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The shrinking of the minor leagues should result in more talent staying in school.
Most redemption stories, in sports or life, take a bit longer than Chad Beebe's in the Vikings' 28-27 victory over Carolina on Sunday.
Overall, Wednesday was a day that reinforced this for Minnesotans: Life isn't fair, even in the lucrative world of professional sports.
The old time 'WPA' characters of Theodore Wirth golf course refined their short games in calculating ways.
The move from Division III was going to be a big test for St. Thomas football coach Glenn Caruso under any circumstance, and a major test of his organizational skills.
The annual tradition started in 1978 lives on after reports of its demise last November.
Late football legend Bob McNamara turned to court sports — tennis, handball, racquetball — after his career was over. He became an ardent booster of the Gophers men's tennis team, as well as football.
The biggest news of NBA draft night for "casual" Wolves followers came soon after Minnesota made the pick at No. 1 overall: Ricky Rubio, just turned 30, was coming back
Opponents and teammates agree that mountainous Kansas City left tackle Jim Tyrer would've been a Hall of Famer by acclamation, other than for the tragedy of Sept. 15, 1980.
The Monday-night leagues did survive the state's new COVID rules that were just announced, although one significant adjustment will be required starting next week.
Brian Hartmann, the subject of Patrick Reusse’s column last Sunday, died Thursday from a rare brain disease. Hartmann, 51, was the youngest of…
The financial hits have been onerous and TV ratings plunged, but how have the sports entities handled holding competition at a time when the biggest foe has been the coronavirus.
Mike Grant is retiring from his AD job but not as Eden Prairie's football coach. "To see the years of effort those boys put in to be the players they've become, the people they've become, that's always the best part of coaching.''
Memories of a walk-off grand slam 50 seasons ago by the pinch hitter still echo loud and clear.
Brian Hartmann, of Arlington's first family of sports, has a rare brain disease. And he has all the family support a guy could ever dream of.
Knee injuries have hampered Kamal Martin in his progression from high school to the pros. But his debut last weekend impressed Packers coach Matt LaFleur.
While he waits for baseball's return, Dan Gladden recalls triumphs from World Series past: the slam, the double and some good baseball stories three decades later.
The Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame, started with their 40th season in 2000, never can be a satisfying look at the franchise's history as long as three glaring omissions remain from the 1960s.
Three Minnesota natives — Fred Bruckbauer, Doc Hamann and Gordie Sundin — are among 16 big-league pitchers with ERAs listed as infinity (no outs recorded, runs allowed). But there are greater tragedies.
The legendary 87-year-old coach from Chisholm, who died Wednesday after contracting COVID-19, turned an Iron Range community in hockey country into a basketball hotbed for more than a half-century.
Tampa-St. Petersburg is home to the most remarkable team in North American pro sports, and that's not the Stanley Cup-winning Lightning
Last November, Minneapolis North lost the Class 2A title game to Caledonia. There will be no rematch, so the Polars are hoping to win 'em all — nine maximum — against larger schools in the metro.
Brandon Kintzler's story that took its biggest turn when he pitched for the Twins now includes a hotel quarantine and a remarkable run to the playoffs with the Marlins.
Five pitchers who finished a wild-card series previously worked for the Twins.
Mickey Lolich, a lefty with a big gut, was selected World Series MVP after making three starts and defeating the sleek Bob Gibson.
Rookie Justin Jefferson's breakout game for the Vikings vs. Tennessee turned more than a few heads — perhaps, notably, even one in Green Bay.
A team that's only capable of jogging around the bases, with some of that based on a few hitters only capable of hitting meatballs, is not going to cut it in pressurized competition of the playoffs.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli used his bullpen as if playing in mid-August with a sub-.500 team in a full season instead of the opener of a best-of-three elimination series.
Rocco Baldelli was AL Manager of the Year in 2019, but keeping this club together during a pandemic was even more impressive.
Joe Laurinaitis died Tuesday at 60. The wrestling world lamented his passing as a great competitor and face-painted showman. Joe is remembered differently by a legion of his children's friends.
Playoff ball means it's Jose Berrios' time to bear down rather than backslide
Patrick Reusse has met most of his boyhood heroes, but he only marveled at Wilt Chamberlain in 1959 in a packed Worthington gym.
A further look back at a legendary career.
There have been position changes, piles of strikeouts and legal entanglements, but there's always the chance he could become the most prodigious power hitter in the game.
Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire announced his immediate retirement Saturday, saying he had to put his health before baseball. Justin Morneau fondly recalled Gardenhire's impact on his career.
Jimmy Butler is surrounded by Miami players, young and old, who appreciate the fire, reinforcing the opinion that Butler never was the star we should have been mad at in Minnesota.
Former Twins CEO Chris Clouser wanted to build "Porta Potty Park" in a pasture near Metropolitan Stadium for one outdoor series in 2000.
A closer look at the three-game series, Sept. 18-20, 2000
Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle should have made other decisions, and found the money necessary in football's fat budget to save the men's track team.
