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With Gophers men's basketball, disappointment is all connected

With Gophers men's basketball, disappointment is all connected

Go ahead and watch one more time, if you can stomach it, Darryl Morsell’s game-winning three-pointer for Maryland against the Gophers.


Bad news, cord-cutters: YouTube TV dropping Fox Sports North Saturday

Bad news, cord-cutters: YouTube TV dropping Fox Sports North Saturday

While there are still plenty of places to get Fox Sports North, including traditional cable systems and the satellite giant DirecTV, options for “cord-cutters” are getting smaller.


As Twins talk of World Series, should you get your hopes up?

As Twins talk of World Series, should you get your hopes up?

From 2011-2019, the question going into the season regarding the Twins was essentially, “Are they good?” In 2020, the team is starting from a different place.


From Lindsay Whalen to Rachel Banham: A once-a-decade Lynx trade

From Lindsay Whalen to Rachel Banham: A once-a-decade Lynx trade

They are two players whose styles are so distinct from one another that it really doesn’t make much sense to compare them. But their paths make them inextricably linked.


Randball: Actually, there are many reasons to anticipate a Diggs trade

Randball: Actually, there are many reasons to anticipate a Diggs trade

Rick Spielman’s money quote, whereby he told reporters that “there’s no reason to anticipate [Stefon Diggs] is not going to be a Minnesota Viking,” is complicated by an immediate rebuttal.


For better or worse, Russell's arrival brings return of a frowned-upon shot

For better or worse, Russell's arrival brings return of a frowned-upon shot

How comfortable the Wolves are with D'Angelo Russell shooting mid-range jump shots will be an interesting push-pull between keeping him comfortable and understanding that’s not the team wants to play.


From here forever to almost gone: Parise's journey continues with Wild

From here forever to almost gone: Parise's journey continues with Wild

It's been interesting to watch Wild fans react in real-time to credible reports that Zach Parise could be on the move Monday in a trade to the Islanders.


A flurry of long-tenured farewells: Augustus, Zucker, Dieng and ...

A flurry of long-tenured farewells: Augustus, Zucker, Dieng and ...

Players get older. Their value changes. Their skills diminish. They have options. This is what happens in sports, right?


RandBall: A wish comes true with Big3 hoops coming to Minneapolis

RandBall: A wish comes true with Big3 hoops coming to Minneapolis

Think of it like a Champions Tour event in golf — only way better. While rosters aren’t crammed with former NBA superstars, they are full of solid-to-very-good former league players.


What could save the Wild's season? A vintage run by goalie Dubnyk

What could save the Wild's season? A vintage run by goalie Dubnyk

We saw flashes Wednesday of the one thing that could rescue the Wild’s season and make Minnesota an actual threat in the playoffs if a spot can be obtained.


A's streaming-only radio experiment isn't part of Twins reality -- yet

A's streaming-only radio experiment isn't part of Twins reality -- yet

Even if the Oakland A’s are taking an early (and not entirely intended) plunge into this sort of broadcast arrangement, it does in some ways represent the wave of the future.


It's (ESPN) official: Edina is the 'center of American hockey universe'

It's (ESPN) official: Edina is the 'center of American hockey universe'

Based on youth participation, overall success and famous alums — without even mentioning the Nanne family! — Edina has been declared the true hockey hotbed of the nation.


NBA mock draft: Wolves take Kentucky guard; Oturu and Tre Jones go when?

NBA mock draft: Wolves take Kentucky guard; Oturu and Tre Jones go when?

Plenty of curiosity is left in this local basketball season, with the Timberwolves regrouping post-trade deadline and the Gophers trying to turn around their season.


Boudreau and the Wild: A perfect pairing except for one fatal flaw

Boudreau and the Wild: A perfect pairing except for one fatal flaw

When Bruce Boudreau replaced Mike Yeo, they were in need of a coach who could get them deeper into the playoffs. But they hired a coach whose postseason record wasn't good, either.


Garnett's jersey retirement by Boston makes Wolves situation more troubling

Garnett's jersey retirement by Boston makes Wolves situation more troubling

Boston’s announcement, while deserved, makes the absence of a similar honor with the Wolves even more conspicuous. Can the team and the player heal their bad feelings?


RandBall: Everyone is still mad at the Astros, and it's glorious

RandBall: Everyone is still mad at the Astros, and it's glorious

The Astros ducked the media on Wednesday but gave a news conference Thursday morning that most likely will open them up to even more criticism.


Garver gives his No. 18 to Maeda, takes Nick Punto's old number

Garver gives his No. 18 to Maeda, takes Nick Punto's old number

“Kenta really wants that number and if that is what it takes for him to feel comfortable and be his best I’m all in,” Garver posted on Twitter.


Aggressive ticket deals, discounts follow Wolves dramatic roster overhaul

Aggressive ticket deals, discounts follow Wolves dramatic roster overhaul

Timberwolves management is betting that recent rosters moves, combined with changes in season-ticket policies that include slashing food and drink prices, will bring back fans.


Three big trades: Assessing their 'value' is a complex calculation

Three big trades: Assessing their 'value' is a complex calculation

Trades are complex, taking into account monetary value — past, present and future — as much as, if not more, than pure talent. That premise played out in the recent days of dealing.


Wild GM Guerin makes 'modern hockey trade' in big Zucker deal

Wild GM Guerin makes 'modern hockey trade' in big Zucker deal

In dealing Jason Zucker to Pittsburgh, the Wild received a game-ready veteran replacement, a promising prospect and a first-round draft choice.