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With sports shuttered for the foreseeable future, sports fans have been hardpressed to find things to discuss other than replays of games on TV. While area residents should be talking about NHL playoff hockey, the start of the MLB season and their upcoming plans for the state’s fishing opene…

DETROIT – Receiver Adam Thielen did not return to the Vikings’ 42-30 win on Sunday against the Lions after tweaking his hamstring on a 25-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. Thielen is expected to undergo an MRI to determine the severity of his hamstring injury, which didn’t immediately remove the Vikings receiver from the […]

NEW YORK – Well, the Twins outhomered the Yankees. If only that was enough. The formula that won 101 games during the regular season — bash the competition into submission with home runs, then let the bullpen finish them off — only works if both halves are operational. So while the instant offense provided by Jorge […]

MINNEAPOLIS — In a game where several players had a lot to prove, the Minnesota Vikings played like the dark horse contender they set out to be in 2019 as they handed the visiting Oakland Raiders a 34-14 loss Sunday. The injury bug continued to hit the Vikings on the defensive side of the ball […]

BUFFALO – Coach Mike Zimmer entered the Vikings’ preseason finale Thursday night in Buffalo with confidence issues in newly-acquired kicker/punter Kaare Vedvik, and a 27-23 loss against the Bills probably did little to ease his concerns ahead of Saturday’s roster cuts. Vedvik handled placekicking duties in the first half and, after making an extra point, […]



CHICAGO – The depth and versatility the Twins have thrived on was tested this week against the White Sox. And as they have most times this season, the Twins came up aces. With Miguel Sano, Max Kepler and Marwin Gonzalez on the bench Thursday because of nagging injuries, the Twins went out and rolled past […]

Mike Hughes is getting closer to making his official return to the field. The second-year cornerback was removed from the physically unable to perform list on Monday afternoon, and while that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be ready for Week 1 against the Atlanta Falcons, it speaks volumes about how the Vikings feel about his recovery […]

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers are playing their exhibition game in Canada on a shortened field out of concern for the safety of the players. The game in Winnipeg on Thursday night is being played on an 80-yard field with the goal lines starting at the 10-yard lines and no […]

Minnesota already has been host to two Super Bowls. Now, the state is officially going for another. Vikings executive vice president of public affairs Lester Bagley told the Pioneer Press on Thursday the team has submitted “an expression of interest” to the NFL to hold a Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium in February of […]

The American League’s two best daytime starters matched up in Target Field on Wednesday. But the afternoon sunlight was a little too blinding for one of them. Lucas Giolito, whose 1.92 day-game ERA entering Wednesday’s game was bettered only by Jake Odorizzi’s 1.30, was nearly unhittable, retiring 27 of the 30 batters he faced, holding […]

Bill Guerin will be the new Wild general manager. Guerin, 48, spent the past eight years with the Penguins — three as player development coach, beginning in 2011, and the past five as assistant to general manager Jim Rutherford. Pittsburgh won two Stanley Cups in that time. The team said Guerin will get a multiyear […]

Mike Zimmer threw a giant bucket of calm the heck down on any notion of Kyle Sloter and his 137.1 preseason passer rating unseating Sean Mannionas the primary backup to Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Asked if another statistically strong preseason has moved Sloter any closer to Mannion, the Vikings coach said, “I don’t know. I […]

The fifth inning Tuesday began with two routine groundouts. No one knew then that one of the wackier innings of the season was just getting started. Before the inning ended, the Twins would be on the way to a 14-4 win over the White Sox. There also would be a two misplayed balls, the return […]

The type of hit Vikings cornerback Holton Hill put on Seattle backup quarterback Paxton Lynch on Sunday night probably would have been celebrated on sports highlight shows back in the day. Now, it means an ejection and a likely fine from the NFL. Hill was disqualified because of a helmet-to-helmet hit on Lynch with 3:53 […]

