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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
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.
Stefon Diggs made the most memorable touchdown reception in Vikings history, but, eventually, his relationship soured with the franchise. That appears

Diggs trade: Vikings fans have been there, watched that once before

Stefon Diggs has been traded from a successful team for the second time in his career. The ending in Buffalo is very similar to how it ended in Minnesota.
Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and head coach Kevin O’Connell during a news conference in March.

What should Vikings do if price to move up in the draft is too steep?

A recent mock draft suggested the Vikings would trade No. 11, No. 23 and next year's first round pick to move up to No. 5 and select Michigan's J.J. McCarthy. Is that too much to get 'the quarterback of the future?'
The Gophers men's basketball team is in a state of flux again.



The Gophers open practice at Athletes Village practice court.

Chip Scoggins on the U and its transfer portal predicament

The columnist joins Michael Rand to look at what's going on with the impact of the portal and NIL on the Gophers men's basketball team. Plus a look at Friday's Paige Bueckers vs. Caitlin Clark women's Final Four semifinal.
Iowa guard Caitlin Clark, center, celebrates with teammates after Iowa defeated LSU for a trip to the Final Four.

Women's basketball shining while men's game has never been worse

One could easily make the argument that by this stage of both NCAA tournaments, the women's version qualifies as appointment viewing over the men's.
UConn guard Paige Bueckers signs autographs after Monday's win.

Reusse on Bueckers, Clark and the Timberwolves nasty ownership fight

Columnist Patrick Reusse and host Michael Rand went all-in on the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament — but left time for the Timberwolves big story, too.
Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez along with Timberwolves and Lynx owner Glen Taylor during a news conference Monday.

As Wolves sale collapses, a reminder that Vegas move was possible

Among the many twists and turns in a day of Timberwolves ownership drama was a quote revealed from Glen Taylor to Star Tribune columnist Patrick Reusse.
Timberwolves minority owners Marc Lore, left, and Alex Rodriguez are now at the center of a swirling ownership drama with Glen Taylor.

Unpacking the Wolves ownership drama + Gophers rally, costly Twins win

On Friday's Daily Delivery, Michael Rand take stock of a wild day in Minnesota sports from the Timberwolves sale falling through to a NCAA win for the Gophers and a newsy Opening Day for the Twins.
It's been a wild day in Minnesota sports.

Five things to know from a bonkers Thursday in Minnesota sports

The Timberwolves sale fell through. The Gophers are being hit by the transfer portal. It's Opening Day for the Twins, the Gophers men's hockey team plays in the NCAA tournament and Drake Maye has his Pro Day. Is that enough for you?
Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell speaks during a press conference earlier this month.

Inside the Vikings' pre-draft process; Wolves reach important milestone

On Thursday's Daily Delivery podcast, host Michael Rand and Vikings beat writer Ben Goessling talked about the long hours Kevin O'Connell will be logging in the next month. Plus the Wolves reached 50 victories.
Minnesota Twins pitcher Pablo Lopez (49) reacts after a strikeout in Game 1 of the 2023 ALDS, a Twins victory that snapped an 18-game postseason losin

Podcast: Can the Twins build on their 2023 success this season?

Daily Delivery podcast host Michael Rand is joined by Star Tribune Twins beat writer Bobby Nightengale Jr. as they preview the 2024 Twins season
Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell, pats Minnesota Vikings place kicker Greg Joseph (1) on the helmet after he missed a 4th quarter extra po

Once again, Vikings searching for quality and stability in a new kicker

After three functional but overall below average years with the Vikings, Greg Joseph signed with the Packers. The Vikings have proved they can do worse than Joseph, but they certainly can do better.
Vikings kicker Greg Joseph reacted after missing a 37-yard field goal at the end of the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals

Big change for Vikings; Wolves learning to play without Towns

On Wednesday's Part I of the Daily Delivery podcast, host Michael Rand talks about kicker Greg Joseph signing with the Packers and chats with Star Tribune Timberwolves beat writer Chris Hine.
North Dakota Fighting Hawks fans during a regional in 2021.


The University of Minnesota Duluth men's hockey team defeated the University of North Da

How much for a ticket to watch college hockey? How about $5,719.

