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Curry, McBrayer give Gophers two more hot hands

Dupree McBrayer combined with Eric Curry for 27 points in the Gophers’ 83-78 victory over Michigan on Sunday.

Dupree McBrayer and Eric Curry making a difference. They combined for all 27 of Minnesota's bench points in Sunday's 83-78 overtime victory against Michigan.

New Twins hitting coach Rowson has hands-off approach

Twins hitting coach James Rowson wants players such as catcher John Ryan Murphy to be comfortable with their swings.

James Rowson was hired as Twins hitting coach because of his ability to communicate and help hitters grow. He did not join the organization to tear down players' swings then build them back up.

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Longtime summer teammates reach girls' hockey state tournament

Emma Polusny, Mound Westonka goalie, in a Feb. 3 game against Orono. (Brian Nelson, SportsEngine)

Eight summer teammates representing four prep teams have been rewarded with girls' hockey tournament berths

Expect another catch-and-release walleye season on Mille Lacs

The DNR has yet to publish regulations for the coming open-water season. But the DNR's Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee was told last week to expect a second catch-and-release season.

Slot cornerback K'Waun Williams to sign with 49ers

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The Vikings looked into free agent cornerback K’Waun Williams, but he’ll sign with the San Francisco 49ers

Report of Wolves' interest in Derrick Rose is confusing -- until it isn't

New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) makes an off-balance pass against Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in New York. The Knicks won 110-107.

Why on earth would the Wolves want Knicks guard Derrick Rose? Well, here are three possible motivations for making a deal.

Minnesota United signs Swiss defender Jerome Thiesson

He previously played for FC Luzern and is expected to challenge for a starting fullback position for the Loons, who play Toronto FC in a preseason match on Wednesday in Orlando.

Birkie organizers scramble to save week of races

Thousands of skiers might do untimed races – or none at all. A run is possible as one scenario.

Souhan: Old nemesis Blackhawks return, but Wild has new stature

Jason Zucker (16) and Artemi Panarin (72) chased the puck in the second period.

For once, the Blackhawks won a game against Minnesota and could feel they proved something, because this is the best Wild team in history.

Postgame: Blackhawks send Wild into bye with a stinging defeat

Richard Panik (14) celebrated after scoring a goal to put the Blackhawks up 2-1 in the second period.

The Wild made it a game in the end, but it was outplayed for good chunks of Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Chicago

Parise questions double standard of penalties called/not called near net

Few players — especially lately, it seems — get mugged as frequently as Zach Parise does around the opposing net.

Listen: Picking all-metro teams sometimes has our experts dropping the gloves

As the girls' hockey state tournament starts up, staff writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen hash out differences when it comes to the Star Tribune girls' hockey top selections in the latest Talking Preps podcast.

MLB to push forward with process for rule changes

Major League Baseball intends to push forward with the process that could lead to possible rule changes involving the strike zone, installation of pitch clocks and limits on trips to the pitcher's mound. While baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred expressed hope the ongoing process would lead to an agreement, he said clubs would reserve the right to act unilaterally, consistent with the rule-change provision of the sport's labor contract.

Garnett opens up about Wolves, departure from Saunders' 'dream and vision'

Whether it was about power, control, personalities, timing or some combination thereof, Kevin Garnett's loud career ended quietly in Minnesota.

Twins day at camp: For now, pitching on hold for Shuck

J.B. Shuck loves that he has major league pitching experience — and he's hoping he will get plenty more. But that must wait. His current focus is making the Twins as an outfielder.

Teacher Jim Alley, the 'Father of Hockey' in Anoka, dies at age 92

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Souhan: Old nemesis Blackhawks return, but Wild has new stature
Jim Souhan

For once, the Blackhawks won a game against Minnesota and could feel they proved something, because this is the best Wild team in history.

