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Updates: Vikings predraft visits, private workouts for 2017

Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans

While free agency recently garnered the headlines, the Vikings also have been quietly gathering more information on the prospects they are eyeing for April’s NFL draft.

Phil Hughes perseveres through shaky start as Twins fall to Pirates

The righthander gave up homers to two of the first three batters before settling down.

Scores, schedules and stats

Reusse: Pitching a shutout the night after his mother died

Minnesota State Mankato lefthanded pitcher Brody Rodning has the attention of major league scouts with a fastball that can touch 95 miles per hour.

Friday's start by Brody Rodning for Minnesota State Mankato vs. UMD wasn't for the baseball scouts. It was for his mom, Tiffany. And as the game progressed, Brody had a message for teammates: "Just get me one."

Minnesota United taking a beating from national soccer media

Minnesota United's Johan Venegas took a spill during the home opener.

In addition to giving up goals at a record pace in its 0-3-1 start, the Loons aren't being treated kindly by the national soccer media.

Gophers standout Vinni Lettieri will sign with New York Rangers

The senior forward finished his four-year career in Saturday's loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament.

Edina mansion that belonged to Kirby Puckett sold this weekend

The house had five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and a five-car garage.

Sam Ponder talks about covering husband Christian in new ESPN role

How will she be able to objectively lead discussions about a league in which her husband — ex-Vikings QB Christian Ponder — plays?

Raiders relocating to Las Vegas after NFL owners vote in favor of move

The Oakland Raiders will be no more. The franchise is moving to Las Vegas after a nearly unanimous vote.

Management still mulling cuts as Twins play Pittsburgh

From left, Twins senior vice president and general manager Thad Levine and executive vice president and chief baseball officer Derek Falvey.

Derek Falvey and Thad Levine were in the clubhouse Monday afternoon, raising suspicions that cuts were coming. But it now sounds like Tuesday could be a busy roster-trimming day.

Cycling in Minn. creates thousands of jobs, cuts health-care spending, state finds

The Minnesota Department of Transportation's first economic impact analysis of the state's cycling industry also found that 13.6 percent of Twin Cities residents commute by bike, at least once in a while.

Dessa will sing national anthem at Twins opener

Longtime coach Rick Stelmaszek will throw out ceremonial first pitch.

Younger brother Tre steals spotlight from Wolves' Tyus Jones

Apple Valley's Tre Jones had 24 points and 18 rebounds to lead his team to the state 4A title on Saturday night, sparking natural comparisons to his older brother and his accomplishments.

Wild loses again, but Boudreau sees some promising signs

When you are 2-9-1 in the past 12 games and 3-10-1 in March after not so long ago leading the Western Conference, sometimes you have to grasp for positives.

Wild's Haula sees ice time dwindling

Erik Haula, who has one point in his last 14 games, bit his tongue the best he could after Sunday's loss when asked about his reduced playing time.

Point of emphasis: NFL preparing to take aim at dangerous hits

The league's competition committee will step up efforts this week to warn teams that the NFL is prepared to increase ejections and suspensions of egregious illegal hits in 2017.

Champlin Park's McKinley Wright named Minnesota's Mr. Basketball

Wright, who was honored as the Star Tribune’s Metro Player of the Year, was candid about how important winning the Mr. Basketball Award was to him.

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Updates: Vikings predraft visits, private workouts for 2017
Access Vikings

While free agency recently garnered the headlines, the Vikings also have been quietly gathering more information on the prospects they are eyeing for April’s NFL draft.

Management still mulling cuts as Twins play Pittsburgh
Twins Insider

Derek Falvey and Thad Levine were in the clubhouse Monday afternoon, raising suspicions that cuts were coming. But it now sounds like Tuesday could be a busy roster-trimming day.


Gauging the Gophers: Where's each program at for next season?

Gophers standout Vinni Lettieri will sign with New York Rangers
Reusse: Pitching a shutout the night after his mother died
Gophers hockey: Looking ahead after Saturday's loss

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk fell after being hit by Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall in the second period Sunday in Detroit.

