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Transfer portal and name, image and likeness deals have set college sports landscape ablaze.
A team that sits in first place demoted its hottest hitter and one of its most exciting players hours after watching him smash a double and a home run. Bad move.
Both teams had nice seasons. Both teams then won only two playoff games. They got to this step by passing bad teams. Now for the hard part: toppling giants.
The Wild doesn't need cliches or cool slogans at this point. It needs a change at goaltender. Cam Talbot should start tonight's Game 6.
Few envisioned All-Star centerfielder Byron Buxton as a power hitter when he first arrived in the big leagues, but here he is.
With the Blues controlling play early in Game 2, a broken stick sent the puck the Wild's way, and then the mood changed and the floodgates opened at the X.
Coach Dean Evason chose Marc-Andre Fleury over Cam Talbot, but picking on the goaltender after such a sloppy performance by the entire team would be a lesson in scapegoating.
Wild players past and present acknowledged that sitting out the playoffs often doesn't feel like an option, with the coveted experience outweighing any injury.
Expectations for the Wild are higher now that Kirill Kaprizov and Kevin Fiala offer potent threats on different lines.
Wild will need both goaltenders for a deep playoff run so don't lose your voice arguing about who's No. 1. Is there really even a need to have that debate?
Win or lose this playoff series, the Timberwolves are getting schooled on playoff basketball and how not to handle critical situations, which is valuable but hardly comforting.
Baseball has shifted from defined roles toward using the best reliever in the most pressure-packed late-game scenario, and he's fine with that.
Four shots for Karl-Anthony Towns in such an important game is unacceptable. He's not the first NBA star to draw double teams.
We've seen this pack of Wolves harness their energy and dominate, and we've seen them boil over and falter when they concern themselves with the officiating and not their opponent.
'Collectives' typically led by well-funded boosters are facilitating financial deals in the new era of name, image and likeness payments to college athletes. The Gophers need one.
With the playoffs slipping out of the team's grasp, the 20-year-old proved that no moment is too big and delivered for a success-starved franchise.
In his first full season leading the Wolves, coach Chris Finch has held players accountable while also being a "good friend."
After signing a seven-year contract in the offseason, Twins center fielder Byron Buxton is ready to do damage to opponents — and hopes to avoid damage to himself.
Recent photos of the Gophers football coach have stirred questions about a change in his appearance. Fleck made his first comments about it in an interview Monday.
The South Carolina coach became the first Black coach, man or woman, to win two Division I basketball championships. With Dawn Staley in charge, though, it feels like the Gamecocks are just getting started.
It was a little over two years ago when Bueckers was a high school senior, and disappointed that a chance at another state title was being wiped out by the first days of the pandemic.
Aliyah Boston showed why she was named national player of the year in Friday's first semifinal as she led the Gamecocks over Louisville with 23 points and 18 rebounds.
The little girl from Hopkins shooting buckets in the gym is now a supernova, trying to win her first national title in her hometown. At the Final Four, all eyes will be on her.
Each time the ball left her fingertips, swish. One after another. All clutch shots, all necessary, all carrying the weight of a storied program's expectations.
As his team prepares to face UConn and former Hopkins star Paige Bueckers tonight for a Final Four berth, North Carolina State's coach laid out the challenge facing his team and others.
The UConn standout from Hopkins had a strong performance in her quest to return to the Twin Cities for the Final Four.
There has been a disruption to our sporting senses and order — and that's a good thing. The bold acquisitions in the last week by the Twins, Wild and Vikings deserve nothing but praise.
Ruling by former Gophers coach Don Lucia in conference final forces Minnesota State Mankato, after OT goal is overturned, to return to the ice to finish victory over Bemidji State for NCAA bid.
The Timberwolves are winners who instigate and show grit, emotion and joy, a combination long overdue with the team that calls Target Center home.
The team's salary cap quagmire has created dueling agendas that make ownership's win-now objective a tug-of-war with reality.
Minnesota State Mankato wrestler Darrell Mason will never forget Saturday, the day he lost a loved one and won a national title.
'Coach' is merely Kris Fadness' title. Everything he's done to transform the basketball program at Austin High School is seen in how he's cared for his players and how they look to him.
The fast, rugged Flames looked built for the playoffs, so can Minnesota find an identity to counter that?
Fifty years ago, Miller wouldn't have been encouraged to compete in sports. Today, because of Title IX, Miller is pursuing a state championship. She has enabled her own success — and the success of others as captain of the Edison High School wrestling team.
These Timberwolves aren't going to hang a banner this spring, but let's see where this thing can go.
The NFL needs more leaders of color "in the room." As the Rooney Rule falters, the Vikings hired a Black general manager, and a seemingly fair coaching search followed. More of this, please.
Did the U.S. team really need bone-chilling weather to defeat an overmatched Honduras side? If so, the national program should re-evaluate things.
If the NHL called roughing minors on the benches, the Wild's Dean Evason would lead all coaches in penalties and minutes.
Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, an Ivy Leaguer with an investment analyst's mind, will call the shots for a pro football franchise. The Vikings need a shake-up, and they're getting just that.
