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Reusse: Hunter is ready to offer his strong opinions in new role with Twins

The Twins' Torii Hunter, left, and Byron Buxton from spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., in 2015.

Torii Hunter still looks the part of an athlete who could fill the manager's request for a veteran leader in the clubhouse.

Ex-Vikings QB Brad Johnson's son gets college offers as 8th grader

Max Johnson, a freshman at Oconee County High School in Atlanta, already has scholarship offers from Florida State and Miami. Both were offered to Max as an eighth-grader.

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You've Got Mailbag: The inaugural Minnesota United soccer mailbag

The first edition of the You've Got Mailbag with @theothermegryan, who says: "I'll try to do these as often as possible to get some of your burnng questions answered."

Eden Prairie star Casey Mittelstadt rated Top 5 North American skater

Minnesotans dominate the USA Today preseason ALL-USA boys’ hockey team. The state’s varsity standouts filled 11 of the 18 spots, led by Eden Prairie’s Casey Mittelstadt, the publication’s player of the year in 2015-16.

A dozen Minnesota high school standouts, several Gophers recruits, and two St. Cloud State young studs were recognized in the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings released Wednesday.

Steroid era poses dilemma for first-time baseball Hall of Fame voter

The first question everyone asks when you're a baseball Hall of Fame voter is, ''Where do you stand on the steroid guys?''

Vikings grades, outlook: Uneven year opens special teams options

Minnesota Vikings Cordarrelle Patterson

Options are open after the Vikings signed a kicker and punter to start the offseason while punter Jeff Locke and kickoff returner Cordarrelle Patterson are pending free agents.

From the heart: Jarvis Johnson, father helping each other through major health issues

Curtis Johnson helped son Jarvis overcome a major heart issue to fulfill dreams of becoming a high school basketball star at DeLaSalle. Now, the son is helping his father recover from a massive stroke.

Gophers get third quarterback commitment since Fleck's arrival

Reyondous Estes originally committed to P.J. Fleck at Western Michigan, but changed his mind last summer and switched to Missouri. Now he's decided to join up with Fleck at Minnesota.

Rapid warm-up inspires Twin Cities golf club to open its outdoor range

The club said it will stay open as long as the weather allows.

NFL draft expert: Vikings will have offensive line, running back options

The Vikings need major upgrades on their offensive line, and they don’t have a first-round pick in 2017 because of the Sam Bradford trade.

Vikings assistant general manager Paton finalist for 49ers GM job

George Paton is one of three finalists for the still-vacant GM job with the 49ers, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Listen: Grading the 2016 Vikings and looking ahead to the 2017 draft

Intro: What have we learned from the playoffs so far and is Sam Bradford ELITE; 15:00 -- Dane Brugler of CBS Sports joins to talk NFL draft and the Vikings options. 35:00 -- Breaking down Andrew Krammer's team grades. 43:00 -- Listener questions.

Hockey nuts use ice-coated streets for extra skating practice

Freezing rain and snowfall throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin coated streets with layers of ice thick enough for skaters to dig their blades into.

Five (still) available free agents who could fit with Twins

Jason Hammel

If you don’t think the Twins have done enough in free agency so far … that’s where we can have a discussion. After a 59-win season in 2016, there are holes on the roster.

Ricky Rubio trade rumors resurface

Coach Tom Thibodeau had no comment on Adrian Wojnarowski's Yahoo Sports report that said the Wolves were "actively shopping" point guard Ricky Rubio.

Reusse: Perkins sees 2017 as make-or-break season with Twins

Glen Perkins throws a warm up pitch in the seventh inning of a spring training baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays last March. Perkins was limited last season because of a torn labrum.

Twins closer Glen Perkins has been in ­Florida since Jan. 2 rehabbing from a torn labrum in his left shoulder. This is the last guaranteed season of the contract extension he signed in 2014.