Some of college hockey's most popular teams — including national attendance leader North Dakota — were sent to the smallest arena picked for the NCAA regionals. And the secondary market has some wild prices as a result.
Frozen Four topics: Gophers chances, UND hockey tickets are HOW much?

Frozen Four topics: Gophers chances, UND hockey tickets are HOW much?

College hockey writer Randy Johnson on the U's chances in this weekend's NCAA regional and host Michael Rand on the eye-popping cost to watch North Dakota. Also, Justin Jefferson role in the Vikings QB choices.
Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns, center, poses with new team ownership partners Marc Lore, right, and baseball great Alex Rodriguez, left,

With Timberwolves, sideshows haven't become the main attraction

Plenty of things could have derailed momentum and distracted Timberwolves fans from the on-court product. But the team has kept on winning through a tumultuous month.
Patrick Reusse covered a wide range of subjects on the Daily Delivery. (Star Tribune and Associated Press photos.)

Twins, Ohtani, basketball, college hockey. Reusse dishes on it all.

Patrick Reusse joined host Michael Rand on the podcast in a conversation befitting the packed March schedule — everything from MLB to three levels of basketball.
Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Jhoan Duran will miss the start of the year with an injury.

Injuries and depth. A look at the Twins from Florida with Phil Miller

Star Tribune Twins beat writer Phil Miller joins host Michael Rand on the podcast to talk about the impact of the team's sudden rash of injuries. Rand also looks at what it would cost for the Vikings to move up in the draft.
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach J.B Bickerstaff gives instructions to players in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Mond

Former U player, Wolves assistant Bickerstaff on threats from gamblers

Cavaliers head coach Bernie Bickerstaff revealed he received threats from gamblers that he reported to the NBA. He also talked about the increasing tension sports betting becomes more widespread.
FILE - In this March 19, 2019, file photo, an iPad displays the types of free bets that could be placed at the Golden 1 Center's Skyloft Predictive Ga

A conversation about problem gambling in Minnesota

More than 250,000 Minnesotans are estimated to have a gambling problem. Susan Sheridan Tucker, Executive Director of the Minnesota Alliance on Problem Gambling, joins the podcast to talk about it.
The NFL draft will be held in Detroit in April.

It's mock draft season. Here are 5 Vikings takeaways from a big one

The Vikings have created a sense of urgency and intrigue about next month's draft that's greater than in any year in recent memory because of how the early stages of free agency played out.
Iowa’s star player Caitlin Clark dances in the confetti after winning the Big Ten earlier this month at Target Center.

Big wins for Wild and Gophers, a Caitlin Clark prediction and the Vikings draft . . .

It's a combo platter on the podcast that includes host Michael Rand on the Gophers and Wild, basketball writer Kent Youngblood on the NCAA women's tournament and mock draft season getting into gear.
New Twins pitcher Anthony DeSclafani threw in the bullpen earlier this spring. You may not see him again this season.


Pitchers and catchers report t

Hey, Twins! You've got to stop trading for damaged pitchers.

The Twins just announced that recently acquired starter Anthony DeSclafani will likely be out for the season. When will the team stop betting on pitchers with injury histories?
Anthony Edwards

Basketball Tuesday: That Edwards dunk; Marcus Fuller helps pick your bracket

Anthony Edwards even wowed himself with his dunk in the Wolves win over Utah. Host Michael Rand talks about that and picks the brain of college basketball writer Marcus Fuller.
Quarterbacks and wide receivers posed during the NFL combine.

Why was it so important for Vikings to trade for another 1st-round pick?

The Vikings' swap with the Houston Texans for the No. 23 pick in next month's NFL draft seemed to come at a strange time last week. But really, the timing was vital.
Kirk Cousins is in Atlanta, which doesn't trouble Patrick Reusse.

Patrick Reusse on the Vikings: Rare praise after free agent moves

Dumping Kirk Cousins sat well with columnist Patrick Reusse. He talked about that with host Michael Rand, as well as the downward spiral of Gophers basketball that began 25 years ago.
Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell and quarterback Kirk Cousins (8)

Vikings work hard to show 'alignment'; Twins spring training news with Bobby Nightengale

On Friday's Daily Delivery podcast, host Michael Rand took note of things said by Vikings decisionmakers and visited about the Twins with Star Tribune beat writer Bobby Nightengale.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins is headed from Minnesota to Atlanta.