ARLINGTON, TX — The Minnesota Twins found the offensive spark it needed to prevent another late letdown Thursday as it topped the hosting Texas Rangers 13-5. The fireworks began in the second inning as Luis Arraez hit a two-run home run. Jake Cave, Max Kepler and Marwin Gonzalez would follow with RBIs of their own […]

MILWAUKEE — After giving up a big inning of its own, the Minnesota Twins fought back to take the first game of series against the Milwaukee Brewers 7-5 Tuesday. The Twins built a 4-1 lead entering the bottom of the seventh on a Mitch Garver home run and a Luis Arraez RBI-grounder. The Brewers would […]

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The Lynx bench players scored a season-high 47 points — 29 more than their average this season — as Minnesota routed the New York Liberty 89-73 on Tuesday night. Stephanie Talbot and Danielle Robinson led the Lynx reserves with 16 and 14 points, respectively. Lexie Brown added eight and Temi Fagbenle […]

Eddie Rosario launched a majestic home run to right in the sixth inning, putting the 2019 Twins in record books for hitting the most home runs in club history. That answered one question on Friday: Just how soon would the BombaSquad hit its 226th home run of the season. Other questions went unanswered. Like when […]

NEW ORLEANS – Should one view the Vikings’ preseason-opening touchdown drive — during which Kirk Cousins overcame an early holding penalty, threaded a deep throw to one of his top receivers and finished his night with a 1-yard scoring pass — as a sign the team’s latest offensive overhaul was successful, and all will be […]

An around-the-horn triple play saved Martin Perez from an early exit on Wednesday. Whether it saved his spot in the Twins’ rotation remains to be seen. Perez allowed hits to four of the first six batters he faced, two of them long home runs, and surrendered seven runs over six rocky innings. The left-hander’s winless […]

Atlanta – Somebody’s losing streak had to end. Turns out the Lynx’s four-game skid came to an end with an 85-69 victory over Atlanta on Tuesday night in a game noteworthy because it marked the season debut of veteran guard Seimone Augustus. She had been out with a knee injury. She played well — eight […]

Even if coach Mike Zimmer won’t flat-out say it, which isn’t surprising with preseason games looming, it seems like Sean Mannion has a stronghold on the Vikings’ backup quarterback role behind Kirk Cousins. He has taken a majority of the reps with the No. 2 offense a couple of weeks into training camp, with Kyle […]

The Vikings defense got one of its defensive tackles back on Friday. Shamar Stephen, who missed six full-squad practices of training camp while on the non-football injury list, returned to his first padded practice since rejoining Minnesota in free agency. Head coach Mike Zimmer would only say Stephen’s injury was “basically nothing.” The 2014 seventh-round […]

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer issued a well-planned challenge to his veteran defenders Thursday morning, calling them complacent, lacking in grit equal to the offense and telling them they better regain their competitive swagger in practice. Asked how he intended to motivate them to do so, he smiled. “Hope they watch this news conference,” he said […]

With Holton Hill suspended for the first eight games of the season, following violations of both the league’s performance-enhancing drugs and substance abuse policies, the Vikings need secondary help. They spent some time Wednesday looking into a veteran that could provide some assistance. A NFL source confirmed the team worked out veteran defensive back Orlando […]

Vikings cornerback Holton Hill was suspended Tuesday for four more games by the NFL for violating the league’s policy on substances of abuse. He previously was suspended for the first four games for violating the policy on performance-enhancing substances, meaning he must sit out the first eight regular-season games. Hill, who was a key member […]

Long snapper Austin Cutting, a seventh-round pick by the Vikings in April’s draft out of Air Force, has been cleared to play this season in the NFL, a source told the Pioneer Press on Thursday. A decision was reached Wednesday, although the Air Force Academy has yet to make an announcement. Cutting, taken with the […]

