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Sylvia Fowles is 25 rebounds away from passing Rebekkah Brunson as the Lynx’s all-time leading rebounder.

Lynx-Atlanta preview: Home stretch beckons against standings rival

The Lynx return home to face a Dream team that is two games ahead of them in the WNBA standings.
Largemouth bass

Early August fishing report across the state is upbeat

Chasing catfish? They're active and moving on the Red River.
Former Twins starter Jose Berrios will pitch at Target Field on Friday night.

Series preview: Blue Jays vs. Twins at Target Field

Toronto is in second place in the AL East standings and leads the AL Wild Card race.
Storm forward Breanna Stewart pulled a rebound away from Lynx guard Aerial Powers during the season opener in May.

Lynx face Storm in game vital to pursuit of a playoff spot

The Lynx have not have had a lot of success in Seattle in recent years and lost the season opener there by 23 points.
Twins third baseman Jose Miranda hit .353 with five home runs and 19 RBI in July.

Twins-Detroit series preview: New month, new slate in AL Central clash

The Twins return home for a seven-game homestand that begins with three games against the Tigers.
Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike last season.

Gameday preview: Lynx, Sparks play rubber game of season series

The Sparks are moving ahead without Liz Cambage.
Former Twins reliever Taylor Rogers has 28 saves for the Padres, but had his seventh blown save of the season against the Tigers on Wednesday.

Twins-San Diego series preview: A visit to face Rogers

The Padres, featuring former Twins reliever Taylor Rogers, are in second place in both the National League West and N.L. wild-card.
Bite has slowed in Duluth and Ely area; elsewhere, reports are solid

Bite has slowed in Duluth and Ely area; elsewhere, reports are solid

Minnesota fishing report: Detroit Lakes area continues to report a solid bite from a variety of species.
Kayla McBride scored 20 points when the Lynx played Atlanta earlier this season.

Lynx play Dream in game crucial to playoff chances

Three-game road trip starts with stop in Atlanta.
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes will start against the Twins.

Battle of Central Division leaders as Twins face Brewers

This will be the second two-game set for the teams after splitting a series at Target Field earlier this season.
Sylvia Fowles won’t play Sunday vs. the Sun.

Fowles out of lineup for Lynx vs. Connecticut rematch Sunday

The Lynx are trying to keep their playoff hopes alive but their veteran center will be sidelined by a knee injury.
Tigers star Miguel Cabrera.

Twins vs. Tigers series preview

The division-leading Twins return from a five-day break to play at Comerica Park, where they are 1-4 this season.
Minnesota Aurora celebrates after defeating Virginia-based McLean Soccer 1-0 during the USL W League semifinals Saturday, July 17, 2022 at TCO Stadium

Title match preview: South Georgia brings star power to final vs. Aurora

Amy Andrews, the USL W League Golden Boot winner, has scored almost half of her side's goals. She'll be facing an Aurora defense that has yielded only eight goals in 12 games.
Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) gets the offensive rebound over teammate Brionna Jones (42) and Las Vegas Aces forward A'ja Wilson (22) dur

Lynx get Connecticut Sun for first time this season

The teams will play again Sunday at Target Center.
Monster northern pike aren't available in every Minnesota lake. But you can still find them. Upper Red Lake, Winnibigoshish, Cass and Lake of the Wood

Northern are biting in Grand Rapids area lakes

Minnesota Fishing Report: St. Croix River has been giving up walleye, sheepshead and smallies.
Mystics star Elena Delle Donne.

Lynx-Washington game preview

The Lynx finish a busy stretch after the All-Star Game with a visit to our nation's capital.
Mariah Nguyen, right, celebrated a goal with Morgan Turner last month, when Minnesota Aurora defeated the St. Louis Lions 4-1 at TCO Stadium.

Minnesota Aurora looks to extend its undefeated run in USL W League semifinals

The Aurora will face a McLean (Va.) Soccer team that had a streak of six straight shutouts earlier this season.
Indiana Fever forward NaLyssa Smith ranks fifth in the league in rebounding (8.4 per game) as a rookie.

Lynx-Indiana preview: Back on the road again after six-game homestand

The Lynx play on back-to-back nights, traveling first to Indianapolis to face the Fever.
From Kabetogama to Mississippi River, the fishing is solid

From Kabetogama to Mississippi River, the fishing is solid

Bemidji, Alexandria and Duluth areas all have positive reports this week.
Series preview: Twins vs. White Sox

Series preview: Twins vs. White Sox

The four-game series kicks off Thursday night at Target Field.
Lynx set to face Dallas for third time this season

Lynx set to face Dallas for third time this season

The Lynx play host to the Wings on Thursday night at Target Center. Each team has won once vs. the other this summer.
The Aurora are playing inspired, undefeated soccer into the USL W playoffs.

