improving

Babatunde Aiyegbusi is the very definition of an NFL project.
Fans evacuated TCF Bank Stadium and headed to Mariucci and Williams arenas after lightning struck nearby in the second quarter.

Lightning forces 65-minute delay of Vikings-Raiders game

The Vikings' 20-12 preseason victory over the Raiders at TCF Bank Stadium was interrupted for slightly more than an hour Saturday night because of visible lightning nearby.
Carter Bykowski left tried to block Everson Griffen during Vikings training camp at Minnesota State University Mankato Wednesday July 29, 2015 in Mank

Vikings tackle Bykowski lost for season because of torn pectoral

Reserve offensive tackle Carter Bykowski, an Eden Prairie native, is out for the season after surgery for a torn pectoral muscle, the team's fifth such injury in 11 months.
Ex-Minnesota Vikings linebacker Matt Blair, whose career spanned from 1974 to 1985, experienced numerous injuries over his pro playing career, includi

Judge OKs $1 billion settlement for NFL players' lifetime injuries

Appeals could delay payment as many are dissatisfied.

Vikings sign free agents Matthews, Mays

The Vikings signed two free agents Tuesday, adding former Eagles linebacker Casey Matthews and ex-Bengals safety Taylor Mays.
In this 2003 file photo, University of North Dakota star Zach Parise talks with a friend on the phone and plays with a puck in his father J.P. Parise'

NHL standout, hockey mentor J.P. Parise dies at 73

J.P. Parise, a star player for the old North Stars, and a longtime coach and administrator in Minnesota, had a yearlong battle with lung cancer.

Zimmer sings Bridgewater's praises

Bridgewater has completed 70 percent of his passes for the past four games. His record as a starter is 5-6 heading into Sunday's season finale against Chicago.

Peterson accuses NFL of lying, adopting 'new process of discipline'

Running back says NFL not honoring the rules in place at the time of his placement on commissioner's exempt list.
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, left, and ownership partner Reggie Fowler made note of features of the Seahawks' Qwest Field in 2005. Fowler, who has been pl

Reggie Fowler no longer has a stake in Vikings

Reggie Fowler, who attempted to buy the Vikings in 2005 before settling in as a limited partner, no longer has a stake in the team.
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was attended to after suffering his injury Sunday

Vikings' Rudolph facing surgery, likely out six weeks

Amid the hubbub of Teddy Bridgewater taking over as the Vikings quarterback was a definite din regarding the Vikings’ injury situation. Tight end
Jerome Simpson

Vikings release Simpson after learning of another drug citation

Hours after it was reported Jerome Simpson had been cited this summer for marijuana possession, the Vikings released him without comment Thursday.

Freshmen playing big role for Frozen Four-bound Gophers

A youth movement this season has paid off in the Gophers’ 21st trip to the NCAA Frozen Four. Eight freshmen played regularly, and seven were…
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel (16) made a hand-off to Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata (44) for a first down in the second quart

Cassel, Vikings agree on two-year, $10M deal

The contract that Matt Cassel opted out of was a two-year deal he signed in 2013 that was worth $3.7 million per season. His new contract is worth $10 million over two years, according to
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel

Vikings QB Cassel expected to opt out of contract

The veteran quarterback has until Friday to opt out of the second year of his two-year contract.
Mike Zimmer hugged his daughter, Corri, before the Bengals-Ravens game on Oct. 11, 2009 — three days after Vikki Zimmer’s death.

Vikings notes: Tragedy struck Zimmer in 2009

In 2009, Mike Zimmer's life changed in an instant.His wife, Vikki Zimmer, died unexpectedly of natural causes at age 50 on Oct. 8,…
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson

Peterson wants Vikings offense to be 'more physical'

Last season's NFL MVP played despite a right hamstring injury, and said after the game the offense is "out of whack."
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman spoke to members of the media Thursday October 17, 2013 Eden Prairie, MN. Freeman will get his first start

Giants' lacking pass rush might benefit Freeman

The Giants might be looking at Monday's game as a chance to improve their tepid sack totals against a Vikings team starting its third quarterback in four games.
Vikings linebacker Desmond Bishop suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during Sunday's game against Carolina.

Vikings linebacker Bishop lost for season

The former Packer tore his right ACL in the loss to Carolina.
Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil, right.

Kalil brothers face each other for first time

The parents will root for sons Ryan (Panthers) and Matt (Vikings) while daughter Danielle sings the anthem.
Quarterback Matt Cassel made his first start for the Vikings on Sept. 29 and led the team to a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in London.

QB audible doesn't faze Cassel

The veteran knows to expect the unexpected in the NFL.
National 20K champion Meghan Peyton would earn $25,000 — besides an award — with a win in the Twin Cities Marathon. She plans to stay with the lea

Richfield's Peyton should challenge for Twin Cities Marathon title

Meghan Peyton of Richfield easily won the U.S. national 20K last month. Now her sights are on the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said learning the team’s history and past sacrifices is a continuing process for his younger players.

Like Vikings, Steelers are desperate for victory

After two losses, holdovers from the 2008 Super Bowl team insisted younger players get more serious.
Minnesota Vikings offensive guard Jeff Baca, right, reacts as trainers assist injured Minnesota Vikings guard Seth Olsen.

Lineman Seth Olsen is OK after being carried off the field

The 27-year-old reserve guard hit his head on a Titans player's knee while blocking, and had his neck snap back.
Vikings Pro Bowl fullback Jerome Felton likely will miss the rest of the preseason after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Wednesday afternoon.

Felton undergoes emergency appendectomy

Vikings Pro Bowl fullback Jerome Felton likely will miss the rest of the preseason after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Wednesday afternoon.

Vikings notes: Mauti's determination shows through in rehab

Mauti, a seventh-round draft pick out of Penn State, had surgery to repair a torn left anterior cruciate ligament during the 2011 season and again for the same injury following his 2012 season
Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg

Vikings add 16 undrafted college free agents

James Vandenberg will try to show the form he flashed in his standout junior season with the Hawkeyes.
Mikko Koivu celebrated with teammate Ryan Suter after scoring the winning goal in overtime

Wild finds a way to win, tops Phoenix in OT for seventh straight

For 59 minutes, the Coyotes had the better play. Then Ryan Suter tied the game in the final minute of the third period and Mikko Koivu settled it in OT.

Compressed NHL schedule produces playoff feel every night

The last month of a condensed schedule promises to be frantic.