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The Vikings' decision to give contract extensions to quarterback Kirk Cousins and coach Mike Zimmer this offseason mean that this club has made its decision on who can lead it to a Super Bowl.
JOTTINGS • Hall of Fame football coach Tony Dungy told Sirius XM Radio that he sees a lot of similarities between Gophers coach P.J. Fleck…
Since the team moved into U.S. Bank Stadium in 2016, they have posted a 23-9 record at home, a number matched only by the Eagles and Saints for the best home mark in the NFC.
A rivalry pitting a strong Cleveland rotation vs. potent Twins offense could become a highlight of the season.
If Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor finds a suitable buyer to meet his demands and his asking price for the club, it will end one of the most important pro sports tenures in state history.
JOTTINGS • Giving Mike Zimmer a new contract was a no-brainer for the Vikings. The coach’s new deal will keep him with the team through…
The Twins will play in an environment very different from previous seasons, and that's not lost on anybody within our club, president Dave St. Peter said.
The Vikings' protocols and safety measures are already being studied by people around the NFL; the Twins effort is being led by a Mayo Clinic physician.
The Vikings opened this offseason in one of their toughest salary cap spots in recent memory, with the least cap space in the NFL. Rob Brzezinski led the way as the team made a ton of moves to get some relief.
JOTTINGS • Twins President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey said the club has been pleased with the physical strength of the pitchers in camp: “I think…
The Twins have had better hitters on their rosters over the years, with greats such as Harmon Killebrew, Kirby Puckett, Joe Mauer and Rod Carew. But from top to bottom, this club is hard to beat.
The addition of experienced coaches give the Vikings a fresh look at how they do things on offense and defense.
The Woodbury native has a chance to do something that very few players in the history of baseball have accomplished: Skip the minor leagues
The backups on the roster are lacking experience.
The list of athletic and medical experts the Gophers have to draw on is large because the University of Minnesota has such a well-respected academic roster
There was no doubt when Gary Kubiak joined the Vikings last season that he was going to play a big part in the offensive game plan, no matter what his title would be.
"We left spring training in March with a really good baseball team, a team poised to take an additional step or two toward the pursuit of a world championship," Dave St. Peter said.
Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan is 15-4 as a starter, indicating his importance to the team.
JOTTINGS• There is no better promoter of the game of golf than Hollis Cavner, the executive director of the 3M Open, so you have to be…
It's hard to think of any season in recent memory when the Vikings brought in such a small free-agent class as they did this offseason.
Twins owner Pohlad said communication with the commissioner's office has been steady with the club, but not directly between himself and Rob Manfred.
The former player and coach's voice is clear and forceful on matters of racism.
Center Garrett Bradbury said that the continuity from last season should put the team at a big advantage when it ends its virtual training camp and gets back on the field in July.
That Mike Hughes is the most veteran cornerback shows that the group will have a lot of learning to do when Vikings camp opens.
Last year the Vikings ranked second in the NFC, allowing 303 points. Still, a lot of people around the club, including Mike Zimmer, felt the team could use a fresh start on defense.
JOTTINGS • Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren has created the Big Ten Conference Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition for student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors, chancellors and presidents…
The Gophers have five four-star football recruits, and they definitely stand out. But coach P.J. Fleck also looks for high character.
Dalvin Cook is signed through 2020, but he'll be looking for a big payday: he's only the 39th-highest-paid running back in the NFL.
Two Vikings players, guard Milt Sunde and linebacker Ron Acks, were in the National Guard and got called up to help calm the riots in Minneapolis during the summer of 1967.
JOTTINGS • Vikings trainer Eric Sugarman on how the team is staying healthy during virtual meetings: “It’s just a matter of staying in communication…
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has faith in the talent the team has to fill the holes left by departed starters.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will hold an important call with the league Thursday to talk about returning to action. Here's why the Wolves may not want the games to resume.
He doesn't see the pandemic as unfair to his program because it is affecting other football teams the same way.
The Gophers lost out on a final season with expected MLB top pick Max Meyer, but more prospects will join them next year.
Adam Thielen didn't receive a single Division I offer after graduating from Detroit Lakes. Justin Jefferson was rated 308th among receiver prospects in the Class of 2017. LSU was the only program to offer him a scholarship.
JOTTINGS • Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders wrote on ESPN:“Fifth-round pick [Gophers and Minneapolis North product] Tyler Johnson will become Tom Brady’s…
The longtime rivals have faced each other 113 times. If the season goes as scheduled, this will be the earliest date they have ever played for the Floyd of Rosedale trophy.
The Pohlad family with the Twins, the Wilf family with the Vikings, Glen Taylor with the Timberwolves and Craig Leipold with the Wild are all among the wealthiest owners in sports and some of the smartest business minds around.
