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Ex-Cubs pitching coach Bosio could join friend Molitor with Twins

Chris Bosio was fired as the Chicago Cubs pitching coach on Saturday.

The former Cubs pitching coach was teammates with Paul Molitor.

Stalock and three third-period goals lead Wild past Flames 4-2

Minnesota Wild's Chris Stewart, right, celebrates his goal with teammate Marcus Foligno during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

Goalie was spectacular, and then his teammates contributed in the third.

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Gophers beat Illinois, getting Fleck first Big Ten win

Minnesota's wide receiver Tyler Johnson was surrounded by teammates as they celebrated a touchdown during the first quarter as the Gophers took on Illinois at TCF Bank Stadium, Saturday, October 21, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. ] ELIZABETH FLORES � liz.flores@startribune.com

The ground game led by Kobe McCrary and Rodney Smith carried P.J. Fleck to his first Big Ten win.

Gophers men's hockey beaten by North Dakota for first time since '12

North Dakota scored three times during a five-minute major on the Gophers, paving the way to a 4-0 victory cruise before a sellout crowd of 11,890 at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Souhan: Violent hits like Barr's on Rodgers hurt players, NFL

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) left the game after a hit on this play by Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr (55) in the first quarter on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS) ORG XMIT: 1213353

With one hit last week, Anthony Barr altered the balance of power in the NFC North. Let's not pretend that's a good thing, even if you're a Vikings fan.

Astros reach World Series, top Yankees 4-0 in Game 7 of ALCS

Jose Altuve embraced Justin Verlander as confetti rained down. An improbable thought just a few years ago, the Houston Astros are headed to the World Series.

George, Westbrook, Anthony part of Thunder's chemistry experiment

Can three volume scorers coexist on one team?

Hartman: Solid Vikings defense will remain a force for years

Everson Griffen celebrated after a fourth-quarter sack against the Packers last weekend at U.S. Bank Stadium. Griffen has seven sacks through the Vikings’ first six games, with at least one sack in each game this season.

The future of the Vikings has already been laid with the signings of Xavier Rhodes, Everson Griffen, Harrison Smith and Linval Joseph to multiyear contracts that have them under team control until 2021.

Stalock, Suter and Spurgeon help Wild end third-period curse

The Wild won 4-2 at Calgary on Saturday, fighting back after losing a second-period lead to end a string of disappointing third periods.

Reusse: Make prep football teams earn spots in playoffs

The "every team gets a chance'' philosophy of playoff competition that permeates the MSHSL's tournament schedule should be dropped for football.

Scoggins: McCrary put Gophers offense on his back as passing game struggled

Kobe McCrary’s 153 rushing yards elevated his status to more than a spare part. He’s a key figure in a deep Gophers backfield that needs better play from the quarterback.

If anything, the Gophers won their first Big Ten game Saturday in spite of their quarterback and some head-scratching play calls. They can thank third-string running back Kobe McCrary for saving their bacon.

Minnesota United finds its wings in its inaugural MLS season

Predictably, the first MLS season was not pretty at times, but Minnesota United proved it is in this for the long haul.

Gophers linebacker Jonathan Celestin has magical moment

The senior linebacker made the game's key play, intercepting a pass by Illinois quarterback Cam Thomas and returning it 31 yards for a touchdown and 24-10 Gophers lead with 4:11 left in the fourth quarter.

Gophers women's hockey completes weekend sweep of Minnesota Duluth

Caitlin Reilly scored the winner after also contributing in Friday's victory.

Ravens at Vikings: Vikings will beat the Ravens if ...

The Ravens have six takeaways in three road games, and their best chance to get a third road victory is to create a couple of turnovers on Sunday. Short of that, the Vikings should handle an inconsistent Baltimore offense and get to 5-2.

Q&A with PGA golfer Tim Herron: Stiff hands take toll on his livelihood

Minnesota golfer Tim Herron has four PGA Tour wins and a top-10 finish at the 1999 U.S. Open on his résumé. Recently, he also became a spokesperson to raise awareness about Dupuytren's Contracture, a condition from which he suffers that limits the movement of his hands.

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Stalock, Suter and Spurgeon help Wild end third-period curse
The Wild Beat

The Wild won 4-2 at Calgary on Saturday, fighting back after losing a second-period lead to end a string of disappointing third periods.

