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Michael Rand is the Star Tribune's Digital Sports Senior Writer. In 20 years covering Minnesota sports at the Star Tribune, he has seen just about everything.

Rand is a North Dakota native and a graduate of the University of Minnesota. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two daughters.


Live from the bubble, Lynx aim to make most of strange season

Lynx captains Sylvia Fowles and Napheesa Collier weren't inclined to join other WNBA peers in complaining about accommodations in Florida.


Dads being dads: Minnesota sports figures cherish time with families

If 2020 were a normal year, Derek Falvey knows exactly where he would have been on Sunday for Father's Day: Target Field.


NBA reportedly will approve restart plan; Wolves season would be over

The NBA is reportedly going to approve a return-to-play proposal Thursday that would bring 22 teams to Orlando for eight regular-season games each and the playoffs. The Timberwolves are not one of them.


U's Bateman, Twins' Baldelli and others react to George Floyd's death

Video of the 47-year-old Floyd pleading, "I can't breathe" as a police officer kneels on his neck has led to powerful reactions from the world of sports.


Relive Twins' 1987 Game 7 World Series clincher with Viola, Laudner

Join us tonight for a virtual watch party for FSN's showing of Game 7 of the 1987 World Series. Our guest list includes Frank Viola and Tim Laudner, the pitcher and catcher from the deciding game.


Technically, former Wolves point guard Rubio could shoot

How is someone simultaneously one of the best and worst shooters ever? The answer is probably a combination of a testament to Ricky Rubio, the power of confidence and the very nature of free throws.


How odds-defying is 16 consecutive Twins playoff losses? Microscopic

The number "16" doesn't register the same way as "41-donut" or "27-yard field goal." But make no mistake: the streak it represents is among the most amazing in Minnesota sports history.


Home run cycle: St. Olaf star's feat has never be done in the majors

Brian Sprout, now the baseball coach at East Ridge High School, hit his four home runs -- solo, two-run and three-run shots, plus a grand slam -- in an MIAC game 18 years ago.


The greatest Wolves game: An oral history of Game 7 vs. Kings in 2004

There are fantastic debates to be had about the greatest game in the history of some franchises. With the Timberwolves, however, it is a short conversation leading to an obvious conclusion.


Coping with hope: fans create diversions in a world without sports

From play-by-play of driveway P-I-G games to makeshift backyard golf courses, enthusiasts endure their new normal with inventive solutions.