In moving on, Cousins talks about what was missing in Minnesota

Yes, Cousins biggest ally in Minnesota was head coach Kevin O'Connell. But something was missing that sounds like one of the things that led him to Atlanta.
Atlanta Falcon quarterback Kirk Cousins speaks during a news conference Wednesday, March 13, 2024, in Flowery Branch, Ga.

Takeaways from Kirk Cousins; inside the NIL revolution in college sports

Speaking to reporters in Atlanta on Wednesday evening, former Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins brought closure to his time in Minnesota. Host Michael Rand has key quotes. Plus a long and interesting discussion about Name, Image and Likeness.
Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer, left, stood next to Kirk Cousins, along with general manager Rick Spielman and co-owner Mark Wilf as he offi

Turning back time, would Cousins and Vikings still pick each other?

Exactly six years ago, the Vikings reached an agreement to sign Kirk Cousins to a three-year, fully guaranteed $84 million deal. Knowing how things played out, would they still make the same choice?
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) looked over the Jumbotron to watch the replay of the Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) touchdown during the t

Chip Scoggins on Cousins; Wolves get huge comeback victory

Host Michael Rand was as surprised as many of you to see the Wolves pivot from a 22-point second-quarter deficit into an 18-point win over the Clippers. Plus, Scoggins on Kirk Cousins and the QBs ahead.
The partnership between Kirk Cousins and coach Kevin O'Connell is over.

Sunday, October 8, 2023, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.

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Five things to know about a whirlwind 24 hours for the Vikings

If the Vikings end up going 5-12 because Sam Darnold is bad and a rookie quarterback needs more seasoning, that won't be the worst thing. And what about if things go well?
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) is on his way out.

So much drama with the Vikings. A look back and at what's to come.

It was a long day of drama Monday for the Vikings, and it started right up again Tuesday. What does it all mean? Plus Kent Youngblood on Big Ten women's basketball and the 2024 Lynx.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) might stay or he might go.

Kirk Cousins free agency news is all about leverage

Even before the "legal tampering" period opened Monday, there were small pieces of information that arguably benefitted or hurt certain teams -- or even Kirk Cousins himself.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is set to test free agency.

Patrick Reusse on Kirk Cousins, Caitlin Clark and Lou Nanne

Star Tribune columnist Patrick Reusse joined host Michael Rand on Monday's Daily Delivery podcast ahead of big expected news on Kirk Cousins and after a big weekend of tournaments in the Twin Cities.
Caitlin Clark (upper left), Anthony Edwards (upper right) and The Cosmic Cliffs (lower)

Caitlin Clark, Anthony Edwards and the power of our stars

We are naturally drawn toward the phenomenal, which is the easiest way of understanding the lure of players like Caitlin Clark and Anthony Edwards.
Minnesota's Cam Christie (24) is one of many key players who could take the Gophers higher next year.

Can the end of this year raise U men's basketball to new heights?

College basketball writer Marcus Fuller joined host Michael Rand on Friday's Daily Delivery podcast to talk about Ben Johnson's team, what's left to play for this season and what lies ahead.
Jaden McDaniels (3) of the Minnesota Timberwolves dunks the ball in the second quarter Monday, January 2, 2023, at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

McDaniels has to step up for Wolves, with or without a healthy Towns

Jaden McDaniels needs to be more consistent on offense if the Timberwolves are going to fix their late game issues — which might be only more glaring with Karl-Anthony Towns sidelined.
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) drives on Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) and forward Will Barton during the first half

Karl-Anthony Towns injury adds to growing list of Timberwolves questions

Even before we knew that Wolves All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns would miss time with a knee injury, the Timberwolves' late-game offensive woes were a concern. Chris Hine and Michael Rand talked about that on Thursday's Daily Delivery podcast.
Vikings General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, and Head Coach Kevin O'Connell address the media a week before the draft at the TCO Performance Center in

Outcome of Cousins decision to determine who feels pressure with Vikings

In one week, we will know whether Kirk Cousins is staying with the Vikings or leaving in free agency. How that plays out will add pressure to either GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah or head coach Kevin O'Connell.
Who will be gone from the Wild by Friday's trade deadline?