The Timberwolves continued their run on young forwards Wednesday, agreeing to a deal with Portland restricted free agent Jake Layman. But unlike the deals for Jordan Bell and Noah Vonleh, which were for one year each, Layman is set to sign a three-year, $11.5 million deal with the Wolves, a source confirmed. The Wolves are […]

OAKLAND, CALIF. – The Twins will head home Thursday night looking for a little traction before the All-Star break. Despite having staff ace Jose Berrios on the mound, the Twins were trounced 7-2 by the Athletics as Oakland took two of three games of the series. That means the Twins were 2-4 on the six-game […]

The Timberwolves and President Gersson Rosas were trying to move up from No. 11 in this year’s draft — and they finally did. About an hour before the draft was set to take place, the Wolves traded with the Suns to grab the No. 6 pick in the draft to take Texas Tech guard Jarrett […]

Mike Modano was named executive adviser by the Wild on Thursday. The Hockey Hall of Famer and former No. 1 overall pick by the Minnesota North Stars will work with Wild owner Craig Leipold and President Matt Majka on initiatives relating to the team’s sales, corporate partnerships and community relations efforts starting Sept. 1, the […]

The Vikings now have first-round pick Garrett Bradbury under contract and tight end Kyle Rudolph still on the roster after restructuring the contract of another veteran on Tuesday. Linebacker Eric Kendricks had $2.15 million of his $4.15 million base salary converted into a signing bonus, a league source told the Star Tribune, freeing up nearly […]

Fergus Falls and M State Hall of Fame basketball coach Dave Retzlaff played a pivotal role in the early sports career of former Otters athlete and Spartans alum Clay Moser’s journey “from the lakes to the Lakers” — first as Moser’s coach and later a colleague — offering Moser an assistant coaching position with the […]

The Vikings on Wednesday officially declined to pick up wide receiver Laquon Treadwell’s fifth-year contract option. The decision was expected. Treadwell has been a disappointment since being selected with the No. 23 pick in the 2016 draft. The Vikings had until Friday to decide whether to pick up the option for 2020 worth $10.162 million. […]

University of Washington quarterback Jake Browning is among 10 undrafted free agents joining the Vikings this week. The Vikings announced the list of players agreeing to terms on Monday. They are expected to sign before a rookie minicamp, which runs Friday through Sunday. Browning will receive a $15,000 signing bonus and have $125,000 of his […]

Max Kepler saw seven pitches from Gerrit Cole before taking his base to begin the bottom of the first inning. And after a five-pitch walk to Jorge Polanco, Cole again got behind 2-0 to Nelson Cruz. At that point, it looked like a locked-in Twins offense might be able to get to Cole early. Cruz […]

The Vikings plucked tight end Irv Smith Jr. in the second round of the NFL draft Friday night. A standout at Alabama, Smith was taken with the 50th overall selection. He is the son of former Saints tight end Irv Smith Sr., who was New Orleans’ 1993 first round pick, and the nephew of former […]

HOUSTON – If the past week is an indication of what Eddie Rosario can do “when the weather gets warm,” as he said, just imagine what the summer swelter might do to his offensive output. Rosario reached out and deposited an 88-mph cutter from left-handed Astros starter Wade Miley into the Crawford Boxes in left […]

At a press conference Thursday announcing the retirement of Lindsay Whalen’s No. 13 Lynx jersey, her impressive career accomplishments were reeled off one after another by Lynx play-by-play voice Marney Gellner. Whalen is first in Lynx history in assists, second in games played and fourth in scoring. Gellner then paused, and Whalen interjected. “I should’ve […]

Michael Pineda’s offspeed pitches didn’t exist, the Twins were decked by another big inning and a week that seemed promising at the outset is looking like a big missed opportunity. Toronto turned back the Twins 7-4 on Thursday, which enabled the Blue Jays to take three games of the four-game series at Target Field. The […]

