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Twins in driver's seat for wild-card berth entering season's final week

The Twins' Eduardo Escobar circled the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Twins can lock up wild-card position as early as tonight.

Scoggins: New Twins regime's patience pays off, now and in future

Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey, left, and General Manager Thad Levine.

Wholesale change might have produced desirable results, but this season has reinforced that patience also can be rewarded with unexpected success.

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Fleck: Smith, Brooks appear ready for Gophers' Big Ten opener

P.J. Fleck’s fourth game as Gophers football coach will come Saturday against Maryland.

Smith leads the Gophers with 275 rushing yards, while Brooks is the team's second-leading rusher with 160 yards and its touchdown leader with four.

Goldy runs over youth football player during Vikings mascot game

There was a mascot vs. youth football players game at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday as part of the Vikings halftime festivities. It didn't go well for one of the youngsters.

Reeve angered by Lynx's early effort vs. Sparks in Game 1

Reeve makes it clear she saw little to like in defeat.

Muhammad happy at home as a Timberwolf

Despite no big free-agent deal, Muhammad lands happily with Wolves.

Dayton disagrees with kneeling protests, but also Trump response

The DFL governor said athletes should find other ways to protest, but he defends their right to kneel during the national anthem.

U.S. Olympic chairman not expecting national anthem protests at Winter Games

Olympians value free speech but anthem carries greater significance, officials said.

Dynamic duo: Ennis, Spurgeon reunited on Wild and loving it

Childhood pals Tyler Ennis and Jared Spurgeon are thrilled for a chance to play together again.

Crawford says Wolves' Thibodeau is one of a kind

The difference, according to Crawford: Thibodeau's meticulous nature, his preparation, perhaps even his single-mindedness.

Vikings' Cook tries to keep up with new workload

Cooks' 71 touches (61 carries, 10 receptions) trail only Los Angeles Rams star running back Todd Gurley (76 touches) for the league's biggest workload in a backfield so far.

Tommies-Johnnies: So when will the Target Field rematch take place?

After Saturday's game drew an NCAA Division III record crowd of 37,355, more than doubling the old mark, it's logical to wonder when the encore will take place.

Four-star basketball recruit Hunter cancels Gophers visit

The 6-3 Indianapolis combo guard had been expected to check out Minnesota this weekend. But Hunter announced Monday night he will join Purdue's 2018 class

DNR estimates surge in wolf population in Minnesota

The number of wolves in northeast Minnesota jumped 25 percent in the past year, most likely because deer, their favorite prey, saw a similar increase in population.

Wild concerned about even-strength play

Penalties have kept team on the power play or penalty kill a lot this preseason, taking away needed 5-on-5 situations.

Prep athletes of the week: Minneapolis Washburn junior pushed into girls' top spot in Class 2A cross-country

Minneapolis Washburn's Emily Covert might have been the No. 2-ranked cross-country runner in Class 2A by the coaches association, but there was nobody better Saturday.

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Scoggins: New Twins regime's patience pays off, now and in future
Chip Scoggins

Wholesale change might have produced desirable results, but this season has reinforced that patience also can be rewarded with unexpected success.

Four-star basketball recruit Hunter cancels Gophers visit
Gophers Basketball

The 6-3 Indianapolis combo guard had been expected to check out Minnesota this weekend. But Hunter announced Monday night he will join Purdue's 2018 class


Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7) hit seven of his 11 throws for 137 yards when he had more than 2.5 seconds to throw against the Bucs, according to Pro Football Focus, and the Vikings’ ability to give their quarterbacks time to throw has made deep shots possible.

Lid pops off the Vikings offense with deep balls, big catches now in play

Vikings' Cook tries to keep up with new workload
Dayton disagrees with kneeling protests, but also Trump response
Souhan: Can Vikings' Keenum repeat his performance?

P.J. Fleck’s fourth game as Gophers football coach will come Saturday against Maryland.

Fleck: Smith, Brooks appear ready for Gophers' Big Ten opener

Goldy runs over youth football player during Vikings mascot game
Tommies-Johnnies: So when will the Target Field rematch take place?
Four-star basketball recruit Hunter cancels Gophers visit

The Twins' Eduardo Escobar circled the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Twins in driver's seat for wild-card berth entering season's final week

Scoggins: New Twins regime's patience pays off, now and in future
Closing in: Sweep gives Twins 4 1/2-game Wild Card lead, 6 games left
Darvish delivers as Dodgers beat Padres 9-3 for 100th win

Eighth-ranked South St. Paul has won three in a row heading into Friday's home game with sixth-ranked Mahtomedi.

Top football games this week: South St. Paul, Mahtomedi meet in battle of ranked teams

Top volleyball games this week: Maple Lake meets Mayer Lutheran in clash of top-ranked teams
Prep athletes of the week: Minneapolis Washburn junior pushed into girls' top spot in Class 2A cross-country
Top boys' soccer games this week: Stillwater battles East Ridge in important Suburban East tilt

Shabazz Muhammad (15) reported to camp leaner and stronger, and happy to be part of a rebuilt Wolves team.

Muhammad happy at home as a Timberwolf

Crawford says Wolves' Thibodeau is one of a kind
Thibodeau wants Wolves players to speak freely, stand during anthem
Timberwolves veteran Jamal Crawford has seen a lot, but not this

While the scoreboard reflected a strong comeback, coach Cheryl Reeve didn’t like the Lynx’s mind-set from the start Sunday.

Reeve angered by Lynx's early effort vs. Sparks in Game 1

Lynx misery times three: Watch these final seconds losses to L.A.
After falling behind 28-2, frantic Lynx comeback falls just short
WNBA Finals Game 2 preview: Sparks at Lynx

Minnesota United's Miguel Ibarra raises his arms after scoring the final goal during the second half against D.C. United on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at TCF Bank Stadium

Loons' Miguel Ibarra 'in a completely different place'

Sporting KC tops Galaxy, extends home unbeaten streak to 24
Atlanta extends home unbeaten streak to 12, beats Impact 2-0
Valeri scores twice and Timbers beat Orlando City 3-0

Minnesota’s wolf population has surged, a state survey found.

DNR estimates surge in wolf population in Minnesota

Anderson: Ducks scarce at Minnesota River hunting reunion
Wilderness is deeper than pristine beauty, writer says. At its core is human history.
Vehicle hits and kills 200-pound bear in Twin Cities suburb

LEADING OFF: Cubs and Twins can clinch, Harper getting close

A look at what's happening all around the majors today:___PARTY TIMEThe Cubs can clinch the NL Central for a second straight year with a win…


Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig benched after late arrival

Yasiel Puig is running into problems with the Los Angeles Dodgers yet again.


Darvish delivers as Dodgers beat Padres 9-3 for 100th win

If there were any lingering questions about whether Yu Darvish is ready for the playoffs, he answered them Monday night.


Rojas has 4 RBIs as Marlins beat playoff-hopeful Rockies 5-4

The Miami Marlins are reduced to the role of spoiler in the Colorado Rockies' playoff chase.


Hernandez sharp, Mariners hit 4 homers in 7-1 win over A's

Felix Hernandez felt he had nothing to work with in the bullpen. His night took a turn for the better once he started making pitches that counted.