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The Vikings on Sunday found a new way to lose as a slapstick finish wasted brilliant performances by Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson.
Mike Zimmer billed himself as a 'Fixer' when he was hired, and at 0-2 heading into Sunday's date with Tennessee this feels like a hefty repair job.
This isn't complicated: The Big Ten flip-flopped on whether it is safe to play football this fall. Why can't Gophers star Rashod Bateman do the same?
Kirk Cousins on Sunday finished with a 15.9 passer rating, the ninth-worst in team history. "It was just a poor day," he said. And it was. For him, his team, the whole operation.
Plenty of Colts season-ticket holders who were able to score tickets to Sunday's game vs. the Vikings sold them on the secondary market. At a premium, in some cases. Capacity was capped at 2,500
The thrill of attending a sporting event is enhanced by the noise, the energy, the smells, the claustrophobic nature of fans cramming into a confined space. Remove all that and here's what it feels like.
Josh Donaldson's post-home run antics Thursday were selfish, completely unnecessary and hurt the Twins' chances in a crucial game.
There's no wiggle room on personal responsibility if the season is to play out properly.
The Gophers coaching staff had so little faith in Chris Streveler's skills that they ultimately moved him to wide receiver. Now he's Kyler Murray's backup with the Arizona Cardinals.
The Big Ten made a decision before it needed to, failed miserably in articulating why they made it and couldn't even agree on whether a formal vote had been taken.
The overmatched Vikings defense was ill equipped in every way to stop Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense.
The "power of the collective" helped the second-year running back reach the NFL and become a role model in his California hometown. "Everything was always a learning situation," his mother says.
No sport relies on fan noise to provide an advantage as much as football, and the Vikings will lose a big advantage when they play without fans at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Kirk Cousins remains the most important player on the Vikings roster, evidenced by social media stampede following his actions on the field and off it.
If big boppers in the lineup don't start big bopping again, this team won't contend no matter how the rotation fares.
How a 16-year-old student-athlete's decision to donate organs has improved the lives of more than 75 people.
This wasn't a harmless clerical error. Whatever happened, the lab sent the NFL into scramble mode and likely caused concern inside organizations that are trying to makes things work.
The new Big Ten commissioner failed on communication, failed on transparency and failed to bring people together.
The NFL can't relax its diligence in trying to manage this safely. But one practice in full pads under a warm August sun felt familiar and reassuring.
The Big Ten began playing football in 1896. Of all the seasons to be postponed by a global pandemic, it had to be with the Gophers coming off a historic season. Now Saturdays in the fall will be silent.
Athletes and coaches involved in all fall college sports deserve to know their fate. Keeping everyone in limbo isn't a plan.
This is how the NFL intends/hopes/prays to make pandemic football succeed, in the absence of a bubble: The honor system and self-policing. How realistic is that?
With a mix of young and veteran talent, the White Sox could contend in the AL Central for years.
What is the harm in adding two years to Zimmer's contract? From a purely business perspective, that equates to a severance package if ownership ultimately chooses a new direction, not an unbreakable marriage.
Baseball scouts showed little interest in the Twins reliever out of high school or college because he's smallish in size with a fastball that lacks sizzle. Yet he's in his 13th MLB season with three World Series rings and an All-Star appearance on his résumé.
Division I makes sense for St. Thomas for a variety of reasons. So what impact will that move have on University of Minnesota sports teams? Very little, initially.
The Wild's owner never reached a point where he thought Monday's franchise-altering development might not happen, but Craig Leipold admits he had moments of real concern.
The seriousness and uncertainty of what's happening in the world and what's to come won't magically vanish, but the thought of being entertained seems awfully appealing right now.
Temperature checks, blocked-off bathroom stalls, hand sanitizer stations and, of course, masks are all part of allowing people — a few, anyway — back to watch.
The 2019 AL Manager of the Year won't push too hard too fast despite the shortened schedule.
Minnesota's sports leadership a largely homogeneous group of white people who run teams and programs that have a high percentage of athletes who are minorities. It's time to change that.
The coronavirus presents a complicated situation for universities as the fall approaches. No amount of health measures and protocols can eliminate risk entirely.
The Vikings will compromise. Cook will compromise. A summerlong staredown or threats of a training camp holdout are nothing more than Negotiating 101.
After a medical emergency at the wrestling state meet, Brayden Weber has been cleared to resume physical activity and hopes to wrestle and play football again.
In boxing, the fundamental objective is to knock down your opponent. At Circle of Discipline, a boxing gym on E. Lake St., the mission was just the opposite last week after the killing of George Floyd.
The legendary North High boys' basketball coach keeps replaying the video of George Floyd in his mind. "That could've been me. That could've been my son. That could've been any of my players."
Willie Mitchell, the tough ex-Wild player who appeared in 900-plus games over 15 NHL seasons, is now part owner of a resort on Vancouver Island.