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NFL draft expert: Vikings will have offensive line, running back options
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The Vikings need major upgrades on their offensive line, and they don't have a first-round pick in 2017 because of the Sam Bradford trade. That…

Vikings assistant general manager Paton finalist for 49ers GM job
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George Paton is one of three finalists for the still-vacant GM job with the 49ers, according to the Sacramento Bee.


Curtis Johnson enjoyed the visit from his son, Jarvis at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. Curtis has since moved into a more independent facility.

From the heart: Jarvis Johnson, father helping each other through major health issues

Seeking more offense, Springs moving into Gophers starting lineup
Fleck's Gophers staff named, more with Western Michigan ties added
Hockey nuts use ice-coated streets for extra skating practice

Minnesota Vikings Cordarrelle Patterson

Vikings grades, outlook: Uneven year opens special teams options

Ex-Vikings QB Brad Johnson's son gets college offers as 8th grader
Aaron Rodgers' father opens up on family rift; sports analysts say, 'Why go there?'
Listen: Grading the 2016 Vikings and looking ahead to the 2017 draft

Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise (11) went down in front of New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider while fighting for position with Devils defenseman Steven Santini (34) in the first period.

'We threw it away.' Wild loses two-goal lead, game to Devils

Postgame: Bad night for the Wild highlighted by blown lead, Brodin injury
NBC analyst Pierre McGuire sees a Stanley Cup in Wild's future
Wild's Brodin expected to miss up to a month with broken finger

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) is fouled by San Antonio Spurs center Dewayne Dedmon (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Wolves go from inspired early to expired late in loss to Spurs

Ricky Rubio trade rumors resurface
Glen Taylor paying $9 million more for Target Center renovations
Wolves-San Antonio game recap

Eden Prairie hands New Prague its first loss of the season

Former prep teammates reunite as Gophers women's basketball players
Former Vikings receiver Leo Lewis makes difference at North High
Eden Prairie star Casey Mittelstadt rated Top 5 North American skater

Jeremy Little of Oakdale promised his father, Mark Little, that he would someday go into production with their invention of a pontoon boat that trailers at the standard width of 8.5 feet, then unfolds on the water to 11.5 feet. Mark Little died of lung disease in 2014 and Jeremy will make good on his word starting at the Minneapolis Boat Show, Thursday through Sunday

A pontoon that expands on the water. Will it fly at the Boat Show?

Sixth deer found with CWD in SE Minnesota
Dayton signs $500 million deal to protect rural waters
Outdoorsman, journalist and veteran Scott Pengelly dies

Barry Bonds

Steroid era poses dilemma for first-time baseball Hall of Fame voter

Reusse: Hunter is ready to offer his strong opinions in new role with Twins
Reusse: Perkins sees 2017 as make-or-break season with Twins
Five (still) available free agents who could fit with Twins

The Dream gave the franchise tag to Angel McCoughtry so that when she does decide to play again, she'll be in Atlanta.

WNBA free agency begins

Lynx star Moore hopes UConn breaks her team's record 90-game winning streak
WNBA's new security app put to test quickly
Former Gophers star Whalen applauds changes, culture shift at U

Sixth deer found with CWD in SE Minnesota

With six positive CWD hits among 640 adult deer tested, DNR lead wildlife researcher Lou Cornicelli said some larger number of deer will need to be killed to determine how widespread, or limited, the disease is.


Beckham tops NFLer on Twitter, Kaepernick 49th

Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. , had the most engagement on Twitter among NFL players this season, while Colin Kaepernick was only a surprising 49th.


Wake Forest hires Gophers' Sawvel as defensive coordinator

Wake Forest has hired Jay Sawvel from Minnesota as its defensive coordinator.


Trevor Plouffe finalizes $5.25M, 1-year deal with A's

Infielder Trevor Plouffe has finalized a $5.25 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics and is expected to be the primary third baseman if he can stay healthy.


Jay Sawvel, former Gophers defensive coordinator, hired at Wake Forest

Assistant coach helped make Minnesota's defensive one of Big Ten's best.