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Twins players watched from the dugout in the ninth inning.

Hartman: Twins run into familiar end to unfamiliar season

Despite their playoff loss, the Twins did well to navigate in a pandemic and win the AL Central.
Kevin Warren says the Big Ten is better as a conference than it was when he took over as commissioner on Jan. 2.

Hartman: Big Ten's Warren stays thoughtful in unprecedented year

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren took over for Jim Delany on Jan. 2 of this year and since then has dealt with situations that no commissioner has ever dealt with.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Twins starter Kenta Maeda is fourth in the American League in ERA (2.52), tied for eighth in innings (60⅔), first in WHIP (0.76)…
Kyle Rudolph has only 35 catches this season after making 64 in 2018, but his six TDs have surpassed his 2018 total of four.

Hartman: Rudolph making history in Vikings' playoff push

The Vikings tight end isn't getting a lot of catches, but he has made enough to move into the top five in franchise history.
The Vikings and the Jaguars shared a practice session last month at TCO Performance Center in Eagan, a facility that continues the team’s growth in

Hartman: Vikings have built one of top franchises in the NFL

After years of work to build a new stadium and a new practice facility, the team has become one of the most stable franchises and operations in the NFL.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • New Vikings Chief Executive Officer Andrew Miller, who is replacing Kevin Warren as he takes over as commissioner of the Big Ten,…
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer assistant head coach and offensive advisor Gary Kubiak and offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski.

Hartman: Vikings' new offensive system working for Zimmer

The work of coaches Kevin Stefanski, Gary Kubiak and Rick Dennison has been on display in two preseason victories.
Twins reliever Taylor Rogers

Hartman: Recent lapses aside, Rogers has excelled for Twins

Taylor Rogers' recent blown saves were only his second and third of the season. But there's no question the Twins are going to have to keep leaning on him.
Derek Falvey

Hartman: Falvey faces challenge in uncertain trade market

One of the big problems Derek Falvey faces right now is the number of teams on the edge of playoff contention, which has hampered the ability to add new talent.

Hartman: Schoop proving to be smart acquisition for Twins

Jonathan Schoop has bounced back from his tough 2018 with a strong 2019 for the Twins.
Newly named Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders took questions from the media following Tuesday's news conference.

Hartman: Wolves owner Taylor a big booster for hiring Saunders as coach

Ryan Saunders' popularity with Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and players helped get him the full-time coaching job, but now he'll have to produce.
Western Michigan center John Keenoy during his final college game, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against BYU on Dec. 21.

Hartman: Vikings rookie lineman credits Fleck, staff for his development

Center John Keenoy started 51 of 52 games at Western Michigan, where he played for current Gophers coach P.J. Fleck."I think he will be successful wherever he goes," Keenoy said.
Tight end Kyle Rudolph said he believes the Vikings and his representatives are still on the same page in trying to get a deal done.

Hartman: Rudolph rules out Vikings pay cut. 'I am too young for that'

The tight end wants to remain with the Vikings, but knows other teams would want to acquire him. He had a two-word answer when asked if he'd take a discount to stay.
Twins hitting coach James Rowson joked with center fielder Byron Buxton during spring training.

Hartman: Twins prospects emerging into stars under Rowson

The Twins offense has posted back-to-back solid seasons in James Rowson's two full seasons as hitting coach.

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JOTTINGS • According to betonline.ag, the Vikings are tied with the Cowboys and Packers with the ninth-best odds of winning the Super Bowl at 22-1.…

Jim Nantz — by a long shot — has announced the most Final Fours

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Blake Parker

Hartman: New Twins reliever Parker ready for any bullpen role

Blake Parker said he didn't know what to expect about pitching at Target Field, but he did have a few clear memories, including a home run he gave up.
Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle, right, has been pleased with new hires such as men’s hockey coach Bob Motzko.

Hartman: Gophers face steady challenge on budget, game attendance

Athletic director Mark Coyle said it appears the Gophers had a balanced budget in 2017-18.
Mike Zimmer said of Kirk Cousins: “I have a lot of confidence in Kirk. … I do think there’s some areas he could get better.”

Hartman: Zimmer seeking more from Vikings' 2018 newcomers in Year 2

Mike Zimmer believes this year's rookies and free agents - including Kirk Cousins - will be improved in 2019.
Thanks to increased revenue from gambling taxes, U.S. Bank Stadium’s reserve account could hold $193 million in 2023.