Wild loses again, but Boudreau sees some promising signs

Wild's Haula sees ice time dwindling
Postgame: Wild competes and defends better, but loses in OT
Wild Minute: Wild takes positives from OT loss

Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones, right, got word in Portland, Ore., on Saturday that his younger brother, Tre, and Apple Valley High won the Class 4A title by beating Champlin Park, the Eagles' second boys' basketball state title in three years.

Younger brother Tre steals spotlight from Wolves' Tyus Jones

Running on empty, Wolves fall 112-100 in Portland
Thibodeau: Wiggins, Towns won't rest down the stretch
Poll: What's your biggest recent disappointment in local sports?

Minnesota United's Johan Venegas took a spill during the home opener.

Minnesota United taking a beating from national soccer media

Loons working on closing gaps in porous defense
Blunt and sarcastic, Arena relaxes US after Klinsmann
Postmatch: United takes a step back vs. Revolution

Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans

Updates: Vikings predraft visits, private workouts for 2017

Raiders relocating to Las Vegas after NFL owners vote in favor of move
Sam Ponder talks about covering husband Christian in new ESPN role
Point of emphasis: NFL preparing to take aim at dangerous hits

Champlin Park's McKinley Wright (25) was named Minnesota's Mr. Basketball on Sunday.

Champlin Park's McKinley Wright named Minnesota's Mr. Basketball

Apple Valley does it again to Champlin Park, wins 4A title
DeLaSalle completes quest for unprecedented sixth straight 3A title
Scoggins: Big brother's shadow keeps shrinking for Tre Jones

Fishing guide Dick “Griz’’ Grzywinski piloted his john boat downriver during a fishing outing on the Mississippi River Pool 2, a spot yielding large walleyes.

Anderson: A chilly boat ride to a walleye hot spot

Cycling in Minn. creates thousands of jobs, cuts health-care spending, state finds
Anderson: Steger, 72, embarks on latest solo canoe/sled adventure
Pro wrestlers' colorful stories didn't stop at boundaries of the ring

From left, Twins senior vice president and general manager Thad Levine and executive vice president and chief baseball officer Derek Falvey.

Management still mulling cuts as Twins play Pittsburgh

Twins' Duffey hopes to show he belongs in rotation
Edina mansion that belonged to Kirby Puckett sold this weekend
Phil Hughes perseveres through shaky start as Twins fall to Pirates

Lynx star Lindsay Whalen and her father, Neil, right, watched Wednesday’s game between Mahtomedi and Northfield. (Anthony Souffle, Star Tribune)

Whalen and her dad share special bond at state hockey

Lynx hire James Wade as assistant coach, replacing Jim Petersen
'Use real statistics'; WNBA player, broadcaster respond to Wiggins' bullying claim
Poll: Which Minnesota pro team are you most optimistic about right now?

Federer rolls into fourth round at Miami Open

Roger Federer took a look around as he entered the stadium court at the Miami Open, immediately feeling the energy of the crowd.


Royals outfielder Jorge Soler likely out to start season

Royals outfielder Jorge Soler will likely begin his first season in Kansas City on the disabled list after straining his oblique in a minor league…


Oakland fans: Raiders 'lost them forever' with Vegas vote

Ivan Davis stared stone-faced at the television as the news came down that the Oakland Raiders would be moving to Las Vegas and was asked if he was a fan of the team.


Bud Selig to throw out 1st pitch at Brewers opener

Retired baseball commissioner Bud Selig will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Milwaukee Brewers' opener next week.


Agreement puts Jeanie Buss in control of Lakers for life

A battle over control of the Los Angeles Lakers is over after an agreement was reached to have Jeanie Buss serve as controlling owner of the storied NBA franchise for the rest of her life, making permanent the arrangement her late father and longtime Lakers owner Jerry Buss said in his will that he wanted.