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Michael Rand

Digital sports editor | StarTribune.com
Phone: 612-673-7564

Michael Rand is the Star Tribune's Digital Sports Senior Writer. In 20 years covering Minnesota sports at the Star Tribune, he has seen just about everything.


Rand is a North Dakota native and a graduate of the University of Minnesota. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two daughters.
Recent content from Michael Rand
Wolves guard Mike Conley defends against Mavericks guard Luka Doncic during the second quarter Friday night at Target Center.

Game 2 podcast: Luka's dagger, Ant's no-show, KAT benched and more

Chip Scoggins and Michael Rand went into all the gory details of the Wolves' 109-108 heartbreaking loss to Dallas in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. Can Minnesota regain its edge in a must-win game Sunday on the road?
Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch.

Chris Finch sends Timberwolves players a message; Bobby Nightengale on the Twins

You can't play the disappointment card too often, but Wolves coach Chris Finch deployed it after a critical Game 1 of the Western Conference finals between Minnesota and Dallas at Target Center.
Minnesota forward Taylor Heise, right, celebrates with forward Michela Cava, left, after scoring during Game 1 of the PWHL hockey championship series

Huge Friday: Can PWHL Minnesota take control, can Wolves get even?

On Thursday's Daily Delivery podcast, host Michael Rand visited with Star Tribune writer Rachel Blount about PWHL Minnesota's series with Boston and the massive success of the new women's hockey league overall.
Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards and assistant coach Micah Nori talk in the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference finals against th

The Wolves have passed a lot of playoff tests, but not this one

During their run to the Western Conference finals, the Wolves have been excellent in many cases, but often when they weren't facing the burden of expectations, like Game 1 vs. the Mavs.
P.J. Washington (25) of the Mavericks looks at the Timberwolves bench after hitting a three-pointer in the fourth quarter.

What went wrong for Wolves and how much of that can they fix?

The Timberwolves didn't make winning plays down the stretch of their loss to the Mavericks in Game 1. We broke it down on a special edition of the Daily Delivery.
With the celebratory sausage in hand, Minnesota Twins' Ryan Jeffers (27) celebrates after his solo home run against the Boston Red Sox with Pablo Lope

The 'Rally Sausage' makes no sense (unless you play or watch sports)

The Twins brought back their processed meat tube Tuesday and busted out of a weeklong slump. Coincidence? Maybe. But if an an athlete thinks a sausage is lucky, there's a good chance that there's something to it.
Anthony Edwards (5) and Karl Anthony Towns (32) of the Minnesota Timberwolves celebrate at the end of game of Game 7 against Denver.

The keys to Game 1; Rally Sausage returns; Darnold on McCarthy

On Wednesday's Daily Delivery podcast, host Michael Rand was joined by Timberwolves beat writer Chris Hine for a breakdown of the Western Conference finals between the Wolves and Mavericks. Plus the Twins finally won and the Vikings are on the field.
Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan, left, listens to manager Rocco Baldelli, right, before being pulled from his start against the Yankees earlier this m

As Twins fall apart, they start to air their grievances

Jhoan Duran is questioning the pitch calling. Rocco Baldelli is questioning the approach of his lineup. And answers remain elusive as the Twins stumble through May.
Minnesota Timberwolves fans celebrate at the end of game 7 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals at Ball Arena in Denver.

How the Wolves are lifting up Minnesota; Twins' frustration boils over

On Tuesday's Daily Delivery podcast, host Michael Rand is joined by Star Tribune writer and editor Jeff Day to talk about Wolves fandom and how strangely wonderful this playoff journey has been. Plus Rand gets into the struggling Twins.
Timberwolves players react to a fourth-quarter basket by Rudy Gobert that helped defeat the Nuggets.

Seven plays that defined the Wolves' unprecedented Game 7 comeback

No team had come back from the halftime deficit the size the Wolves faced (15 points) to win Game 7 in the playoffs. And they trailed by 20 before the rally began with a play that didn't seem important at the time.
Jaden McDaniels (3) and Anthony Edwards (5) celebrate in the closing moments of Game 7 as Alex Rodriguez (left) looks on.

