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Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa, Gio Urshela are leading the way as the Twins find their superpower is turning line drives into outs
As hungry as fans are to see Byron Buxton and Royce Lewis run and hit, protecting them for the long run is the wise plan with an AL Central title — and their futures — in play.
Former Vikings running back Herschel Walker is a leading Republican candidate — with a concerning background — in a U.S. Senate race in his native Georgia.
Ona Loper just completed a dream career, athletically and academically. It is the kind of success story too easily overlooked in college sports. "The experience of a lifetime," she says.
Postseason victories are hard to come by around here, so let's appreciate the ones who keep delivering them: the Gophers football players and coaches.
Their baseball calculus: A healthy Byron Buxton at near full strength for just 100 games might be one of the best and most productive players in the game. They also know that may not be a popular call,
An excellent regular season wasn't enough to elevate the Wild into playoffs success.
Justin Verlander, 39, outdueled rookie Joe Ryan, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning, in a game for those who prefer pitching mastery over long, loud homers.
The Twins are in first place in the American League Central more than a month into the season. Imagine what they could do if anything was going right for them.
Former Gophers star Rachel Banham is hoping to follow fellow Gopher Lindsay Whalen in positional success with the Lynx.
Lots of roster moves spell short-term trouble for the old and injured Lynx to kick off the WNBA season. But the Lynx tend to figure things out.
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, owner of three Stanley Cup titles, responded to the Game 1 loss to St. Louis with humor more than intensity. He may be on to something.
Having a fast, firm opinion on any NFL team's draft results is foolish, but we do know this: new Vikings GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah did not take the safe or easy routes this past weekend.
The Timberwolves had many highs and lows, and D'Angelo Russell often contributed, but Jordan McLaughlin was better when it mattered. And what about bringing back Tyus Jones?
The decision to trade back in the first round of the NFL draft means Kwesi Adofo-Mensah's front office hasn't moved far from its predecessor.
Mock draft? Sure, our columnist says, let's give that a try. From Jacksonville to the Vikings, here's what each team should really consider in the top 12.
Scouting, analytics and well-conceived game plans have done more than fill holes on a rebuilt staff.
Jordan McLaughlin scored 16 points in 14 minutes, hitting all four three-pointers that he took, after not playing at all in the Wolves' Game 3 collapse.
The Wolves returned home-court advantage to Memphis. They also gave the Grizzlies an even bigger advantage by the way they fell apart in Game 3.
The Wolves' playoff appearance this weekend will sell out games at Target Center and continue a trend: Minneapolis is a hoops hotbed.
Few other coaches could achieve what Chris Finch has done for the Timberwolves this season. He's on the way to becoming the best coach in franchise history.
Clayton Kershaw's chance for a perfect game was clearly not worth the health risk, but top analysts railed anyway.
Winning that game? That way? This franchise? Those who know, know: This NBA playoff spot is special for the Wolves, and it was silly to expect them to tone down their celebrating.
Scottie Scheffler has won four tournaments already this year, but to become the new Next Big Thing, he'll be dueling with a lot of former Next Big Things.
Scottie Scheffler capped off an amazing two months with his grandest feat of all, winning the Masters on Sunday to validate his new status as the best player in golf.
The 46-year-old superstar was all smiles, though, after his first competitive rounds since a horrific car accident 14 months earlier.
The Fargo pro had a bogey and double bogey on his final two holes for a 78, and said he was disappointed with his play for the week.
The course is tricky but there are birdies available, as Hoge proved today. Here's a hole-by-hole recap.
Scottie Scheffler and Cameron Smith will be the first pairing of top-10-ranked players in the final round since 2015.
Having made the cut but nowhere near contention, Fargo's Tom Hoge said he's determined to enjoy his time on the course.
Crowds line up to see Tiger Woods play.
At his first Masters, North Dakotan Tom Hoge has spent time with the Lehmans and even encountered a rules official from Faribault.
Scottie Scheffler became the sixth player ever to take a five-shot lead into the weekend.
It was an unpredictable day at Augusta National because of the weather, and few golfers were going low.
If you wanted to walk with Fargo's Tom Hoge or former Gopher Erik van Rooyen, you could stand within a foot of them. Walking with Tiger? Good luck with that.
The South Korean shot a 67 and said he was inspired by a shot his father hit in Wednesday's Par 3 Contest.
It was a mob scene at the first hole when Tiger Woods teed off for his first round of the Masters. That and more from the scene, including another place that's really crowded at Augusta National.
An early estimate of the Twins' bullpen for 2022 guarantees nothing.
The South African golfer is playing in his 11th major and second Masters this week.
