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Fleck in documentary finale: 'It's not little old Minnesota anymore'

In the final episode of "Being P.J. Fleck,'' the coach showed off the Athletes Village that's being built and vowed to wake a sleeping giant.

Kepler returns to lineup, hopes to join in Twins' home run spree

Minnesota Twins' Max Kepler hits a two-run double off Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher T.J. McFarland in the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Minneapolis.

The Twins have hit 15 home runs at Guaranteed Rate Park in eight games this season, including eight in the past two days. Max Kepler, out two games with flu-like symptoms, is back with eyes on adding to that total.

Skolivia: Nick Swardson 'drafts' Olivia Munn; Vikings take notice

Comedian and noted Vikings fan Nick Swardson posted a photo with Aaron Rodgers' ex - and let the trolling begin.

Minnesota United could be facing more back-line variations

Winger Bashkim Kadrii also missed his second consecutive practice for "personal reasons," according to coach Adrian Heath.

Vikings facing 'tough' roster decisions along defensive line

There's enough talent among the defensive line hopefuls at Vikings training camp that making finals cuts in 10 days is going to be difficult, coach Mike Zimmer said.

Future Gopher Daniel Oturu goes to camp, hangs with Kobe Bryant

Cretin-Derham Hall senior center Daniel Oturu, who is committed to Minnesota, talked about his experience at the Nike Skills Academy.

Shurmur says no limits on roles for Dalvin Cook, Latavius Murray

When asked if Murray, taller and heavier than Cook, would be more suitable for short-yardage situations, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur dodged the labels.

Vargas knew just what to look for on home run swing

Minnesota Twins' Kennys Vargas (19) celebrates ninth dugout after his home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017.

Kennys Vargas had faced Lucas Giolito a few times before, during his various stints in Triple-A, so he had an idea of what to look for.

With Kepler out sick, Adrianza gets another outfield start for Twins

Minnesota Twins shortstop Ehire Adrianza.

Paul Molitor chose Ehire Adrianza over Chris Gimenez or Mitch Garver to start Tuesday's game against the White Sox because he wants Adrianza's athleticism in the field.

Center-back Kallman taking Loons' defensive changes in stride

While most teams like to solidify a starting back-four early and never change it, Minnesota United has had to switch up its defense often because of national team departures and injuries.

Royce Lewis, batting .385, bashes first homer after Cedar Rapids promotion

The No. 1 overall pick in the June draft has hit safely in eight of nine games since his quick promotion from the Twins' Rookie League team.

Former U defensive back delivers controversial hit on Beckham Jr.

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) is tackled by Cleveland Browns strong safety Briean Boddy-Calhoun (20) in the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland.

Some decried Briean Boddy-Calhoun's low hit Monday night, which left Beckham, the New York Giants star, with a sprained ankle. Others noted that it was well-within NFL rules.

Gophers turn Victory Walk into 'Ski-U-March'; Fleck adds radio show

The team still will greet fans and enter the stadium along with the spirit squad and the band before the game. But the route will change.

Zimmer hopes line can avoid repeat of last year's 'Titanic' crash

Mike Zimmer said at this point he feels comfortable with his personnel. But he felt that way about his offensive line at this time last year, too.

Postgame: Gee hoping for consistent role; Saturday's starter still not chosen

Minnesota Twins' Dillon Gee throws against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning of game two of a baseball doubleheader, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Max Kepler was scratched after becoming ill in Chicago's hot, humid weather.

Four-star Indiana guard could be final piece of Pitino's 2018 recruiting

Gophers coach Richard Pitino will be hosting four-star guard Eric Hunter Jr. on an official visit next month. 'The way they play fits me,' Hunter said.

Tim Melville calm, his manager says, as he approaches his Twins debut

Tim Melville

The last time the Twins turned to a starting pitcher with great numbers for Class AAA Rochester was only four days ago. Can they have a repeat of that success?

Lucy Elliott and her grandson Nels played with toys at Belle's Toy Box, a former auto garage in south Minneapolis that Elliott purchased and turned into a project and play space for families.

Belle's Tool Box, project space for children, opening next month in south Minneapolis

Minneapolis leaders eye vacant parcel for new Somali mall
St. Paul has big plans to capitalize on Super Bowl tourism
Mpls. officials voice disgust with the recent gunfire downtown

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Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson hits the game-winning single off Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Trevor Hildenberger during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Chicago. The White Sox won 4-3. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam)

Polanco homers again but Twins' bullpen lets game 'slip away' in ninth

Gophers kicker Carpenter: ice in his veins – and sometimes down his jersey
Bower fits the mold for the prototypical Vikings defensive ends
Hill loses no-hit try on HR in 10th, Pirates top Dodgers 1-0

Code42 CEO Joe Payne at expanding company's new downtown Minneapolis headquarters in refurbished space at 100 Washington Av. S.

