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


Karl-Anthony Towns avoids touchy subjects with media at his basketball camp

It's been an offseason filled with rumors and reports about Timberwolves star center Karl-Anthony Towns, so Wednesday seemed like the perfect opportunity for Towns to…


Give up on 2018? History says it's too soon for the Twins

The Twins have a history of coming from behind in the second half of the season to make the playoffs.


Two views: Rays bullpen days will likely be copied by other teams

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


Hall of Fame still within Joe Mauer's reach

Joe Mauer cruised past 2,000 hits earlier this year — a milestone we all might have assumed he would reach sooner, but an important marker…


NBA has less parity but is more popular

NBA teams are either striving to keep up with the best (like Houston adding Chris Paul last year and the Lakers adding LeBron James this year) or they're unmistakably playing for the future.


Tiger's niece is a chip shot off the ol' block

Cheyenne Woods, 27, was making the media rounds in the Twin Cities on Monday in advance of next year's KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Hazeltine National in Chaska.


Timberwolves face new challenge in bulked-up West

Now LeBron James is in the West with the Lakers — not to mention a host of other teams with realistic 50-win aspirations.


Bullpen problems keep Twins from winning as often as they should

In this age of baseball analytics and advanced stats, there is a clear winner when it comes to the biggest gap between the fanciest name…


What about the Wolves bringing Andrew Wiggins off the bench?

The Timberwolves have signed Derrick Rose and Anthony Tolliver so far in free agency.Neither of those represents a seismic move in a Western Conference that…


Hopes for saving Twins season wither in July's heat

When things go wrong in life or sports, it's often useful to have a milestone or designated point for a "new beginning" to offer a…