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Flashback to 1991 Fall Classic barely a blur

Kirby Puckett celebrated with his teammates after the Twins won the 1991 World Series by beating Atlanta 1-0 in Game 7.

The Twins and Braves — who met in a classic 1991 World Series — face one another this week at Target Field. The setting is dramatically different than 1991, since the Twins and Braves have baseball's two worst records.

Injury setback prompts Vikings tackle Loadholt to retire

Phil Loadholt returned to field for practices this spring, but a recent injury setback led to his decision.

The veteran Vikings right tackle announced his retirement, citing wear and tear on his body.

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Things settle down: Wild re-signs Jordan Schroeder

Russo's Rants

Things got contentious last week when the Wild, for no other purpose, placed Schroeder on waivers to strengthen its case that he didn't deserve a one-way contract.

DNR will stock muskies in two new lakes, two other lakes are a no-go

Monday's announcement capped a two-year public input period that was prolonged for six months by controversy. At the Legislature this year, elected officials unsuccessfully sought to block the DNR from adding to the muskie's range.

A look at the offensive line heading into Vikings training camp

Access Vikings

After the playoff loss to the Seahawks, coach Mike Zimmer fired Jeff Davidson and put all of his offensive linemen on notice about their jobs.

Wayzata football coaching change coming

Former Maple Grove activities director and Chaska head coach Lambert Brown eventually will succeed Brad Anderson, but no timetable has been set.

It's not time to panic (yet) about Miguel Sano's 3B defense

RandBall

Grumble, sure, particularly about those dropped pop-ups. Hope for better days, yeah. But RandBall says give it some time, despite his 10 errors in the past 15 games at third base.

Cubs get closer Aroldis Chapman in trade with Yankees

Before the Chicago Cubs completed a trade for Aroldis Chapman, owner Tom Ricketts and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein decided they had to hear from the closer himself about a domestic violence allegation in the offseason.

Future MVP Mauer still recalls Series snub

As youngest of three boys, Joe Mauer was homebound for Puckett Game in 1991.

Four things we learned Monday at Big Ten media days

No. 1: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is not shy about the Wolverines' goals.

Former Gophers punter Peter Mortell mourns loss of two dear friends

Gridiron Gold

Former Gophers punter Peter Mortell was a close friend of Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and Michigan State punter Mike Sadler, who died in a car crash Saturday night.

Moore, Whalen lead U.S. past Select team

Maya Moore scored 11 points and Lynx teammate Lindsay Whalen had nine points and five assists, helping the U.S. women's Olympic basketball team defeat the U.S. Select team 88-84 on Monday night in Los Angeles.

Legendary Gustavus hockey coach Don Roberts dies at 83

Roberts had never played or coached hockey when he was asked to re-start the Gustavus men's hockey program in 1964. He went on to win 532 games, placing him 20th all-time in career college hockey victories in any division.

World swimming body bans seven Russians from Rio

Seven Russian swimmers have been barred from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, including three linked to recent allegations of a major doping coverup by Russian authorities, world swimming's governing body FINA said Monday.

Jordan gives $2M; looks to build trust between blacks, cops

Michael Jordan finally spoke out on Monday about racial tensions in America in hopes of easing conflicts between blacks and law enforcement.

WNBA president on rescinded fines: We needed to move forward

WNBA President Lisa Borders says she hopes that rescinding the fines the league imposed over black warmup shirts worn in solidarity for shooting victims will lead to a fresh start on social activism for the players and their union.

NFL clears Peyton Manning of HGH allegations


RandBall
It's not time to panic (yet) about Miguel Sano's 3B defense

Grumble, sure, particularly about those dropped pop-ups. Hope for better days, yeah. But RandBall says give it some time, despite his 10 errors in the past 15 games at third base.

Gridiron Gold
Claeys: Two goals -- winning Big Ten, graduating all players

Tracy Claeys thinks the Gophers enter the football season with the best team they've had since he and former coach Jerry Kill arrived came to Minnesota in December 2010.


Reigning world 100-meter breaststroke champion Yulia Efimova is among four Russian swimmers withdrawn by the Russian swimming federation because they previously served doping bans, FINA said.

World swimming body bans seven Russians from Rio

Doping whistleblower appeals to IOC, says decision flawed
Karolyis' Texas ranch flips to USA Gymnastics after Rio
Indian Rio hopefuls claim innocence on doping

Indian Rio hopefuls claim innocence on doping

Two Indian competitors have proclaimed their innocence after testing positive for banned steroids just days before they were to leave for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.


Inept but not corrupt: Kenya's doping mess explained

Never before have Kenya's fabulously successful runners gone to the Olympics in such a negative light.Kenya has a doping problem, no doubt, but seemingly not…


Bruce homers twice to power Reds past Giants, 7-5

With the trade deadline less than a week away, Jay Bruce isn't sure how much longer he'll be in Cincinnati.


Shipley serves up 3 HRs in debut, D-backs lose to Brewers

An ill-timed curveball spoiled the major league debut of Arizona Diamondbacks pitching prospect Braden Shipley.


LEADING OFF: Chapman joins Cubs; Mets and Cards play 2

A look at what's happening all around the majors today:___BULLPEN BOOSTOne day after a blockbuster trade, star closer Aroldis Chapman is expected to join the…