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The year was 1984, and Ron Davis was at the heart of it as usual.
From Joe Ryan to Napheesa Collier and Luis Arraez, a revised list felt necessary after a similar list from 2015 was brought to our attention.
The former Los Angeles Galaxy and U.S. National Team standout was in St. Paul recently promoting the MLS All-Star Game.
The most important offseason move for the Wolves could be this one: Trading Karl-Anthony Towns, center, for Karl-Anthony Towns, power forward. That would set up some other options that could benefit the team.
A promising start to the season might have shifted the Twins' mid-year priorities, and the expanded playoffs may also have an impact on who may be available — and when.
Having a veteran pitcher of Sonny Gray's caliber changes the dimension of a team, even though keeping him healthy is going to be a constant concern.
Keep this in mind: The Wolves wanting to trade D'Angelo Russell, who has one year left on a contract that will pay him $30 million next season, isn't the same as another team agreeing to it.
You can see good and bad in the deal with Major League Soccer — and a whole lot that we don't know yet. There are certainly some things to watch out for, however.
Success has appeared fragile at times because of expectations and injuries, but the Twins have kept on winning at a high rate. Here are five players who have helped the team along.
A Chicago Tribune column about the possibility was interestingly timed.
Holdovers have fueled some of the strong play. But newcomers have also played an outsized role, making this a good time to evaluate just what has happened in the first two months of the season.
With the transfer portal changing team dynamics and with competition for players as fierce as ever, slowing down and reflecting aren't part of a jam-packed calendar for coaches.
Athletic director Mark Coyle chose his words carefully, saying the university will make "value-based decisions" and educate athletes about NIL rules amid a "clunky" early implementation.
After the NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors must reckon with the future of Andrew Wiggins, who is playing well but is too well paid. Our report includes an incident involving Saunders during Wiggins' years in Minnesota.
In-game analysis and postgame comments suggest the Twins picked up on something that helped them lay off Kevin Gausman's excellent splitter. Here's a look at the evidence.
In what Denver media said was Josh Kroenke's first media appearance in more than four years, he provided some insight into how Minnesota hired Connelly away from the Nuggets.
The ex-Gophers head coach spent the last two years as associate head coach and tight ends coach at Florida, but after a coaching change with the Gators he was not retained.
A look at the team's history of contending teams in the last 20 years shows a defined pattern: Beat up on weak division foes and tread water everywhere else.
It doesn't seem like a coincidence that so many Twins have talked so glowingly about this year's chemistry, both with new additions and subtractions, including Donaldson's departure.
The Warriors made it to the finals for five years in a row. Then they were crushed by injuries and questionable draft picks. And somehow they're back playing for another championship.
Run it back. Reshape the core. Blow it up. What will the Wolves do?
The challenge for new head coach Kevin O'Connell and his staff will be to rachet up the team's efficiency. Here are three reasons for hope — and one big concern.
Three big contract questions — two of them facing the newest decision-makers in town — will come to a head soon. Things could get interesting very quickly.
It was just 10 days ago that Byron Buxton was sporting an OPS over 1.000. And it was nine days ago when he last got a hit. So what's up with 'the best player in the world?'
The Timberwolves made their biggest non-player splash in six years Monday. Fans can only hope this move turns out better than the last one — the hiring of Tom Thibodeau.
The "transactions" section on Twins reliever Joe Smith's Baseball Reference page takes longer to read than it does to watch a typical Smith outing.
The Wolves could use the current version of Andrew Wiggins, but would that have been possible in Minnesota?
The legendary Vikings coach is 95 years old today, a milestone made even more impressive because he cheated death at age 29.
Jorge Polanco has been a fixture in the lineup since 2019. With rest and recovery part of the discussion these days, Polanco's durability (in addition to his performance) stands out.
Orlando has landed the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. Will they use the pick to reunited former Minnehaha Academy stars Jalen Suggs and Chet Holmgren? And what will the Wolves do?
The Wild will be faced with a tough decision on Fiala this offseason. The most likely outcome is that he leaves.
The schedule came out late last week, and after digesting it for a while, there is a lot to like for the Vikings.
Wolves guard Patrick Beverley loves to talk trash. Patrick Beverley also very much does not love Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, a rivalry that dates back to when they were teenagers.
Kevin Fiala's playoff output? No goals, 16 penalty minutes. Power play goals? Blues 8, Wild 4. Here's a look at more of the numbers that led to the Wild's playoff disappointment.
The Vikings posted a 20-minute video that gives a good look at their process and personalities.
Had last night played out 40 years ago, with the storm ripping through Minneapolis as it did, the official orders most likely would have been to play on. That was when the Metrodome opened.