JOTTINGS • The Vikings are tied for the 10th-hardest 2020 NFL schedule based on 2019 winning percentages. Their 2020 opponents went 131-123-2 (.516) in 2019.…
Losing gate revenue from fans, even if it's only for part of the season, will have a big impact. But Twins President Dave St. Peter said the club is aware of how important the revenue from television could be.
The crowds are down at Xcel Energy Center and 3M Arena at Mariucci, and the on-ice product has not been as good in recent seasons at either location.
Despite the NCAA shutdown of in-person recruiting, Fleck and his staff have secured 14 commitments for the Class of 2021.
Everson Griffen and Stefon Diggs both became stars despite being picked in the middle rounds. They're both gone, and new finds will have to replace them.
Vikings GM often trades down to acquire more picks without losing out on desired players, as he did again in Thursday's first round.
They got it last season on offense; this year, several players in the secondary and on the defensive line must be replaced.
Dave St. Peter said safety is the No. 1 priority but the Twins are prepared to do anything they can to play games this season.
JOTTINGS • The Gophers’ 2021 football recruiting class is ranked No. 7 in the country, according to 247 Sports. The group that P.J. Fleck has put…
With some ticket sales lacking, pro and college teams have lost even more traction because of the sports shutdown.
Anthony Harris was retained by the Vikings via the franchise tag, but GM Rick Spielman might be considering trade offers.
Adam Zimmer, 36, said that growing up he was always around football, and even though his dad would try to not talk football when he was with his family, it was all Adam wanted to talk about.
JOTTINGS • Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck on incoming freshman running back Ky Thomas, whose 7,703 rushing yards rank No. 2 all-time in…
There were questions about the transition Kevin Garnett was about to take from high school to the pros. But the Wolves drafted one of the most responsible players in NBA history.
As important as any moves Rick Spielman might make this year during the NFL draft is how coordinated the front office staff will be in making group decisions.
JOTTINGS • Odds Shark has released its Big Ten football championship odds for 2020 and the Gophers rank seventh at 25-1. Ahead of them are…
Sid Hartman says that one of his mentors told him that as much as fans liked to win, they found just as much entertainment complaining about their favorite teams.
For Vikings fans of a certain age, it might seem impossible that the draft will still be televised and take place without a big audience cheering or booing each pick.
The team was undergoing a major makeover without much success either on the floor or at the gate when the NBA season shut down.
When it comes to Gophers football, coach P.J. Fleck's squad is being put at a real disadvantage for two reasons by the total shutdown of college sports.
It's hard to believe the team has lost so many quality players in such a short time. And it also shows how quickly the team is going to have to rebuild.
Beyond on-field success, the Gophers have high graduation rates and grade-point averages.
The reason some remain hopeful for the NBA's return is leagues in Asia have restarted in the past week after taking two months off.
Re-signing Kirk Cousins was the right decision by the Vikings, and other transactions are freeing up valuable salary cap space for moves that need to be made.
SID’s JOTTINGS • Bud Grant’s biggest fans and cheerleaders, the 40 members of his immediate family including children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, will…
There have been a lot of twists and turns in my newspaper career, but this has to be one of the unique moments in all of my years of covering sports.
The hardest-working man in Minnesota sports, Sid Hartman, celebrates his 100th birthday today. He can also celebrate history. The Guinness World Records is officially naming…
Sports have many times taken a back seat to much larger concerns in the country, but they have also been a key part of holding Minnesota and the country together during difficult times.
"One of the most important parts of my career as a sportswriter and columnist has been the relationships I have built with sources," writes Sid Hartman, who turns 100 on Sunday.
Kirk Cousins' numbers rank with the NFL's best. He has one year left with the Vikings but it's a deal that has a salary cap hit that leaves little room for other players.
Byron Buxton and Max Kepler are both working their way back from offseason injuries, and while Kepler has played in three games in spring, Buxton has yet to make an appearance.
JOTTINGS • One reason the Vikings could have a chance to re-sign Everson Griffen at a discount is there are a number of great…
The Gophers graduated 15 players from an 11-2 team, including nine on defense and several of the team's top stars on offense.
In a one-on-one interview, former Vikings COO Kevin Warren said the job of Big Ten commissioner is everything he expected, but there are changes he wants to make a priority as he starts his new career.
Technically, the Gophers' last Big Ten title was from the 1981-1982 season, when Jim Dutcher led a squad that featured center Randy Breuer and guard Trent Tucker
ESPN.com ran a list this week of the top clubs in baseball and had the Twins ranked fifth overall and the best in the improved AL Central.
The Wilf family, which owns the Vikings, continues to believe it is doing the right thing by putting its own money into the community, both at U.S. Bank Stadium and in Eagan at the TCO Performance Center.