Postgame: Blackhawks send Wild into bye with a stinging defeat
Russo's Rants

The Wild made it a game in the end, but it was outplayed for good chunks of Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Chicago


Dupree McBrayer combined with Eric Curry for 27 points in the Gophers’ 83-78 victory over Michigan on Sunday.

Curry, McBrayer give Gophers two more hot hands

Kill brings energy, message to another rebuilding project at Rutgers
Scoggins: As Pitino and Fletcher show, patience can be underrated
Gophers talk bench play and Maryland

Jonathan Toews (19) celebrated with teammates after scoring a goal in the second period.

At it again: Five-point night for Toews powers Blackhawks over Wild

Parise questions double standard of penalties called/not called near net
Souhan: Old nemesis Blackhawks return, but Wild has new stature
Wild Minute: Toews lights up Xcel Energy Center

New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) makes an off-balance pass against Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in New York. The Knicks won 110-107.

Report of Wolves' interest in Derrick Rose is confusing -- until it isn't

Garnett opens up about Wolves, departure from Saunders' 'dream and vision'
Lakers shake-up: Magic is in charge after GM Kupchak fired
Awful Cousins trade a reminder of how well Flip did on Love deal

The 29-year-old Swiss native has spent the last six seasons with FC Luzern and is expected to challenge for a starting fullback position with the Loons.

Minnesota United signs Swiss defender Jerome Thiesson

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Reserve keeper resigns after eating meat pie at FA Cup game
Minnesota United officially unveils new look for MLS season

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Shurmur: Offseason will be critical for wide receiver Treadwell

Slot cornerback K'Waun Williams to sign with 49ers
Vikings need a left tackle, but will it be Matt Kalil?
Looking back: Watch the best Vikings plays of 2016

Emma Polusny, Mound Westonka goalie, in a Feb. 3 game against Orono. (Brian Nelson, SportsEngine)

Longtime summer teammates reach girls' hockey state tournament

Breck's Grace Zumwinkle is Metro Player of the Year in girls' hockey
Prep athletes of the week: Boys' Nordic ski champ Xavier Mansfield edges out buddies
Tuesday's prep sports roundup

Walleye fishing has been stopped early two years in a row on Mille Lacs.

Expect another catch-and-release walleye season on Mille Lacs

Birkie organizers scramble to save week of races
Tensions over deer farming surface in double CWD outbreak
Field report: Winter walleye season coming to sloppy end

Twins hitting coach James Rowson wants players such as catcher John Ryan Murphy to be comfortable with their swings.

New Twins hitting coach Rowson has hands-off approach

Twins day at camp: For now, pitching on hold for Shuck
Extra work: Twins getting a lot done before practice officially starts
Baseball leaders brief Twins on collective bargaining areeement

Former Lynx player Candice Wiggins asserts she was targeted for harassment in the WNBA from the time she was drafted by the Lynx because she is heterosexual and was nationally popular.

Former Lynx player Wiggins criticizes WNBA, says she was harassed for being heterosexual

Lynx sign veteran forward Plenette Pierson
Lynx to open preseason on May 5 at the X
Candice Wiggins says her WNBA experience was "toxic"

NHL teams expected to pick up trading pace over next week

Brendan Smith was planning to spend his bye week in Florida, trying to relax. It might be tough for him to truly get away.


Cline's 3-pointers lift No. 14 Purdue over Penn State

Accustomed to dominating in stretches lately, the 14th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers found themselves on the other end of a big score and needed a savior against a gritty Penn State team on Tuesday night.


Tuesday's prep sports roundup

In girls' basketball, Lakeville North rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second half before pulling away from Class 4A, No. 3 Eastview in overtime


Gardiner scores OT winner to lift Maple Leafs past Jets

This time it was Auston Matthews' turn to get the win in his second matchup with fellow rookie sensation Patrik Laine.


Wild Minute: Toews lights up Xcel Energy Center

The Chicago Blackhawks captain scored three goals and two assists in a 5-3 win over Minnesota.