Top players face different challenges as managers

Elite players such as Paul Molitor don’t often become elite managers. Molitor, 58, interviewed for the Twins job Wednesday.

Wild roster hopefuls face a key game in St. Louis

Thursday’s preseason game at St. Louis is the last chance to make a good impression.

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TFD: A chance for Bridgewater to be a legend or Ponder to be an unlikely hero

Teddy Bridgewater is officially listed as questionable for Thursday’s Vikings/Packers game, after doing some light work in practice today. While we’d still be stunned if he doesn’t play — or …

Russo: Fontaine injury opens door for another Wild forward

The Wild plays Thursday night in St. Louis and it will be the final chance for some to make an impression.

Reusse: Packers' Rodgers is protype for today's NFL QBs

The Vikings face the NFL’s best quarterback in Thursday's night game in Lambeau: Aaron Rodgers.

Hartman: Molitor would be ideal pick for Twins

He has front-office and player support, and he’d be a popular choice as manager among fans.

Violinist has risky surgery, ready to run again + Video

Participation was necessary for risky brain procedure.

Plan for transgender athletes draws impassioned pleas + Photo Gallery

Proposed State High School League policy on transgender high school athletes is set for vote Thursday. Before that, a crowd shared pointed views in measured tones.

Vikings' Bridgewater questionable; Greenway out

Teddy Bridgewater is listed as questionable for Thursday’s game against the Packers at Lambeau Field. The Vikings rookie quarterback participated in practice for the first time Wednesday, though he was …

Gophers next opponent Northwestern had big win of its own + Video

The Gophers have the Little Brown Jug after beating Michigan but Northwestern could be amped up as well next week.

Are you still ready for Thursday night football? TV thinks so

Despite allegations of misconduct by stars, public-relations fumbles and evidence of brain damage in former players, professional football has never been more popular — or more lucrative.

Wolves have been early media darlings in training camp + Video

The Timberwolves aren’t lacking for media attention national and beyond while they transition to a new day with youngsters like Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine.

The best of fall: High school football rivalries

Bumgarner, Giants silence Pirates 8-0 to advance + Photo Gallery + Video

Brandon Crawford figured the San Francisco Giants needed one run, maybe two, the way ace Madison Bumgarner was dealing.

Wild notes: Goalie situation still up in the air

Opening night is one week away and the Wild has yet to decide on its starting goaltender.

Thursday's TV sports listings

On the air Thursday BASEBALL TIME TV RADIO ALDS: Detroit at Baltimore 4:30 p.m TBS ALDS: Kansas City at Los Angeles 8 p.m. TBS FOOTBALL College: Central Florida at Houston 6 p.m. ESPN College: Florida Atlantic at Fla. Int’l 6 p.m. FSN College: Alabama St. at Alcorn …

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon back from dead

Casino’s $50,000 and volunteers save the famous sled dog race.

Big Ten's big move: More money for student-athletes

As expected, the conference recommended full-cost, lifelong scholarships to the NCAA.

Gophers volleyball falls in three sets to Illinois

The Gophers volleyball team lost to Illinois 25-22, 32-30 and 25-19 in a Big Ten match Wednesday in Champaign, Ill. Sophomore Paige Tapp had a career-high 13 kills for the …