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Despite their playoff loss, the Twins did well to navigate in a pandemic and win the AL Central.
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.
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)…
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.
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.
JOTTINGS • New Vikings Chief Executive Officer Andrew Miller, who is replacing Kevin Warren as he takes over as commissioner of the Big Ten,…
The work of coaches Kevin Stefanski, Gary Kubiak and Rick Dennison has been on display in two preseason victories.
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.
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.
Jonathan Schoop has bounced back from his tough 2018 with a strong 2019 for the Twins.
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.
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.
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.
The Twins offense has posted back-to-back solid seasons in James Rowson's two full seasons as hitting coach.
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.…
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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.
Athletic director Mark Coyle said it appears the Gophers had a balanced budget in 2017-18.
Mike Zimmer believes this year's rookies and free agents - including Kirk Cousins - will be improved in 2019.
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.
Heavily scrutinized Vikings offensive line has given up two sacks in each of past four games.
Defensive line coach Andre Patterson is pleased by Everson Griffen's return to health and his play in a surging defense.
Mike Zimmer wanted to keep Aaron Rodgers on the sidelines with the outcome on the line.
JOTTINGS • Dalvin Cook looked fantastic two weeks ago against the Lions when he ran for 89 yards and caught four passes for 20…
JOTTINGS • ESPN Insider graded the Timberwolves trade of Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia along with Justin Patton for Dario Saric, Robert…
The owner said he wants to have an organization similar to the one Rocco Baldelli comes from.
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.
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.'
Linval Joseph, the Vikings' 329-pound nose tackle, displayed his athleticism on a stunning 64-yard fumble return Sunday vs. Philadelphia.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said that he hasn't lost faith in his football team, despite its slow start.
JOTTINGS • If you want my guess for the new Twins manager, look no further than bench coach Derek Shelton, who worked with Twins…
Vikings tackle Riley Reiff sizes up Philadelphia and alma mater Iowa, the Gophers' next opponent.
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.
Twins owner Jim Pohlad made it clear Derek Falvey and Thad Levine are calling the shots when it comes to all baseball-related matters
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.
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.
The Twins baseball boss says the organization will get better with the trades of the past week.
Mike Remmers' versatility will play an important role in how the Vikings revamp their offensive line this season.
Twins manager Paul Molitor points to how the Gophers play on the field and how their coach prepared players for life.
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…
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.
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.
The Wolves ended their long postseason drought, and owner Glen Taylor was happy for the loyal fans.
Ex-Gophers player and North Stars chief supports Don Lucia's decision to depart on his own terms.
After a stellar season, Case Keenum has proven he can lead, and it would finally resolve the team's quarterback issues.
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.
The Lakers, purchased for only $15,000 back in 1947, now are worth an astounding $3.3 billion.
From the time Flip Saunders arrived at the University of Minnesota in 1973, he showed he was a brilliant basketball mind.
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…
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.
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…
The Vikings are 2-5 vs. Detroit since 2014, but historically have played well on Thanksgiving.
Case Keenum learned much from Kevin Sumlin and Tony Levine, and set NCAA records at Houston.
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…
JOTTINGS • Quarterback might be a problem for the Gophers as they are planning to start both Conor Rhoda and Demry Croft, but…
Mike Zimmer wants to see more from his starters Sunday night against San Francisco in what could be their final preseason tilt.
Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco have all starred at the plate of late.
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.
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 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.
Owner Glen Taylor said discussions are in the early stages.
Twins third baseman and slugger Miguel Sano reached his goal of making the All-Star Game by working hard.
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.
The Timberwolves have acquired young talent, but getting All-Star Jimmy Butler has drawn lots of attention.
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.
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.
The Vikings like what they see from their young players, which is good considering how many veterans are free agents after the season.
No matter where he hits in the Twins order or plays in the outfield, Max Kepler has been productive lately.
Defensive lineman Brian Robison will be the longest-tenured Viking when the 2017 season starts.
JOTTINGS • Timberwolves General Manager Scott Layden knows the team will have a very good first-round pick. He was asked how the team scouts…
Even though the Vikings don't have a first-round pick Thursday night, coach Mike Zimmer expects talent to still be available.
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.
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.
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.
Coach Mike Zimmer has holes to fill, but the club has cap money available to tempt free agents.