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Sports
May 18
Weekend felt like a shift in return to live sports

Weekend felt like a shift in return to live sports

We’ve gone from vague notions that sports could return — or might not return — to concrete discussions, plans and in some cases even actual returns to action.
Vikings
May 14
Should remote offseasons become a permanent part of NFL?

Should remote offseasons become a permanent part of NFL?

Whatever is being lost by players in technique and nuance might be gained in the decompression of mind and body from the grind of a long year.
Twins
May 13
Expanded playoffs, short schedule should make Twins postseason locks

Expanded playoffs, short schedule should make Twins postseason locks

The proposed format for a truncated, oddball season in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic will only enhance the Twins’ playoff chances if the games are played.
Twins
May 12
Sharp battle lines drawn between MLB players, owners (and for good reason)

Sharp battle lines drawn between MLB players, owners (and for good reason)

When powerful stakeholders get together, even in the midst of a pandemic, the devil still lurks in the details. And the biggest detail? It's all about the money.
Twins
May 11
An 80-game baseball season? How would that look for the Twins?

An 80-game baseball season? How would that look for the Twins?

After 80 games in 2019, the Twins were 52-28 — eight games clear of Cleveland in the American League Central. But Miguel Sano was hitting only .195 and the bullpen had some issues.
Coronavirus
May 7
When will we get sports back? Here's where we stand

When will we get sports back? Here's where we stand

What's the latest? Will there be fans in the stadiums? Are we ready for this? We have some answers.
Sports
May 6
Will MLB return on July 1? The Plouffe is out there

Will MLB return on July 1? The Plouffe is out there

In rounding up all the various iterations of restart plans and rumors for Major League Baseball last week, I never once considered what can now…
Gophers
May 4
Gophers 2021 draft buzz: Rashod Bateman possible No. 1 overall pick?

Gophers 2021 draft buzz: Rashod Bateman possible No. 1 overall pick?

Yes, there's an early betting line on the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, and you can grab wide receiver Rashod Bateman at 100-1. You can also make a bet on Tanner Morgan to be the first quarterback taken.
Gophers
May 4
What if John Wooden had taken the Gophers basketball job in 1948?

What if John Wooden had taken the Gophers basketball job in 1948?

As the story goes, athletic director Frank McCormick came within a phone call of hiring the legendary UCLA men’s basketball coach in 1948. But something went very wrong at the end of the process.
Vikings
May 1
Herschel Walker holding up his new jersey after being traded to the Minnesota Vikings, during a new conference in Bloomington in October 1989.

A what-if whiff: What if the Vikings hadn't made the Herschel Walker trade?

The Vikings have never won a Super Bowl. But their fans are champions of the “what if …?” game. So much history has left fans wondering how things might have been different, if only one thing had changed. This one could top them all.
Vikings
April 30
Look who's suddenly become an Aaron Rodgers expert. It's Brett Favre

Look who's suddenly become an Aaron Rodgers expert. It's Brett Favre

It’s hard to pick the best plot line from the Packers’ decision to draft Jordan Love in the first round of the NFL draft. But this one is up there.
Twins
April 29
Another day, another MLB reopening plan. Will any of them work?

Another day, another MLB reopening plan. Will any of them work?

It seems pretty clear that no option too far-fetched to be considered by MLB decision-makers.
Twins
April 28
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After terrible start, Twins are on upswing in bizarre simulated season

The popular web site baseball-reference.com is playing out a simulated 2020 season and providing daily updates. The simulated Twins are having some issues.
Vikings
April 27
Vikings best (and Packers worst) when it comes to NFL draft grades

Vikings best (and Packers worst) when it comes to NFL draft grades

Draft grades are like advance weather forecasts: Even if we concede they aren’t always accurate, we tend to pay attention to them more when they tell us something extreme.
Vikings
April 24
Abnormal draft felt normal -- and then the Packers lost their minds

Abnormal draft felt normal -- and then the Packers lost their minds

If the narrative leading up to the NFL draft was how different it would seem, the main takeaway from watching the first round unfold Thursday was just how normal everything actually felt.
Vikings
April 23
We're having a live, virtual Star Tribune NFL draft watch party. Join us

We're having a live, virtual Star Tribune NFL draft watch party. Join us

Several Star Tribune writers and editors, along with a handful of fans, will be on the video providing analysis – plus, we hope, a lot of humorous banter — as the NFL draft unfolds.
Vikings
April 23
ESPN analyst Todd McShay has coronavirus, will miss NFL draft

ESPN analyst Todd McShay has coronavirus, will miss NFL draft

An NFL draft being conducted virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic already figured to have a much different look and feel compared to the same event in past years.
Vikings
April 22
Harvin wants to make NFL comeback: 'The timing is right'

Harvin wants to make NFL comeback: 'The timing is right'

Former Vikings standout Percy Harvin told ESPN that he is “ready to return to the NFL” and has “that itch” to return to a league in which he hasn’t played since 2016.
Vikings
April 21
After messy exits, would Vikings try another Diggs (or Moss or Winfield)?

After messy exits, would Vikings try another Diggs (or Moss or Winfield)?

The most intriguing Vikings subplot in this week’s NFL draft involves a familiar name (or two or three), including the defensive back brother of Stefon Diggs.
Vikings
April 20
Vikings have reported interest in Trent Williams; does it make sense?

Vikings have reported interest in Trent Williams; does it make sense?

The Vikings could draft a lineman, but acquiring a veteran would be much closer to a sure thing.
Wolves
April 17
Would Wolves have won 2004 NBA title if Sam Cassell hadn't been injured?

Would Wolves have won 2004 NBA title if Sam Cassell hadn't been injured?

While the only two Wolves wins came in games Cassell either barely played or didn’t play at all, his injury was a huge factor in the two most pivotal games of the series.
Vikings
April 16
Vikings: More wins than Packers, but much worse Super Bowl odds

Vikings: More wins than Packers, but much worse Super Bowl odds

Early odds from Las Vegas have a weird disconnect between the Vikings and Packers when it come to the number of wins predicted for the season and the Super Bowl.
Vikings
April 15
Will not being able to meet and 'smell' players help NFL teams draft better?

Will not being able to meet and 'smell' players help NFL teams draft better?

The fact that teams and top decisionmakers can’t get to know players as well as they do in typical years could actually help them draft better.
Wolves
April 13
Until Mitchell says so, coronavirus rift with Rudy Gobert isn't resolved

Until Mitchell says so, coronavirus rift with Rudy Gobert isn't resolved

Gobert, the first NBA player to test positive, said he and Utah teammate Donovan Mitchell aren’t fighting. But based on what happened, Gobert doesn't get the final word on when things are good between them.
Gophers
April 10
Badgers to spring sports seniors: Sorry, your college careers are over

Badgers to spring sports seniors: Sorry, your college careers are over

As schools weigh massive revenue hits to athletics, cost-cutting will surely be on the table in multiple areas. Will other schools follow Wisconsin's lead?
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