Reusse on the Wolves' amazing comeback — and what's next

Columnist Patrick Reusse and host Michael Rand react to the Wolves stunning comeback win, which has launched them into the Western Conference finals. Also, Twins talk and a hockey rant.
Anthony Edwards (5) of the Minnesota Timberwolves holds up seven fingers in the fourth quarter of Thursday's win.

Timberwolves podcast: Chris Hine and Michael Rand get you ready for Game 7

On a special edition of Daily Delivery, Star Tribune Timberwolves writer Chris Hine joins host Michael Rand to set up Sunday's winner-take-all Game 7 between the Wolves and Nuggets. Can Minnesota stay on a roll after the high of Thursday's blowout win?
Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune -- May 19, 2004 Minneapolis, MN, Target Center, NBA Playoffs
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Sacramento Kings
Game 7 - Fans ch

Will Sunday's Game 7 give Anthony Edwards his Kevin Garnett moment?

The series-deciding game against the Nuggets will be exactly 20 years after the Timberwolves' Game 7 win over Sacramento that did as much as anything to boost Kevin Garnett's status in the basketball world.
The bench celebrates a three-pointer scored by Timberwolves center Luka Garza (55) in the fourth quarter.

How massive was the Wolves' run that's forcing Game 7?

Host Michael Rand notes the Wolves took the concept of a "game of runs" to extremes in a rout of the Nuggets that's forcing Game 7. Plus, Kent Youngblood on the Lynx home opener and Caitlin Clark's impact.
Vikings quarterback J.J. McCarthy speaks at rookie minicamp last week.

It should be McCarthy vs. Cousins at U.S. Bank in December

The Vikings will let J.J. McCarthy's development — not pressure or history — be their guide as to how soon the No. 10 overall pick plays. But will he be starting by the time Kirk Cousins comes to town on Dec. 8?
Anthony Edwards (5) of the Minnesota Timberwolves during Game 5.

How the Timberwolves can change momentum and win Game 6

On Thursday's Daily Delivery podcast, Star Tribune Wolves reporter Chris Hine joined host Michael Rand ahead of a huge playoff game at Target Center. What can the Wolves do to avoid elimination after three straight losses to the Nuggets?
A message to Comcast customers regarding a dispute with Bally Sports.

MLB on Bally Sports plan; Scoggins on the Timberwolves plight

Host Michael Rand has the latest on how Comcast dropping Bally Sports channels could impact the future of TV. And Chip Scoggins joins the show to talk about the Wolves' Game 5 loss to the Nuggets.
Signage for Bally Sports North is viewed before a baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros in 2023.

Baseball officials cast doubt on Bally Sports bankruptcy plan

MLB wrote that Diamond Sports' plan to emerge from bankruptcy is hanging by the "thinnest of threads" in light of Comcast's decision to drop Bally Sports channels two weeks ago.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Kirk Cousins speaks during his introductory news conference in March.

Cousins talks for first time about Falcons drafting another QB

Kirk Cousins said, "I'm gonna control what I can control," among other things, in the wake of the Falcons picking QB Michael Penix Jr. No. 8 overall just weeks after signing the former Viking to a lucrative multi-year deal.
Minnesota teammates crowd Minnesota goaltender Maddie Rooney (35) after winning 2-0 against Toronto on Monday.

A tale of two franchises: PWHL Minnesota and the Arena League's Myth

Two local teams gave a perfect illustration this week of what it takes to make it (or not make it) in sports these days.
Gophers quarterback Max Brosmer, a transfer from New Hampshire, had time to acclimate during spring practice.

Gophers transforming at QB; A big night for Wolves, Lynx, Twins

On Tuesday's Daily Delivery podcast, Star Tribune Gophers football writer Randy Johnson gave insights into new quarterback Max Brosmer, while host Michael Rand set up what's at stake for the Wolves, Lynx and Twins.
Minnesota Timberwolves fans Zach Jacob left, and Kyla Jacob watched the final second during the fourth quarter of Game 4 in the NBA's Western Conferen

Wolves problem isn't Minnesota curse. They were outclassed.

Failure can be a self-fulfilling prophecy with Minnesota sports fans. But the Wolves weren't cursed in their Games 3 and 4 losses to Denver.
Anthony Edwards (5) of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts after a play in the third quarter during Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference semifnals.

