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Wolves hang on to nip Nuggets

Timberwolves guard Kris Dunn tried to grab a loose ball against Nuggets guard Gary Harris, right, in the first half Sunday.

The Wolves shot 54 percent for the game, led by Karl-Anthony Towns' 32 points and 12 rebounds.

Souhan: Signs point toward dramatic Super Bowl between Pats, Falcons

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan spiked the ball after scoring on a quarterback keeper against the Packers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

New England coach Bill Belichick is known for taking away an opponents' best weapon, but the Falcons' dominance and health, combined with the Patriots' Super Bowl history, hints that Super Bowl LI will be dramatic.

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Super Falcons: Atlanta routs Packers 44-21 for NFC title

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones made a first-down catch over the Packers' LaDarius Gunter during the second half in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

Matt Ryan tumbled into the end zone, slammed the ball to the turf with a thunderous spike, and let out a scream that showed just how much he wanted this game.

They're back: Brady and Patriots win AFC, 36-17 vs. Steelers

The Tom Brady redemption tour is headed to the Super Bowl.

What if the Vikings had traded Randy Moss after the 1998 season?

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper, #11 and wide receiver Randy Moss, #84 talk with head coach Dennis Green in 2006.

“If I could go back and change things I probably would have left after the 15-1 season,” he said. That, of course, was Moss’ 17-TD catch rookie year.

Minnesota Scene: Gophers wrestlers trounce Indiana

The Gophers recorded technical falls in the first three bouts and rolled to a 28-9 victory over Indiana in a wrestling dual Sunday in Bloomington, Ind.

Chen lands five quads to win U.S. figure skating title with ease

Nathan Chen stood on the top step of the podium and stifled a smile as U.S. Figure Skating president Samuel Auxier, preparing to drape a gold medal around his neck, bowed down before him.

Williams relies on Plan B to reaches Australian Open QFs

With her serve misfiring and the ball coming back at her from some irregular angles, it was time for Serena Williams to go to Plan B.

Postgame: Lethargic Wild gives away two-goal lead, lose to Nashville

Mikael Granlund (64) and Wild teammates on the bench saw the game slipping away after an empty-net goal that gave Nashville a 4-2 lead. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ cgonzalez@startribune.com - January 22, 2017, St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center, NHL, Hockey, Nashville Predators at Minnesota Wild

The Wild suffered only its third regulation loss in 24 games when the Predators rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win.

Postgame: Wolves win in crunch time again

Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns worked against Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler in the first half Sunday.

Wolves win second straight overall, for the fifth time in seven games and for the fourth straight time at home

In-season goalie gear switch irritates Wild's Dubnyk

On Feb. 4, all NHL goalies will be directed to begin wearing more contoured pants that originally were supposed to be ready at the start of the season. But manufacturing problems, especially by Dubnyk's company, CCM, delayed things.

Towns' rebounding on the rise for Wolves

Towns started relatively slowly with his rebounding, getting 10 or more in only two of his first six games. But as the season went on, the numbers have risen.

Current, former major leaguers die in Dominican crashes

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and former major leaguer Andy Marte died in separate traffic accidents early Sunday in their native Dominican Republic.

A day after downhill win, Vonn struggles to 9th in super-G

1972 hoops brawl made for one nasty night in U's sports history

It erupted 45 years ago this week near the end of the Gophers-Ohio State basketball game at Williams Arena.

Northwestern wins at Columbus for first time in 40 years

Scottie Lindsey scored 21 points as the Wildcats edged the Buckeyes.

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Anderson: CWD requires decisive management action
Dennis Anderson

The only chance Minnesota has to avoid a whitetail CWD infection rate similar to that found in southern Wisconsin is to hit the disease hard when it pops up, and keep hitting it, indefinitely.

Reusse: Young bullpen arms leave Twins wanting more
Patrick Reusse

J.T. Chargois might be in line for a big-league bullpen spot, but other power arms drafted by the Twins in recent years have had setbacks.