Hartman: Twin Cities anti-stadium crowd has no argument left to make

The city of Minneapolis and state of Minnesota can continue to show other states what a successful partnership looks like when it comes to stadium financing for professional sports.
Vikings center Pat Elflein

Hartman: Elflein says offensive line still has work to do

Heavily scrutinized Vikings offensive line has given up two sacks in each of past four games.
Vikings defensive ends Everson Griffen (97) and Danielle Hunter celebrated a sack in the third quarter against the Lions.

Hartman: Vikings assistant Patterson says Griffen hasn't lost a step

Defensive line coach Andre Patterson is pleased by Everson Griffen's return to health and his play in a surging defense.
Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs was tackled by Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (38) and a teammate late in the third quarter

Hartman: Vikings' aggression proves to be correct tactic

Mike Zimmer wanted to keep Aaron Rodgers on the sidelines with the outcome on the line.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Dalvin Cook looked fantastic two weeks ago against the Lions when he ran for 89 yards and caught four passes for 20…

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • ESPN Insider graded the Timberwolves trade of Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia along with Justin Patton for Dario Saric, Robert…
New Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was introduced to the media Thursday afternoon at Target Field.

Hartman: Pohlad puts his faith in Twins front office

The owner said he wants to have an organization similar to the one Rocco Baldelli comes from.
Laquon Treadwell has caught 15 passes in 19 targets in the Vikings’ past four games, and he said he has learned from the criticism he received after

Hartman: Treadwell aims to keep learning with Vikings

Laquon Treadwell said he understands criticism he's received since being drafted No. 23 overall in 2016, but he has worked to learn from that negative experience.
Everson Griffen

Hartman: Vikings' Patterson expresses concern for Griffen

Vikings defensive line coach Andre Patterson wants his star to focus on getting healthy, with football being secondary. 'He's like a son to me.'
Stephen Weatherly caused Carson Wentz (on ground) to fumble and Linval Joseph grabbed the ball in the air and rumbled 64 yards for a touchdown in the

Hartman: Vikings' nose tackle Joseph sees defense improving

Linval Joseph, the Vikings' 329-pound nose tackle, displayed his athleticism on a stunning 64-yard fumble return Sunday vs. Philadelphia.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer

Hartman: Zimmer says Vikings will benefit from tough schedule

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said that he hasn't lost faith in his football team, despite its slow start.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • If you want my guess for the new Twins manager, look no further than bench coach Derek Shelton, who worked with Twins…
Riley Reiff (71).

Hartman: Vikings' Reiff offers insights on Eagles, Hawkeyes

Vikings tackle Riley Reiff sizes up Philadelphia and alma mater Iowa, the Gophers' next opponent.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins takes the field vs. Philadelphia for the seventh time in his career Sunday.

Hartman: Cousins has history of success against the Eagles

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins is 4-3 all-time against Philadelphia and 2-2 at Lincoln Financial Field, site of Sunday's game. His stats were tremendous in those four road games.
Jim Pohlad and Derek Falvey. "In my mind, baseball people make baseball decisions,” Pohlad said.

Hartman: Molitor's firing was difficult for Twins owner Pohlad

Twins owner Jim Pohlad made it clear Derek Falvey and Thad Levine are calling the shots when it comes to all baseball-related matters
Gophers coach Richard Pitino is untroubled by low regard of his team: “I have been in this league when we have been picked at the bottom and finishe

Hartman: Pitino pays little heed to preseason predictions for Gophers

Athlon Sports ranked the Gophers 11th in the Big Ten, ahead of only Northwestern, Illinois and Rutgers, and named Richard Pitino as a coach on the hot seat.
Twins owner Jim Pohlad, left, and Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey

Hartman: Pohlad on board with Twins' decisionmaking

Pohlad knows fans might have questioned the moves the club made at the trade deadline, as the Twins dealt away five players from the major league roster. But more important to Pohlad is what is happening behind the scenes.
Twins baseball boss Derek Falvey says the organization will get better as a result of the trades this past week.

Hartman: Falvey maintains his long-term vision to improve Twins

The Twins baseball boss says the organization will get better with the trades of the past week.
Minnesota Vikings lineman Mike Remmers (74).

Hartman: Remmers willing to play guard or tackle for Vikings

Mike Remmers' versatility will play an important role in how the Vikings revamp their offensive line this season.
Twins manager Paul Molitor, and Gophers coach John Anderson go way back.

