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Then and now: 25 years ago, last-place Twins and Atlanta were Classic

The classic image from the 1991 World Series is from Game 2, when Atlanta's Ron Gant had just singled to left field. But he was tagged coming back to first base by Kent Hrbek, who may have contributed to Gant's situation with a leg lift.

One year before they met in a World Series that's remembered as one of the best ever, the Twins and Atlanta finished last in their divisions, the same place both teams reside 25 years later.

A look at the defensive line heading into Vikings training camp

Access Vikings

The Vikings already have the NFC North’s deepest and most talented defensive line. So don't expect much drama here as camp unfolds.

Scores, schedules and stats

Future MVP Mauer still recalls World Series snub

Among Joe Mauer’s vivid memories of Game 6 of the ’91 Series — the Puckett Game — was that he wasn’t there.

Game 7 of the 1991 World Series led to a night that Joe Mauer, 8 years old at the time, will never forget.

Local talent in 2018 class dominates Gophers' attention

Gold in the Barn

Even as the signing period for 2017 recruits approaches in November, much of Gophers coach Richard Pitino's remaining summer will be about 2018 recruits

It's not time to panic (yet) about Miguel Sano's 3B defense

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Grumble, sure, particularly about those dropped pop-ups. Hope for better days, yeah. But RandBall says give it some time, despite his 10 errors in the past 15 games at third base.

Teddy Bridgewater, a PFF top-15 QB, throws out first pitch at Marlins game

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Teddy Bridgewater has now been the starting pitcher in a major league baseball game for more teams than Sandy Koufax. Kind of, anyway.

Women's Olympic basketball team avoids upset by Select team

Maya Moore scored 11 points and Lynx teammate Lindsay Whalen had nine points and five assists, helping the U.S. women's Olympic basketball team defeat the U.S. Select team 88-84 on Monday night in Los Angeles.

Gull Lake to get muskies under DNR stocking plan

A Minnesota fish feud over muskie stocking has been settled — for now — with a decision by the DNR to introduce the big predators to the Gull Lake chain near Brainerd.

Injury setback prompts Vikings tackle Loadholt to retire

The towering lineman had been a punishing run blocker and one of the NFL's finest right tackles before a string of injuries brought his career to a halt.

World swimming body bans seven Russians from Rio

Seven Russian swimmers have been barred from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, including three linked to recent allegations of a major doping coverup by Russian authorities, world swimming's governing body FINA said Monday.

A look at the offensive line heading into Vikings training camp

Access Vikings

After the playoff loss to the Seahawks, coach Mike Zimmer fired Jeff Davidson and put all of his offensive linemen on notice about their jobs.

Things settle down: Wild re-signs Jordan Schroeder

Russo's Rants

Things got contentious last week when the Wild, for no other purpose, placed Schroeder on waivers to strengthen its case that he didn't deserve a one-way contract.

Wayzata football coaching change coming

Former Maple Grove activities director and Chaska head coach Lambert Brown eventually will succeed Brad Anderson, but no timetable has been set.

Four things we learned Monday at Big Ten media days

No. 1: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is not shy about the Wolverines' goals.

Cubs get closer Aroldis Chapman in trade with Yankees

Before the Chicago Cubs completed a trade for Aroldis Chapman, owner Tom Ricketts and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein decided they had to hear from the closer himself about a domestic violence allegation in the offseason.

Former Gophers punter Peter Mortell mourns loss of two dear friends

Gridiron Gold

Former Gophers punter Peter Mortell was a close friend of Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and Michigan State punter Mike Sadler, who died in a car crash Saturday night.

Legendary Gustavus hockey coach Don Roberts dies at 83

Roberts had never played or coached hockey when he was asked to re-start the Gustavus men's hockey program in 1964. He went on to win 532 games, placing him 20th all-time in career college hockey victories in any division.


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Teddy Bridgewater, a PFF top-15 QB, throws out first pitch at Marlins game

Teddy Bridgewater has now been the starting pitcher in a major league baseball game for more teams than Sandy Koufax. Kind of, anyway.

Gold in the Barn
Local talent in 2018 class dominates Gophers' attention

Even as the signing period for 2017 recruits approaches in November, much of Gophers coach Richard Pitino's remaining summer will be about 2018 recruits


Reigning world 100-meter breaststroke champion Yulia Efimova is among four Russian swimmers withdrawn by the Russian swimming federation because they previously served doping bans, FINA said.

World swimming body bans seven Russians from Rio

Doping whistleblower appeals to IOC, says decision flawed
Karolyis' Texas ranch flips to USA Gymnastics after Rio
At least 85 athletes from Russian Olympic team banned so far

At least 85 athletes from Russian Olympic team banned so far

At least 85 athletes from the 387-strong Russian Olympic team announced last week have so far been barred from the Rio Games in connection with the country's doping scandal.


Packers' McCarthy: No long-term concern with WR Jordy Nelson

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says there is no long-term concern with Jordy Nelson after the receiver was placed on the physically unable to perform list to start training camp.


Falcons release return specialist Devin Hester before camp

The Atlanta Falcons have released star return specialist Devin Hester before the opening of training camp.


Woman shares her sexual assault story with Baylor players

A woman who said she was raped by two Oregon State football players and two other men in 1998 shared her story with the Baylor football team Monday.


vikings 2016 camp preview

Vikings training camp opens Friday in Mankato and, while some areas of the team are pretty well settled, there will be battles for starting jobs and roster spots. Here's a look at what could be at stake.