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Spring of 2022 offered another pair of first-round playoff exits in basketball and hockey as the years of postseason futility grow longer.
Tom Hamilton, the play-by-play announcer for the Cleveland Guardians, has been with the team for 33 years, yet he adjusted to the new name with aplomb.
A team that had won nine in a row at home was stopped cold from the first pitch to the last by a team with superior talent (and a 10-game winning streak).
Miguel Sano has had potent stretches his potential greatness. But it's hard to get past the injuries and historic, astounding numbers of strikeouts.
Injury to Carlos Correa opened the door the the much-anticipated debut of the talented shortstop.
Sophomore Kiefer Lord looks out of place at Carleton College in Northfield, where he throws 95 and has a breaking pitch worthy of a look at the highest level of college baseball.
Former Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders has kept his eyes on his former players, many of whom developed under his watch, as they battle in the playoffs. He says he'll be ready when he's back coaching in the NBA next season.
The Wolves fans at HeadFlyer Brewing were left hanging to the very end amid beers with fancy names and some dogs who came with their owners..
In neighboring parks, both squads swept to victories Friday, fell Saturday and were looking for redemption on Sunday.
The Twins can't seem to get the bats going, but they have carved out a modest two-game winning streak despite scoring three runs in those two games.
Joining missed field goals and over-celebrating teams in Minnesota sports lore will be Thursday night's Wolves roller-coaster collapse.
The excitement around this resurgent Timberwolves team isn't reserved for home games, as fans have planned vacations around seeing games on the road.
A Lakeville North product, Jack McNeely exits the Mavericks program 26 years old and not ready to stop playing the game.
The Timberwolves big man has shown this season he's committed and can dominate from all over the court.
North Stars standouts Neal Broten and Dino Ciccarelli were peers with Tommy McCarthy, who died at age 61, yet still looked to him as a leader.
Point guard D'Angelo Russell had been erratic, needing to rise above his inconsistency and shooting struggles. Tuesday night against the Clippers, he did. Bring on more of this D-Lo.
Chris Archer will debut Tuesday after offseason surgery to correct the problem — which ended the career of former Twins pitcher Phil Hughes (pictured) — in June 2020.
After a disappointing 2021, the Twins failed to sell out their home opener for the first time since 2009.
During the men's college hockey shake-up caused by the Big Ten, MSU Mankato was left behind when a new conference was formed. The message directed at the Mavericks' program was clear.
South Carolina Gamecocks, meet the 2018 Lightning from Eastview High, located at the intersection of Flagstaff Avenue and 140th Street in Apple Valley. You now have something in common.
Rocco Baldelli has named rookie Joe Ryan the Opening Day starter this year. The only other rookie to get that honor was Tommy 'The Blade' Hall in 1969.
The athletes and coaches she covers for ESPN show their respect and open up to Holly Rowe's insightful questions. Rowe has created that bond without any sacrifice of professionalism.
When Chris Voelz was women's athletic director, she battled for facilities that are vital to Gophers women's sports today — and with Star Tribune columnists who didn't get it. Voelz is one of this year's new members of the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame.
After winning its Class 2A semifinal, a North player received a social media message containing racial slurs from a non-playing student at a school in the losing team's cooperative program.
A reunion near Williams Arena brings fond memories of teams like Sherburn, Marshall, Bemidji, Duluth Central, Cloquet and more.
Greg May, the former director of hockey operations at the U, is in his first season of coaching at his alma mater. The Auggies play No. 1-ranked Adrian on Friday.
The Minneapolis Armory will host two PBC boxing cards on March 26 and June 4.
The opinion here is more schools playing at a level they don't belong at makes for putrid entertainment to start most seasons — and for shoddy postseason play.
Applause, please, for Scott Boras, the agent who represents both Carlos Correa and Royce Lewis.
Undefeated Tim Tszyu will face Terrell Gausha, a U.S. Olympian in 2012.
The state was a hotbed for 6-on-6 basketball long before most states even sanctioned girls' basketball in high school, and the appearances of Iowa and Iowa State in the NCAA tournament shows the game is still in talented hands in the state.
The Twins boss needs to take the $50 million saved in the Josh Donaldson trade and get the team pointed somewhere other than last place.
Hermantown doesn't deserve the criticism it will get for small-class success, and the big-class behemoths are the reason.
Good vs. evil? This wasn't that. It was a negotiation. It's over. Now let's get this imperfect game started.
Minnesota hasn't finished ahead of the Badgers in the basketball standings since 1998, a span in which Wisconsin has reached three NCAA Final Fours while the U has won two tournament games.
Eric Magdanz scored 42 points to set a single-game Gophers record. Ollie Shannon tied the record in 1971.
It was Tony Oliva's special day Wednesday at the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Patrick Reusse was invited to walk along with the Twins great as Oliva got a private tour in Cooperstown.