Hartman: Molitor praises all Anderson does for Gophers baseball

Twins manager Paul Molitor points to how the Gophers play on the field and how their coach prepared players for life.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck said that while the team will have more depth this year, that doesn’t mean it will have…
Vikings first round pick cornerback Mike Hughes, from Central Florida, with Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, left, and Vikings head coach Mike Z

Hartman: Spielman has the knack for savvy draft strategy

There is no doubt Rick Spielman continues to build on the faith Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf showed when they made him the franchise's first GM since Mike Lynn in the 1980s.
Derrick Rose sits on the bench during a timeout against the Rockets

Hartman: It's do-or-die time for the Wolves

After getting blown out in Houston 102-82 on Wednesday to fall behind 0-2, the Timberwolves host their first playoff game in 5,075 days on Saturday.
Karl-Anthony Towns, right, and Jeff Teague celebrate after the team's win over Denver

Hartman: Owner Taylor thrilled after Wolves ends playoff drought

The Wolves ended their long postseason drought, and owner Glen Taylor was happy for the loyal fans.
Don Lucia announced his retirement as Gophers men's hockey coach on Tuesday.

Hartman: Nanne says Gophers hockey job will draw top candidates

Ex-Gophers player and North Stars chief supports Don Lucia's decision to depart on his own terms.
Minnesota Vikings Case Keenum.

Hartman: Vikings should end chatter and sign Keenum to long-term deal

After a stellar season, Case Keenum has proven he can lead, and it would finally resolve the team's quarterback issues.
Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford (11) celebrates a play with Jimmy Butler earlier this season.

Hartman: Wolves not looking for just one player to replace Butler

Without Jimmy Butler in the lineup for the foreseeable future after knee surgery, coach Tom Thibodeau intends for the Wolves to employ a team effort to make up for his absence.

Hartman: No league showing greater value growth than NBA

The Lakers, purchased for only $15,000 back in 1947, now are worth an astounding $3.3 billion.
Flip Saunders spoke with reporters in a hallway outside the Timberwolves locker room in 2000

Hartman: Saunders' impact with Timberwolves remains clear today

From the time Flip Saunders arrived at the University of Minnesota in 1973, he showed he was a brilliant basketball mind.

Jottings

JOTTINGS • It can’t be emphasized enough that Mike Zimmer wants fans to make some noise for the Vikings’ divisional playoff game. He is asking…
Vikings receiver Adam Thielen is second in the NFL in first-down receptions on third down with 20. “All of the coaches have given me the opportunity

Hartman: Third-down success has boosted Vikings offense as a whole

The Vikings are fourth in the NFL in total offense at 375.7 yards per game. Last season, they were 28th in the league at 315.1.

Sid's Sunday Jottings: Chryst considered for Gophers coach in '07

JOTTINGS • It’s a well-known fact that Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst was Joel Maturi’s first choice for Gophers coach before the athletic…

Hartman: Lions haven't been kind to Vikings during Zimmer era

The Vikings are 2-5 vs. Detroit since 2014, but historically have played well on Thanksgiving.
Vikings quarterback Case Keenum

Hartman: Keenum's college coaches believe in his ability to lead Vikings

Case Keenum learned much from Kevin Sumlin and Tony Levine, and set NCAA records at Houston.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • The Vikings’ decision to sit quarterback Sam Bradford for Sunday’s game with Tampa Bay couldn’t have been an easy one. Bradford wanted…

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Quarterback might be a problem for the Gophers as they are planning to start both Conor Rhoda and Demry Croft, but…
Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (8) scrambled for a four yard gain in the first quarter last week in Seattle.