Masters chairman Fred Ridley held his annual press conference on Wednesday and said Phil Mickelson withdrew from The Masters in a text, and that the tournament did not dissuade him from playing.
If golf had produced another king, Tiger Woods might be more of an oddity and less of an obsession this week.
Tom Hoge will be the first North Dakotan to play in the Masters since Mike Podolak in 1983, and he is more than an endearing long shot.
There's no reason to believe Tiger Woods, recovering from a severe leg injury, can contend at Augusta. Except for all the other times he's defied expectations.
Practice rounds were suspended and patrons asked to leave the course during a thunderstorm that started in late morning and is still going on mid-afternoon.
The Final Four in Minneapolis showed the sport is thriving. But the next step for developing the game is adding teams to the WNBA.
We were all watching to see if it could happen, Paige Bueckers winning it all in her hometown. It didn't, but only because South Carolina was so good.
South Carolina's Dawn Staley and UConn's Geno Auriemma, two Philadelphia natives, bring an intensity and pride to their teams that is hard to miss.
Friday night on a home Target Center court, Paige Bueckers, one of the best players Minnesota has ever produced, fought through injury and guided UConn to the national title game.
This weekend we should focus on the games, the atmosphere and the drama of a captivating women's Final Four instead of dwelling on all — good and bad — that led up to it.
Wednesday's practice became a basketball convention within a basketball convention in what Cheryl Reeve and the Minnesota Lynx have made one of the meccas of the sport.
Both grew up in the South, became stars for vaunted college programs, then the first pick in the WNBA draft and league finals MVPs. The similarities of their resumes belie their differences.
Three weeks and a few well-conceived deals have made a difference in a team that was expressing doubts about itself and taking a dive in the standings.
Carlos Correa, Marc-Andre Fleury and Za'Darius Smith could boost their teams to glory, but nothing is set in stone.
The dirty secret of men's March Madness is that the atmosphere at the games rarely matches the excitement caused by the bracket and the broadcasts.
To move away from Kirk Cousins, the Vikings would have to trade him for mediocre value, then sign a journeyman stopgap quarterback and admit they're trying to rebuild. You like that?
The baseball lockout was obnoxious, sure, but we're addicted to entertainment. See ya at Target Field this summer, everybody.
The skills displayed in games are one thing, but in scrimmages — or even in games of H-O-R-S-E — Wolves starters and subs alike dazzle each other.
Sunday's loss to Dallas exposed a worrisome state of mind and a long list of areas that need improvement for a team that right now has a spine of papier-mâché.
The fan experience is great at Allianz Field if you discount the weather — it will be nicer soon.
In probing his grief, my one-time colleague Ivan Maisel bluntly analyzes his own actions as a father in a way that will make careerists flinch.
Scoring, passing, defending, leading, goading Target Center crowds, bonding with his teammates, D'Angelo Russell looks like the player the Wolves needed all along.
Billionaire owners and millionaire players will be fine. But those most likely to be hurt by the potential for canceled games are people like Marcus Dorn, whose bar is one block from Target Field.
Women's sports are having a moment, and that moment might not end. It's a moment far too delayed and deferred, but one that is arriving rapidly and with intent.
Sure, they've won two Super Bowls, but the quarterbacks lead the way in egomania, manipulation and off-field embarrassments.
For now, a rebuilt Vikings staff is aboard the train and preaching culture and collaboration — to receptive ears.
Absurd tradition of forced postgame handshakes opened door to trouble.
"They're killing the game." "I'm never going back." These and other sentiments aren't always well-founded.
Kevin O'Connell sounded noncommittal in one answer to a question about the team's quarterback issue and committed to Kirk Cousins in another.
Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell will hold his introductory news conference as coach of the Vikings this week — he will see a few similarities in his new home.
All season, the Rams made a persuasive argument that talented NFL teams should always be all-in, should always push their chips to the middle of the table and scream "call."
Odell Beckham Jr. was labeled as another unhappy diva receiver in the NFL, but Beckham had every right to be frustrated.
Nothing in sports is better than the underdog story, the tale of improbable ambition rewarded. This is such a story, which starts with a meeting outside a brewery in St. Paul
Hoge's first career victory came Sunday at Pebble Beach, but those were simply the final steps in a process begun long ago in North Dakota.
Big Ten record aside, the Gophers women's basketball coach has shown that her work ethic and reputation are spurring the state's best talent to stay. She deserves the benefit of whatever doubts fans are having.
With all-time greats Sylvia Fowles and Angel McCoughtry in the lineup, the Lynx are ready to make a run at a championship.