A franchise that hasn't had a lot of postseason success has found it late in series at times.
Home field advantage. Injury luck. Regression vs. permanence. These stories are playing out among Minnesota's pro sports teams.
The reliever, acquired as part of the Taylor Rogers trade, has gone to the brink many times before saving himself.
The list of talented and accomplished pro athletes who are 25-and-under in the Twin Cities sports market is perhaps the best thing to point to when thinking optimistically about future championships.
The Loons keeper has the best save percentage and is among the league leaders in goals allowed per 90 minutes.
Sinclair, which owns the regional sports networks under the Bally brand, said today that it plans to do a "soft launch" of its streaming service before July 1.
Fans who might have been genuinely optimistic Monday before the Wild-Blues series started have been restored to their factory settings: Hoping for the best, expecting the worst.
there's no getting around this fact: In the biggest game of the year, with the season on the line, Russell was benched in favor of a former undrafted free agent.
With the Vikings on the clock at No. 12 in the first draft run by GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, fans had all sorts of anticipation — followed by all kinds of disappointment.
Maybe that sounds too positive right now. You're still upset about those blown leads in Games 3 and 5. You're too nervous about what's going to happen Friday. At some point, though, you're going to see things for what they've been this season.
The Wolves absolutely needed a lot more from the 20-year-old Edwards on Tuesday, but here's the question: Is it too much to ask for more, at least for now?
There are few constraints with the draft, at least compared to moves that have already been made.
Confidence is never in short supply, even when it might not be warranted.
Just as we are left to wonder what sort of effort the Wolves will muster in Game 4, the same can be said about anticipating how the crowd will treat Saturday night's game.
The former North Dakota State standout was picked No. 3 overall last year by the San Francisco 49ers. This year could be his time to shine.
Local fans frustrated by their inability to watch their favorite teams had a round of fresh complaints during Tuesday's Wolves game.
Both teams have had stretches of successful years. But what about the Wolves and Wild having good seasons at the same time? Here's an indication of how rare that's been.
All 21 of ESPN's panelists picked the Grizzlies to win the series (and so did RandBall). But Minnesota's Game 1 upset has turned the series into a toss-up.
Plenty of mock drafts have the Vikings taking a cornerback with their first-round pick in the NFL draft, which is less than two weeks away. Will they pick the right one?
It wasn't just the way Clayton Kershaw chewed up the Twins. The offensive woes have run much deeper during the first week of the season.
Years of losing have conditioned us to have some strange responses in Minnesota.
Perfect passive-aggressive comments? Lots of hand gesturing? The Vikings QB has some of the telltale signs of a Minnesotan.
The Wolves are 1-3 against the Clippers this season. How much does that matter given how much teams change over the course of a season?
Derek Falvey and Thad Levine are running a gonzo front office with all of their Twins deal-making. And it's wildly entertaining.
The Vikings held a lead at some point in 15 of 17 games last season, but that only translated into eight wins. A quick piece of advice: Do better at that.
In April 2010, when the ballpark opened, the average high temperature, was 66 degrees. Most years since then have been considerably colder.
Recent Twins teams have either far exceeded or fallen short of expectations. But at least we had a basis for what we thought we knew before the first pitch was thrown.
Modest goals were appropriate at the start of the year. But now? Fans can have higher hopes because of the success we're seeing heading toward the NHL and NBA postseasons.
"Just talk about the sold-out crowd," Lynx star Natalie Achonwa said.
A shiner and stitches are just part of the job for recently acquired forward Nicolas Deslauriers, and the evidence was on display when he sat down for an interview.
Out and about in and around Target Center. Friday felt normal, which also feels different.
All the changes made by the Vikings haven't done much for Las Vegas oddsmakers when it comes to moving the needle on the team's projected victory total.
Unlike how things were under Mike Zimmer, the Vikings quarterback appears to have a coach in Kevin O'Connell who understands how Cousins thinks.
The world champ is retired now, but don't expect her to spend too much time lounging at Panera Bread.
The Twins have a long history of reclamation projects. Their 2022 hopes might hinge on whether the latest with Chris Archer is successful.
If we went into the offseason figuring pitching was the team's most glaring potential weakness, we are still in that same spot with the opener looming next week.
Are we entering an era of competence and confidence? All six major pro teams in Minnesota are playoff-worthy, which hasn't been the case for years.
The Timberwolves have earned a spot in the NBA play-in tournament and will finish with a winning record. Now they'll see how hard it is to win when the stakes are higher.
The first week of free agency had a real "same as it ever was" feel for the Vikings until Tuesday, when they signed Za'Darius Smith, the ex-Packers linebacker and pass-rushing specialist.