The 120th U.S. Open starts at sunrise Thursday, and for the sixth time, the challenge will be the West Course at Winged Foot. The coronavirus moved the event from mid-June to mid-September, causing a pair of dramatic changes
Former Gophers basketball coach Jim Dutcher was part of Nike's first "Coaches Advisory Board" in the late 1970s, and it came with perks.
We now can assume Mike Zimmer had added incentive for lying about Danielle Hunter's injury to keep Jacksonville from realizing how needy the Vikings were for a pass rusher as they pursued Yannick Ngakoue.
"Playing the Packers … and we fans can't be there, trying to make life miserable for Aaron Rodgers. We haven't missed an opener since 1987. This is terrible." That's from a Vikings fan who lives in British Columbia.
A look back, from the early days until now.
The expansion Vikings started their 1961 training camp in Bemidji on July 8 and didn't bus the 240 miles back to the Twin Cities until Sept. 1. It barely resembled how teams train for the season now. Patrick Reusse writes about the way it was.
Jim Manning was 18 years, 281 days when he started for the Twins on April 28, 1962. His big league career was over shortly after.
Caleb Thielbar, signed on last fall to be Augustana's pitching coach, caught on with the Twins this spring more than five years after his last Major League appearance. He has pitched nine consecutive scoreless outings.
Bert Blyleven, a righthander with the wicked curveball who won a World Series with the Twins and spent 25 years in the TV broadcast booth, on Wednesday drew his final circle.
He was never the same player after getting injured in the ninth inning in Oakland.
This is a story of a brother's death on Wednesday, a resilient memory of 1940s racism in a small southern Minnesota town and how little things have changed.
Former Major League Baseball umpire Tim Tschida left baseball in 2012. He's been back in St. Paul since, tending bar in his hometown.
Tim Tschida: MLB umpire • Umpired the first of his 3,358 regular-season MLB games on July 24, 1985. • Was a full-time major league umpire from 1987…
Tim Tschida recalls the outbreak of brawls.
Loons supporters on Friday night miss out on chance to cheer team on its return to Allianz Field after 10 months.
Ryan Jeffers, called-up on Thursday, made an immediate impression for the Twins. That's not new for the 23-year-old, who has been on a fast track to the majors.
A madeover roster didn't get much of a chance to play together before the season was shut down, and the Wolves weren't invited to Florida when it resumed.
Widely known for his self-deprecating baseball stories and memorable cameos in movies and commercials, his work with Make-A-Wish families has often turned tears into smiles.
Marlene Stollings was 24-9 in 2017-18 as coach for the Gophers, yet athletic director Mark Coyle was quick to make no counteroffer when Stollings informed she had a better deal on the table. Now we know why.
A longer spring football season likely would force Nick Neumann to sit out, but there would be that game against St. Thomas he'd have to miss.
Miah Monahan will be a Glencoe-Silver Lake senior, and in May accepted a scholarship to play guard for Eastern Illinois. She also plays volleyball but with that sport delayed until spring there could be a new challenge.
If this 60-game schedule is to be completed, the Twins will occupy nine out-of-town hotels and move in and out 11 visiting clubhouses. Why so much moving around and no bubble? Money.
A great coach once said: "An athlete is someone who can do what his mind tells him to do.'' The mind rarely asked too much of Byron Buxton as an athlete. The body has been another matter.
Jenke was a hard-hitting linebacker and potent lefthanded hitter in baseball. Remarkably, he played Gophers hockey after arriving from a high school without a hockey program.
Some coaches and athletes have been told that football, volleyball and soccer are among the sports that will switched from this fall to the spring if the NCAA and public health officials allows it.
Wild athletes will have it much more comfortable as they embark on this great coronavirus-era experiment than did the North Stars, as they were launching Minnesota into the NHL as an expansion team 53 years ago.
Antonio Krastev was heading east on Hwy. 13 in Mendota Heights at 3 a.m. on July 9, speeding and driving on the wrong side of…
The many twists in Tyler Duffey's now-lengthy tenure with the Twins is confirmation of how difficult it is to rise through the minor leagues and land successfully in the majors.
Brody Rodning of Gaylord, a three-sport high school star, is the only player still employed by an MLB organization with a waiver to be competing in Minnesota amateur baseball.
Chapman was an artist and became famous in the golf world with drawings of fantasy holes located at some of this planet's greatest natural wonders.
Led by three star players, the Minnetonka Millers are shooting for their 15th state championship among amateur teams that are based in the metro area.
Brainerd International Raceway will host a Trans Am Series event this weekend, with social distancing rules in place.
One of the nation's top college basketball prospects is headed to a historically Black college.
This will be a Twins season that's going to be like none other in more ways than one and with no guarantees: not in the result from 60 games, nor from a pandemic that might not allow that many.
Jack Wassel and Patrick Fredrickson went unselected in an abbreviated MLB draft and are aiming to win a Big Ten title in 2021 instead.
Best known for his role publicizing Gophers sports, he also produced instructional golf books.