'King of spring' Tampa Bay meets reality of fall; Vikings up next

Things are so bad in Tampa that comparisons to the 1976 expansion Bucs — widely considered one of the worst teams in NFL history — are sprouting.

Royals take first battle of bullpens from Giants

After Kansas City took the lead with a five-run sixth inning, the trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and All-Star closer Greg Holland shut down the hot-hitting San Francisco Giants.

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Scoggins blog: Gophers' Santoso has a memorable few days

Bloggin' Scoggins

Gophers freshman kicker enjoying memorable few days

Pregame: Wolves give veterans a rest in Milwaukee

On the Wolves

Rookie Wiggins and veterans Brewer, Martin, Turiaf and Williams all sitting out tonight's game

Gophers hockey Live Chat with Jason Gonzalez at noon

Reusse: Gophers football heads in right direction — the West + Video

Reshuffling of Big Ten divisions did Gophers football a huge favor.

Gophers safety Travis becomes big-play guy like his idol + Video

Damarius Travis, a junior safety, has 23 tackles, two interceptions, five pass breakups, one forced fumble and 2½ tackles for a loss this season.

Wolves try out launching three-pointers + Video

Flip Saunders has given the green light to only ‘six or seven’ to shoot it.

Ex-Wolf Dante Cunningham: Living in motor home, struggling to clear name

It was after 4 a.m. when Dante Cunningham pulled his truck back into the driveway of his suburban Minneapolis home and saw the police waiting for him.

Hartman: Vikings miss Cassel more than other stars

His experience would have been helpful in bringing along QB Teddy Bridgewater slowly.

Heated words, emptying benches marked Royals big inning

For a tense moment in the sixth inning Wednesday night, Kauffman Stadium was consumed by chaos.

Ryan says Twins manager search could expand; reliever Burton gone

Twins GM Terry Ryan maintained Wednesday that his search is ongoing and he’s not close to naming a replacement for Ron Gardenhire.

Motion to remove judge from Adrian Peterson's case denied

Texas Judge Kelly Case will remain, possibly clearing way for Dec. 1 trial.

Coyle signs five-year, $16 million extension with Wild

The forward signed a $16 million extension. Next on the team’s list is Mikael Granlund.

Success on game-changing plays keeps eluding Illinois football

By botching those opportunities, the Illini have gone 1-18 in the Big Ten in the past three years.

Thursday's TV sports listings

On the air Thursday FOOTBALL TIME TV RADIO College: Connecticut at East Carolina 6 p.m. ESPNU College: Miami at Virginia Tech 7 p.m. ESPN NFL: San Diego at Denver 7:25 p.m. Ch. 4 GOLF European PGA: Perth International (tape) 8 a.m. GOLF PGA: McGladrey Classic 1 p.m. GOLF Asia-Pacific Amateur …

Minneapolis won't sue NFL team to shed the Redskins nickname

The city attorney decides Minneapolis lacks the legal standing to mount a challenge.

RandBall's Week 8 Fantasy Football Challenge

This week, the Star Tribune's Michael Rand takes on KFAN producer Paul "Meatsauce" Lambert

Edina girls' tennis makes it 18 straight Class 2A team titles