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In a video that went viral, the Wolves' rookie innocently answered a question about Alex Rodriguez — slated to become a new owner of the team.
The longtime DeLaSalle coach won nine state titles in 23 years. More importantly, he has the relationships in the state of Minnesota that will help the Gophers make more inroads in recruiting.
Alexander Colome has been up and down — with his mistakes magnified — in the first three series. He will pitch better, but he probably won't pitch as well as the Twins' best reliever: Taylor Rogers.
Patrick Reusse joins Michael Rand on Daily Delivery after a very newsy weekend in Minnesota sports, which included former MLB star Alex Rodriguez buying the Wolves along with billionaire Marc Lore.
The NHL trade deadline is Monday. If you have followed the chain of events over the last year, it seems that Parise and the Wild would be best off parting ways.
An 8-3 win and four power play goals against one of the NHL's best teams provided clarity on what we can expect from the Wild when it reaches the postseason.
It's a 21-game audition for the Wolves' most important trio. Here are five things to watch tonight vs. Indiana and for the rest of the year.
The Twins lost again in extra innings on Tuesday, falling victim to baseball's bad new rule and reminding us that a pitch clock is the thing that would really solve a problem.
The Gonzaga star from Minnehaha Academy came up one game short of a perfect season and national title. But he's just at the beginning of a career that could influence the future of the Gophers and Wolves as well.
Todd McShay's latest mock draft has Northwestern lineman Rashawn Slater going to the Vikings in the first round. McShay expanded on that during a conference call Monday.
It was a dud of a year and a tournament until former Minnehaha Academy standout Jalen Suggs made some magic on Saturday night to get Gonzaga into the title game.
What can we question and what can we just chalk up to a single game microscopic sample size after the Twins blew a 5-2 lead in the ninth inning Thursday?
It was a significant performance even in the midst of a lost season with the Wolves rallying to grind out a one-point victory.
As the Twins prepare to open the season today in Milwaukee, they find themselves at an interesting spot in their trajectory.
Minnesota has been outshot and outplayed badly in recent games, but has managed to win despite that. The Wild won't be so lucky if that continues.
Longtime Fox Sports North executive Mike Dimond joined Daily Delivery on Tuesday to talk about the rebrand to Bally Sports North and what that means to viewers.
As the Wolves prepare to face the Nets — flush with buyout additions Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge — it's another reminder of the NBA's stacked deck.
The timing made less and less sense for a deal with Atlanta as the deadline approached. But that doesn't mean talks can't resume in a couple months.
The Gophers and new coach Ben Johnson figure to be major players in the transfer market. That's nothing new at the U, but now the quest is being aided by a turbo-charged form of college free agency.
Baseball writer Phil Miller joins the Daily Delivery for a look at the Twins one week before the start of the regular season. Plus the NBA trade deadline and college 'free agency.'
The new Gophers coach joined the Daily Delivery podcast to talk about his recruiting philosophy. Last year's Gophers took a lot of threes but didn't make a lot. He aims to fix that.
In a wide-ranging interview, new Timberwolves coach Chris Finch talked about his new job, the team's recent improvement and No. 1 overall pick Anthony Edwards.
New Gophers men's basketball coach Ben Johnson is going to get a lot of unsolicited advice in the coming days, weeks and months. But this is a voice he should heed.
The new Gophers head coach chose Northwestern coming out of DeLaSalle but later transferred to the U. So can Ben Johnson attract players like . . . Ben Johnson?
Former Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is joining his new team after a decade in purple, and is hoping to see his pass-catching numbers rebound.
There are two times of great convergence on the sports calendar: late March and early October. It's going to be an eventful week in Minnesota sports even for teams that aren't playing.
Cousins has played reasonably well in his three seasons with the Vikings. But he and agent have played the contract game even better.
The ex-Vikings kicker, who made 86% of his field goals with the team, tells what's wrong. "There are reasons a guy like Dan Bailey goes from making 10, 15 or 20 kicks in a row to missing."
Gophers women's basketball coach Lindsay Whalen joined the Daily Delivery podcast to talk about the challenges of her third season with the team.
The Gophers will try to reach another level with their next hire. Can they get there? Or is that an unrealistic goal?
It's a great time to get in on the ground floor with potential young stars across all of Minnesotan's major pro sports teams.
The tackle was here for four seasons. On an offensive line that often had question marks, he was a relatively stable and consistent presence.
At 7-29 at the break, the Wolves have the worst record in the NBA. From here, there is a volatile range of possibilities set to unfold over the next few months.
The release of Dan Bailey on Tuesday was just the latest spin on a kicking carousel that has been a constant of Mike Zimmer's coaching tenure in Minnesota.
On Wednesday's Daily Delivery podcast, Wild veteran Marcus Foligno talked about a number of subjects, including Zach Parise's benching and Foligno's scoring outburst this season.
After a report emerged last week, speculation naturally followed. Can the Wolves make this work and acquire a needed power forward?
