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One year later: Butler deal leaves trail of pros and cons

One year later: Butler deal leaves trail of pros and cons

The Cooler: The Jimmy Butler trade has had a huge impact in many different directions and continues to shape what the Wolves will do this offseason, for better or worse.


Wolves should get player who can contribute quickly with 20th pick in draft

Wolves should get player who can contribute quickly with 20th pick in draft

The Wolves this year have a very serious need for depth, particularly at shooting guard/small forward. And they are in luck, it would seem, because of how this week's NBA draft shapes up.


What were the Capitals thinking with Barry Trotz?

Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz lifts the Stanley Cup before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants

The Cooler: Barry Trotz resigned as Capitals head coach a week after leading them to the Stanley Cup. What on earth is Washington thinking? Pay the man.


Just when you think Twin Cities has all the sports, we add PGA Tour

Just when you think Twin Cities has all the sports, we add PGA Tour

If you’re wondering, “How on earth do we keep adding all these things?” Well, here's a few reasons:


Do Vikings have the best wide receiver group in the NFL?

Do Vikings have the best wide receiver group in the NFL?

The Cooler: Is it time to stop thinking of Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs as scrappy overachievers and start thinking of them as the best of the best?


Report: Jimmy Butler 'uncertain about playing with Andrew Wiggins'

Report: Jimmy Butler 'uncertain about playing with Andrew Wiggins'

In an offseason of speculation and vague hints about the Timberwolves, Sporting News has an interesting report with considerably more substance.


Mauer remains most recent 'sure thing' to make it big with Twins

Mauer remains most recent 'sure thing' to make it big with Twins

The Cooler: Two of the most highly regarded prospects in Twins history — Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton — are currently struggling about as much as possible.


Two holes-in-one, two days apart: Same hole, same Minnesota golfer

Two holes-in-one, two days apart: Same hole, same Minnesota golfer

Before Michael Lutgen hit his tee shot May 25 on the 14th hole at New Prague Golf Club — the same spot from which he had produced a hole-in-one two days prior — two things happened.


What's the NBA mock draft consensus for Wolves?

What's the NBA mock draft consensus for Wolves?

The Cooler: We’re one week from the NBA Draft, and you will no doubt see mock drafts touted even more in the next seven days than they have been already.


In era of mega-salaries, $44 million for an NBA player is still shocking

In era of mega-salaries, $44 million for an NBA player is still shocking

Even in this seemingly fictional world we have chosen to accept, where the top one percent of earners — of which many professional athletes certainly…


Timely and productive home runs have revived offense for Twins

Timely and productive home runs have revived offense for Twins

The Twins’ offense may not be permanently fixed. But in the last two weeks, they’ve reversed their weak early-season home run trend in a big way.


UND women's hockey players file suit over team being eliminated

UND women's hockey players file suit over team being eliminated

The Cooler: The 11 players who filed the suit aren't seeking financial damages. They just want North Dakota to reinstate its women's hockey program.


Sano, Buxton entering dangerous territory for Twins

Sano, Buxton entering dangerous territory for Twins

The Cooler: Miguel Sano is on a pace that would see him strike out more than 250 times in a season of 600-plus plate appearances. Byron Buxton has a .383 on base-plus-slugging percentage, which is awful.


'Summer of LeBron' could have trickle-down impact on Wolves

'Summer of LeBron' could have trickle-down impact on Wolves

The trickle-down effect of pursuing LeBron James is that a lot of good players from good teams could be let go cheap — either on salary dump trades or as free agents — in the pursuit.


Pitcher strikes out friend for tournament berth, consoles him before celebrating

Pitcher strikes out friend for tournament berth, consoles him before celebrating

After Mounds View defeated Totino-Grace for a berth in this week's state baseball tournament, the winning pitcher stopped to console his childhood friend before joining his team's celebration.


'Giants wasted Eli Manning's prime' is one of the worst takes ever

'Giants wasted Eli Manning's prime' is one of the worst takes ever

The Cooler: Two Super Bowl victories with the Giants? Vikings fans would be thrilled if Minnesota 'wasted' Kirk Cousins’ prime in such a fashion.


Keenum, Bradford or Bridgewater: Who will have best season in 2018?

Keenum, Bradford or Bridgewater: Who will have best season in 2018?

One of the most potentially fascinating, fun and/or frustrating things to watch during the 2018 NFL season figures to be the play of four specific quarterbacks.


Red Panda falls off the unicycle; the worst baseball play you will ever see

Red Panda falls off the unicycle; the worst baseball play you will ever see

The Cooler: The unthinkable happened at Game 3 of the NBA Finals: Red Panda fell off her unicycle. It wasn’t even while she was kicking bowls onto her head.


'Dog! Nice to meet you.' When Randy Moss met Randy Moss

'Dog! Nice to meet you.' When Randy Moss met Randy Moss

The Hall of Fame-bound wide receiver is the better known of the two men. 'The other' Randy Moss is an NBC horse racing analyst who lives in Prior Lake.


Royce Lewis hits grand slam, outdone by beer-chugging foul ball catcher

Royce Lewis hits grand slam, outdone by beer-chugging foul ball catcher

The Cooler: We have a story about beer and a story about two precocious Twins prospects in Cedar Rapids who can’t yet have a beer.