Aurora rides undefeated wave into USL W League playoff opener

It will be a playoff battle of the undefeated when the Aurora (11-0-1) play host to the Indy Eleven (10-0-2) on Wednesday night at TCO Stadium in Eagan.
Rowdy Tellez leads the Brewers in home runs and RBI.

Twins, Brewers play two-game series at Target Field starting Tuesday

The two teams are leading their divisions as the Twins open a six-game homestand.
Skylar Diggins-Smith took part in the WNBA All-Star game on Sunday.

Lynx vs. Phoenix gameday preview

It's the third meeting of the season between two teams fighting to stay in playoff contention.
Twins righthander Sonny Gray will face Texas’ Jon Gray (no relation) in Friday’s series opener. The two faced each other once before in 2019, with

Twins-Texas series preview: In Friday's opener, it's a Gray area

The first game of the series pits the Twins' Sonny Gray against the Rangers' Jon Gray.
The latest fishing reports from around Minnesota are positive across species.

Minnesota anglers are active and the fish are, too

Overall, the report is solid from Stillwater to Baudette
After being fouled shooting in the third quarter, Lynx forward Aerial Powers (3) celebrated last Sunday with fans sitting courtside. She scored a game

Lynx, on a roll, looking for turnaround vs. Chicago

The Sky has defeated the Lynx twice this season.
The last time the Twins played the White Sox, Byron Buxton launched a three-run walkoff homer off Liam Hendriks that put the Twins into first place in

Twins-Chicago White Sox series preview

The Twins make their first trip to Chicago this season.
Aces forward Dearica Hamby put up a shot over Lynx center Nikolina Milic on Friday at Target Center.

Lynx-Las Vegas Aces gameday preview

The teams meet at Target Center for the second time in three days.
Orioles catcher Robinson Chirinos tagged out the Twins’ Max Kepler during a May 5 game in Baltimore. The Twins and Orioles split that four-game seri

Twins-Baltimore series preview: Orioles conclude long road trip

Baltimore will finish its 10-game, 11-day trip at Target Field. The Orioles are 4-3 on the trip and were 14-12 in June.
July 4th weekend will bring out the walleye anglers.

July 1 Minnesota fishing report

A look at what's biting and where around Minnesota
Las Vegas’ Kelsey Plum is second in the league in scoring, averaging 20.5 points per game.

Las Vegas tied for WNBA's best record entering back-to-back against Lynx

The teams meet Friday and Sunday at Target Center.
Sylvia Fowles had three blocks Sunday to become the fourth player in WNBA history with 700 career blocks.

Lynx-Dallas preview: Kicking off a six-game homestand

The Lynx have defeated the Dallas Wings six consecutive times at Target Center.
Alex Kirilloff has nine RBI in nine games for the Twins since being called up on June 17.

Twins-Cleveland series preview: Five games against AL Central challengers

The Twins visit the Guardians for the first time this season, and it's for a five-game series that includes a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Lynx center Sylvia Fowles returned to action Thursday after being sidelined five games with a knee injury.

Lynx coming off back-to-back wins, but defending WNBA champions are next up

Minnesota's next opponent, the Chicago Sky, on Tuesday staged the biggest comeback in WNBA history, 28 points, to defeat Las Vegas.
Reports are positive for walleyes in Alexandria and Baudette areas

Reports are positive for walleyes in Alexandria and Baudette areas

Minnesota Fishing Report: Charters on Lake Superior have been dealing with strong winds recently
The Phoenix Mercury’s Skylar Diggins-Smith.

Lynx gameday: Minnesota look for first winning streak vs. Phoenix

Lynx seek can win two games in a row for the first time this season against the Mercury at Target Center.
Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi

Last-place Lynx set to face Diana Taurasi and struggling Phoenix

The Lynx and Mercury play a home-and-home series this week, with the first game Tuesday in Phoenix.
Cleveland Guardians outfielder Oscar Gonzalez is hitting .337 and hit his first career home run on Sunday.

Twins face Cleveland with Guardians charging hard in second place

For the Twins to stay in first place, they'll need to hold off Cleveland, which faces them eight times in 10 days.
Las Vegas guard Kelsey Plum is the second highest scorer in the league with 20.1 points per game.