The Gophers men's basketball team, severely depleted, once again made up for their limitations Saturday in an improbable victory over Rutgers.
There could be one more "get rid of him" decision to make about the quarterback, but the Vikings and their new football bosses need to be patient and explore Kirk Cousins options.
The Vikings owners made the correct call after eight years with Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman had the team no closer to a championship.
A fitting end: The coach who likely will be fired denied the best and most popular player on the team an opportunity to break a record held by an all-time great.
Parker Bjorklund gave up basketball to run his own social media business. He's back on the court and one of St. Thomas' best players after a two-year hiatus.
It's time for the Vikings to make changes at general manager and head coach. How will the Wilfs handle that? It's the top question for the franchise.
The 2021 Vikings suffered from a failure in coaching, personnel and leadership, which should give ownership clear guidance in determining its next move.
I've watched some of the world's most powerful humans compete for 30 years. Yet the strongest person I ever knew was the one I had the privilege of calling Mom.
We were searching for a new way to cover football at all levels throughout Minnesota. Columnist Chip Scoggins took on the challenge and introduced us to a host of remarkable people and their stories.
The Wild is averaging nearly four goals per game and, into Friday's games, had an NHL-high 19 wins and 39 points.
Ben Roethlisberger looked like a way-past-his-prime heavyweight fighter hanging on for one last payday. Then he looked like a Hall of Famer in leading Pittsburgh's almost-successful comeback.
They are partners running the football side of the Vikings. Don't separate Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman in your critiques of team leadership.
Football Across Minnesota: How did the Vikings lose to the winless Lions? Let's count the ways. But while the Vikings were faceplanting on the road, an important game was being played in their home.
After jumping from Division III, the Tommies are holding their own against nonconference Division I teams with a tougher schedule ahead in the Summit League.
Mike Sanford Jr. had to go. And as P.J. Fleck now shops for a new offensive coordinator, he also needs to reexamine his own philosophy. Tanner Morgan deserves that.
Football Across Minnesota: Lakeville South, Hutchinson and Dassel-Cokato ran, ran and ran some more on their way to state titles. And get ready, Gophers fans, for roster comings and goings.
Emotionally, mentally, physically, Minnesota was ready to retake the Axe. The Gophers took the fight to their biggest rivals in a performance that put their best version on display.
Tanner Morgan helped the Gophers defeat Wisconsin as a freshman but has shouldered the disappointment of losing back-to-back games to the Badgers.
Football Across Minnesota: Play-calling has been the dominant topic for Gophers and Vikings fans this fall. Plus: Mankato West's undefeated, unbelievable season; St. John's preps for a playoff rivalry; and a St. Thomas senior who listened to his parents.
The offense reasserted itself in the wake of back-to-back losses that cost the team control of its own destiny to win the Big Ten West.
What does it feel like to enter your name into the NCAA transfer portal? How does it work? Chip Scoggins spoke with standout linebacker Jack Gibbens about his experience.
Mike Zimmer and Klint Kubiak sounded like it was a big deal to acknowledge the need to get Justin Jefferson more involved in the offense, an admission that caused armchair coordinators to mutter, "Well, duh."
Football Across Minnesota: Tom Sawyer arrived at Winona State as a linebacker in the late 1970s and became a fixture as the school's football coach and good guy around town. There's no doubt he'll keep that second role.
By settling for field goals and declining to take risks Saturday in Iowa City, Minnesota once again watched the Hawkeyes parade Floyd of Rosedale.
P.J. Fleck is 0-4 against Iowa and 1-3 against Wisconsin, but the Big Ten West has never been more winnable for the Gophers than it is right now.
We don't know what happened in the 2020 domestic violence incident. We do know that Tuesday night showed clearly the power and pitfalls of social media.
Football Across Minnesota: Michael Floyd and Mike Harris want to know: Is coaching my next big thing? They're getting an education in entry-level jobs at two St. Paul colleges.
Football Across Minnesota: Jaran Roste is one of the MIAC's top QBs. But what really sets him apart is the time he spends with a Bethel University program mentoring students with learning disabilities.
The Vikings embarrassed themselves in a prime-time undoing Sunday night that cranks the heat up on Zimmer's job status by a considerable degree.
When you wake up and realize you've spent half your life covering sports in Minnesota.
A dose of impending reality greeted the Vikings upon returning to work this week: Dak Prescott. Lamar Jackson. Justin Herbert. Aaron Rodgers.
Football Across Minnesota: Eli Thomas couldn't walk away from football. Not until he gave himself one last chance to put on pads and return to the field, even if the whole idea sounded ludicrous.
When a team dominates in the trenches, it usually wins. A simple formula P.J. Fleck's team followed.
Iowa's loss last week to Purdue opened a lane for the Gophers and others in a race that has just begun.
Anthony Edwards put on a show in the opener. His 21 first-half points turned the arena into a house party, not a normal vibe for Target Center. Edwards forces you to pay attention.
Football Across Minnesota: Chip Scoggins was granted access to Minnesota's No. 1 high school football team during a week where adversity found them.