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Joel Rippel writes about sports for the Star Tribune.


Former Gophers, NFL player, pro wrestler Bob Bruggers dead at 80

A high school standout at Danube and a two-way player with the Gophers, Bob Bruggers played six seasons of pro football before becoming a wrestler.


Twins to try to get back on track against Central-leading Guardians

After being swept by the Yankees, the team next faces the Guardians, which handed the Twins losses in their first two home games.


Streaking Twins, Yankees collide at Target Field

The Yankees have won seven of their past nine games, while the Twins have won six consecutive series for the first time since 2010.


Surging Twins play three-game series against struggling Blue Jays

Toronto bats have been mostly silent this season as the Jays are last in the AL East.


Polanco returns to Target Field; Twins seek to start another streak

Jorge Polanco is batting .193 so far for the Mariners after his trade. Another former Twins regular is also in the Mariners lineup.


Why did the Minneapolis Lakers basketball team move to Los Angeles?

The team became the NBA's first dynasty in Minnesota. But locals were generally sympathetic to the move west.


Twins test 10-game winning streak vs. team with winning record

Here's the Twins' challenge: Boston's pitching staff leads the major leagues in ERA and, unlike the White Sox and Angels, the Red Sox have a winning record.


Which streak continues? Twins start three-game series in Chicago.

The Twins have won seven in a row; the White Sox just swept three-game from Tampa Bay, doubling their win total for the season.


Twins bring momentum on road despite Angels Stadium struggles

The Twins haven't won a series at Angels Stadium in five years, but the Angels have won just once in their last seven games.


Team worse than the Twins? White Sox arrive for four games.

The Chicago White Sox are off to the worst start in franchise history with a major league-worst record of 3-18. They visit Target Field for four games starting Monday night.