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Tide is turning: Multiple bowl projections now have Gophers playing Alabama

Tide is turning: Multiple bowl projections now have Gophers playing Alabama

It’s starting to look more and more like New Year’s Day will be another potential building block game for the Gophers against a college football power.


Jim Petersen on Wolves' Teague: 'He needs to start playing like a veteran'

Jim Petersen on Wolves' Teague: 'He needs to start playing like a veteran'

Point guard Jeff Teague is making $19 million in the last year of his three-year deal, and FSN analyst Jim Petersen offered a blunt assessment of Teague’s production during Wednesday's game.


How did the Wild pull itself back from the brink and into playoff contention?

How did the Wild pull itself back from the brink and into playoff contention?

Since a loss to the Kings on Nov. 12, the Wild has secured points in 10 consecutive games (7-0-3) to move back onto the fringes of the playoff race.


Is Twins starting pitching target Zack Wheeler close to signing elsewhere?

Is Twins starting pitching target Zack Wheeler close to signing elsewhere?

Major League Baseball’s supposed “hot stove” of offseason activity has more closely resembled a lukewarm cup of leftover tea in recent years, but there are indications that some major movement could be coming soon.


Needing a scapegoat, Vikings fans shift blame from Cousins to Rhodes

Needing a scapegoat, Vikings fans shift blame from Cousins to Rhodes

The shifting of blame for Vikings struggles is probably largely symbolic of a bigger overall shift as the team's offense continues to outplay the defense for the first time in the Mike Zimmer era.


For Vikings and Cousins, a chance tonight to remove all doubts

For Vikings and Cousins, a chance tonight to remove all doubts

The significance of this one goes beyond the standings, even though it is true that a Vikings win keeps them in position to control their own destiny in the NFC North while a loss dings them in the division race.


GameDay: Snow, P.J. Fleck, Eric Decker and a whole lot of great signs

GameDay: Snow, P.J. Fleck, Eric Decker and a whole lot of great signs

“Minnesota is taking this thing home!” former Gophers star Decker declared after picking the Gophers to win — cheers surpassed only when Lee Corso donned the Goldy Gopher head after also saying Minnesota would win.


Local sports holiday shopping list: One axe, Rhodes closed and more

Local sports holiday shopping list: One axe, Rhodes closed and more

Are you snowed in? Worried that you won’t make it out this weekend for all the hottest black Friday shopping deals? Don’t worry — I’ve got all of the best gift ideas right here for the Minnesota sports team in your life.


Corner threes and overtime woes: Wolves prosper, Wild fares poorly

Corner threes and overtime woes: Wolves prosper, Wild fares poorly

When you are a team that even optimistic fans would decide is a fringe contender to make the playoffs at best, stealing edges in subtle places can be of massive importance.


Love and hate: Sharp division of opinion over Twins' new baby blues

In 1984, manager Billy Gardner removed Ron Davis in the eighth inning of a September game in Cleveland when the Twins turned a 10-0 lead into an 11-10

For some, the throwback jerseys conjure up memories of losing season. Others don't carry the baggage of blown saves by Ron Davis and other ineptitude of the era when they were worn.


Paging Brock Lesnar ... or maybe Bud Grant. Who'll be 'GameDay's' celebrity picker?

Paging Brock Lesnar ... or maybe Bud Grant. Who'll be 'GameDay's' celebrity picker?

What does the history of ESPN's "College GameDay" guest pickers tell us? There are a few clues that could lead us down the road to an educated guess.


Are the Wolves a legitimate playoff contender? Or is their start a mirage?

Will the Wolves be this happy at the end of the season?

The phrase “if the season ended today” is kind of terrible because it inherently leads to the truth that a season does not, in fact, end today — often far from it. But let's look ahead, anyway.


Cheaters: All of baseball's controversies are hard to keep up on

Cheaters: All of baseball's controversies are hard to keep up on

It’s hard to keep track of all of Major League Baseball’s current controversies, so you are like most of us if you're still sorting them out.


Has Vikings' offense caught up to (or even passed) the defense?

Has Vikings' offense caught up to (or even passed) the defense?

Defense has clearly been the Vikings’ identity since Mike Zimmer was hired as head coach in 2014. But this season's advances with the ball have created a new dimension.


With Wild in 'sadness' of purgatory, Sabres are both a ray of hope and a cautionary tale

With Wild in 'sadness' of purgatory, Sabres are both a ray of hope and a cautionary tale

The Sadness report offers rolling odds, updated each day, of how likely it is for an NHL team to both miss the playoffs AND not get a top-five draft pick. Entering play Tuesday, the Wild rank second-highest on the “sadness” list with a 48% chance.


New challenge for Gophers: Avoid the letdown after a heartbreak

New challenge for Gophers: Avoid the letdown after a heartbreak

Almost every success or failure a Gophers team has ends up getting compared inevitably to 2003.


'Burnsie, what you got?' Tommy Kramer recalls best Vikings comeback ever

'Burnsie, what you got?' Tommy Kramer recalls best Vikings comeback ever

Kirk Cousins led one of the greatest comebacks in Vikings history on Sunday, rallying his team from a 20-0 halftime deficit in a 27-23 victory. But it was Tommy Kramer who led the best of all time in 1977.


Hockey player eats pound of wings, learns he's playing ... scores

Hockey player eats pound of wings, learns he's playing ... scores

Josh Rieger’s Saturday night adventure for the University of North Dakota would be better fit for an Adam Sandler movie,


Are the Vikings the best team in the NFC? Here's one vote yes

Are the Vikings the best team in the NFC? Here's one vote yes

Back when the Vikings were 2-2, fresh off a subplot-filled loss to the Bears, it would have been hard to imagine asking this question.


Five thoughts on the ugly brawl between the Browns and Steelers

Five thoughts on the ugly brawl between the Browns and Steelers

The Browns' 21-7 win over the Steelers on Thursday ended with one of the ugliest scenes you will ever seen in sports: Cleveland's Myles Garrett…