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As golf industry sags, pros get creative to boost bottom line

Michael Turnbull (above), the head golf pro at Brookview in Golden Valley, has started lawn bowling at the course. The number of Americans who play golf has dropped from 30.6 million in 2003 to 23.8 million in 2016, according to the National Golf Foundation, a decline of more than 22 percent in 13 years.

A slump in the golf industry has forced veteran teaching pros to reinvent themselves, even dabbling in non-golf activities to survive and preserve a club's financial health.

As Wild turns to free agency, don't count out a significant trade

The Wild finalized defenseman Gustav Olofsson’s (pictured) new two-year, $1.45 million contract Monday and cut ties, at least for now, with defenseman Christian Folin.

Even though the Wild didn't deal a defenseman over draft weekend, all the team's activities Monday indicate a trade could be around the corner.

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Vikings support Floyd after failed test gets him another day in jail

Receiver Michael Floyd during Vikings offseason workouts.

Michael Floyd said the failed tests were the result of him drinking kombucha tea, a fermented beverage that the Vikings recommend for its probiotic benefits.

'It was awesome.' Top Twins draft pick Lewis homers in first minor-league at-bat

Royce Lewis was projected on the big screen at Target Field after being selected first overall in the 2017 MLB draft by the Minnesota Twins.

In the first inning of his first minor-league game, first overall MLB draft choice Royce Lewis hit his first home run for the Gulf Coast League Twins.

Scoggins: Ex-Hopkins star in NFL hosts camp with focus on leadership

Marcus Williams was a star athlete at Hopkins High School and North Dakota State before he became an NFL cornerback for the New York Jets.

Marcus Williams envisioned something more useful than a few hours on the field and a picture with a pro football player. Here's how his idea came to life at a Minneapolis park.

Butler joins the Wolves: What will it look like and what happens now?

On the court, there should be little doubt that the acquisition of Jimmy Butler (left, guarding new teammate Andrew Wiggins in a December 2016 game) makes the Wolves’ starting five considerably better than it was.

Clearly, the Jimmy Butler trade is only the first move of what figures to be an interesting offseason. Minnesota needs shooters off the bench, another physical presence and to figure out Ricky Rubio's future.

Thunder's Westbrook wins NBA MVP; Rockets, Bucks take two awards

Russell Westbrook was voted MVP on Monday night after setting a record with 42 triple-doubles during his historic season.

Today's bad idea from afar: Trade Byron Buxton for pitching

Buxton has struggled at the plate, but he should be considered one of a handful of players in the organization who is untouchable despite what this Sports Illustrated writer suggests.

Twins' Hughes to try two-inning stint at Class AAA ball

Assuming that goes well, the righthander should be back in a Twins uniform — and ready to assume a new role as a reliever — by the weekend.

Postgame: Polanco's bunt attempt didn't go well; Gimenez's homer did

When the Twins put two runners on base with nobody out in the seventh inning, manager Paul Molitor decided to ask Jorge Polanco to bunt them into scoring position. It didn’t go well.

Paul Molitor was ready to use Joe Mauer as a pinch hitter, but the failed sacrifice changed his mind.

Minnesota United to face stacked New York City FC roster

The Loons travel to New York at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Wolves waive veteran Jordan Hill

The Wolves' veteran forward played in only seven games last season.

Order in Greg LeMond lawsuit temporarily stymies alleged 'cybersquatters'

Cycling legend sued an Orono marketing veteran and his son over squatting on web addresses.

Singer's 12 Ks help Gators beat LSU 4-3 in CWS finals opener

Florida got a dominant performance from Brady Singer, a big defensive play when LSU was threatening and just enough offense.

John Daly withdraws from U.S. Senior Open with injury

Two-time major champion John Daly has withdrawn from the U.S. Senior Open with a shoulder injury.

Selanne, Kariya headline Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Paul Kariya always felt as if he knew where Teemu Selanne was on the ice when they had spectacular chemistry together as teammates. On Monday, Selanne pulled a new trick, telling Kariya where he was going: the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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'It was awesome.' Top Twins draft pick Lewis homers in first minor-league at-bat
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In the first inning of his first minor-league game, first overall MLB draft choice Royce Lewis hit his first home run for the Gulf Coast League Twins.

