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Souhan: Ryder Cups alter the game of golf and the players competing

Grandstands tower above the first tee at Hazeltine National, just another reason the best golfers in the world will get nervous before their first drive.

The Ryder Cup takes a couple dozen professional golfers who spend most of their time obsessed with swing thoughts, practice, money, sponsorships, money, majors and money, and changes the way their brains and hearts work for a week.

Wait is over as Lynx open WNBA semifinals against surging Phoenix

The Lynx practiced at their new home, Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

While the Lynx rested and practiced, the Mercury roared through road victories over Indiana and New York, starting the playoffs on a powerful note after a rocky regular season.

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Building the buzz: Gophers getting started on pivotal stretch

Eric Klein, center, the head strength and conditioning coach, led the team onto the field before the Gophers took on Colorado State at TCF Bank Stadium, Saturday, September 24, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN.

The next 10 days — with games at Penn State and home against Iowa — could set the tone for the Gophers fan base for the rest of the season.

Wolves' first practice under Thibodeau 'very intense'

Said Andrew Wiggins: "We knew what he was expecting. So we came out here and we worked hard. We gave no reason for him to get mad and make us go harder."

The late Payne Stewart will forever be linked to Hazeltine

U.S. Ryder Cup golfers walked over a stone bridge named in Payne Stewart's memory and onto Hazeltine's seventh fairway, some not old enough to have known the man who is linked to the course and this week's competition..

Twins offensive slump continues in 11-inning loss to Kansas City

The Twins haven't scored more than one run in an inning in two weeks and moved within one loss of tying their single-season record for losses.

Lack of energy, execution leads to Wild's preseason loss to Avs

Wild right winger Jason Pominville (29) thought the Wild had scored, but Avalanche goalie Nathan Lieuwen made a behind-the-back glove save of a flying puck in the third period Tuesday night with Wild left winger Jason Zucker (16) in the crease.

New coach Bruce Boudreau just laughed when asked his thoughts of the game. He wanted to be politically correct.

Vikings guard Sirles takes Boone's loud advice to heart

Jeremiah Sirles was solid Sunday when an injury pushed him into the lineup against the Carolina Panthers. He admits he was not perfect, though, and when he did make a mistake, he could feel the glare of the man he replaced, left guard Alex Boone.

Wild tough guy Gabriel shows skilled side

The Wild brass by this point knows the 6-4 winger is as tough as they come, so Gabriel has come to camp intent on trying to show everybody he can play the game.

Souhan: Late-season push puts Ryan Moore on the big stage

Ryan Moore was on the Hazeltine course practicing Tuesday, two days after learning he had made the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

U.S. captain Davis Love III had little choice but to reward Moore for his excellent play over the past two months, especially when he pushed Euro star Rory McIlroy to four playoff holes to finish as the runner-up at the Tour Championship.

Isaac Kolstad sues 2 attackers, Mankato bars over injuries

The former football player suffered a traumatic brain injury after an altercation outside a Mankato bar in 2014.

Wild's top picks to get a long look in preseason

Alex Tuch, Joel Eriksson Ek are aiming high to make Wild's roster out of camp.

Canada beats Team Europe 3-1 in Game 1 of World Cup finals

Canada was not at its best. And it was still good enough.

Nebraska governor agrees to meet with Huskers' anthem protester

Gov. Pete Ricketts has agreed to meet with one of the Nebraska football players he criticized for kneeling during the national anthem at the Cornhuskers' most recent game.

Reusse: Ballesteros lifted muted Ryder Cup to a zany level

Seve Ballesteros showed off the spoils of the 1997 Ryder Cup, won by Europe in Spain. He was the team captain that year, but before that he played for Europe and helped create the extraordinary interest in the competition.

Jack Nicklaus had watched Ballesteros, a 19-year-old Spaniard, go into the final round of a 1976 British Open two strokes behind Johnny Miller. He saw this kid's aura of greatness and decided that Seve could bring some life to the dull Ryder Cup.

Postgame: Dozier now leads the majors in stolen-base percentage

The Twins’ Brian Dozier stole second base as Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar got a late throw during the fifth inning Tuesday.

No-strikeout game is a rarity for Berrios; Mondesi pulls off critical delayed steal in 11th.

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Souhan: Ryder Cups alter the game of golf and the players competing
Jim Souhan

The Ryder Cup takes a couple dozen professional golfers who spend most of their time obsessed with swing thoughts, practice, money, sponsorships, money, majors and money, and changes the way their brains and hearts work for a week.

Reusse: Ballesteros lifted muted Ryder Cup to a zany level
Patrick Reusse

Jack Nicklaus had watched Ballesteros, a 19-year-old Spaniard, go into the final round of a 1976 British Open two strokes behind Johnny Miller. He saw this kid's aura of greatness and decided that Seve could bring some life to the dull Ryder Cup.


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Kuznetsova ousts Venus to reach Wuhan Open quarters

Svetlana Kuznetsova ousted defending champion Venus Williams 6-2, 6-2 to reach the Wuhan Open quarterfinals on Wednesday.


Sparks forward Ogwumike wins WNBA MVP; Maya Moore third

Nneka Ogwumike shot her way to the WNBA Most Valuable Player Award for the first time.


Flipkens, Tsurenko reach Tashkent Open quarterfinals

Second-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium scraped into her sixth quarterfinals of the year at the Tashkent Open, edging Maria Sakkari of Greece 7-6 (0), 3-6, 7-6 (4) on Wednesday.


Tokyo to propose moving more venues for Olympics

Tokyo's original plans for a compact Olympics in 2020 continue to fall by the wayside.


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