The trio has had health concerns. But if they can stay on the field together for a reasonable part of the season, they could be worth 50 runs saved.
After 1,400 receiving yards as a rookie, Jefferson wants even more. Super Bowl contention. Growing his game. And ultimately a spot in the Hall of Fame.
Will the decision to make the veteran a healthy scratch on Wednesday make the Wild stronger or will Minnesota go in the other direction?
GM Rick Spielman was pretty definitive in shooting down offseason trade speculation about the Vikings QB. Michael Rand counters with a plea for the team's future.
Levine's argument bangs head-on into the Twins ugly history of having lost 18 playoff games in a row dating back to 2004.
The Wolves guard's comments after Sunday's loss to Phoenix were suggestive of a player who isn't happy. A look at a deeper message in his words.
Both teams shoot a lot of threes but don't make a lot of threes. If you're looking for a common cause of defeat, start there.
An interview with Jason Gurwin of the Streamable on Monday's Daily Delivery podcast gives you a lay of the land on where things stand with trying to stream regional sports networks.
The team was sold after former Sen. Kelly Loeffler came under fire from players in the league. Messaging from players played a role in Loeffler's U.S. Senate defeat.
The Wolves already play fast and have struggled doing it. Even if that's the way President Gersson Rosas wants them to play in the future, it's hurting them in the present.
Wilson's messy offseason in Seattle got a little more interesting Thursday. The Seahawks QB reportedly isn't demanding a trade, but he's saying where he'd be willing to go.
"If you meet with the Patriots, they're going to ask you the toughest questions ever." Vereen joined the Daily Delivery podcast to describe what fans don't see or hear.
Every proposed deal suggested by national media members adds more parts the Vikings would seemingly need to give up.
The return to in-person attendance is going to be a fascinating question in 2021. Both for fans and for Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, who will be the one making the call on the team's proposals.
Gersson Rosas has remade the Wolves' roster and has hand-picked his coach. Now it's time to see if his vision on offense is correct.
Resch, a Lakefield, Minn., native, is the vice president of basketball operations for the forward-thinking Raptors. "I've been here eight seasons and I think it's taken eight seasons to figure out how to describe what I do."
You can see how the deal makes sense for both the Eagles and Colts. Does it have anything to do with the Vikings?
Love from LeBron one day and an oh-so-close try for a game-winning shot the next. We got a sneak peak at the ideal future for the Wolves on Tuesday, even in a loss to the Lakers. A visit with Anthony Edwards on the Daily Delivery podcast.
Projections about how the Twins will fare in 2021 are generally optimistic. But if the roster is basically the same at the end of the season as it is now, RandBall writes that it's hard to see how the October streak of ineptitude ends.
On the long list of things the Vikings need in order to upgrade their overall performance, the offensive line and defensive line help are top priorities. But what if they addressed a 'want' instead of a 'need' with their first pick.
A strong overall effort was about to go to waste — right up until the Wolves changed the narrative during Sunday's victory over Toronto.
The Hold Steady's frontman on his creative process, the band's new release and what happens when you show up at Yankee Stadium after buying counterfeit tickets.
What does this mean if you're a Vikings fan? That depends on how far into the Kirk Cousins trade swirl you want to go.
Around this time last year, Wolves President Gersson Rosas remade the team's roster with a flurry of trades at the NBA deadline. Is it time to try again?
Transparency on this issue has been sorely lacking, particularly in recent years, about the game's soaring number of home runs.
The Seahawks QB was asked Tuesday if he's available in a trade. His answer: "That's a Seahawks question." Is this just blowing smoke, or is there a fire blazing here.
St. Thomas expects gains in visibility and exposure from moving up to Division I. Will the Tommies be able to build a rivalry with the U, at least some key sports?
The heartbeat of a young team has been its young core, which is promising for the future — but troubling if you're looking for success in the moment.
During a Friday appearance on NFL Network, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer reiterated that the team is quite happy with Kirk Cousins.
In a wide-ranging interview on the Daily Delivery podcast, the former Vikings head coach gave his assessments of some of the most important quarterbacks in your world.
Do you ever stare at the past for so long that you start to wonder if what you remember actually happened?
The iconic photo of former the former Twins manager loading a ball into a pitching machine for batting practice has morphed into a bobblehead.
It was becoming increasingly likely that the Twins would need to think about life without Cruz. But now that won't be an issue going into the 2021 season.
Twenty games into this largely disappointing season, two things are true: What Ricky Rubio envisioned of the Wolves has yet to materialize, and vice-versa.
If you thought the second-guessing about coach Matt LaFleur's fourth-quarter decision against Tampa Bay had an impact, you are 100% incorrect.
The rare combination of a great but inexpensive quarterback is driving Kansas City to greatness, and also creates a question about the relationship between the Vikings and Kirk Cousins.
It's rare that a quarterback of his age and skill set would become available.
The fallout from last year's mega-trade and draft will follow these teams for years. Early returns favor the Warriors.
Health reasons might be valid, but as usual that's not driving this story.