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Sid Hartman is a sports columnist. He also can be heard weekdays on WCCO AM-830 at 6:40, 7:40 and 8:40 a.m.

Hartman writes three columns each week.

Hartman: Zimmer refreshed for challenge of rebuilding defense

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has faith in the talent the team has to fill the holes left by departed starters.

Hartman: Wolves might prefer to not have NBA season resume

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will hold an important call with the league Thursday to talk about returning to action. Here's why the Wolves may not want the games to resume.

Hartman: Fleck will have Gophers ready whenever practice starts

He doesn't see the pandemic as unfair to his program because it is affecting other football teams the same way.

Hartman: Look for Gophers baseball to quickly rebound next year

The Gophers lost out on a final season with expected MLB top pick Max Meyer, but more prospects will join them next year.

Hartman: Thielen, Jefferson both diamonds in the rough

Adam Thielen didn't receive a single Division I offer after graduating from Detroit Lakes. Justin Jefferson was rated 308th among receiver prospects in the Class of 2017. LSU was the only program to offer him a scholarship.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders wrote on ESPN:“Fifth-round pick [Gophers and Minneapolis North product] Tyler Johnson will become Tom Brady’s…

Hartman: Gophers-Iowa clash for Floyd comes early this fall

The longtime rivals have faced each other 113 times. If the season goes as scheduled, this will be the earliest date they have ever played for the Floyd of Rosedale trophy.

Hartman: Minnesota team owners will lead way as sports start to return

The Pohlad family with the Twins, the Wilf family with the Vikings, Glen Taylor with the Timberwolves and Craig Leipold with the Wild are all among the wealthiest owners in sports and some of the smartest business minds around.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • The Vikings are tied for the 10th-hardest 2020 NFL schedule based on 2019 winning percentages. Their 2020 opponents went 131-123-2 (.516) in 2019.…

Hartman: Twins' TV revenue could still be lucrative in suspended season

Losing gate revenue from fans, even if it's only for part of the season, will have a big impact. But Twins President Dave St. Peter said the club is aware of how important the revenue from television could be.