Who could be gone from the Wild at Friday's trade deadline?

With the Wild hanging onto the fringes of the playoff race but probably starting to look toward the future, which players are candidates to move before the week is over?
Minnesota Twins' Josh Donaldson kicks dirt on home plate after his home run prompting umpire Dan Bellino to eject him from the game during the sixth i

Donaldson retires, reminding us of good and bad times

When healthy, Josh Donaldson was productive with the Twins. But his brashness didn't sit well among members of the organization, some of whom were relieved when he was traded after two seasons.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) greeted then-Seahawks QB Russell Wilson before a preseason game in 2019.



The Minnesota Vikings playe

What will Vikings do at quarterback? Two teams to watch for clues.

Kirk Cousins is set to be a free agent next week. If Atlanta goes all in on signing him, would the Vikings pivot to Russell Wilson, who is no longer wanted by Denver?
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins prances into the end zone untouched on a 7-yard touchdown run in the third quarter against the Arizona Card

Falcons writer: Cousins is Atlanta's top quarterback target

A veteran writer who covers the Falcons came away from the NFL scouting combine convinced that the team will make Kirk Cousins its No. 1 QB option if he reaches free agency.
March is here and with it a slew of storylines for Minnesota sports fans to follow, including (clockwise from left) a strong start from Minnesota Unit

10 things Minnesota sports fans need to pay attention to this week

It's March. Things are getting busy. You might be overwhelmed as a sports fan. But if your attention feels all over the place, here are the things to zero in on right now.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards (5) and head coach Chris Finch stand on the court during Sunday's loss.

Classic Reusse hits Wolves, Twins, Loons, the U . . . and rips some kids

Patrick Reusse had a lot on his mind during his weekly visit to the Daily Delivery. Some of it covers familiar subjects and some covers newer territory for the veteran columnist.
Vikings Head Coach Kevin O'Connell, right, helps with drills and waits for running back Alexander Mattison to round the pads during practice at the TC

The Vikings' running game has been dismal, and they need to fix it

Regardless of who the team's quarterback is in 2024 — but especially if it's a rookie —- better production from running backs is a must-have.
Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy speaks during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on Friday morning.

Keep your eyes on this rookie QB if you're a Vikings fan

Vikings writer Andrew Krammer joins host Michael Rand for a long look at quarterbacks. Where does Kirk Cousins stand? And who are the Vikings really looking at during the NFL combine?
Gophers women's basketball coach Dawn Plitzuweit endured the final minutes of the fourth quarter of Wednesday's 108-60 loss to Iowa at Williams Arena.

Clark's brilliance obscures harsh reality about U women's hoops

Yes, Caitlin Clark brought greatness to the Barn. But even with the Gophers missing two key players, there should be serious concern about a 48-point loss to Iowa in a season that has quickly spiraled downward.
Caitlin Clark (22) of the Iowa Hawkeyes is defended by Maggie Czinano (5) Minnesota Golden Gophers in the third quarter Wednesday,

The brilliance of Caitlin Clark; an urgent time for the Wild

Host Michael Rand marveled at Iowa' record-breaking women's basketball star Caitlin Clark and talked to Star Tribune writer Randy Johnson about several local hockey teams.
New Vikings QB coach Josh McCown, left, was the quarterback on the fateful play that knocked the Vikings from the playoffs in 2003.

New Vikings QB coach painful reminder of most frustrating year

Josh McCown threw the pass that kept Minnesota out of the 2003 playoffs. Vikings fans have felt more heartbreak before and after that game. But never more frustration.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) talks with wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) during a game last season.

If the Vikings wanted Cousins, they've had many chances

Daily Delivery: The Vikings are saying they want Kirk Cousins back, which probably means a multi-year deal with guaranteed money. Something is different than it was a year ago. Also, baseball writer Phil Miller talks about Byron Buxton.
Kirk Cousins (2018) plus Ryan Suter and Zach Parise (2012) being introduced to Minnesota.