Lynx at Las Vegas preview: Facing off against WNBA's best record

The top and bottom teams of the Western Conference will face off in Las Vegas on Sunday.
Randolph overcomes Hayfield for Class 1A title in clash of league rivals

Randolph overcomes Hayfield for Class 1A title in clash of league rivals

Starting pitchers dominated in Randolph's 2-1 victory, with Jacob Weckop striking out 13 and Nolan Klocke taking a loss despite striking out 15.
Twins reliever Jhoan Duran

Series preview: Twins face Diamondbacks for first time since 2017

Arizona is slated to send Madison Bumgarner to the mound in Friday's series opener, opposite Devin Smeltzer.
Anglers are finding walleyes.

Walleyes showing more activity on Leech Lake

Minnesota Fishing Report: Anglers have had success on east side of the lake.
Storm forward Breanna Stewart, right, drove past Lynx forward Jessica Shepard when the two teams met in May.

Lynx welcome Seattle to Target Center for nationally televised game

Minnesota brings a three-game losing streak into second meeting this season with the Storm, currently second in the West.
The Twins’ Byron Buxton has belted six homers so far in June.

Twins-Seattle series preview: Twins venturing west for six games

The Twins had scored 54 runs in the previous eight games and homered in eight consecutive games before being limited to five hits Sunday.
Lynx players Rachel Banham (15), Jessica Shepard (10), Bridget Carleton (6), and Kayla McBride (21)

Gameday preview: Reeling Fever visit reeling Lynx

Indiana, which has lost five in a row, visits Target Center on Sunday night to take on a Lynx team that shot just 32.8% from the field in their last game.
Damiris Dantas is likely to return for the Lynx on Friday after missing almost ten months with a Lisfranc injury.

Lynx-Washington game preview: Fowles injury hampers homestand

Team talisman Sylvia Fowles is out, while Damiris Dantas and Moriah Jefferson are likely to return from injury.
Minnesota Fishing Report

Fishing report: Anglers are finding fish, dealing with high water

Warmer bays have been good for panfish on Lake Minnetonka; Red River's high water is deterrent.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge leads the major leagues with 21 home runs.

Twins-Yankees series preview: New York has best record in major leagues

The Yankees have won six in a row as they face the AL Central-leading Twins.
New York star Sabrina Ionescu scored 24 points in her last game and leads the Liberty with 14.8 points per game.

Lynx at New York preview: Familiar faces as road trip continues

On Sunday, the teams play the first of two games in three days in Brooklyn.
A crazy sky greeted early morning anglers on Lake Winnibigoshish Saturday May 14 2022. Minnesota Fishing Opener. .(Dennis Anderson, Star Tribune)

Reports are solid for panfish in Otter Tail area, walleyes in Chisago City area

Minnesota Fishing Report: It's catch-and-release month on Lake Mille Lacs.
Elissa Cunane of NC State fought past a Florida State defender during a March ACC Tournament game.

Jefferson, Achonwa sidelined; Lynx sign two players to hardship contracts

Starting point guard Moriah Jefferson suffered a quadriceps injury in Sunday's loss to Los Angeles and Natalie Achonwa has a hamstring strain.
Minneapolis Edison’s Sam Schneider has been sizzling at the plate of late, including one two-game stretch in which he went 8-for-8 with a homer, fiv

Prep athletes of the week: Schneider does it all for Edison baseball

When the Tommies went on a recent four-game winning streak, Sam Schneider was a major reason for it at the plate and on the mound.
Detroit’s Harold Castro is not known for his power, but he homered again Sunday after hitting two home runs in a game against the Twins on Wednesday

Twins-Detroit series preview: Five games vs. Tigers

The Twins' first trip to Michigan this season is for a five-game series that includes a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike.

Lynx-Los Angeles gameday preview

The Lynx are looking to get back on the winning track at home.
Anglers are having success on northern lakes but fishing continues to be tough on the Mississippi River and Lake Pepin because of the high water level

Anglers have found walleyes on Cass Lake chain, Upper Red Lake

State fishing report: The trout bite also is good on parts of Lake Superior.
Sophomore Boston Merila (left) played in all 52 games for the Gophers baseball team; Chloe Evans, also a sophomore, hit 11 hom runs for the softball t

Gophers softball and baseball: Hopes and concerns about their future

Both teams ended their 2022 seasons last week under circumstances that were less successful than in previous seasons. Here's a look at what could be ahead for them.
Gophers second baseman Boston Merila

Gophers baseball: Three reasons for hope, three reasons for concern

John Anderson's baseball squad finished 16-36 and last in the Big Ten Conference for a second consecutive year.
Kayla McBride of the Lynx got past Liberty guard Rebecca Allen during a game in August 2021.

