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Digital sports editor | StarTribune.com

Michael Rand is digital sports editor. He also writes the RandBall blog and oversees the sports section's 2Day feature on Page 2.


Vikings' tie is quite a ride on Twitter

There are bound to be moments of overreaction during the course of an NFL game, but Sunday's twists and turns brought things to new levels


Bears defied odds by losing game to Packers

There are two sides to every improbable dramatic victory. There is the winning team, which gets all the glory and about 80-90 percent of the…


Zimmer still trusts his defense, Week 1 shows

Coach Mike Zimmer made his living and reputation — not to mention won a lot of games — by trusting his defense above all else.


State has plenty of stars but no superstars

As a thought exercise Wednesday, I asked a simple question on Twitter: Who is the biggest star in Minnesota pro sports right now?While Twitter is…


Tony Kornheiser says Kirk Cousins faces more pressure than any other pro athlete in America

Are you ready for some football? No, really. Can you handle this NFL season and all that it entails? You hesitated. Let's get to it,…


Numbers support Twins decision on Buxton's non call-up

North Score: There is evidence that Byron Buxton has not earned a promotion — nor would him coming up and succeeding for a few weeks prove anything about his readiness for 2019.


Vikings have invested heavily in their defense

An evaluation of their salary cap indicates the Vikings have threaded the needle — at least for now — by upgrading with more stability at quarterback while also still committing heavily to their defense.


Twins reveal plenty even amid failure

The 2018 Twins season has largely been a disappointment, but even in disappointment (or perhaps especially so) there are things to be learned.


Attendance numbers can be deceiving

The Star Tribune's Rachel Blount gave an important look at the challenges facing the Gophers athletic department recently with her detailed story on budget woes…


Video provides a glimpse behind the free agency of Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins

It's been almost six months since Kirk Cousins signed with the Vikings in free agency, so when a 14-minute "NFL Life" video on Cousins' path…