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Keeping Parise with Niederreiter and Coyle should be easy call for Wild

Keeping Parise with Niederreiter and Coyle should be easy call for Wild

The question for Wild coach Bruce Boudreau is whether to put Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu back together on the same line once Koivu is healthy.


Every Vikings playoff scenario you need for the rest of the season

Every Vikings playoff scenario you need for the rest of the season

With the help of FiveThirtyEight.com’s prediction model, here are some scenarios for the rest of the season as it pertains to making the postseason: Long story short: Vikings really need to win Sunday.


Winless in the West: What's wrong when Wolves hit the road?

Winless in the West: What's wrong when Wolves hit the road?

The Wolves’ defense and rebounding have been abysmal in Western Conference road games, which is one reason they've lost all 10 of them.


Local pro sports venues fare poorly in food safety inspection report

Local pro sports venues fare poorly in food safety inspection report

ESPN’s Outside The Lines published an exhaustive report on food safety at every major North American sports venue. None of the four Twin Cities sports venues on the list fared well.


Zimmer's daughter defends her dad, rips Vikings fans

Zimmer's daughter defends her dad, rips Vikings fans

This has been a challenging year for Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, and this has been one of the most challenging weeks of that challenging year.


Is more Zimmer involvement in Vikings' offense a bad idea?

Is more Zimmer involvement in Vikings' offense a bad idea?

There was a time this season when almost everyone seemed pretty happy with the Vikings’ offense.


Video: The St. Louis Blues are brawling ... in practice

Video: The St. Louis Blues are brawling ... in practice

The Blues got off to a slow start this year and fired former Wild coach Mike Yeo after their first 18 games. Things haven't gotten better since.


NBA point guards still aren't a go-to source for science knowledge

NBA point guards still aren't a go-to source for science knowledge

Maybe when you make enough money and three-pointers, you think you get to invent your own science and/or history? Stephen Curry is the latest example.


How did Harold Baines ever get elected to baseball's Hall of Fame?

How did Harold Baines ever get elected to baseball's Hall of Fame?

Baines himself said he was “very shocked” to get elected.


On the fringes: Will these 4 Minnesota teams make the playoffs?

On the fringes: Will these 4 Minnesota teams make the playoffs?

The Vikings, Wild, Timberwolves and Gophers men’s basketball look to be on the postseason bubbles of their respective sports. Where will they end up?


Even in comebacks, post-Butler Wolves are winning with more ease, less stress

Even in comebacks, post-Butler Wolves are winning with more ease, less stress

A bit more than two quarters of good basketball has been more than enough to overwhelm their last two opponents, and it leads to some early conclusions about the post-Jimmy Butler Wolves.


The Vikings' kicking game: How did it go so wrong?

The Vikings' kicking game: How did it go so wrong?

There was a time, if you can believe it, that the Vikings enjoyed above-average, drama-free placekicking. So what in the name of Ryan Longwell has gone wrong?


RandBall: NFL teams still cowards when it comes to Kaepernick

RandBall: NFL teams still cowards when it comes to Kaepernick

Washington's QB situation is the latest profile in a lack of courage by NFL teams. Teams can soon start using the excuse that Colin Kaepernick has been out of football for too long to help them


NHL in Seattle ... then NBA ... then Wolves to the Eastern Conference?

NHL in Seattle ... then NBA ... then Wolves to the Eastern Conference?

I'm on a group text with the regular members of the Great Baseball Road Trip (that's literally what the name of the group text is…


The Wolves' smothering bench defense has been a revelation

The Wolves' smothering bench defense has been a revelation

The dirty secret of last season is that the Wolves were actually a decent defensive team when their starters were on the court. But their reserves were another story.


A win over Seattle next week could define Vikings' season

A win over Seattle next week could define Vikings' season

Losing to New England means that the stakes got higher for next Monday night's Vikings-Seahawks game in Seattle. You want the percentages, right? We have them here.


Will Vikings' DeFilippo be candidate for Packers' head coaching job?

Will Vikings' DeFilippo be candidate for Packers' head coaching job?

The Packers job will no doubt be attractive this offseason — mainly because they still have Aaron Rodgers and a need to use him in an offense that isn't obsolete.


Man who once tried to buy Twins indicted on federal fraud charges

Man who once tried to buy Twins indicted on federal fraud charges

Donald Watkins promised to buy the team and privately fund a new ballpark. Problem was, the Alabama' man's finances always seemed a little shaky.


How much credit for Wolves' improvement should go to Thibodeau?

How much credit for Wolves' improvement should go to Thibodeau?

Since Nov. 10, the day the Butler trade news broke, the Wolves are 7-2 and have the No. 1 overall defensive rating in the NBA. Robert Covington and Dario Saric obviously have a lot to do with that.


Rick Pitino doesn't put Gophers on 'elite' list; Richard's reply is perfect

Rick Pitino doesn't put Gophers on 'elite' list; Richard's reply is perfect

Rick Pitino, who was fired by Louisville a year ago and said two months ago that he won’t coach again, still follows college basketball very closely.