Brett Pfarr, left, led off the Gophers' 28-9 victory over Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., on Sunday with a technical fall over Norman Conley 24-9 and recording 11 takedowns in the match. Photo is courtesy of the University of Minnesota. For more Gophers photos, go to gophersports.com.

Minnesota Scene: Gophers wrestlers trounce Indiana

So close: Final shot in OT hits rim, Gophers lose to Wisconsin
1972 hoops brawl made for one nasty night in U's sports history
Wisconsin's big second period ends Gophers' winning streak at seven

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan spiked the ball after scoring on a quarterback keeper against the Packers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

Souhan: Signs point toward dramatic Super Bowl between Pats, Falcons

Super Falcons: Atlanta routs Packers 44-21 for NFC title
They're back: Brady and Patriots win AFC, 36-17 vs. Steelers
What if the Vikings had traded Randy Moss after the 1998 season?

Nashville's Victor Arvidsson. left, celebrated as the puck went past Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper for the go-ahead goal by Filip Forsberg in the third period. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ cgonzalez@startribune.com - January 22, 2017, St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center, NHL, Hockey, Nashville Predators at Minnesota Wild

Fatigued Wild starts quickly, then falls to Predators

In-season goalie gear switch irritates Wild's Dubnyk
Postgame: Lethargic Wild gives away two-goal lead, lose to Nashville
Wild Minute: Wild blows another two-goal lead, loses to Nashville

Timberwolves guard Kris Dunn tried to grab a loose ball against Nuggets guard Gary Harris, right, in the first half Sunday.

Wolves hang on to nip Nuggets

Towns' rebounding on the rise for Wolves
Postgame: Wolves win in crunch time again
Gallery: Wolves 111, Denver 108

Joe Rohlf of Eagan returned a serve from John Kasner of Orono during a recent table tennis scrimmage at Eagan High School., a hot spot for the sport.

Prep table tennis popularity on the rise in metro area

Eden Prairie tops No. 1 Stillwater in Hockey Day Minnesota showdown
Mahtomedi shuts out Thief River Falls in Hockey Day Minnesota morning matchup
Hill-Murray outlasts Edina for a 2-1 win

Authorities said Terry Brisk, shown with a buck he shot a few years ago, was killed by a gunshot wound while hunting Nov. 7 and that it’s being investigated as a homicide.

Minn. deer hunter's death remains 'such a mystery'

Anderson: CWD requires decisive management action
A Minnesota kid who was a fiddling fool runs with his passion for music, hunting
Skinny-ski pass system can be a head-scratcher in Minnesota

J.T. Chargois posted an 8.49 ERA in his first 12 relief appearances with the Twins in 2016, but it fell to 0.79 over his final 13.

Reusse: Young bullpen arms leave Twins wanting more

Current, former major leaguers die in Dominican crashes
Hall of Fame thoughts on Curt Schilling, Edgar Martinez and Trevor Hoffman
Newest baseball Hall of Fame members had moments vs. Twins

Lynx star Maya Moore, left, was among those interviewed about the basketball-playing legacy of President Obama -- and how she got hustled during a White House visit with her college team.

Maya Moore on hoops with (and getting hustled by) Obama

WNBA free agency begins
Lynx star Moore hopes UConn breaks her team's record 90-game winning streak
WNBA's new security app put to test quickly

The Latest: Navratilova says pressure of No 1 got to Kerber

The Latest on Monday from the Australian Open (all times local):


Are you ready for some better football? Hopefully in Houston

There's this football game planned for Feb. 5 in Houston. Let's hope it turns out much better than most of the postseason matchups the NFL has provided this year.


Falcons head to Super Bowl after blowing out Packers 44-21

While the raucous beats of "Welcome To Atlanta" blared through the Georgia Dome, the Falcons partied like it was 1999.


Column: Brotherhood only gets you so far against Brady

The brotherhood did its job methodically, pleasing Atlanta owner Arthur Blank so much that he was last seen dancing into the night on the victory…


Quarterfinal time at the Australian Open: Federer vs Zverev

It's the start of quarterfinals at the Australian Open on Tuesday, and none of the other three will likely be as compelling as the one between Roger Federer and Mischa Zverev.