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Vikings, Rams both have been defined by defense

Harrison Smith.

The Vikings and Rams are where they are in large part because of their investments on defense. They will start a combined nine first-round picks on that side of the ball on Sunday.

Wolves turn around ugly first half, rout Mavericks in second

Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (1) and center Salah Mejri, right, of Tunisia, attempt to stop Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica (8), of Serbia, on a drive to the basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The Wolves trailed the two-win Mavericks by as many as 14 points before a strong second half.

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Veering rock helps Team Shuster force Game 3 at men's U.S. Olympic curling trials

Matt Hamilton called out after delivering the rock during Friday action at the U.S. Olympic curling team trials.

John Shuster struck for three points in the second end, then took advantage of a fluke errant final shot by Heath McCormick, setting up a Saturday finish with the Olympics on the line.

Scoggins: Is Croft playing his way into being U's quarterback of the future?

Minnesota coach P. J. Fleck congratulated quarterback Demry Croft for his performance after the Gophers defeated Nebraska 54-21 on Saturday

Demry Croft's performance against Nebraska — albeit against a fragile defense that displayed little resistance — grabbed your attention because it revealed more of his talent and potential.

What a rush -- Elk River runs for 700 yards, advances to defend 5A title

The Elks defeated Apple Valley 51-40 with a relentless running attack that included six successful 2-point conversion attempts.

Star Tribune's new hockey writer grew up with the game in Canada

Sarah McLellan, the Star Tribune's new hockey writer, explains her love of the sport: "Hockey isn't an assignment to me, a designation at the end of a business card. It's who I am, what I love. It's my dad. So I made it my career."

D-II Concordia-St. Paul shocks Milwaukee 69-55

Bryndan Matthews scored 20 points, Cody Carlson had a perfect night shooting and Division II Concordia-St. Paul used a scorching first half to stun Milwaukee 69-55 on Friday night.

Gophers men's hockey spreads the wealth in victory over Harvard

Four players scored for the Gophers, who improved to 6-1 at home after Friday night's 4-2 victory.

Minnetonka survives late Cretin-Derham Hall charge to reach Prep Bowl

The 17-14 victory came after the Raiders scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and drove into Skippers' territory in the final seconds.

Team Sinclair forces deciding third game at women's U.S. Olympic curling trials

Last rock ties Team Roth in best-of-three playoffs.

Wolves' Butler isn't bothered by missing shots

In four games leading to Friday's game against the Mavericks, Timberwolves star guard Jimmy Butler shot 18-for-54 from the field.

MSHSL committee recommends new executive director; some concerned about process

Erich Martens, a high school principal in central Minnesota, is expected to replace Dave Stead as the organization's executive director.

Gophers women's hockey team shuts out St. Cloud State

It was Minnesota's 35th win in a row in the series, dating to October 2010. The Gophers lead in the all-time series 77-3-2.

Danica Patrick to end racing career at next year's Indy 500

She started in go-karts when she was 10, and was a national champion two years later. By the time Danica Patrick turned 16, she was on her own in Europe, pursuing a racing career.

Souhan: Are we entering an era of Minnesota champions?

Lynx forward Plenette Pierson and guard Jia Perkins, right, posed for selfie while Renee Montgomery and Lindsay Whalen mugged behind them as they waited for the parade to start.

What awaits Minnesota sports fans in the next year? It could be a whole lot of winning based on the state of local pro and college teams.

Follow the state high school football semifinals on our preps Live Blog

The first four of 14 state semifinal games begins at 11:30 a.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium. Get the latest on football and other high school sports on our Live Blog.

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Scoggins: Is Croft playing his way into being U's quarterback of the future?
Chip Scoggins

Demry Croft's performance against Nebraska — albeit against a fragile defense that displayed little resistance — grabbed your attention because it revealed more of his talent and potential.

James Harden's NBA 'Eurostep' is unfair and maybe should be illegal
RandBall

Plenty of NBA players have become acquainted with the “Eurostep,” a misdirection move often makes defenders look silly.


Harrison Smith.

Vikings, Rams both have been defined by defense

Vikings have options at safety to replace injured Sendejo
Vikings' Cook: 'Better than ever' when he returns from knee injury
Mailbag: Can the Vikings slow Rams star defensive tackle Donald?

Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (1) and center Salah Mejri, right, of Tunisia, attempt to stop Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica (8), of Serbia, on a drive to the basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Wolves turn around ugly first half, rout Mavericks in second

Wolves' Butler isn't bothered by missing shots
Mixing it up: Tyus Jones giving Wolves chemistry off the bench
Wolves-Dallas game recap

The Wild celebrated one of its six goals Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center.

Star Tribune's new hockey writer grew up with the game in Canada

Wild's luck – or, ahem, planning – shows signs of improving
Boudreau sticks with reshuffled lines; Dubnyk's turn to rest?
Gameday preview: Wild at Washington Capitals

Rodney Smith zipped through the Nebraska defense last Saturday, rushing for 134 yards. (Star Tribune photo by ELIZABETH FLORES, liz.flores@startribune.com)

Gophers intend to run through Northwestern's wall

Gophers men's hockey spreads the wealth in victory over Harvard
Scoggins: Is Croft playing his way into being U's quarterback of the future?
Gophers volleyball beats Northwestern 3-1

Minnetonka survives late Cretin-Derham Hall charge to reach Prep Bowl

What a rush -- Elk River runs for 700 yards, advances to defend 5A title
Cloquet remains unbeaten, returns to title game for first time in 41 years
2A: Second-quarter TD surge sends Pipestone past Moose Lake/Willow River

The Twins celebrated Opening Day 2017 on April 13. Next season the radio broadcasts will be on a new (old) station.

Twins radio broadcasts will move back to WCCO Radio

Astros' Altuve wins AL MVP, Marlins' Stanton earns NL honor
Manfred: MLB pace changes will happen with or without union
Aaron Boone interviews for New York Yankees manager

Shaq, Seimone, Sylvia: Fowles has her number retired at LSU

WNBA receives 'A' on race and gender report card
Jackpot! Las Vegas wins WNBA draft lottery
Sunday Q&A: Lynx star Lindsay Whalen

The Big List: Winter

Thinking winter and beyond: How to prepare to get out and enjoy the season

Least-reserved state parks: No obstacles for you
Thousands of sandhill cranes on display at Sherburne refuge
Minnesota deer hunters on pace to harvest 15 percent more whitetails

Kings bounce back from 46-point loss to beat Blazers 86-82

Willie Cauley-Stein scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and the Sacramento Kings bounced back from an embarrassing loss earlier in the week to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 86-82 on Friday night.


Blake junior Potter aiming to win two state titles again

Madison Potter was the 200 IM and 100 fly champ.


Saturday's prep football semifinal picks

Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque pick Saturday's state semifinal games.


Carrington has 13 and 22, No. 14 Stanford beats UC Riverside

DiJonai Carrington had 13 points and a career-high 22 rebounds in her first career start Friday night and the No. 14 Stanford women got their first win of the season 53-43 over UC Riverside.


Spurs overcome 23-point deficit to beat Thunder, 104-101

The Thunder don't believe they blew another big lead, the Spurs simply took it away.