Mpls.-based Code42 exiting consumer market to focus on other clients

Smart Choice MRI company growing in Twin Cities
Target taps Minsok Pak to be new chief strategy and innovation officer
Schafer: Criticism isn't the only thing Wells Fargo's board deserves

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) ORG XMIT: MIN2017082308442006

Listen: Trump turns to the war in Afghanistan (and with the press)

Halt fiery presidential rallies for public safety reasons
Tracy Claeys: I'd do some things differently, but we accomplished much
Readers Write: Ford site redevelopment, football and brain injuries, regional racism, governor's race

Tucker Carlson takes a hard look at Trump

See more Sack cartoons

People come and go from the Hamline Methodist Church Dining Hall in 1948.

Hamline marks 120 years of church dining at the Minnesota State Fair

Big Fat Bacon purveyor 'commands the room' from her wheelchair
Is MoviePass' $10-a-month deal to see new movies in theaters too good to be true?
Legendary Prince concert from Paisley Park coming to Showtime

Associate Justice David Lillihaug posed a question during oral arguments at the Minnesota Supreme Court on Nov. 1, 2016 as Associate Judge G. Barry Anderson listened.

Minnesota Supreme Court will livestream hearings for first time

Trump raises stakes over border wall with Mexico
Federal judge again tosses out Texas voter ID law
At rally, Trump blames media for uproar over Charlottesville

Residents and visitors look over the covered Ce statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Emancipation park in Charlottesville, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. The move intended to symbolize the city's mourning for a woman killed while protesting a white nationalist rally earlier this month. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Wrapped: Charlottesville covers Confederate statues in black

Alaska's permafrost is thawing – and that 'has all kinds of consequences'
Farmers across U.S. come to aid of drought-stricken North Dakota
Lucky numbers for $758.7M Powerball jackpot drawn

Iraqi special forces soldiers searched houses for explosives in a destroyed section of the Old City of Mosul, Iraq.

Mosul discovers cost of Iraq's victory over ISIS: Homes turned into graves

Swedish journalist's torso found in submarine death mystery
Trump's Afghanistan troop increase will add to the trillions of dollars in war costs
Trump faces challenge of trying to break stalemate in Afghanistan

Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson hits the game-winning single off Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Trevor Hildenberger during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Chicago. The White Sox won 4-3. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam)

Polanco homers again but Twins' bullpen lets game 'slip away' in ninth

Hartman: Young core sparks Twins' August surge
Curtiss arrives in big leagues with confidence for Twins
LEADING OFF: Rajai Davis joins Bosox, Ray returns for Dbacks

Vikings defensive end Tashawn Bower ran through blocking sled drills

Bower fits the mold for the prototypical Vikings defensive ends

Reusse: Dear Adrian Peterson, you won't be getting a Minnesota Nice welcome home
Skolivia: Nick Swardson 'drafts' Olivia Munn; Vikings take notice
Vikings using Thielen in the slot for greater versatility

Mel B is a judge on "America's Got Talent."

Mel B storms off 'America's Got Talent' after Cowell's crude joke about her

Taylor Swift ends intrigue, announces new album in November
Lindsey Vonn: Nude photo hack of phone 'despicable invasion of privacy'
Joss Whedon is a 'hypocrite preaching feminist ideals,' ex-wife Kai Cole says

Twins in Chicago: Pregame eclipse viewing around home plate

The weather was a bit better for viewing the eclipse in Chicago, where the Twins are playing a doubleheader against the White Sox.

Reusse: NAIA stars stole the show at 1967 Pan Am Games auditions

The trials used to select the Pan Am Games basketball team were held in early April at Williams Arena.

Russo: What do Wild's lines look like as training camp approaches?

Obviously my opinion, but by popular demand, here's a look at how I see the lines shaping up heading into next month's training camp.

Vikings quarterback situation taking shape, but who will be No. 3?

Sam Bradford and Case Keenum are set to be the Nos. 1 and 2 quarterbacks with Taylor Heinicke fighting for a roster spot and Mitch Leidner a new addition to the mix,

No votes for Gophers football team in AP preseason Top 25

Alabama and Ohio State go 1-2 in the poll of media members. Manageable early schedule, on paper, could move Gophers into Top 25.