Gameday preview: Lynx vs. New York

Minnesota is 1-6 this season but has won eight consecutive home games in the series.
Detroit reliever Gregory Soto and catcher Tucker Barnhart celebrated a rarity for the Tigers on Sunday: a road victory, only the team’s fifth of the

Series preview: Twins return home to face Detroit

Fresh off their 5-1 road trip and comeback from a six-run deficit Sunday, the Twins are back at Target Field beginning Monday to play the Tigers.
Lynx guard Moriah Jefferson drives past Las Vegas forward Dearica Hamby during Thursday night’s game.

Gameday preview: Lynx at Dallas, seeking a second win

After a narrow loss in Las Vegas, Dallas is the Lynx's final stop on a three-game road trip.
Minnesota Fishing Report

Walleye bite was good opener weekend in Brainerd; wind limited action in Alexandria area

From Albert Lea to Baudette, the Minnesota Fishing Report.
Leading scorer Jackie Young of the Las Vegas Aces.

Gameday preview: Lynx at Las Vegas

Kayla McBride scored 24 points in her first game back with the Lynx in LA - and the team's first victory - and will look to keep it rolling out west.
Jordin Canada is Los Angeles’s leading scorer.

Lynx gameday: Los Angeles Sparks are next after 0-4 start

It's Los Angeles' home opener, and it will go in 2-2 against a winless Lynx team that played Chicago lose its last time out..
Kyle Garlick has three home runs in 13 games for the Twins this season.

Twins-Oakland series preview: Kyle Garlick returns for series vs. A's

The Twins begin a six-game road trip with three games on the West Coast.
Fishing with dogs, as this couple did, was a common sight on Lake Winnibigoshish Saturday morning. This many dogs was uncommon, however.

Fishing Opener report 2022

Colder water slowed the bite despite a good turnout reported on many lakes.
Chicago Sky guard Dana Evans is leading her team in scoring, averaging 19.5 points per game.

Gameday preview: Lynx take on Chicago, aiming for first win of season

The Lynx will try to end a three-game losing streak to open the season against the Chicago Sky, the defending WNBA champions.
Angel McCoughtry (35) had six points and four rebounds in her Lynx debut on Sunday.

Gameday preview: Minnesota Lynx at Indiana Fever

Both teams are 0-2 this season, and the Fever is rebuilding with four first-round draft picks.
Lynx center Sylvia Fowles went up for a shot against Storm center Ezi Magbegor on Friday night in Seattle. Fowles scored 16 points, leaving her with 5

Lynx-Washington game preview

The Lynx play their home opener against the Mystics, who won't have Elena Delle Donne here.
The Lynx face off against the Seattle Storm on Friday night.

Lynx at Seattle preview: Season opener against Western Conference rival

Two of the Lynx's four consecutive losses to open last season were against the Storm.
Pitcher Chris Paddack, who has faced the Orioles once before with San Diego, will start the series Monday.

Twins-Baltimore game preview: Twins hoping to improve away record

The Twins head to Camden Yards for four games beginning Monday.
Ashley Mandell pitched a five-inning perfect game Saturday during the Mankato West tournament.

Prep athletes of the week: Chisago Lakes pitcher pretty much perfect

Junior Ashley Mandell pitched a perfect game, went 6-for-6 on stolen bases and even hit the first home run of her career.
Doug Sutherland went in for a sack of Oakland quarterback Ken Stabler during a game in 1977

Longtime Vikings defensive tackle Doug Sutherland dies at 73

Sutherland played in three Super Bowls and joined the Purple People Eaters after Gary Larsen retired.
Roy Winston (60) tackled John Brockington of the Packers for a safety during a game in 1973.

Longtime Vikings linebacker Roy Winston dies at 81

His 190 games played are second-most in Vikings history among the team's linebackers behind Scott Studwell's 201
The Minnesota State High School Class 2A girls’ swimming state meet was held at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota ca

Eagan's Jackson Kehler, back to varsity and away from club, finds satisfaction

A senior considered the state's No. 3 swimming recruit, he qualified for the 2A finals in three events.