Low ceiling, high floor: How the Vikings have become the Wild

Kirk Cousins was supposed to be the final piece of a puzzle to finally win a Super Bowl for the Vikings. Instead his six years have been marked by consistent respectability, like the Wild of a few years back.
Tampa Bay Rays Manuel Margot rounds the bases past Houston Astros' Jose Altuve after hitting a three run home run against Houston Astros starting pitc

Three ways to see the Twins trade (and Chip Scoggins pays a visit)

Host Michael Rand unpacks Monday's Twins trade for Manuel Margot. Then he talks to columnist Chip Scoggins about a number of things -- including a big week for the Vikings and Caitlin Clark coming to town.
It's psychologically easy for Wolves fans to forget the old days of never-ending losses now that they're sitting atop the Western Conference standings

How is it possible that Wolves fans are still complaining?

One of the most moribund franchises in American sports history is suddenly playing phenomenal basketball. That doesn't mean Timberwolves fans are suddenly satisfied.
Caitlin Clark comes to Williams Arena for a game against the Gophers on Wednesday.

Patrick Reusse on Twins payroll — and ready for Caitlin Clark mania

Columnist Patrick Reusse is down in Florida for Twins spring training and remains concerned about the team's pitching staff. And he's also keeping watch on Clark's arrival in Minnesota.
Max Exsted carried his tennis gear into a match at InnerCity Tennis in Minneapolis last year. It was the only time he played competitively in his home

Daily Delivery: On Max Exsted's global tennis pursuit

Jeff Day of the Star Tribune joins Michael Rand to discuss his story on Max Exsted, a 16-year-old from Savage who is one of the best junior tennis players in the world.
Johnson Ben, team

Hot seat to Coach of the Year? The case for honoring Ben Johnson.

The Gophers won just six Big Ten games in Ben Johnson's first two seasons, and his team was predicted to finish last this year. Instead, Minnesota's success is fueling talk that Johnson should be honored by the conference.
Minnesota head coach Ben Johnson during the first half of Thursday's win over Ohio State.

Hot hoops: Gophers improve NCAA chances, Wolves battle for No. 1 seed

Host Michael Rand welcomed NBA writer Chris Hine on the podcast to talk about the best team in the Western Conference as play resumes. The Gophers, meanwhile, earned a revenge win over Ohio State.
Where is Kirk Cousins headed in the next few weeks -- and is it right back to Minnesota?

Speculation season: What national voices say about Cousins, Vikings

We're trapped between the end of the NFL season and the start of free agency. It's speculation season, and the Vikings are right in the middle of it all.
We know Purdue will make it to the NCAA men's basketball tournament. But will Minnesota?

How big is that bubble? Are Gophers really an NCAA tournament team?

College basketball writer Marcus Fuller joins host Michael Rand for a check-in before tonight's Ohio State game. Also, Rand doesn't like a message the Twins are sending, or what could happen to baseball and softball at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Minnesota Gophers head coach PJ Fleck lined up with his players before taking the field before Wednesday's game against the Auburn Tigers. ] Aaron Lav

Now the best Gophers teams can compete in College Football Playoff

Reasons to be down on the Gophers' place in college football abound. But let's look at one positive: a 12-team College Football Playoff leaves room for programs like Minnesota.
A Wilson baseball glove and a Louisville slugger bat sit on the field prior to a spring training baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the

La Velle E. Neal III talks Twins, Vikings and Loons

What do we think of Minnesota United's pursuit of a head coach? How much should the Twins try to go after high-profile free agents who are still on the market? What can't the Vikings ignore?
Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert, President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly, left, and head coach Chris Finch, right, after Gobert was traded to

Who's had a better second year with Wolves: Gobert or Connelly?

After a disastrous first season, it's been the complete opposite in year two for Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert and President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly.
Minnesota Twins Byron Buxton (25) worked on drills in the outfield Monday.


The full team has reported to the 2024  Minnesota Twins, spring baseball

10 goals for the Wild, welcome news on Buxton, Wolves settle an issue

Lots to chew on already this week, starting with the Wild's astonishing rally on Monday, as well as good news from the Twins, the Timberwolves and (it looks like) from Minnesota United. Featured is a visit from baseball writer Bobby Nightengale.