Patrick Reusse on Wolves backslide, Twins surge and John Anderson

Our columnist reaches a conclusion about the Timberwolves' Game 4 loss to the Nuggets, marvels at the Twins' turnaround and talks about the state of Gophers baseball.
Do not, under any circumstances, trade this man.

Trade Ant!? Five things I was terribly wrong about with the Wolves.

Patience is a virtue that current Wolves boss Tim Connelly possesses. Some of us (me) have less of it, and it's a good thing we weren't running the team over the past few years.
Gophers forward Pharrel Payne continued his development this season under coach Ben Johnson.

The impact of NIL on U men's basketball in a wild transfer portal window

Marcus Fuller joins the Daily Delivery podcast to discuss how NIL money is radically changing player movement in men's college basketball — and how that's impacting the U.
Aaron Gordon (50) of the Denver Nuggets is defended by Jaden McDaniels (3) of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Chris Hine on the Timberwolves' playoff run — and all the national attention

On Part II of Thursday's Daily Delivery podcast, host Michael Rand and Star Tribune Timberwolves writer Chris Hine set up Friday's Game 3 between the Wolves and Denver and broke down just how dominant Minnesota has been in the postseason.
Part of a letter Bally Sports has been sending to fans.

Five takeaways from a conversation with Bally Sports North executive

Comcast dropped Bally Sports channels last week, leaving Twins fans who are Comcast subscribers without access to games on that platform. Bally Sports North General Manager Randy Stephens discussed the situation from BSN's perspective.
Signage for Bally Sports North at Target Field.

Bally Sports North general manager on the dispute with Comcast

Bally Sports North General Manager Randy Stephens joined host Michael Rand on Thursday's Daily Delivery podcast to share BSN's perspective on Comcast removing all Bally Sports channels — a move last week that left many Twins fans frustrated.
Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy passes against Washington during the first half of the Wolverines' NCAA championship victory.

When will McCarthy make his first start at quarterback for the Vikings?

With an eye toward the past 10 years of NFL draft history but also with perspective on how the Vikings want to develop rookie quarterback J.J. McCarthy, let's look at when he might get on the field in 2024.
J.J. McCarthy speaks at the press conference for Vikings first-round draft picks. How soon will he make his debut?

McCarthy's timeline to take over at QB; Gobert changes the narrative

Michael Rand and Vikings writer Ben Goessling revisit the Vikings' draft and discuss expectations for rookie QB J.J. McCarthy. Rand also gets into the turnaround for Rudy Gobert.
Players on the Minnesota Timberwolves cheer on teammates late in the fourth quarter on Monday.

Pure joy of Minnesota fans during Game 2 was beautiful to behold

The Timberwolves thumping of the Nuggets in Game 2 countered all the doomsday talk and memes about how Minnesota sports fans can't have nice things.
Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns share a happy moment in the fourth quarter of Game 2.

The most fun Minnesota sports fans have had in a long time

The rout of Denver was a lot of things, including a couple hours of pure joy for long-suffering Minnesota sports (particularly Timberwolves) fans. Also, host Michael Rand talks Minnesota United soccer with Jon Marthaler.
A message to Comcast customers regarding a dispute with Bally Sports.

Comcast axed Bally Sports North. How are Twins fans adjusting?

We asked Twins fans who used to have Comcast how they are handling the cable carrier's decision to drop Bally Sports channels last week. The answers varied from creative solutions to apathy to anger.
Anthony Edwards (5) of the Minnesota Timberwolves dominated Game 1.

Reusse on the Timberwolves and the Twins television mess

Columnist Patrick Reusse broke down the Wolves' Game 1 victory and set up Game 2 with host Michael Rand. They also talked plenty about the Twins and some obscure teams from Minnesota's past.
In this Nov. 15, 2015, file photo, Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett, left, talks with Karl-Anthony Towns

Wolves are getting serious for the first time in two decades

The Timberwolves this year provided ample evidence of their seriousness. If there were any lingering doubts, they were dispatched as quickly as the Suns were in a four-game first-round sweep
The Twins' Byron Buxton scored the winning run earlier this week against the White Sox but was injured later in the series.

BSN blues, streaking Twins, Buxton with baseball writer Phil Miller

Star Tribune Twins beat writer Phil Miller joined host Michael Rand for a look at three big Twins story lines. Rand also broke down the Wolves vs. Nuggets playoff series.
Minnesota Twins' Jose Miranda, right, points to teammates after hitting an RBI single on Wednesday.

