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Minnesota head wrestling coach J Robinson

Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson offered "amnesty" to any athlete who cooperated and declined to provide information to police, a wrestler says.

With limited practice time, Zimmer moves OTAs with necessary focus, urgency

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Sometimes, the young guns mistake the up-tempo work for an excuse for initiating contact outside what’s acceptable for a morning workout in mid-May.

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Wild fundraiser for Alberta fires: big crowd, good cause

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Jared Spurgeon and five Wild teammates signed autographs at BMO Harris Bank in Edina, raising money for the Red Cross to support victims of the Canadian fires.

New safety Michael Griffin impressed by Vikings' young studs, veteran presence

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Veteran safety Michael Griffin is impressed by the Vikings’ young defensive core and experienced leadership.

Byron Buxton is destroying Class AAA pitching

Buxton is hitting .380 in 71 May at-bats with 5 homers. His OPS is an eye-popping 1.105 this month and he's been particularly hot this week.


Longtime Gophers pitching coach Todd Oakes dies

Todd Oakes, who spent 18 years as Gophers pitching coach, mentoring the likes of Twins closer Glen Perkins, died Thursday after a four-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia, his family confirmed. He was 55.


Minnesota United focusing on TCF Bank Stadium for 2017 season

Talks are underway for the team, which will join Major League Soccer as early as next year, to play at the home for Gopher football until its newly approved stadium is ready in 2018.


Wild's Parise says rehab from back injury is going well

Zach Parise opted for rehabilitation rather than surgery and hopes to represent the United States at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto in September.


Foggie says he'll fight for Eagan coaching job after Twitter gaffe

According to former Gophers quarterback Rickey Foggie, the Eagan administration rejected his candidacy after learning he may have inadvertently followed, and liked, a Twitter account that promotes a pornography website.


Baylor demotes Starr, fires coach amid sex assaults scandal

Ken Starr, who zealously pursued charges against a sitting U.S. president in a White House sex scandal, was stripped of his job as president of Baylor University on Thursday after a scathing review found that under his leadership, the school did little to respond to accusations of sexual assault involving members of its vaunted football program.


Gophers eliminated from Big Ten baseball tournament

The Gophers (34-20) must now wait to see if they receive an at-large berth into the NCAA tournament.


Falls are fast and furious along North Shore this spring + Photo Gallery

Get to the North Shore for multiple possibilities; bigger isn't always better.


Souhan: Zimmer is winning us over because he's not trying to

By not telling Vikings fans what they want to hear, coach Mike Zimmer has given them what they want to hear.


DNR needs better plan, better numbers on deer

"Will controversy over managing the deer population ever go away? No," said Legislative Auditor James Nobles.


The Latest: Venus Williams in 3rd Rd for 1st time in 6 years

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Bridgewater meets young fan who invited him to birthday with rap song

Obadiah Gamble, a huge Teddy Bridgewater fan, released via YouTube recently a rap song inviting Bridgewater to his upcoming 7th birthday party.


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St. Thomas rally falls short in first round of Division III softball

St. Thomas will play St. John Fisher of New York at 10 a.m. Friday on the losers' bracket of the double-elimination tournament.


Lynx fight off late rally at Phoenix behind Moore's 34 points

Phoenix rallied from a 14-point deficit to tie the game late in the fourth quarter. But Moore and her teammates responded to keep their season perfect at 4-0.