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Why has Santana been so dominant? Here are five explanations

More movement on his pitches? Better catchers behind the plate? Maybe just a small sample size? Here's a look behind Ervin Santana's early-season success.

Vikings' Floyd back in his comfort zone — on and off the field

Michael Floyd talked with the media after the Vikings first organized full-team practice of the offseason at Winter Park Wednesday May 23, 2017 in Eden Prairie, MN. ] JERRY HOLT ï jerry.holt@startribune.com

Back home in Minnesota and legally cleared to practice with the Vikings, wide receiver Michael Floyd spent the past two days of organized team activities playing catch-up.

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Michigan recruit splats Gophers in paintball video announcing his decision

Jalen Mayfield, who decommitted from the Gophers in March, rubbed it in this week in a video announcing he is staying home to play at Michigan.

Spielman gives updates on absent Bridgewater and Zimmer

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on the sideline in the second quarter. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ cgonzalez@startribune.com - August 28, 2016, Minneapolis, MN, US Bank Stadium, Minnesota Vikings vs. San Diego Chargers

General manager Rick Spielman, as he has done all offseason, declined to share whether the 24-year-old is ahead of schedule in his recovery.

DeLaSalle taps alum Bledsoe to replace Thorson; North St. Paul hires ex-Gopher

Travis Bledsoe, a Mr. Basketball finalist, was a three-year starter under Dave Thorson. Damian Johnson will take over the Polars.

Ila Borders returning to St. Paul, where she pitched for Saints 20 years ago

Borders made her pro debut in May 1997 and later pitched for Dukuth. On Saturday, the Saints will host Ira Borders day and honor the pitcher with her own bobblehead.

Gophers rally to beat Indiana 5-4 in Big Ten baseball tourney opener

Minnesota trailed 4-1 in the fifth inning before its comeback. The Gophers will play Michigan or Northwestern in the tournament's second round on Thursday.

Kill: Juggling quarterbacks hurt Gophers while he was coach

Rutgers offensive coordinator Jerry Kill will not make the same mistake he did in 2013 as the Gophers head coach, when he alternated between Mitch Leidner and Philip Nelson.

Another delay for Minnesota United's stadium tax breaks

While a bill including the exemptions passed the House on Tuesday evening, it didn't make it out of a special session Wednesday morning.

Gophers to play Providence in Gavitt Tipoff Games

The Minnesota men's basketball team will visit Providence this season as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games.

Rosemount football coach announces DFL candidacy for Jason Lewis' seat

The Rosemount coach is running as a DFLer, hoping to unseat the GOP's Jason Lewis.

Listen: Minnesota high school basketball soars, with a dose of politics

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Paul Klauda take up Chip Scoggins' report on the rise of Minnesota as a basketball state, True Team team, state tennis and a football coach running for high office.

Randball: 15 things to digest about eating 15 tacos on a lunch dare

One week ago, I ate 15 tacos for lunch. Since then, I’ve had countless people ask me about the experience.

Indy 500 officials playing it safe with race-day security

Indianapolis 500 fans won't face any enhanced security measures to get into the track for Sunday's race.

Souhan: Zimmer would help Vikings by ditching workaholic thing

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.

What's most important for Mike Zimmer and the Vikings is for him to make it through the 2017 season with good health and a healthy attitude. The time to start is now.

'Bored' Boudreau still frustrated by Wild's playoff collapse

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau still believes the Wild is a legit Stanley Cup contender, all the more because he sees similarities between his team and finalist Nashville.

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Gophers hockey recruit Brannon McManus celebrates USHL Clark Cup championship
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McManus is expected to be part of the Gophers' 2017-2018 highly touted freshman class that includes star forwards Casey Mittelstadt and Scott Reedy.

Randball: 15 things to digest about eating 15 tacos on a lunch dare
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One week ago, I ate 15 tacos for lunch. Since then, I’ve had countless people ask me about the experience.


