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After 40 games: Five Twins comparisons with the very ugly 2016

Casey Fien

We're not going to get too carried away with the Twins being in first place (by two percentage points) one-quarter of the way into this season. But still...

Zimmer taking time away from Vikings after another eye surgery

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer addressed the press a news conference during the first day of Vikings rookie minicamp at Winter Park, Friday, May 5, 2017 in Eden Prairie, MN.

Coach Mike Zimmer, who last Wednesday had another surgery on his right eye, “will be taking time away from the team to dedicate to recovering from eye surgery and restoring his health,” General Manager Rick Spielman said.

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Following a dismal April, it's been (the good) vintage Joe Mauer in May

While Joe Mauer's season numbers still don’t look great — .262 average, .695 OPS — his batting average has climbed 37 points already in May while his OPS has jumped 149 points.

P.J. Fleck gets his first taste of annual Gopher Road Trip

Fleck, Richard Pitino and the other coaches are scheduled to hit Winona and Rochester today. Here are details and the trip itinerary.

Minnesota is turning into a youth basketball hotbed

An explosion of year-round basketball for all ages has made Minnesota a prime source of top talent

U basketball freshman Harris arrives, Washington coming soon

Summer school opens in a couple of weeks at the University of Minnesota, but the Gophers' two incoming men's basketball recruits are joining the team this week.

Home run power, Mejia's pitching give Twins doubleheader split with Royals

Adalberto Mejia went seven solid innings in the nightcap after the Royals got to Phil Hughes, who is going on the disabled list, in the opener.

Bottoming out: Should the Wild get real bad to get good again?

Wild owner Craig Leipold has rejected the idea of letting the franchise get so bad that it potentially could rebuild with young stars through the draft. But here's why the concept has some merit.

Pitino at Gophers fan event: "The goal is to win a Big Ten title"

Richard Pitino

Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino talked to fans Monday about high expectations for his team coming off a 24-win NCAA tournament season

Indy 500 winners Dixon, Franchitti robbed at a Taco Bell

Indianapolis 500 pole-winner Scott Dixon, his wife and retired three-time race winner Dario Franchitti were unharmed after being robbed at gunpoint in the drive-thru lane of a Taco Bell making a late-night food run, police said Monday.

Another 1-0 loss to Alabama ends Gophers softball season

The Big Ten champions finished the season with a 56-5 record, and with lingering indignation over how they were sent on the road as an unseeded team despite their record and credentials.

Oops: Loons' Ramirez puts ball in wrong goal again in 2-1 loss to Galaxy

For the second consecutive week, Minnesota United leading scorer Christian Ramirez scored for the wrong team.

Celtic pride: Bradley's last-second shot stuns Cavs 111-108

Boston, blown out in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals and playing without star Isaiah Thomas, shocked the Cavaliers.

Shoulder weakness puts Hughes on disabled list; Gibson starts tonight in Baltimore

"It's very frustrating," said Hughes, 5-3 with a 5.74 ERA this season. "I hoped a lot of this was behind me."

Katies take out Tommies to reach D-III softball nationals; Mankato wins in D-II

St. Catherine (38-12) advanced to the College World Series for the first time in program history by defeating MIAC rival St. Thomas 8-4 in Game 2 of their best-of-three Super Regional series in St. Paul.

Postgame: Hughes struggled before injury; why Vargas was lifted in opener

The Twins' Phil Hughes is headed for the disabled list because of shoulder soreness.

The Twins split a traditional doubleheader on Sunday to Kansas City as they completed their homestand. Now on to Baltimore, where more threatening weather is waiting for them.

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Lynx center Sylvia Fowles named player of the week in the Western Conference
On the Lynx

Lynx host Connecticut at Xcel Energy Center Tuesday night

Following a dismal April, it's been (the good) vintage Joe Mauer in May
RandBall

While Joe Mauer's season numbers still don’t look great — .262 average, .695 OPS — his batting average has climbed 37 points already in May while his OPS has jumped 149 points.


