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Jim Souhan is a sports columnist for the Star Tribune. He has worked at the paper since 1990, previously covering the Twins and Vikings.

Souhan was Sports Editor of his high school paper at Vianney in St. Louis. He wrote and edited for the Missourian at the University of Missouri, where he earned a journalism degree with an emphasis on American literature.


Souhan: Minneapolis boxer James finally gets his shot at a title

Saturday night in Los Angeles, Jamal James will fight for the WBA interim welterweight title. For years, James' slogan has been: "Where's my belt?" Now, finally, it is an uppercut away.


Souhan: By sitting out, Bateman making best choice for health, future

The only tangible value for athletes playing college football for free is to audition for the NFL, and Rashod Bateman already nailed his audition.


Souhan: Twins bullpen transformed from a liability to a strength

Last summer, when the Twins' bullpen was getting knocked around, the team started a flurry of moves that has paid off very well.


Souhan: Props to Bettman and the NHL for saving the season

Six months ago, the NHL seemed a long shot to become a model for COVID protocols. In an upset, the NHL is now winning the dangerous game of responsibly returning to action.


Souhan: In battle of No. 1 starters, true ace is not Twins' Berrios

Jose Berrios is a two-time All-Star, a maniacal worker, a career overachiever and the ace of a team coming off a 101-victory season. But he still has a lot to prove.


Souhan: Aesthetic Arraez has spark to lead off for Twins' Bomba Squad

Even in the launch-angle era, there remains value in a leadoff hitter who wears down pitchers and gets on base. Last year, Arraez had the best on-base percentage of any Twins regular, at .399.


Souhan: Finau fails again by slipping into Sunday worst at 3M Open

He's a Ryder Cup player ranked 17th in the world, but when it comes time to win, he's more choker than closer.


Souhan: Tringale, with a 63 at the 3M Open, reminds us of realities

The world is loaded with excellent golfers, and it's a very close call who will win and why. Just ask Cameron Tringale.


Souhan: Wolff's confidence, crazy swing propel him to 3M Open success

Matthew Wolff, the defending 3M Open champion, is comfortable at TPC Twin Cities, and he's in contention again.


Souhan: Finau's polished swing has come a long way from the garage

Learning the game of golf in a garage produced Tony Finau's remarkably compact yet powerful swing. It was on point Thursday, leading him to a 6-under 65.