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The team was undergoing a major makeover without much success either on the floor or at the gate when the NBA season shut down.
When it comes to Gophers football, coach P.J. Fleck's squad is being put at a real disadvantage for two reasons by the total shutdown of college sports.
It's hard to believe the team has lost so many quality players in such a short time. And it also shows how quickly the team is going to have to rebuild.
Beyond on-field success, the Gophers have high graduation rates and grade-point averages.
The reason some remain hopeful for the NBA's return is leagues in Asia have restarted in the past week after taking two months off.
Re-signing Kirk Cousins was the right decision by the Vikings, and other transactions are freeing up valuable salary cap space for moves that need to be made.
SID’s JOTTINGS • Bud Grant’s biggest fans and cheerleaders, the 40 members of his immediate family including children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, will…
There have been a lot of twists and turns in my newspaper career, but this has to be one of the unique moments in all of my years of covering sports.
The hardest-working man in Minnesota sports, Sid Hartman, celebrates his 100th birthday today. He can also celebrate history. The Guinness World Records is officially naming…
Sports have many times taken a back seat to much larger concerns in the country, but they have also been a key part of holding Minnesota and the country together during difficult times.
"One of the most important parts of my career as a sportswriter and columnist has been the relationships I have built with sources," writes Sid Hartman, who turns 100 on Sunday.
Kirk Cousins' numbers rank with the NFL's best. He has one year left with the Vikings but it's a deal that has a salary cap hit that leaves little room for other players.
Byron Buxton and Max Kepler are both working their way back from offseason injuries, and while Kepler has played in three games in spring, Buxton has yet to make an appearance.
JOTTINGS • One reason the Vikings could have a chance to re-sign Everson Griffen at a discount is there are a number of great…
The Gophers graduated 15 players from an 11-2 team, including nine on defense and several of the team's top stars on offense.
In a one-on-one interview, former Vikings COO Kevin Warren said the job of Big Ten commissioner is everything he expected, but there are changes he wants to make a priority as he starts his new career.
Technically, the Gophers' last Big Ten title was from the 1981-1982 season, when Jim Dutcher led a squad that featured center Randy Breuer and guard Trent Tucker
ESPN.com ran a list this week of the top clubs in baseball and had the Twins ranked fifth overall and the best in the improved AL Central.
The Wilf family, which owns the Vikings, continues to believe it is doing the right thing by putting its own money into the community, both at U.S. Bank Stadium and in Eagan at the TCO Performance Center.
JOTTINGS • This weekend marked the 40th anniversary of the United States men’s hockey team defeating the Soviet Union in the “Miracle on Ice” at…
Salary cap trouble is going to be the big story for the Vikings this offseason, much like it was last year, and the national media has noticed.
It was a historic 2019 season for Mitch Garver in terms of power, but he also believes the experience he got behind the plate can carry over to this year.
The Vikings defense ranked only 14th in 2019, and it was gashed by running backs far too often.
Justin Morneau has taken off in broadcasting and public relations roles for the Twins. This year he will work 80 games on TV as Bert Blyleven's role continues to be reduced.
Wolves owner Glen Taylor said that at no point during this season, including the 5-27 streak before the trade deadline, has he considered firing coach Ryan Saunders
Twins owner Jim Pohlad explained how the front-office team of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine approached him with the plan to sign a player like Donaldson to a four-year, $92 million deal, the richest in club history.
JOTTINGS • Marty Davis, the CEO of Cambria, is a big baseball fan, and the company is set to host the Cambria Classic at U.S.…
It's hard to recall a week in Minnesota sports history with such a dramatic burst of trade activity involving two local professional teams.
Kevin Warren, the former chief financial officer of the Vikings, took over as Big Ten commissioner for the retiring Jim Delany last month.
He has never had a contract of longer than two seasons before now.
After beginning the season with some promise, the Timberwolves have been on a 5-24 slide. Home attendance has dropped to 14,569 per game, the lowest in the league, according to ESPN.
One of the Twins' best front-office decisions last year was signing Max Kepler to a contract that locked him into the team's plans through 2024.
Last spring, ESPN had 31 experts across their baseball departments pick who they thought would win the AL Central, and only three picked the Twins while the remaining 28 picked the Indians.
JOTTINGS • Twins President Dave St. Peter gave a health update on several players: “[Byron Buxton] got a full clean bill of health…
Fred Guerrero continues to spot, develop talent in the Dominican Republic and Latin America.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan were born here when their dads were working for the Twins and Gophers.