The Twins’ Robbie Grossman rounded third base on a two-run home run off Royals pitcher Ian Kennedy in the first inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader Sunday at Target Field.

Home run power, Mejia's pitching give Twins doubleheader split with Royals

Shoulder weakness puts Hughes on disabled list; Gibson starts tonight in Baltimore
Postgame: Hughes struggled before injury; why Vargas was lifted in opener
All Rise! The Judge's Chambers, in session at Yankee Stadium

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer addressed the press a news conference during the first day of Vikings rookie minicamp at Winter Park, Friday, May 5, 2017 in Eden Prairie, MN.

Zimmer taking time away from Vikings after another eye surgery

Hartman: Vikings' Newman learns to adapt in an ever-changing NFL
Bud Grant celebrates 90th birthday with humor, tips on his longevity
Reusse: Zimmer's leadership of Vikings deserving of public's scrutiny

LA Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe blocked a shot by Minnesota United FC's Christian Ramirez.

Oops: Loons' Ramirez puts ball in wrong goal again in 2-1 loss to Galaxy

United's Danladi leaves match because of sore groin
Postgame: The SoCal connections of Minnesota United FC's Danladi
Los Angeles Galaxy 2, Minnesota United FC 1

RandBall: Gophers softball loss makes NCAA look worse, not better

P.J. Fleck gets his first taste of annual Gopher Road Trip
Another 1-0 loss to Alabama ends Gophers softball season
Pitino at Gophers fan event: "The goal is to win a Big Ten title"

Taylor Manno, who also plays shortstop, is one of three Division-I caliber pitchers for defending Class 4A softball champion Chanhassen.

High school softball heats up with start of postseason

Minnesota is turning into a youth basketball hotbed
Even watchful mom almost missed Anna Keefer's record-setting long jump
Mounds View's Joel Smith, Nicholas Sharma add to storied track program

Celtics forward Jae Crowder celebrated a game-winning three-pointer by Avery Bradley against the Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday. Boston defeated Cleveland 111-108.

Celtic pride: Bradley's last-second shot stuns Cavs 111-108

Kevin Durant, Warriors beat Spurs 120-108, take 3-0 lead
Reusse: 'Real MVP' not the same award as NBA MVP
Celtics stagger on: Isaiah Thomas done, may need surgery

Dallas forward Glory Johnson tried to get off a shot against Lynx center Sylvia Fowles in the first quarter of Minnesota's 89-87 victory in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday.

Augustus, Lynx edge Dallas to improve to 3-0

Everyone gets involved as Lynx offense is too much for Liberty
If you're keeping score, Lynx need more offense vs. Liberty
Fowles, Augustus lift Lynx over Wings 89-87

A visitor to the recently opened day-use area at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park checked out the fishing pier. It also has a large picnic shelter and vault toilets.

State's newest state park a work in progress, but drawing crowds

National Park Service kayak rental expanding to St. Paul and beyond
Anderson: Political assault on state's natural resources demands a united response
Eagan teacher collapses, dies during rugged North Shore race

All Rise! The Judge's Chambers, in session at Yankee Stadium

The verdict is in: Rookie slugger Aaron Judge is getting his own rooting section at Yankee Stadium.


Chilton, Jones, Dixon post fastest speeds in Indy practice

Max Chilton and rookie Ed Jones have turned the fastest laps in the second-to-last practice for this year's Indianapolis 500.


Vikings' Zimmer takes time off following latest eye surgery

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer finally relented, taking some time away from the team to allow his right eye a proper recovery from his latest surgery.


'He's human': Cavs coach defends LeBron after 'weird' loss

LeBron James was nowhere to be seen, staying behind the scenes, keeping a low profile.


Garcia advances in Strasbourg, Wozniacki retires

Defending champion Caroline Garcia advanced to the second round of the Strasbourg International by beating Jennifer Brady 6-3, 6-4 while top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki retired injured from her match on Monday.