Ten-game winning streak for Twins, but big questions loom

Host Michael Rand gave kudos to the Twins for turning a 7-13 start into a 17-13 record. But questions about opponent quality, Byron Buxton's health and the team's TV situation are lurking.
Anthony Edwards guarded Denver star Jamal Murray during their playoff series last season.

Five Nuggets thoughts, plus some tough words by Wolves' Edwards

A Denver podcaster shares his keys to the season, including the importance of a Nuggets player who isn't Nikola Jokic. Also, Anthony Edwards' succinct view of Minnesota's second-round opponent.
Comcast dropped Bally Sports channels on Tuesday night.

Five things to know about Comcast dropping Bally Sports North

The latest twist in a long and frustrating road for local sports fans came Tuesday night when Comcast, a huge cable operator in Minnesota, dropped Bally Sports North. What happens now?
FILE - This March 29, 2017, file photo shows a sign outside the Comcast Center in Philadelphia. Comcast says itís considering making an offer to

Comcast vs. Bally Sports. What's going on here?

After the sides were unable to reach a contract agreement. BSN disappeared from customers' TVs late Tuesday. If this impasse is permanent it will have a massive impact on Minnesota sports fans. Also, NIL and Wolves fan talk.
Anthony Edwards scores while being defended by Kevin Durant during Game 2 of the Wolves-Suns series.

Ant's evolution. Here are five statistics that show it.

Anthony Edwards is still just 22. The Wolves star has taken his game to different levels, with the latest example being his performance against the Suns in a first-round playoff sweep.
From left to right, Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, head coach Kevin O'Connell, first round draft picks J.J. McCarthy and Dallas Turner, general ma

La Velle E. Neal III on the draft, streaks, sweeps and women's hockey

That it's a busy and interesting time of year is front and center on the podcast, with La Velle and host Michael Rand bouncing from topic to topic in Minnesota sports.
Cody Kraskey, Garret Wright, and Zac Evans, from left, react to the Vikings moving up to the 17th pick and selecting outside linebacker Dallas Turner

Can Minnesota sports fans handle all of this sudden optimism?

A little over a week ago, the Wolves were about to face an unbeatable team, the Vikings were in a land of 10,000 uncertainties and the Twins were floundering. You might have noticed a difference since then.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Mike Conley, center, drives past Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, right, and Suns center Jusuf Nurkic, left, during the f

Patrick Reusse on the dominance of the Timberwolves

Columnist Patrick Reusse joined host Michael Rand to marvel at the Wolves' sweep of the Suns. They also gave credit to the streaking Twins and broke down the Vikings' draft.
Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy (9) celebrates after a win over Alabama in the Rose Bowl CFP NCAA semifinal college football game Monday, Jan. 1, 2

Yes, it was a great night for the Vikings at the draft

Host Michael Rand dissected big wins for the Vikings in the first round of the NFL draft. Also, baseball writer Bobby Nightengale on the Twins sweep and thoughts about Game 3 of the Wolves-Suns series.
Vikings coach Dennis Green (center) poses for a picture with 1999 draft picks Jimmy Kleinsasser (left) and Daunte Culpepper.

Is this the most important draft pick in Vikings history?

The Vikings have never chosen a quarterback with a top-10 pick. It feels like they will do so tonight, which gives strength to the argument.
Naz Reid (11) of the Minnesota Timberwolves was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year.

Final thoughts on Vikings draft; rename a street after Naz Reid?

Host Michael Rand makes the case this is the most important draft pick in Vikings history. He also talked to columnist Chip Scoggins about the Timberwolves and Naz Reid.
Justin Jefferson (18) of the Minnesota Vikings reacts after a first down catch in the second quarter Thursday, November 24, 2022, at U.S. Bank Stadium

The three most absurd Vikings rumblings in their draft lead-up

A lot of things could happen Thursday night when the NFL draft begins. But a few things that were floated during the buildup to the draft almost certainly will not.
Anthony Edwards (5) of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts after scoring in the third quarter Tuesday.

Looking back at giant Wolves win and ahead to crucial Vikings draft

On Wednesday's Daily Delivery podcast, host Michael Rand dissected the Timberwolves' 105-93 victory over the Suns and chatter with Star Tribune Vikings writer Andrew Krammer about Thursday's NFL draft.
Anthony Edwards (5) and Mike Conley (10) had plenty to celebrate in Game 1 on Saturday.

