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Perham DT Logan Richter commits to Gophers

The Gophers added their eighth commitment for the Class of 2018.

Reusse: State title just the beginning for '59 Wayzata basketball player

Ray Zitzloff went on to play football for the Gophers and own a successful fly-in fishing service.

Postmatch: United takes a step back vs. Revolution

Following an encouraging draw against Colorado, United allowed yet another goal-fest in New England.

Postgame: Wild's spiral downward continues

The fans and Wild coach let the players have it after a 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

Vikings free agency tracker for 2017

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Terence Newman is a free agent, one of several the Vikings could lose to another team.

Which Vikings free agents are staying? Who is going? And who are the new guys? We will update this blog post throughout the offseason as the Vikings build their roster for 2017.

Abi Okonji, highly recruited DE from Georgia, commits to Gophers

The Gophers landed their seventh verbal commitment for the Class of 2018 on Saturday morning.

Twins option Jose Berrios to AAA; Tyler Duffey in line for rotation spot?

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios during fourth inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Friday, March 3, 2017, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Jose Berrios was optioned to Class AAA Rochester on Saturday, perhaps ceding the fifth spot in the Twins' starting rotation to righthander Tyler Duffey.

Kevin Venegas makes MLS debut as Minnesota United FC takes on New England Revolution

Many absences have again forced coach Adrian Heath to switch-up his starting lineup.

Adrian Peterson disputes report of $8M contract demand

Adrian Peterson, who turned 32 this week, took to Twitter to dispute reports that he’s demanding at least an $8 million salary in the first year to play for a team this season.

Minnesota United FC midfielder Kevin Molino scores for Trinidad and Tobago

Defender Francisco Calvo and midfielder Johan Venegas started for Costa Rica, while midfielder Rasmus Schuller was an unused substitute for Finland.

Shaq gets his statue prior to Lakers vs. Wolves in L.A.

The Lakers' unveiling of a Shaquille O'Neal statue outside Staples Center reminds one sportswriter of the day he turned pro so many years ago.

Watch: UND's Gornall applies glass-shattering hit on BU's Bellows

Friday's NCAA hockey tournament game between North Dakota and Boston University was delayed several minutes after a pane of glass shattered.

Twins send Chargois to Rochester, and more cuts should be coming

J.T. Chargois (60)

The Twins face Baltimore tonight at Hammond Stadium and Ervin Santana makes his first start since returning from the World Baseball Classic

Five Minnesotans to watch in the men's hockey NCAA tournament

This year's field features two teams from the state of hockey with a combined 38 Minnesotans on their rosters. More than a dozen Minnesota products are scattered throughout the other 14 teams.

Bill Murray is the biggest good luck charm in sports

Actor and comedian Bill Murray cheers as he watches the first half of the first round of the NCAA college basketball tournament between Maryland and Xavier, Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

It doesn't matter what sport or team Bill Murray puts his allegiance behind, it's bound to come out on top.

Boudreau goes with film session, optional skate at Friday's practice

Bruce Boudreau

After Thursday's loss Boudreau said his team looked like it lacked energy, something that was up to the players to find within themselves. Friday he kind of doubled down on that thought.

Vikings waive defensive lineman Scott Crichton

The Vikings have waived former third-round draft pick Scott Crichton. In 2014, coach Mike Zimmer’s first year in Minnesota,

Two girls were kept off the flight from Denver to the Twin Cities.File photo.

United barred girls in leggings from boarding flight to MSP, witness says

Cottage Grove man charged with staging wife's suicide could get life in prison
Robber hits bank inside Cub grocery in Burnsville
Dogs being poisoned with tainted hot dogs tossed in western Wis. yards

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Some would say that Twins second baseman Brian Dozier doesn’t look the part of a power hitter, but his 42 home runs in 2016 say otherwise.

Dozier and his home runs strike a blow for the 'little man' at second base

Wild stumbles into playoff berth despite 'embarrassing' loss to Vancouver
Gophers QB Rhoda went from job hunting to learning Fleck's offense
Apple Valley does it again to Champlin Park, wins 4A title

George Gorbatenko, right, and Peter Middlecamp spent many hours and many taste buds perfecting the blend for Middlecamp’s Black Sheep Coffee pods.

North St. Paul retiree tries to blend his love of coffeehouse brew and single-serve convenience

Two years later, Post is settled into the home of Malt-O-Meal (and Cheerios)
Target and Wal-Mart paint diverging future strategies
Talent recruiter says Minn. health tech firms face daunting labor shortages

“Breaking Bad” engaged my attention and moral imagination in a way I’d previously experienced in reading Dostoyevsky or even Sophocles. And in this new Golden Age there are other kinds of enlightenment made possible by the miniseries form’s vast spaces for character development.