College athletes will start returning to campus for workouts in two weeks and universities increasingly have pledged to resume in-person classes this fall.
As a 10-year-old with brain cancer, Mia Gerold formed a bond with the Gophers football team and former coach Jerry Kill. At 19, she has a new relationship with the U.
Tarek Tomes' pandemic mission hits close to the heart.
Reading through baseball's 67-page manual for starting the season is a blunt reminder that "Game on!" will be far more complex than simply telling fans to stay home.
Former Gophers great Trent Tucker shared a locker room with Michael Jordan for one season, 1992-93, the final act of the Bulls' first championship three-peat.
Mounting revenue loss will force athletic departments to make decisions they fear most. Do they maintain the same number of sports but reduce spending ? Or do they make the tough choice of elimination?
Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren took an important step in accomplishing that objective leaguewide by unveiling a new initiative in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month.
Starting with a Mississippi junket to lasso Brett Favre and ending with torn stadium roof, a weird season kept getting weirder.
Allowing athletes to benefit from their names and images in a way that can be monitored by compliance offices will not ruin college sports.
Games in empty venues without fans might represent the first step for some sports. But that model doesn't work for college football for some very simple reasons.
To no surprise, the Vikings drafted two cornerbacks with their first four picks and three in the top eight. Mike Zimmer must nurture development in a group of youngsters, with no formal offseason very likely.
The Vikings had an impressive first night of the NFL draft. Rick Spielman likely needs to find three immediate starters from this draft class. That's a tall order under normal circumstances. Nothing is normal right now.
Overcast skies, 44 degrees, gusty wind. Folks in other states call this football weather. In Minnesota, it's golf season, and a little spring chill probably felt like Malibu.
The Minnesota Allied Golf Association provided this guide for playing golf under the current conditions.
It was Karl-Anthony Towns' most impactful act as a member of the Wolves because his video has been viewed nearly 2 million times in the face of a global crisis.
Baseball is a communal activity for all ages. But for many senior citizens, a ballgame often serves as a primary social connection or simply a lovely way to pass the time.
The COVID-19 pandemic already has taken a bite out of sports revenue in universities across the country. If it lingers long enough to eradicate the football season, colleges will face difficult decisions.
Throughout Minnesota on Monday night, high school stadiums and athletic fields were illuminated -- many of them for 20 minutes and 20 seconds -- in a show of support for spring athletes, seniors and communities where the pandemic has altered lives.
Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck, never one to sit still for long, is making the most of being quarantined to his home during a vital part of the offseason. "We are a very creative staff," he said.
The coronavirus outbreak is turning the draft process into a throwback way of doing business. Coaches and scouts are having to trust their eyes and judge a player by how he performed in games.
Michael Lehan and Astein Osei mold young minds as school administrators in the metro area.
They know that staying home is necessary because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is something comforting about being alone in a basketball gym, shooting in silence.
These are strange days, but the Gophers athletic director does his best dealing with them.
Quick response might have saved the life of Brayden Weber at the state championships last weekend.
The schools have more minority students enrolled than white students, with 48 languages spoken in its classrooms. Through the changes, two colors have united the town: The red and white of the Austin Packers.
Wild general manager Bill Guerin was unable to swing any deals before the NHL trade deadline, but he's already made his intentions clear through his actions. Time to tear it down.
The nation's No. 1-ranked player is a humble sensation in local gyms and on social media.
Shrewd. Aggressive. Unemotional. The courage to address a glaring problem by sacrificing something that feels familiar or safe is a refreshing change.
The Big Ten reportedly submitted a proposal to the NCAA supporting a one-time transfer exemption that would allow athletes in every sport to change schools without sitting out a year.
The former Gophers star became friends with the late Lakers great.
Will St. Thomas be able to to jump directly to Division I without a pit stop at Division II? This interim period has created a weird dynamic in courting the next wave of players.
Electronic sign stealing will become MLB's new steroids nightmare if what happened in Houston wasn't an isolated instance involving a rogue organization. Baseball's integrity is at stake.
The departure of star Destiny Pitts shows that just because Lindsay Whalen the basketball player is a beloved icon in Minnesota doesn't mean Lindsay Whalen the coach will be immune to tough times.
There was nothing fancy about Saturday's demolition: One team ran the ball at will. One team ran into a wall.
The defensive line applied pressure to Drew Brees, while the offensive line gave Kirk Cousins time to throw.
Against Auburn's vaunted defense, the Gophers offense piled up nearly 500 yards.
P.J. Fleck's mind-set in facing Auburn should differ from what happened under Jerry Kill in 2015 when Minnesota last played in a bowl game on New Year's Day.
Mike Zimmer on Sunday made the right strategic move in resting most of his starters, even though his offense looked unprepared for the postseason in a prime-time loss to the Packers a week ago.