Can the Wolves do it again? Will a Twins fan prove us wrong?

Timberwolves writer Chris Hine joined host Michael Rand for a look at tonight's Game 2. Plus an annoyed emailer takes issue with Rand and Patrick Reusse's negative comments about the Twins.
Twins pitcher Joe Ryan hands the ball to manager Rocco Baldelli after being removed during Friday's loss to Detroit.

Who (or what) is to blame for the Twins' horrible start?

Twins fans are mad. Twins players are frustrated. The manager has been noticeably edgy with postgame comments lately. It's not hard to figure out why.
The Wolves react to the play of their teammates in the fourth quarter of Saturday's Game 1 victory over Phoenix.

Reusse on Wolves excellence, Vikings optimism, Twins pessimism

Columnist Patrick Reusse joined host Michael Rand to talk about the Game 1 Timberwolves win, Reusse's optimism about the Vikings and another bad weekend for the Twins.
Wolves guard Anthony Edwards (5) reacts after a non-call on Suns forward Kevin Durant during the regular-season finale.

A playoff opener is always important. It's even bigger for the Wolves.

The team that wins the opener in an NBA playoff wins the series more than 75% of the time. And after the Wolves went 0-3 vs. the Suns in the regular season, Saturday's game is an even bigger deal.
Naz Reid has become a fan favorite and integral part of the Timberwolves.

Inside the Naz Reid story with Chris Hine; a Jefferson trade idea

Timberwolves writer Chris Hine joined host Michael Rand to talk about the upcoming playoff series against Phoenix and his excellent profile of center Naz Reid. Plus, Vikings and Wild talk.
Indiana Fever's Caitlin Clark  talks during a press conference on Wednesday.

Columnist's behavior marred Caitlin Clark's news conference

Caitlin Clark was introduced to the Indianapolis media Wednesday. But the inappropriate behavior of a local columnist, who should have known better, ended up being the story of the day.
Marc-Andre Fleury (29) and other Wild players leave the ice after a loss to Winnipeg earlier this month.

Can things get better for the Wild after a disappointing season?

A team with playoff aspirations stumbled at the start and couldn't fully regroup. Hockey writer Sarah McLellan and host Michael Rand discuss why. Also, Twins talk and an awkward Caitlin Clark moment.
Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah has the biggest decision of his tenure next week.

A Vikings-New England trade? Three thoughts on the No. 3 overall pick

The Vikings need a quarterback and every signal they have suggests they intend to choose one very high in next week's draft. The Patriots are in a similar situation, but there are reasons why a deal could be a good fit.
J.J. McCarthy of Michigan, left, and Drake Maye of North Carolina are the NFL quarterback prospects most often linked to the Vikings.

Vikings-New England trade? Patriots insider on that possibility.

Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston joined host Michael Rand for a look at next week's draft. The Patriots, like the Vikings, need a quarterback. But would New England trade the No. 3 pick?
The Twins' Royce Lewis celebrates as he crosses the plate after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of Opening Day. But he was injured jus

Twins not getting nearly enough from second-year players

Last year's Twins surge was fueled in large part by rookies making a huge impact. The lack of production from many of those players is a significant part of their problem so far this season.
Minnesota Timberwolves coach Chris Finch signals to players during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, We

How Chris Finch went from Division III basketball to top NBA coach

The co-author of the new book, "Pipeline to the Pros: How D3, Small-College Nobodies Rose to Rule the NBA," joined Michael Rand on the podcast to talk about Finch's route to the Timberwolves.
If the Wolves are worried about the Suns, they aren't showing it.

Worrying about Wolves-Suns matchup not just usual Minnesota pessimism

Even in the midst of a wonderful regular season, the Wolves have been staring at the likelihood of a tough first-round playoff series. Fans have been worrying about it for months — and they weren't wrong.
The Twins' Carlos Correa went on the injured list with an oblique injury.

Patrick Reusse on Wolves playoffs, Twins injuries, WNBA draft

Will a stellar Timberwolves season end with a first-round playoff exit? Will Twins players ever stop getting hurt? Will the Lynx get the player they want in the draft? So many questions for Reusse and host Michael Rand.
Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah talked about Vikings draft plans with reporters on Thursday.