The conference has an abundance of competitive teams in men's basketball, but at the top, the Johnnies-Tommies rivalry no longer exists.
This has been a wonderful winter to head for the Madelia gym in southern Minnesota to enjoy the final evenings of hoops entertainment provided by Ja'Sean Glover, who is closing in on 3,000 career points.
The Gophers appeared to have a giant question in net when Jack LaFontaine turned pro in January, but Justen Close has been the answer.
It took me — and men like me — far too long to realize how essential girls and women are to sports. Columnist Patrick Reusse's journey to understanding that had some missteps as it unfolded.
Football is an 11-on-11 game; all the analytics on the planet aren't going to keep Aaron Donald out of your backfield.
Bud Grant shared one more thing while listening to culture and football talk from new Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell: Kirk Cousins has one particular quality Grant loves in a quarterback.
The Vikings don't need Kevin O'Connell to be Bud Grant. But if their new guy reaches Dennis Green levels, they'll have a winner.
The youngest of the many basketball-playing sons of Rick Barry continues to sink foul shots "granny style," but he can't persuade anyone to follow in his footsteps.
Deshaun Hill, the 15-year-old quarterback for North High, was shot and killed. It's a hard day to be hopeful, even as longtime sportswriter Charles Hallman is honored for his work.
Sophomore guard Caitlin Clark was not at her best Wednesday, but still scored 32 points to help the Hawkeyes avoid an upset against the Gophers.
The numbers don't distinguish Towns, 2022 All-Star, from the player we saw in the previous three seasons. It's more of an eye test.
Longtime Owatonna coach Scot Davis has been a vagabond lately, and is now coaching the St. Cloud program.
If the Vikings lure Jim Harbaugh away from Michigan, there will need to be an update to the list of biggest Vikings surprises.
As one Honduran fan headed to St. Paul for tonight's match says, "If the teams can't play their best because of the weather, that might be an advantage for us, not the U.S.''
Removed from retirement, Augsburg's Ted Riverso and Carleton's Tammy Metcalf-Filzen find themselves rivals in Saturday showdown
What in the name of Sisyphus has happened to our sports vocabulary here? Perhaps we need to make better Intentional Decisions about what we say.
This isn't desperation anymore, at least not in the world of Wild coach Dean Evason, whose team has become accomplished at late-game rallies.
Interference from the head coach just complicates matters and leads to too much back and forth. The next Vikings GM should have complete control.
Cesar Tovar's selection to the Twins' Hall of Fame may not register with many fans in the same way as Dan Gladden's. But it will bring special joy to a teenage baseball star in the Twin Cities.
The Riverbend Skate Path along the Warroad River now extends for 5.2 miles, connecting the east and west sides of the Canadian border town, as well as generations of hockey players.
Roster depletion from the Olympics and, of course, COVID-19 have only added to the concerns.
There will be a reunion this weekend and a reconciliation of sorts with former coach J Robinson — although it's an accord not needed with the athletes and most college wrestling fans.
The no-show in Philadelphia was the beginning of the end for his tenure, which appears to have reached its conclusion.
Will Ramberg came to the Gophers men's basketball team by way of Cook County High School and McGill University in Montreal.
Although Illinois dominated Tuesday, Gophers men's basketball coach Ben Johnson has generated optimism, while his predecessor Richard Pitino finds himself in a predicament.
Bud Grant is 94, still in love with the game and full of ideas.
Saturday's Winter Classic at Target Field will be the marquee event for the NHL.
P.J. Fleck has three Gophers bowl victories now and could take the program down a path that Lou Holtz might have paved, had he stayed.
This is the first Guaranteed Rate Bowl, but the Gophers have been in this game several times before.
After a colorful and eclectic journey through the decades and several countries — a life which might be made into a movie, based on his autobiography — James Clark trains fighters of all kinds in his Fridley gym.
Champlin Park graduate Sydney Hilley is a three-time All-America selection for Wisconsin and played a key role in the team's recent NCAA championship.
The Bison have been an FCS force since their arrival, but the subdivision continues to shrink with programs chasing FBS "glory."
Sam Mitchell remembers hearing "crazy" talk about the high school kid in Akron, Ohio. Then LeBron James changed the game — and the debates about "the greatest."
David Morrell Jr. and veteran Alantez Fox are the main draw while VeShawn Owens of Minneapolis meets Alberto Puello in the undercard battle of super lightweights.
Coach Dean Evason showed instincts for teaching the game while still a player, and his development of a free-wheeling offense — and the addition of superstar-in-the-making Kirill Kaprizov — elevated the Wild to among the NHL elite.
They also had the AL Cy Young Award winner, but that wasn't enough to prevent another sweep at the hands of the Orioles.
The team disgraced itself again with another uncompetitive loss Friday night after raising fans' hopes.
Ben Johnson and the Gophers have received praise for their 7-0 start, but the first-year head coach is making sure his players know tougher battles lie ahead.