Scoggins: McCrary put Gophers offense on his back as passing game struggled
Chip Scoggins

If anything, the Gophers won their first Big Ten game Saturday in spite of their quarterback and some head-scratching play calls. They can thank third-string running back Kobe McCrary for saving their bacon.


Vikings safety Harrison Smith reminds his coach of former Cowboys great Darren Woodson, and Mike Zimmer often reminds Smith there’s room to grow.

Zimmer's tales of Woodson prod Smith to new heights

Souhan: Violent hits like Barr's on Rodgers hurt players, NFL
Hartman: Solid Vikings defense will remain a force for years
Ravens at Vikings: Vikings will beat the Ravens if ...

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures after hitting a three-point basket in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

George, Westbrook, Anthony part of Thunder's chemistry experiment

Jazz helps provide a blueprint for Timberwolves' rebuilding plan
Gameday: Wolves-Oklahoma City preview
Jamal Crawford's big fourth quarter sends Wolves past Utah for first victory

Minnesota Wild's Chris Stewart, right, celebrates his goal with teammate Marcus Foligno during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

Stalock and three third-period goals lead Wild past Flames 4-2

Wild goalie Alex Stalock eager to start despite tough circumstances
Stalock to start at Calgary as Wild looks to get off the ropes
Stalock, Suter and Spurgeon help Wild end third-period curse

Minnesota's wide receiver Tyler Johnson was surrounded by teammates as they celebrated a touchdown during the first quarter as the Gophers took on Illinois at TCF Bank Stadium, Saturday, October 21, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. ] ELIZABETH FLORES � liz.flores@startribune.com

Gophers beat Illinois, getting Fleck first Big Ten win

Gophers men's hockey beaten by North Dakota for first time since '12
Scoggins: McCrary put Gophers offense on his back as passing game struggled
Gophers women's hockey completes weekend sweep of Minnesota Duluth

TCF Bank Stadium under the lights in 2009.

Gophers football's Friday night game next year conflicts with high school playoffs

Club teams become the price of admission to playing youth sports
Reusse: Make prep football teams earn spots in playoffs
Meagan Brown's net results carry Elk River girls' tennis to state

Chris Bosio was fired as the Chicago Cubs pitching coach on Saturday.

Ex-Cubs pitching coach Bosio could join friend Molitor with Twins

Astros reach World Series, top Yankees 4-0 in Game 7 of ALCS
Tigers pick former rival, hire Gardenhire as new manager
Perfect last-second decision for ALCS MVP Verlander, Astros

Lynx forward Maya Moore, shooting above, is among the four Lynx starters who won’t play overseas this offseason.

Lynx starters to mostly rest this offseason

Ex-Lynx star Smith named New York Liberty coach
US women's hockey team gets Wilma Rudolph Courage Award
San Antonio Stars moving to Las Vegas, bought by MGM Resorts

A group of hunters look for pheasants while hiking a state wildlife management area on Saturday near Marshall. Gov. Mark Dayton was a few hundred yards from the hunters, "posting,'' and looking for a possible shot at any rooster that might flush from cover.

Anderson: Use of Italian ammo at pheasant opener triggers a kerfuffle

Health officials adjust advice to hunters regarding chronic wasting disease
Lake country cabin owners shoulder a big share of property tax burden
There are all-time great hunting dogs; this is one of them

Pliskova beats Williams for first win at WTA Finals

Third-seeded Karolina Pliskova cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win over fifth-seeded Venus Williams at the WTA Finals on Sunday.


South Korean Ji fires 65 to win Taiwan Championship

Eun-Hee Ji fired a 7-under-par 65 to win the Taiwan Championship on Sunday for her first LPGA title since the 2009 U.S. Women's Open.


Thomas birdies 2nd hole of playoff to win CJ Cup

Justin Thomas beat Australia's Marc Leishman on the second playoff hole Sunday to win the inaugural CJ Cup in South Korea and cap his breakout year on the PGA Tour.


Karlsson lifts Golden Knights to 3-2 win over Blues in OT

The Vegas Golden Knights' feel-good story keeps rolling along in record-setting fashion.


Falk leads No. 15 Washington State over Colorado 28-0

Luke Falk threw for three touchdowns as No. 15 Washington State beat Colorado 28-0 on a rainy and windy Saturday night.