'Walkaway prices?' Translating what Adofo-Mensah told the press.

The biggest takeaway: The Vikings are trying to create whatever advantages they can in a draft where they need a quarterback and could be vulnerable to teams forcing them to overpay.
What can the Vikings do to create some draft leverage?

What can the Vikings do to create some draft leverage?

Host Michael Rand examines the biggest takeaways from Kwesi Adofo-Mensah's pre-draft news conference. Also, Jon Marthaler on a Loons problem and Jim Souhan from The Masters.
Karl Anthony Towns was all smiles alongside Genreral Manager Tim Connelly, left, and head coach Chris Finch, right, after his contract extension in 20

Wolves playoff run: Four things that will make a major impact

There's plenty of chatter about Minnesota's potential first-round opponent, and rightfully so. But here are some factors that will shape the Wolves' future regardless of who they play.
A goal is fixed in place during practice Wednesday in anticipation of the start of the Frozen Four.

Frozen Four and Gophers hockey transfer portal; Wolves playoff scenarios

On Thursday's Daily Delivery podcast, Randy Johnson joined host Michael Rand to talk about the Frozen Four at Xcel Energy Center and the changing college hockey landscape. Plus Rand broke down the Wolves' loss to the Nuggets.
Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah will have a busy night in two weeks.

What are the three worst-case scenarios for Vikings in the NFL draft?

What could possibly go wrong? A day after presenting the best-case scenarios for the quarterback-needy Vikings, let's take a look at the other side of that equation.
Patrons walk past the main scoreboard during a practice round Tuesday.

Jim Souhan from The Masters -- and on the Twins' struggles

Columnist Jim Souhan joins host Michael Rand from The Masters for a preview. They also talk about the struggling Twins and what their 3-6 start means.
J.J. McCarthy of Michigan, left, and Drake Maye of North Carolina are the NFL quarterback prospects most often linked to the Vikings.

What are the three best-case scenarios for Vikings in NFL draft?

The Vikings have more options by already adding the No. 23 overall pick in a trade to go with their own No. 11 pick. But they are dependent on the moves of other teams.
Minnesota Twins right fielder Manuel Margot hit a two run homer in the third inning Monday, but it was the only offense Minnesota mustered in a 4-2 lo

Why has the Twins offense sputtered this season?

Host Michael Rand goes into a list of reasons the Twins are averaging fewer than three runs per game. He also talked about Vikings draft options with football writer Andrew Krammer.
Iowa's Gabbie Marshall reacts after UConn's Aaliyah Edwards was called for an offensive foul during the final seconds of the second half Friday.

Ending of Iowa vs. UConn game was the perfect basketball controversy

The fact that nobody wants the game decided by a foul doesn't trump the fact that the play was called correctly, even it may not have appeared that way at first.
Iowa's Caitlin Clark (22) celebrates as UConn's Aaliyah Edwards (3) reacts after she was called for an illegal screen in the final seconds of the Iowa

Patrick Reusse on Twins struggles, that foul call and the Wolves

Host Michael Rand and Reusse hit the highs and lows of an interesting sports weekend, including a look at the controversial foul at the end of the Iowa-UConn game.
LSU forward Angel Reese, center.

Angel Reese is in the WNBA draft. Could she end up with the Lynx?

The consensus among WNBA experts is that controversial LSU star Angel Reese is a mid-first round pick in this month's draft. Minnesota has the seventh pick in the 12-team league. Is this a good match?
Iowa's Caitlin Clark ties her shoe during a practice for an NCAA Women's Final Four semifinal basketball game Thursday.

A huge night for women's basketball; Phil Miller on the Twins

The NCAA women's basketball semifinals are Friday night, and a TV record could be set for Iowa's game against UConn. Also on Friday's Daily Delivery podcast, Phil Miller talks about the Twins' home opener and 3-3 start.
Minnesota Twins' Ryan Jeffers hits a three-run home run during the seventh inning Wednesday.

Daily Delivery podcast: Twins, Wolves ease concerns — and a very unique 'Big Ten power ranking'

Victories by the Twins and Timberwolves on Wednesday eased some concerns about those teams. Also, Michael Rand and outdoors writer Tony Kennedy some novel outdoors coverage.