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Vikings offseason primer: the offensive line

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Two days after the season-ending loss to the Seahawks, coach Mike Zimmer made it clear that changes would be coming to the subpar Vikings offensive line.

Wild Live Chat with Michael Russo at 1:45 p.m.; open for questions now

Join Wild beat writer Michael Russo for a Live Chat about the team, coach Mike Yeo's status and anything else related to pro hockey. The floor is open for questions and comments now.

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Play ball! Gophers open softball season Friday

The Roman Empire

The Gophers, ranked No 14 in the USA Today/NFCA poll, open their season today with two games. They will the heavy favorite in one and the slight underdog in the other.

The Long Snapper's Truck, a short story by P. James Reusse

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The Tommy Kramer dream from long ago had dots easy to connect. This one isn't so easy to interpret.

Pitino on attacking the basket: "That's got to be our identity"

After yet another near miss -- this time against Michigan -- even coach Richard Pitino seemed exasperated by the Gophers' late commitment to driving to the basket.


Reusse: As always, Twins prospect Walker looking to connect

Adam Brett Walker keeps moving up because of his monster power potential.


Banham, hot-shooting Gophers crush Nebraska + Photo Gallery

Rachel Banham's follow-up to her 60-point performance was for 32 in an impressive rout of Nebraska as the Gophers broke the 100-point mark again.


Hartman: Recovering Leidner eager to get back at it for U

The Gophers QB hopes to get three weeks of spring practice in following left foot surgery last month.


RandBall: Is Karl-Anthony Towns the next Tim Duncan?

Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns is having an impressive enough rookie season that he is drawing flattering comparisons to all sorts of players.


Dance team rules revised after disqualifications, suspensions last year + Photo Gallery

A new scoring system is in place after last year's state tournament controversy at Target Center that led to disqualifications and suspensions at several metro-area schools.


Changing course, Kaler now favors search firm for new Gophers AD

Two months after saying he was leaning against using a search firm to hire a new athletic director, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has changed his mind.


Warroad's Bill and Dave Christian put gold medals up for auction

Their Olympic gold medals and other memorabilia have been spending more time in safety deposit boxes than on display, so Bill Christian and Dave Christian decided the time was right to auction them off.


Wolves trio of Rising Stars hope someday to rise to very top + Video

All-Star weekend isn't just about fun, it's also about learning from the best players in the game.


'Strange' stretch eats at Wild's Dubnyk

Dubnyk gave up 12 goals in his previous three starts, but he had given up nine goals in the five starts before that. All were losses as Dubnyk saw his once 18-11-4 record become 18-18-5.


Just like last year: Blake beats Breck in OT for girls' hockey state berth + Photo Gallery

Sara McClanahan scored the game-winner to give the Bears a 3-2 victory.


Vikings offseason primer: wide receivers and tight ends

The passing attack didn’t quite pan out as the Vikings expected in 2015. Third in a series looking at the Vikings as they enter the offseason.


Eastview, Bloomington Jefferson Nordic skiers win individual state titles + Photo Gallery

The Lightning's Margie Freed won the girls' race in her fifth state meet. Zak Ketterson took the boys' title for the second time.


Sports on TV and radio

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Report of contact between Wolves, Tom Thibodeau has interesting nugget

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst appeared on the network's Mike and Mike show Thursday and dropped some speculative news that spread like wildfire in the Twin Cities.