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If Wild is eliminated tonight, should it get free pass because of injuries?

If Wild is eliminated tonight, should it get free pass because of injuries?

Anything short of a three-game Wild winning streak means a sixth consecutive season will end with a playoff defeat in the first or second round.


Out-of-order: The clunky, efficient and now broken Wolves offense

Out-of-order: The clunky, efficient and now broken Wolves offense

The reason the Wolves made the playoffs, under a coach known more for his defensive acumen, was their offense. Because of that, the first two games of the playoffs have been even more annoying for fans.


With No. 20 pick in draft, will Wolves nab another Creighton player?

With No. 20 pick in draft, will Wolves nab another Creighton player?

It is inevitable that some Wolves fans are casting a sideways glance during the playoffs at the NBA Draft and wondering how Minnesota might improve on its 47-win roster.


Aaron Rodgers 'frustrated' and 'emotional' over Packers decisions

Aaron Rodgers 'frustrated' and 'emotional' over Packers decisions

Yahoo sources say the Packers QB is unhappy over personnel decisions and the fact that he wasn't consulted.


Three reasons for optimism (and pessimism) for Wild and Wolves

Three reasons for optimism (and pessimism) for Wild and Wolves

Let’s inject some positive thinking — as well as a reality check — into our discussions about what's ahead for the Wolves and Wild in the next few days.


Dozier on verge of big contract. But will it be with the Twins?

Dozier on verge of big contract. But will it be with the Twins?

It’s possible that Brian Dozier has just 151 regular-season games left in his Twins career. What happens in those games will play a big role in his future.


Charles Barkley: Wolves 'one of the dumbest teams I've ever seen'

Charles Barkley

If you went to TNT's Barkley for a nuanced discussion of the Wolves-Houston playoff opener, you would instead suffer severe burns from his hot take.


Can Whalen really play for the Lynx while coaching the Gophers?

Can Whalen really play for the Lynx while coaching the Gophers?

WNBA players have simultaneously held college coaching positions in the past, including some as head coaches. Perhaps the most notable example is former WNBA great Dawn Staley.


Wolves set TV ratings record; Taj Gibson's defense sets off Denver fans

Wolves set TV ratings record; Taj Gibson's defense sets off Denver fans

Wednesday’s game was on FSN Plus because the Wild received priority in their playoff game, making the record even more impressive.


For the Wolves: One play that changed the season

Nikola Jokic (15) was defended by Taj Gibson (67) in the fourth quarter.

If Taj Gibson doesn’t swat away that shot in the final seasons of regulation and Denver's Nikola Jokic drops in a dagger from the baseline … today is totally different for the Wolves and their fans.


Twins worth $1.15 billion as franchise values soar

Twins worth $1.15 billion as franchise values soar

The Twins are worth $1.15 billion according to a new valuation released by Forbes this week, ranking No. 22 among Major League teams. There are…


Five things to know about this huge night of Minnesota sports

Five things to know about this huge night of Minnesota sports

It’s been 15 years since the Wild and Timberwolves played more meaningful games on the same night as they will tonight.


Wolves vs. Wild: Meh-morial Cup winner, loser and adapting to injuries

Wolves vs. Wild: Meh-morial Cup winner, loser and adapting to injuries

We have a winner in the first annual RandBall Winter Sports Meh-morial Cup, pitting the Wild and Wolves against each other in a race to…


Updated: Wolves playoff possibilities from fifth seed to better luck next year

Updated: Wolves playoff possibilities from fifth seed to better luck next year

Making or missing the playoffs comes down to whether the Wolves beat Denver on Wednesday night. But, after that, there are still a lot of factors that will determine their seed if they win.


Frese left, Stollings left ... might Whalen come back?

Frese left, Stollings left ... might Whalen come back?

The former Gophers star and Lynx point guard will be mentioned as a candidate to succeed Stollings as Gophers women's basketball coach. The timing might not be perfect, but it seldom is.


Struggling Timberwolves are learning lessons, but few are positive

Struggling Timberwolves are learning lessons, but few are positive

Among other things, the Wolves learned again in Thursday's loss at Denver that the two young players in whom they have the most invested still have a lot of growing to do.


Championship order for Minnesota teams? It's easy, then hard to figure

Championship order for Minnesota teams? It's easy, then hard to figure

Which of the six Minnesota pro teams is most likely to win it all in the next five years? The ranking starts off pretty easy and almost immediately gets much harder.


Rubio: Jazz play 'more as a team' than his old Wolves did

Rubio: Jazz play 'more as a team' than his old Wolves did

Former Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio said he feels like this season with Utah is the best he’s played in the NBA. “A different system fits me better, and I’m playing better.”


Next step for the Twins? Take advantage of Target Field

Next step for the Twins? Take advantage of Target Field

In 2017, the Twins were one of just four MLB teams that had a better record on the road than at home with a 41-40 record at Target Field.


In-game video? Zimmer doesn't want to see it in NFL

In-game video? Zimmer doesn't want to see it in NFL

Zimmer and other coaches are worried that giving everyone the edge of using video would make the playing field too level, so to speak.