In a move that became more a formality than a question, as injuries kept him sidelined this season, Jeff Teague will be picking up his $19 million player option for the final year of his contract, a source confirmed to the Star Tribune. Teague, 30, played in only 42 games this season as different injuries […]

Baseball is in many ways a game of routine, and two weeks into the season, the Twins haven’t had the chance to get into one. The Twins have yet to play games on more than three consecutive days, and the schedule presented to them had them off for five of 15 days — with a […]

After signing three defensive backs in the past week, the Vikings have let one go. Minnesota on Thursday waived cornerback Jalen Myrick, who played at the University of Minnesota. He spent portions of last season on the practice squad and was signed to a reserve/future contract in January. Myrick was taken in the seventh round […]

For most of the Wild’s season-ending news conference at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday morning, coach Bruce Boudreau sat quietly while reporters fired questions at general manager Paul Fenton. Boudreau got a couple of softballs thrown at him early but was engrossed in his boss’s answers. When attention turned back to him — specifically how […]

The Vikings continue to pick up players from the defunct Alliance of American Football. Minnesota signed defensive end Karter Schult on Tuesday to a deal that a source said is for one-year for the $495,000 minimum. Schult had seven sacks in eight games for the Salt Lake Stallions before the AAF folded last week. Last […]

The Vikings will be without a key player in the secondary at the start of next season. The NFL announced Friday that cornerback Holton Hill will be suspended for the first four regular-season games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Hill started three games last season as an undrafted rookie out of Texas. […]

The Vikings added offensive line depth on Thursday with the signing of veteran Dakota Dozier. Dozier can play both guard and tackle but mostly has played guard in his five seasons in the NFL. He played in six games last season with the New York Jets, including two starts. Since being a fourth-round draft pick […]

PHILADELPHIA — Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was in the food room about an hour before batting practice was supposed to begin on Tuesday in Kansas City when he noticed Jake Odorizzi, bat in hand with his batting gloves on, ready to go. For the next five games as the Twins swing through Citizens Bank Park […]

The Gophers men’s basketball team received an oral commitment Thursday from 6-foot-10 center Sam Freeman for its 2019 recruiting class. “Without further ado, I’m extremely excited to announce that I will be attending the University of Minnesota,” Freeman said in a video posted on Twitter. He then unzipped a hooded sweatshirt to reveal a T-shirt […]

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Sure, the Royals ignited a big inning by turning their speedster loose. But two can play at that game. Billy Hamilton sparked a five-run inning for Kansas City on Wednesday, but Byron Buxton came off the bench to trigger a rally of his own, and the Twins, showing off their deep […]

Zach Parise could’ve shut it down. Heck, maybe he should’ve shut it down. After all, he’s dealing with what coach Bruce Boudreau described as a significant lower-body injury after taking a hit from Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson a couple of weeks ago Still, Parise made it clear that if he felt he could help […]

The Vikings locked up a reserve center on Monday but not a backup quarterback. At least not yet. Minnesota re-signed Brett Jones, a free-agent center, to a one-year deal that a source said could be worth as much as $1.5 million with incentives. The source said Jones will receive a base salary of about $850,000 […]

Tyus Jones still talks to former teammate Jimmy Butler often. “That’s my brother,” Jones said. So he knows what Butler thinks about making his return trip to Target Center on Saturday. “He knows it’s going to be interesting coming back,” Jones said. “Obviously, with how everything went down, but he’s not able to avoid it, […]

After sitting out two seasons because of legal issues, defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman says he is a changed man and wants another shot at the NFL. The Minneapolis native and former University of Minnesota star was released by the Atlanta Falcons in September 2017 after pleading guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct following an arrest in […]

Jose Berrios will stand alone Thursday afternoon, ball in his right hand and toe the rubber in front of a sold-out crowd at Target Field. This is the moment he’s been waiting for, asking for, planning for. And then, sometime around 3:10 p.m., he’ll deliver a pitch to kick off the Twins’ 2019 season. And […]