Scoggins: Ex-Hopkins star in NFL hosts camp with focus on leadership
Chip Scoggins

Marcus Williams envisioned something more useful than a few hours on the field and a picture with a pro football player. Here's how his idea came to life at a Minneapolis park.


Twins starter Jose Berrios prepared a fresh baseball as the Red Sox’s Mitch Moreland rounded the bases on a solo home run during the first inning at Fenway Park on Monday.

Sale is too much for Twins and Berrios in 4-1 Red Sox victory

Twins' Hughes to try two-inning stint at Class AAA ball
Postgame: Polanco's bunt attempt didn't go well; Gimenez's homer did
'It was awesome.' Top Twins draft pick Lewis homers in first minor-league at-bat

Receiver Michael Floyd during Vikings offseason workouts.

Vikings support Floyd after failed test gets him another day in jail

Scoggins: Ex-Hopkins star in NFL hosts camp with focus on leadership
Vikings roster projection: Who will survive training camp?
Five position battles to watch in Vikings training camp

Minnesota United to face stacked New York City FC roster

With a year to go, Russia's World Cup faces challenges
Chicharito trains separately ahead of Confed Cup semifinals
FIFA accepts video reviews must improve after Russia

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Backfield churn: One prep running back commits to Gophers, another decommits

Gophers basketball, hockey leaving ESPN 1500 for 'The Fan' family of stations
Georgia, Ohio remain key recruiting battlegrounds for Gophers under Fleck
Florida DE Mayan Ahanotu commits to Gophers

Marcus Williams was a star athlete at Hopkins High School and North Dakota State before he became an NFL cornerback for the New York Jets.

Scoggins: Ex-Hopkins star in NFL hosts camp with focus on leadership

What now? High school sports walk off into summer
Eden Prairie too much for Forest Lake, wins 4A championship
Waconia caps undefeated season with Class 3A title

On the court, there should be little doubt that the acquisition of Jimmy Butler (left, guarding new teammate Andrew Wiggins in a December 2016 game) makes the Wolves’ starting five considerably better than it was.

Butler joins the Wolves: What will it look like and what happens now?

Thunder's Westbrook wins NBA MVP; Rockets, Bucks take two awards
Wolves waive veteran Jordan Hill
NBA award winners

Lynx center Sylvia Fowles caught a pass over Stars center Kayla Alexander on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center. The Lynx beat San Antonio 87-78, with Fowles compiling 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Fowles over fouls: Lynx beat winless Stars after trailing by 9 late in game

Lynx 87, San Antonio 78
Fowles, Lynx use fourth-quarter run to beat winless Stars
Lynx forward Maya Moore rediscovering her scoring touch

Four- to five-foot waves on Upper Red Lake kept most anglers on shore for Father’s Day. Bob Wenzel of Apple Valley dealt with the elements and was rewarded with a strong walleye bite four miles off shore.

On Upper Red Lake, fishing is simply a breeze

Ontario's Wabakimi park delivers wild, remote alternative to BWCA and Quetico
Minneapolis cyclist had audacious dream to ride to New York City — in 1896
Minnesota's two-story lakes can bring different fishing experiences to one spot

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Murray withdraws from exhibition match because of sore hip

Andy Murray has withdrawn from an exhibition match in London because of a sore hip, less than a week before the start of Wimbledon.


With a year to go, Russia's World Cup faces challenges

After years of controversy, Russian officials think their World Cup has weathered the storm.


Nolasco ends winless drought, Angels end Dodgers' win streak

Ricky Nolasco was pitching well while holding the big-hitting Dodgers scoreless. The only thing that stopped him was a liner that hit him in the shin and ended his night.


LEADING OFF: Nationals take a look at K-Rod, Yankees ailing

A look at what's happening all around the majors today:___CAN HE HELP?The NL East-leading Washington Nationals were angling to add Francisco Rodriguez to their biggest…