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Scoggins: These aren't your father's football practices — and that's good

Bryce Paup, the Gophers’ defensive line coach, remembers his days as a player on the NFL practices field this way: “Brutal.” His Gophers still sweat and grind, but they hit less and no longer run through two-a-days. (Photo by ELIZABETH FLORES, Star Tribune)

Times have changed out there on the high school, college and pro practice fields, where days are shorter and hitting less frequent, to the benefit of healthier, smarter players.

Vikings unsettled at center and guard, too — but could have intriguing options

Veteran Joe Berger finds himself fending off competition instead of being the pursuer.

Joe Berger is fighting to hold off Nick Easton, and even Alex Boone wasn't given automatic starting status.

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Cashman could be a centerpiece of versatile Gophers D

Linebacker Blake Cashman was the Gophers' sacks leader in 2016, but the Gophers see him excelling in many roles.

Expectations are high for a healthy Blake Cashman after he led the Gophers in sacks last season.

Coach Cheryl Reeve sees Lynx team weathering storm

Pressure is on Fowles to bounce back vs. Phoenix.

Loons look to build on positives in last-minute loss

Loons' new acquisitions make for brighter outlook.

Wild's Fletcher, Flahr owe much to late NHL executive Bryan Murray

Murray's hiring of Chuck Fletcher and Brent Flahr began a long working relationship and close-knit friendship that others in hockey were fortunate enough to share.

Vikings not taking any chances on a quarterback shortfall

It seems a virtual certainty the Vikings will keep at least one other QB on the practice squad for developmental purposes.

Once snubbed, Parkettes finally land cheerleading gig at Vikings game

The rift between team officials and alums of the Parkettes, which served as the Vikings cheerleading squad from 1964 to 1983, surfaced last summer.

Ed Sharockman, two-time Pro Bowl cornerback for Vikings, dies at 77

Sharockman, a cornerback, was voted one of the 50 Greatest Vikings in 2010. He was a fifth-round draft choice in 1961.

Four-star guard Eric Hunter Jr. official Gophers visit set for late Sept.

Gophers coach Richard Pitino will be hosting four-star guard Eric Hunter Jr. on an official visit in late September

Nature of injury to Miguel Sano's shin calls for caution

The Twins are hopeful to get Miguel Sano back from his disabled list stint early next week.

Postgame: Gee happy in pen, would be glad to start, but hopes not both

Minnesota Twins' Dillon Gee throws against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning of game two of a baseball doubleheader, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Max Kepler was scratched after becoming ill in Chicago's hot, humid weather.

Timing of Miguel Sano's injury not terrible for the Twins

Twins third baseman Miguel Sano (center).

Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco are among the those hitting well enough to compensate for Miguel Sano's stint on the disabled list,.

Russo: What do Wild's lines look like as training camp approaches?

Mikko Koivu (9) and Mikael Granlund (64) celebrated after Koivu shot the puck past Kings goalie Jeff Zatkoff last season.

Obviously my opinion, but by popular demand, here's a look at how I see the lines shaping up heading into next month's training camp.

Alabama starts atop AP poll for 2nd straight year

AP source: NFL, Goodell working on 5-year contract extension

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Scoggins: These aren't your father's football practices — and that's good
Chip Scoggins

Times have changed out there on the high school, college and pro practice fields, where days are shorter and hitting less frequent, to the benefit of healthier, smarter players.

Postgame: Gee happy in pen, would be glad to start, but hopes not both
Twins Insider

Max Kepler was scratched after becoming ill in Chicago's hot, humid weather.


Jorge Polanco hit his second three-run homer Monday, this one hitting lefthanded in Game 2 against the White Sox. In Game 1, he homered while hitting righthanded.

Dillon Gee, four home runs carry Twins to doubleheader split with White Sox

Nature of injury to Miguel Sano's shin calls for caution
Postgame: Gee happy in pen, would be glad to start, but hopes not both
Twins twinbills this season

Veteran Joe Berger finds himself fending off competition instead of being the pursuer.

Vikings unsettled at center and guard, too — but could have intriguing options

Vikings not taking any chances on a quarterback shortfall
Ed Sharockman, two-time Pro Bowl cornerback for Vikings, dies at 77
Once snubbed, Parkettes finally land cheerleading gig at Vikings game

Loons midfielders Jerome Thiesson, left, and Ibson pressured Seattle Sounders defender Joevin Jones during their match Sunday in Seattle.

Loons look to build on positives in last-minute loss

'It's a cruel game.' Seattle beats Loons on stoppage-time penalty kick
Column: English soccer embraces payback for Asian money
Lewis scores in stoppage time, NYCFC beats Revolution 2-1

Linebacker Blake Cashman was the Gophers' sacks leader in 2016, but the Gophers see him excelling in many roles.

Cashman could be a centerpiece of versatile Gophers D

Scoggins: These aren't your father's football practices — and that's good
Four-star guard Eric Hunter Jr. official Gophers visit set for late Sept.
No votes for Gophers football team in AP preseason Top 25

After participating in drills, Benilde-St. Margaret's players headed for water during a break in the second day of practice.

Benilde-St. Margaret's football starts quest for another ring

Andover girls' soccer 'super-pumped' for return shot at state
Eagan girls' tennis returns with three No. 1 players
After blast, Minnehaha Academy boys' soccer plays for injured coach

Minnesota Timberwolves CEO Ethan Casson.

Q&A with Wolves CEO Ethan Casson

New Wolves guard Crawford tweets Shabazz Muhammad: 'C'mon back home'
Wolves popular network TV choice, Rubio returns for home opener
Here's your master plan for watching the Timberwolves and Wild this year

New York Liberty star Tina Charles.

Lynx can't hold double-digit lead, lose for fourth time in six games

Coach Cheryl Reeve sees Lynx team weathering storm
Lynx reserve Plenette Pierson to retire after season
Lynx-Phoenix game preview

Zebra mussels, like the ones collected by University of Minnesota research assistant Sophie Mallez, right, are disrupting the food webs in an increasing number of Minnesota walleye lakes. A new study chosen by the U’s Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center in St. Paul is studying the impacts.

DNR launches high-tech study of food webs in Minnesota's largest walleye lakes

Refashioned paddle helps man who lost his hand explore joys of canoeing
Minnesota Zoo envisions itself as a gateway to state parks
Dangerous toxic algae levels put Edina lake off limits to people, pets

Beltre homers, Hamels pitches Rangers to 5-3 win over Angels

It's beyond crowded in the American League wild-card race, with eight teams bunched up like flowers in an overflowing vase.


Twins twinbills this season

Barring any more rainouts (fingers crossed), Monday's doubleheader was the Twins' sixth and final one of the season.


Twins' rotating door in their rotation

Tim Melville and Dillon Gee became the 15th and 16th pitchers to start a game for the Twins this season.


Minnesota Scene: Dustin Crenshaw retturs, pitches Saints to victory

Dustin Crenshaw, who re-signed with the Saints before Monday's game after pitching in Mexico, threw a five-hitter and led St. Paul to a 2-1 home…


Polanco hits 3-run HR in both games, Twins split with WSox

After giving the Minnesota Twins a chance to come back in the opener, Jorge Polanco immediately drove them in the right direction during the nightcap.