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Harrison Smith on measuring himself against other safeties in football and finances

Vikings safety Harrison Smith (22)

Vikings safety Harrison Smith said he doesn’t have time in-season to pay close attention to his peers, but he does have an appreciation for other star safeties around the NFL.

Making baseball history: Sano striking out at all-time record rate

Atlanta Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski, right, pumps his fist as Minnesota Twins' Miguel Sano, left, breaks his bat over his leg after striking out to end the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Braves won 9-7. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Miguel Sano has shattered the mark for strikeouts through 150 games and on Wednesday night shattered his bat over his knee after adding three more in his 151st game.

'We learned how to win last year': Q&A with Vikings coach Mike Zimmer

Vikings third-year coach Mike Zimmer said of his NFC North championship team of 2015: “We learned how to win last year.”

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer sits down to give his thoughts on Teddy Bridgewater, the new stadium and how close the Vikings are to finally grabbing the Lombardi Trophy.

Scores, schedules and stats

Gophers defense could get overhaul from Pitino

Northwestern guard Tre Demps, center, controls the ball between Minnesota forward Charles Buggs, left, and guard Nate Mason during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Evanston, Ill.

Throughout much of last season, Richard Pitino's once-signature defensive press appeared to be an afterthought.

Souhan: Are Vikings fans setting themselves up for disappointment?

Minnesota Vikings fans reacted to the team's selection of Mississippi receiver Laquon Treadwell with the 23rd pick of the draft.

To believe this Vikings team can become the first to ever improve on a season of 11 or more victories, you have to believe a number of things.

Karl-Anthony Towns looking to improve: 'Things are about to change'

Wolves star Karl-Anthony Towns is committed to his team and his adopted hometown.

Surveillance photos show man who stole Roger Maris awards from Fargo museum

The suspect appears to be wearing a police-style uniform while clutching the stolen items.

Hartman: New GM won't have 'mandate to clean house,' St. Peter says

Twins President Dave St. Peter

With the news this week that the Twins had hired a search firm to identify candidates for a new general manager, the team is going into uncharted waters.

'Beef' reaches folk-hero status but is he Ryder Cup material?

In a short period of time, Andrew Johnston's burly charm has enchanted golf fans around the globe. But is that enough for Team Europe captain Darren Clarke?

Bottom battle ends with Twins getting swept by Atlanta

Atlanta sprayed line drives all over Target Field on Wednesday night, knocking out Tyler Duffey early before holding on to beat the Twins 9-7

A look at the defensive backs heading into Vikings training camp

Vikings safety Harrison Smith.

For the third straight year of the Mike Zimmer era, the Vikings head down to Mankato with very little clarity on this part of the roster.

Wild asks fans: Change goal song to Prince's 'Lets' Go Crazy?'

The Wild traditionally has used Joe Satriani’s “Crowd Chant” as the song played after the home team scores a goal. Should that change?

Favre to become host on SiriusXM's NFL channel

Brett Favre is getting into satellite radio, joining SiriusXM NFL Radio as a host.

Five questions as the Vikings report to training camp

After an offseason of optimism, the Vikings prepare for the 2016 season. Players report to Mankato on Thursday with the first practice of training camp set for Friday.

Reliever Abad most likely to be dealt before MLB trade deadline [Twins postgame]

The Twins lost both games to Atlanta in a matchup of the worst teams in baseball. Meanwhile, the trade deadline looms and reliever Fernando Abad could be had for the right offer.

PGA Championship leaderboard

Record Minnesota soccer crowd expected at first U.S. Bank Stadium sporting event

More than 55,000 tickets have been sold for the Aug. 3 match between Chelsea and A.C. Milan. That would eclipse the 1978 mark set at Metropolitan Stadium when the Minnesota Kicks played the New York Cosmos.


Harrison Smith on measuring himself against other safeties in football and finances
Access Vikings

Vikings safety Harrison Smith said he doesn’t have time in-season to pay close attention to his peers, but he does have an appreciation for other star safeties around the NFL.

Gophers defense could get overhaul from Pitino
Gold in the Barn

Throughout much of last season, Richard Pitino's once-signature defensive press appeared to be an afterthought.


Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore (23) celebrated a blocked shot against Seattle last week.

Charles and Moore help US women's hoops beat France 84-62

Go fund them? Athletes raise their own green to go for Olympic gold
Federer to miss rest of season, including Olympics, US Open
The Latest: Protest against cost of games hits torch relay

Kubiak wants Broncos to put Super Bowl 50 in rearview mirror

Forget Super Bowl 50. Focus on Super Bowl 51.


The Latest: Protest against cost of games hits torch relay

The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):


Russia's depleted Olympic team heads for Rio de Janeiro

A depleted Russian team departed for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, missing dozens of athletes who were excluded amid the country's doping scandal.


The Latest: No. 18 giving up plenty of strokes early

The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times EDT):


Sano in a strikeout class by himself

These are the highest strikeout totals in major league history for players through their first 150 games:


Charles and Moore help US women's hoops beat France 84-62

Elena Delle Donne had dreamed of playing basketball in the Olympics since she was little.


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.


Target to end long-running IndyCar sponsorship as it changes sports marketing approach

For 27 years, Target's bull's-eye has been a triumphant fixture on the IndyCar scene, connected to more than 101 victories including four Indianapolis 500 wins.


Final major of the year starts at Baltusrol

The final major of the year began Thursday when New York club pro Mark Brown hit the opening tee shot in the PGA Championship.


Kusal Mendis' unbeaten 169 pulls Sri Lanka out of trouble

Kusal Mendis' maiden test hundred pulled Sri Lanka out of trouble as they reached 282 for six when bad light brought an early close to the third day of the first test against Australia.