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Inside the journey from 60 trillion possibilities to one Vikings schedule

Inside the journey from 60 trillion possibilities to one Vikings schedule

Mark Karwan, a professor at the University of Buffalo, is part of a team of researchers that has partnered with the NFL in an attempt to make the league schedule as fair as possible. How did the Vikings do?


Road trip: After years in exile, Paul Bunyan's Axe tours Minnesota

Road trip: After years in exile, Paul Bunyan's Axe tours Minnesota

Beating Wisconsin in football for the first time since 2004 gave the Gophers possession of the game trophy, and the university has big plans for taking it around the state over the next few months.


But what about Aaron? Packers mock draft suggests they'll go for a QB

But what about Aaron? Packers mock draft suggests they'll go for a QB

Trickles of information over the past few weeks have suggested the Packers are interested in Missouri quarterback Drew Lock. But what about that Aaron Rodgers contract extension?


Parity parties: Underdogs pulling off big upsets in first week of NHL, NBA playoffs

Parity parties: Underdogs pulling off big upsets in first week of NHL, NBA playoffs

As of Tuesday morning, lower seeds in the NHL playoffs are 13-11. In the NBA, they are 4-6 — including the Clippers’ stunning comeback win over top-seeded Golden State.


'Game of Thrones' parody takes aim at Butler's departure from Wolves

'Game of Thrones' parody takes aim at Butler's departure from Wolves

Jimmy Butler's acrimonious final weeks with the Timberwolves gets a makeover with a Game of Thrones theme, featuring mascot Crunch, 'Lord Thibs' and others.


Fans (mostly) loving Morneau's Twins work on FSN

Fans (mostly) loving Morneau's Twins work on FSN

The Twins are expanding the number of games in which someone other than Bert Blyleven is working with Dick Bremer on FSN. Morneau has worked the first dozen games and is scheduled for 28 more.


From 5 to 1: Long April punctuates Minnesota playoff reversal

From 5 to 1: Long April punctuates Minnesota playoff reversal

The end of the Wolves season punctuated a negative turnaround between how Minnesota's pro sports teams performed in 2017 vs.2018. Here's how bad it was.


'Hey, hang in there coach.' Fired Tim Miles visits the Final Four

'Hey, hang in there coach.' Fired Tim Miles visits the Final Four

What’s it like to be at the Final Four when you’ve just been fired for the first time in your life? Former Nebraska coach Tim Miles shared the experience with Michael Rand.


2019: An NHL playoff preview oddity

2019: An NHL playoff preview oddity

The playoffs start tonight, and if you like your information packaged in rambling fictional prose and Haiku poetry, this is the place to be.


Angry Aaron Rodgers calls reports of feud with McCarthy a 'smear attack'

Angry Aaron Rodgers calls reports of feud with McCarthy a 'smear attack'

Rodgers said any perceived conflict between the star quarterback and the former Green Bay coach came down to a battle of wills between two Alpha males.


Dare to dream: Draft lottery odds take shape for Wolves, set for Wild

Dare to dream: Draft lottery odds take shape for Wolves, set for Wild

Let yourself imagine that one or both of those teams will win the big prize and land a franchise-altering player, even if that hasn’t been the history.


No. 1 Auburn fan Barkley on last-second play: 'I think it was a foul'

No. 1 Auburn fan Barkley on last-second play: 'I think it was a foul'

Charles Barkley stood stunned, then sat down on the CBS sports set — located directly behind the Virginia student section — and presumably sorted through his emotions and what he would say on the air.


Talkin' about practice: Fans flock to U.S. Bank Stadium

Talkin' about practice: Fans flock to U.S. Bank Stadium

The NCAA men’s basketball Final Four doesn’t start until Saturday, but Friday was the first day you could really feel the excitement.


Aaron Rodgers, Mike McCarthy and the waste of a Packers dynasty

Aaron Rodgers, Mike McCarthy and the waste of a Packers dynasty

If you would like a long look behind the curtain at the dozen-year history in Green Bay shared by quarterback Aaron Rodgers and former head coach Mike McCarthy, here it is.


Ten things we know (or don't yet know) about the 4-1 Twins

Ten things we know (or don't yet know) about the 4-1 Twins

Is there something special brewing here? Yes, we've learned some things during the first week of the season, but some bigger and unanswered questions will define the Twins' fate.


In praise of Gorgui Dieng -- the human being and the player

In praise of Gorgui Dieng -- the human being and the player

“A successful man is not somebody who just has money and lives his life,” Dieng said. “If you’re successful, you have an effect on your community, your country or wherever you live."


A candidate to coach LeBron James and the Lakers: Tom Thibodeau?

A candidate to coach LeBron James and the Lakers: Tom Thibodeau?

When he was hired as Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations in 2016, Tom Thibodeau was perhaps the most highly sought after candidate taking the most attractive job.


NFL draft caps: Fashion statement or fashion abatement?

NFL draft caps: Fashion statement or fashion abatement?

The caps for almost every team, made by New Era, were unveiled Tuesday. And with a few exceptions, they are not exactly playing to rave reviews.


Wild in danger of finishing in last place for first time since 2005-06

Arizona goaltender Darcy Kuemper makes a save on a shot by Wild left wing Jason Zucker

The Wild's playoff odds are down below 1 percent now. It’s pretty much over, except for the math. Here are some numbers that help explain the team's failures.


Yes, that was Paul Molitor behind home plate at the opener

Yes, that was Paul Molitor behind home plate at the opener

If you weren’t at Target Field for Thursday’s opener but instead watched on FSN, you might have had this thought: “Hey, is that … nah, it can’t be." Your eyes were not deceiving you.