When the history of Gophers football is written, you will not be able pass up the fact that only three years ago, this program was in its worst straits ever when P.J. Fleck took over as coach.
JOTTINGS• Brian Gutekunst, the son of former Gophers football coach John Gutekunst, is in his second season as general manager of the Packers,…
Josh Donaldson's $92 million deal is the latest example debunking the myth that Twins ownership has been frugal.
Tough roster choices are ahead for the Vikings, needed to free up salary and see if developing players are ready. Overall, the Packers appear to have a more competitive roster than the Vikings' from top to bottom.
This loss doesn't take away from a very good season, but the front office will have a lot of question marks as it prepares for what's ahead, including some tough salary calls.
Some savvy salary cap moves kept Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Barr and Everson Griffen as part of a playoff team.
There's an argument to be made that last week was the best stretch of football for the Gophers and the Vikings since the NFL came to Minnesota.
The Vikings ranked 15th this season in pass defense, giving up 233.6 yards per game, after ranking third in 2018, second in 2017 and third in 2016.
The two teams have split their past two postseason games, both in dramatic fashion.
Mike Zimmer came away from Sunday's loss pleased with some young players and the Vikings' running game.
The standout receiver is back but hasn't been much of a factor since returning from a hamstring injury.
The fifth-year safety, in the midst of his best season, will become an unrestricted free agent.
The Vikings need good health, and the Twins need better pitching. There's a gift just right for everybody, including a top state basketball recruit for Richard Pitino.
The Vikings' decision to give Kirk Cousins big money was in direct response to the success the Packers have had with Aaron Rodgers. So far, the numbers show Cousins is holding up his end of the bargain.
JOTTINGS • There was great news for Rick Spielman and the Vikings front office when the NFL announced the 2020 salary cap should go…
The standout defensive end could void his current contract and become an unrestricted free agent.
It was fitting that two of the best performances in the Chargers game in Los Angeles came from linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks
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 unit is allowing 236.6 yards per game through the air, and it faces Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers on Sunday.
Defensive end Danielle Hunter was a third-round pick in 2015 and has steadily been piling up sacks ever since.
A late Lions score in the fourth quarter was the only blemish for the Vikings' defense, which had struggled recently.
Kirk Cousins' 111.9 rating ranks second in the NFL behind Ryan Tannehill, who has played just eight games. But that mark would be the highest in Vikings history, a record set in 2004 by Daunte Culpepper.
JOTTINGS • Jerry Reichow will be the Vikings’ honorary captain for their game with the Lions on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. Reichow played…
Laquon Treadwell, a former first-round draft pick who was cut by the Vikings then later returned, had the longest reception of his NFL career against Seattle.
Ifeadi Odenigbo could play a more pivotal role as other linemen age or have contract issues.
The Badgers, who went into the game giving up only 98.5 yards rushing per game, limited the Gophers to 76 yards.
JOTTINGS • Vikings coach Mike Zimmer on what makes Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson so hard to cover: “First of all, he’s really accurate.…
Saturday's meeting will be only the third time in 129 games both teams are ranked in the Top 15.
The Gophers didn't do everything perfectly Saturday, but that shows just how great this club is, and how far it has exceeded expectations: 16-point road win in the Big Ten is considered normal.
JOTTINGS • It may be that the Vikings’ only chance to win the NFC North is if they win every game the rest of the…
Winning as the favorite at Northwestern on Saturday is the next challenge as coach P.J. Fleck teaches his team about "championship football."
Defensive back Benjamin St.-Juste graduated high school at 16 and had already graduated from Michigan before transferring to the Gophers in the offseason.
Coach Mike Zimmer said that while he's pleased with the record, he thinks his team has a long way to go before it starts thinking about postseason success.
Then they almost completely dominated in the second half, but they just had too many uncharacteristic plays.
Undrafted out of college in 2015, Anthony Harris has been one of the Vikings' biggest surprises.
Nonconference victories made the Gophers confident in the big-play ability they displayed vs. Penn State.
Sid Hartman writes: "I have covered Gophers football for 75 years, and I have never seen a display like I saw after P.J. Fleck's 17th-ranked squad defeated No. 4 Penn State."
JOTTINGS • Despite a tough loss at Kansas City last week, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has posted a 127.1 passer rating over his past…
Gophers star Bobby Bell should never have been called for a late hit against Wisconsin in 1962.