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Wolves free agency roundup (and why a splashy trade might make sense)

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An increase in the NBA salary cap will make free-agent season, which starts Friday, that much more interesting around the NBA. Here's a look at how things could play out for the Timberwolves.

Souhan: Gifted Byron Buxton deserves Twins' long leash of old

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The team should practice patience with their top prospect, just like they did with Torii Hunter.

Lakeville 14-year-old advances in Olympic backstroke trials; Bootsma eliminated

Regan Smith, shown swimming for Lakeville North High School

Rachel Bootsma finished 18th in Monday morning's preliminaries in the 100-meter backstroke while 14-year-old Regan Smith moved on to the semifinals. Edina's Emily Anderson made the semis in the 100 breaststroke.

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Reusse: Duffey's Bronx surprise is a reminder of a pitcher called Thor

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Indications were that Tyler Duffey would get pounded on Sunday. Instead, he produced a flashback to an unlikely Twins' pitching gem from 1977.

Analyst Brunell says Vikings have 'good chance' at Super Bowl run

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Adrian Peterson proclaimed earlier this month that the Vikings have the pieces necessary to win a Super Bowl. Mark Brunell, the former Super Bowl champion and three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, agrees with him.

Must see: Twins bang back-to-back-to-back home runs

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It was surprising enough that the Twins were leading the Yankess in the sixth inning Sunday. Then this happened.

Lynx fall to Mystics in worst loss in more than two seasons

The Lynx spent the first 41 days of the WNBA season without a loss. Now, they have two in three days.

NHL teams must consider expansion draft in offseason plans

Djokovic beat James Ward to open bid for 5th straight major

Novak Djokovic raced to a 6-0, 3-0 lead, then held firm the rest of the way as he opened his bid for a third straight Wimbledon title and fifth straight Grand Slam championship with a straight-set win over Britain's James Ward on Monday.

First impressions? Draft choice Dunn makes one in deoderant ad

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Dunn appeared in his first TV commercial in the days leading up to the NBA draft with fellow top pick Brandon Ingram. The Speed Stick ad promoting first impressions also aired during the draft.

After Chile wins Copa, superstar Messi says he's qutting Argentina team

"The national team is over for me," he told the Argentine network TyC Sports after Chile beat Argentina in a shootout Sunday night.

Twins stop Yankees with six home runs, Duffey's dazzling pitching

Tyler Duffey held the Yankees without a baserunner until the sixth inning and his teammates hit six home runs, three of them in a row.

Amid reports Pat Summitt's failing health, family asks for prayers

The legendary Tennessee women's basketball coach has been battling Alzheimer's disease.

Twins take advantage of Yankees' bandbox

"This park is definitely home-run friendly," Twins manager Paul Molitor said in an understatement.

Simone Biles glides to 4th straight US gymnastics title

The national titles are starting to run together for Simone Biles, a three-year blur of near flawlessly executed routines and carry-on cases full of medals.

Rand: Pitch clock in baseball has proven successful

A visit to a Class AAA ballpark showed the value of speeding up games.

Live at 3:50 p.m.: Watch the Lynx at the White House

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The Lynx will meet President Obama on Monday afternoon, where the team will be recognized for winning the 2015 WNBA title.

Canterbury Park results for Sunday


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Analyst Brunell says Vikings have 'good chance' at Super Bowl run

Adrian Peterson proclaimed earlier this month that the Vikings have the pieces necessary to win a Super Bowl. Mark Brunell, the former Super Bowl champion and three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, agrees with him.

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Wolves free agency roundup (and why a splashy trade might make sense)

An increase in the NBA salary cap will make free-agent season, which starts Friday, that much more interesting around the NBA. Here's a look at how things could play out for the Timberwolves.


Spencer Gallagher apologizes for fight with John Wes Townley

Spencer Gallagher apologized Monday for his role in a fight with John Wes Townley during NASCAR's Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park.


Glory days: Coastal Carolina enjoying boom time in sports

These are glorious times for Coastal Carolina.


Marlins want to be relevant late in the season for a change

Jose Fernandez was discussing the Miami Marlins' latest victory when Freddie Mercury interrupted due to someone's cellphone ringtone.


The Latest: England goes with Sterling, Kane and Sturridge

The Latest from soccer's European Championship (all times local):


Nelson steps out of retirement at 40 for final Olympic shot

Much to his amazement, Adam Nelson can still heave the shot put nearly as far as ever at 40 year old.That's why, after being retired…