Minnesota Twins outfielders Eddie Rosario, from left, Byron Buxton and Max Kepler celebrate after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Minnesota won 4-3.

Twins hang on to beat Baltimore 4-3, finish three-game sweep

Why has Santana been so dominant? Here are five explanations
Sano on what's ahead: 'More RBIs, more team wins. I can feel it.'
Goins' slam 1 of 4 HRs for Blue Jays in 8-4 win over Brewers

Michael Floyd talked with the media after the Vikings first organized full-team practice of the offseason at Winter Park Wednesday May 23, 2017 in Eden Prairie, MN. ] JERRY HOLT ï jerry.holt@startribune.com

Vikings' Floyd back in his comfort zone — on and off the field

Souhan: Zimmer would help Vikings by ditching workaholic thing
Vikings GM gives updates on Bridgewater, Zimmer
Vikings surprise: Bridgewater throws passes during team workout

Abu Danladi (right)

United likely without Abu Danladi for two to three weeks

Another delay for Minnesota United's stadium tax breaks
Minnesota United FC controls ball, but goals are rare
Oops: Loons' Ramirez puts ball in wrong goal again in 2-1 loss to Galaxy

Terrin Vavra's RBI single in the eighth inning broke a 4-4 tie and helped Minnesota to a 5-4 victory over Indiana.

Gophers rally to beat Indiana 5-4 in Big Ten baseball tourney opener

Kill: Juggling quarterbacks hurt Gophers while he was coach
U's Fitzgerald gets 6th year of eligibility after knee injury
Michigan recruit splats Gophers in paintball video announcing his decision

Travus Bledsoe, named DeLaSalle boys' basketball coach.

DeLaSalle taps alum Bledsoe to replace Thorson; North St. Paul hires ex-Gopher

Minnehaha Academy's Jalen Suggs to vie for spot on national U16 team
Blaine bags Northwest Suburban title after shutting out Andover
Park of Cottage Grove shakes off sluggish start, shares Suburban East title

Wolves washout Bennett wins a title, says he'll have the 'last laugh'

Kyrie-markable: Irving's 42 carries Cavaliers past Celtics
Golden State is beautiful to watch (unless you love the Wolves)
Curry's 36 points leads Warriors to sweep Spurs

Connecticut Sun forward Morgan Tuck (33) looked for the basket over Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus (33) and Maya Moore

'Low turnover' Lynx survive sloppiness to beat winless Sun

Lynx still perfect but their play needs improvement
Reeve, four players get Olympic rings in Lynx pregame ceremony
Prince hits game-winner with 4.5 seconds left for Liberty

Here's how to properly hold a big fish, as shown by Leo Christenson, 12, of Savage.

Anderson: Know the correct way to hold big fish for those photo ops

Fish tales: This week's stories from Minnesota waters
Just in time for big boating weekend, 'no-wake' restriction announced for St. Croix River
DNR board OKs reducing fall buck-only zones

Spieth believes good vibes at Colonial can provide momentum

Jordan Spieth always gets good vibes at Colonial, so his return to Hogan's Alley as defending champion might be coming at an opportune time.


Berrios shines on mound as Twins beat Orioles 4-3 for sweep

After becoming the first team this season to win a series at Camden Yards, the Minnesota Twins wanted more.


Siegemund injured at Nuremberg Cup, Bertens advances

Home favorite Laura Siegemund was forced to withdraw during her second-round match at the Nuremberg Cup on Wednesday, while top-seeded Kiki Bertens and Yulia Putintseva both advanced.


DeLaSalle taps alum Travis Bledsoe to replace Dave Thorson, North St. Paul hires ex-Gopher

Bledsoe, a Mr. Basketball finalist, was a three-year starter under Thorson. Damian Johnson will take over the Polars.


Goins' slam 1 of 4 HRs for Blue Jays in 8-4 win over Brewers

Ryan Goins hit his first career grand slam, one of four homers for the Toronto Blue Jays in an 8-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.