Russo: Wild's Ballard, Folin fighting bacterial infections

Russo's Rants

Tampa Bay is in town to face the Wild tonight, which will be without defensemen Keith Ballard and Christian Folin. Both are recovering from bacterial infections picked up last …

Maddon suddenly an appealing option for Twins manager

The longtime Tampa Bay manager left his job and is interested in talking to the Twins about their vacancy.

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Halftime analysis: Illinois leads the Gophers 14-3

Gridiron Gold

Illinois came in with a struggling defense but shut down David Cobb and Mitch Leidner in the first half.

VikesCentric: So you're telling me there's a chance


The Vikings have never made the playoffs following a 2-5 start, but there's historical precedence for Vikings fans to have a sliver of hope.

Scoggins postgame: Ugly loss for Gophers puts damper on season

Gophers fall flat in Illinois

Greg LeMond moves forward after '12 years of hell' + Photo Gallery + Video

Greg LeMond lost his star status and his livelihood after taking a stand against doping. Now the champion cyclist has regained his rank and is rebuilding his life.

Minnesota black bear population finds stability

New DNR strategies have helped bruins come back.

Wolves waive guard Brady Heslip

Team needs to make one more move to reach roster limit of 15

NHL Insider: Power of high draft picks shows

One of the lousiest teams this season will be rewarded with future superstar Connor McDavid in June.

Ruling leaves bear researcher in the dark

Bear researcher Lynn Rogers of Ely has no idea whether any of the eight bears he has been studying were shot during the recently ended bear hunting season. He removed …

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Wisconsin routs Maryland 52-7; Gordon with 3 TDs

Melvin Gordon rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns, and Wisconsin's restocked defense stifled mistake-prone Maryland for a 52-7 win on Saturday.

Abdullah leads No. 16 Nebraska over Rutgers 42-24

Ameer Abdullah says someday he'll look back and revel in the kind of game he played against Rutgers.

DT McCoy signs 7-year deal with Bucs

Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has signed a seven-year extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers worth $98 million, making McCoy the highest-paid player at his position. McCoy, a 2013 All-Pro, will …

Sweet dreams: Sleep expert helps Giants in October

Some extra postseason pillow time has Brandon Crawford and the San Francisco Giants dreaming about another World Series championship.

Weekend TV sports listings

On the air Saturday AUTO RACING TIME TV RADIO NASCAR Trucks: Kroger 200 12:30 p.m. FS1 BASEBALL World Series: Kansas City at San Fran. 7 p.m. Ch. 9 1500-AM FOOTBALL College: Gophers at Illinois 11 a.m. ESPNU 100.3-FM College: Texas at Kansas State 11 a.m. ESPN College: Rutgers at Nebraska 11 …

Gameday preview: San Antonio at United

United leads the fall season standings and a victory or draw against second-place San Antonio earns it the title.

Patrick: Logano must continue to prove he's sorry

Things may not be as rosy between Danica Patrick and Joey Logano as Logano believes.

Ted Bishop out as PGA president

Ted Bishop was ousted Friday as president of the PGA of America over a sexist tweet and Facebook post directed at Ian Poulter.