Binge-watching the new Golden Age of Television

Transit funding fight puts all of Minnesota at economic risk
Sack cartoon: Touring the coral reefs
Readers Write (March 26): The rule of law, government accountability, ride-sharing, climate change, Minneapolis police

Touring the coral reefs

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Jeremy Denk played Bach and Beethoven with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Denk keeps Bach on track, even on a grand piano

United barred girls in leggings from boarding flight to MSP, witness says
A weekend in Amsterdam? Yes, please
Minnesota theater icon Lou Bellamy reflects on 40 years of Penumbra

A truck drives near the Mexico-US border fence, on the Mexican side, separating the towns of Anapra, Mexico and Sunland Park, New Mexico, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump will direct the Homeland Security Department to start building a wall at the Mexican border. (AP Photo/Christian Torres) ORG XMIT: MXEV101

Trump's border-wall proposal faces many obstacles

Biden says if he'd run for president he could have won
GOP struggles to govern despite a monopoly in Washington
Health could affect deposition by Daley in torture suit

Police operate at a crime scene outside the Cameo Nightclub after a reported fatal shooting, Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Cincinnati. At least two people opened fire inside a crowded nightclub early Sunday morning.

Shooting at Cincinnati nightclub kills 1, injures 15

Alabama authorities: 2 teens, 2 adults killed in plane crash
Storms to take aim at Plains in turbulent week of weather
Man carrying a sword, dressed as Joker arrested in Virginia

In this handout photo provided by Kira Yarmysh, Alexei Navalny press secretary, people block the way for police bus, where Alexei Navalny is kept in downtown Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 26, 2017. Russia's leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his supporters aim to hold anti-corruption demonstrations throughout Russia. But authorities are denying permission and police have warned they won't be responsible for "negative consequences" or unsanctioned gatherings.

Nationwide protests bring thousands to Russia's streets

Iran strikes back at US with 'reciprocal' sanctions
Antonio Banderas says he's recovered from a heart attack
The Latest: Syrian Kurdish forces battle IS over air base

Notre Dame's goalie Cal Petersen makes a blocker save as Minnesota's Mike Szmatula (9) looks for a deflection during the first period of an NCAA regional men's college hockey tournament game, Saturday, March 25, 2017 in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Gophers blow two-goal lead, lose to Notre Dame in NCAA hockey

Gophers QB Rhoda went from job hunting to learning Fleck's offense
Another hole to fill as Gophers defensive end Elmore leaves team
Sunday Q&A: Gophers diver Yu Zhou

The Minnesota Wild's Eric Staal (12) goes to the ice and has the puck stolen by Vancouver's Sven Baertschi (47) and Luca Sbisa (5) .

Wild stumbles into playoff berth despite 'embarrassing' loss to Vancouver

'Dream come true' for Boeser in NHL debut against Wild
Postgame: Wild's spiral downward continues
NHL Insider: Josh Harding finds his way after NHL

FILE - In this December 10, 2015 file photo, Harrison Ford greets fans during a Star Wars fan event in Sydney, Australia. Ford told an air traffic controller he was distracted and concerned about turbulence from another aircraft when he mistakenly landed his small plane on a taxiway at a Southern California airport in Feb. 2017.

Harrison Ford says he was distracted when he flew over plane

Netflix reups with Adam Sandler, planning 4 more films together
Disney CEO: 'Last Jedi' not changed due to Fisher's death
C.J.: Former newsie Roxane Battle's 'Pockets of Joy' may get deeper

All things Gophers hockey

Momentum vital going into NCAA tournament? Ask a Gopher ... or a Badger

Teams riding momentum -- a winning streak or getting hot -- are positioning themselves well for an NCAA tournament run, right? Let's see if this year's numbers back up that assumption.

Twins haven't won on Opening Day since 2008 (Plus other facts with 10 days until the opener)

Whether you view it as a threat or a reason to be excited, Opening Day for the Twins will be here on April 3. Here are some facts , including a Ricky Nolasco reference, to get you ready.

Fleck committed to 4-3 defense, even with thinner defensive end corps

The Gophers need to replace Hendrick Ekpe and now Gaelin Elmore at defensive end and may look to pass-rushing linebackers, such as Carter Coughlin, to fill the role.

Reusse: False patriotism of NFL scoundrels could keep Kaepernick unemployed

Here's an idea for the quarterback: Line up a CFL job, become a star in Canada, and come back as a taller, faster Doug Flutie.