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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.


Two views: NFL may not have most to gain from regulated gambling

Michael Rand and Chris Hine weigh in in the week's hot sports topics.


Getting an interview is first step for women to coach a men's team

Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon reportedly interviewed for the Milwaukee Bucks' head coaching vacancy. She didn't get the job this week — former Hawks coach…


Las Vegas likely will take a hit from expanded gambling

The U.S. Supreme Court opened the door for widespread sports betting across the country with its ruling earlier this week that struck down a federal…


From Shakopee to Slovenia, Gophers create a men's tennis power

The Gophers earned their first spot in the NCAA tournament Sweet 16 in 18 years when they beat host Oklahoma on Saturday.


Champs win in various ways

If you follow the narrative that defense wins championships, you can find repudiation — but then validation — in the story of the Golden State…


Baseball card experts (mostly) hit a home run in ranking Twins' 'most legendary'

As part of a promotional effort to generate interest in the Topps and Beckett brands, the two leaders in the trading card industry have teamed…


Wild gamble pays off for Vegas

Few people could have seen any of this coming — not even the biggest Vegas Golden Knights optimist or the biggest Minnesota Wild pessimist.This time…


Twins' key offseason acquisitions show signs of turning corner

Plenty of things contributed to the Twins' 10-17 record through 27 games, including slow starts and subsequent injuries to Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton as…


Stats overload making sports so predictable, fans losing out

The narrative of the Wild's trip to the NHL playoffs and the Wolves' trip to the NBA playoffs this year was basically written and decided…


Vikings among favorites to win Super Bowl by Las Vegas oddsmakers

Super Bowl odds released shortly after the NFL draft 1) are pretty useless and 2) still managed to catch my eye this week.The useless part…