Hartman: Vikings offense struggling to finish off drives

Mike Zimmer wants to see more from his starters Sunday night against San Francisco in what could be their final preseason tilt.
Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco (11) celebrates a win agains the Chicago White Sox with Byron Buxton (25) after game two of a baseball doubleheader, Mo

Hartman: Young core sparks Twins' August surge

Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco have all starred at the plate of late.
Vikings defensive line coach Andre Patterson’s relationship with head coach Mike Zimmer dates back to 1988. “He’s a close friend of mine and I k

Hartman: Zimmer, Patterson have lengthy history as coaches, friends

Andre Patterson has been coaching with Mike Zimmer on and off for 29 years since they first coached together at Weber State in 1988, when Patterson coached the defensive line and Zimmer was defensive coordinator.
Free-agent acquisition Datone Jones, left, got a taste of new Vikings teammate Danielle Hunter as they worked on line drills in Mankato on July 28. Hu

Hartman: Hunter should be next up to receive payday from Vikings

If you're looking for the next Vikings defender to get a big contract, look no further than Danielle Hunter. The third-round pick was the steal of the 2015 draft, and he keeps getting better.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, left, speaking with Harrison Smith last week in Mankato, said he and his staff are preparing for a rigorous evaluation of t

Hartman: Zimmer says improving run game a 'point of emphasis'

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer talked about some of the changes coming to the Vikings and how he plans to approach camp with a team that finished 8-8 last season.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Za

Amid trade rumors, Wolves at work on Wiggins extension

Owner Glen Taylor said discussions are in the early stages.
Miguel Sano rounds third base in the second inning.

Hartman: Sano put himself in position to succeed with Twins

Twins third baseman and slugger Miguel Sano reached his goal of making the All-Star Game by working hard.
Ricky Rubio reached for a loose ball against Washington at Target Center on March 13, the night he set a Timberwolves record with 19 assists — one o

Hartman: A surprise to see Wolves deal an improved Rubio

Ricky Rubio appeared to be getting better and better throughout his NBA career, including as a shooter. But Ton Thibodeau wanted to go a different direction.
Jimmy Butler is flanked by Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau as he is introduced at Mall of America in Bloomington

Hartman: Butler trade puts Wolves on fast track

The Timberwolves have acquired young talent, but getting All-Star Jimmy Butler has drawn lots of attention.
Riley Reiff, center, worked out last week at Winter Park, and already he has impressed his head coach. “He has done a nice job,” coach Mike ZImmer

Hartman: Zimmer, known for coaching defense, takes on Vikings offensive issues

For the 2017 season it's clear that the Vikings are going to need much more out of their offense, which ranked 28th in the league in 2016, if they are going to compete for a Super Bowl bid in their home stadium.
U.S. Bank Stadium figures to have 65,000 seats for February’s Super Bowl, but don’t expect to be able to buy one from the Vikings — the NFL take

Hartman: Prepare for 'sticker shock' on Super Bowl tickets

Vikings executive vice president of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley warned of "sticker shock" for the Super Bowl. "Tickets are going to be hard to come by," he said.
Seventh-round draft pick Stacy Coley — right, with fellow rookie receiver R.J. Shelton during Vikings practice Wednesday at Winter Park — is a pla

Hartman: Vikings need their recent draft picks to develop quickly

The Vikings like what they see from their young players, which is good considering how many veterans are free agents after the season.
Minnesota Twins' Max Kepler follows through with an RBI single off Colorado Rockies pitcher Tyler Chatwood during the first inning of the second game

Hartman: Kepler moves about Twins' lineup and outfield, stays productive

No matter where he hits in the Twins order or plays in the outfield, Max Kepler has been productive lately.
Vikings defensive end Brian Robison

Hartman: Robison keeps belief in Vikings going into 11th season

Defensive lineman Brian Robison will be the longest-tenured Viking when the 2017 season starts.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Timberwolves General Manager Scott Layden knows the team will have a very good first-round pick. He was asked how the team scouts…

Hartman: Zimmer assesses what Vikings could do in draft, free agency

Even though the Vikings don't have a first-round pick Thursday night, coach Mike Zimmer expects talent to still be available.
Byron Buxton

Twins' Buxton on slow start: 'I just need to relax'

Byron Buxton, leading the league in strikeouts with 23 and hitting just .085 with four hits in 47 at-bats over 14 games to start this season for the Twins, has turned things around before.
Hartman: Gophers' loss shouldn't detract from accomplishments

Hartman: Gophers' loss shouldn't detract from accomplishments

The Gophers, who led the Big Ten in offensive rebounding during conference play, gave up 11 offensive boards to MTSU and grabbed only four themselves.
Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier

Hartman: Dozier stays put; now Twins must rebound from worst season

Brian Dozier, after a career year, endured trade rumors. He's happy to be back to help the Twins rebound after a 103-loss season.

Hartman: Vikings mull over patching roster through draft, free agency

Coach Mike Zimmer has holes to fill, but the club has cap money available to tempt free agents.