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Will Vikings pick a QB in first three rounds of the draft? Should they?

Will Vikings pick a QB in first three rounds of the draft? Should they?

After a horrendous month of March, we can at least start to try to think about warmer weather, better times ahead and actual things on the sports calendar.


Carr testing NBA draft? It makes some sense if you consider ...

Carr testing NBA draft? It makes some sense if you consider ...

Gophers men’s basketball followers were prepared for one early NBA departure — dominant big man Daniel Oturu — but two? Carr's Instagram post sends an interesting message.


NFL Draft will go on as scheduled -- but will rookies suffer the most?

NFL Draft will go on as scheduled -- but will rookies suffer the most?

Roger Goodell distributed an NFL-wide memo saying the draft will go on as planned while warning that anyone who criticizes the plan publicly “serves no useful purpose and is grounds for disciplinary action.”


Virtual happy hour debate: Best Twins team of the past 20 years?

Virtual happy hour debate: Best Twins team of the past 20 years?

Jim Souhan and Michael Rand had a fun discussion on Wednesday’s Twins Insider podcast: What was the best Twins team of the last 20 years?


Game 163 replay: Distance makes (almost) everything seem small

Game 163 replay: Distance makes (almost) everything seem small

Game 163 from the end of the 2009 season is a good reminder that for every story of immense sports joy, there’s an equal reaction of heartbreak. Minnesota fans know the pain side of the equation all too well.


Virtual happy hour debate: Second-best Wolves player of all-time?

Virtual happy hour debate: Second-best Wolves player of all-time?

This assumes the obvious, that Kevin Garnett is the best player in Wolves history. If you want to debate that, you are on your own.


Virtual happy hour: Overrated Trae Waynes, Olympics and what to watch

Virtual happy hour: Overrated Trae Waynes, Olympics and what to watch

Every day, Michael Rand will provide you with three topics for your virtual happy hour — a concept that is probably starting earlier and earlier every day. Here's today's sampling:


With talent out the door, 2020 will test Vikings' coaching and systems

With talent out the door, 2020 will test Vikings' coaching and systems

The Vikings are remaking themselves on the fly and showing a willingness to make painful salary-cap based decisions. What does that make in terms of coaching and the team's 'system?'


Virtual happy hour topics: Brady, Vikings moves, no spelling bee

Virtual happy hour topics: Brady, Vikings moves, no spelling bee

It only took a couple of days — and the combination of working from home and social distancing — for the concept of a “virtual happy hour” to gain huge traction.


Total madness: Simulation says Badgers would have won NCAA tourney

Total madness: Simulation says Badgers would have won NCAA tourney

The worst-case scenario is the one that is playing out right now. No tournament. This one is quite likely the second worst for Minnesota fans.


Need something to watch? Here's a thrilling Wolves playoff game

Need something to watch? Here's a thrilling Wolves playoff game

No spoilers here: Suffice to say it was one of the most intense sporting events in Timberwolves history. Kevin Garnett is an absolute beast.


Music, video games, boredom: Athletes, coaches cope with shutdown

Music, video games, boredom: Athletes, coaches cope with shutdown

A week ago, every player in every major U.S. league was preparing to play games. That's no longer the case and, like the rest of us, they're looking for other ways to pass the time.


Diggs trade is a reminder that things are often exactly as they seem

Diggs trade is a reminder that things are often exactly as they seem

The Vikings managed to finesse a productive final 12 games from Stefon Diggs. But then the player's veiled quotes became veiled tweets.


Coronavirus won't stop Vikings' Diggs from making cryptic tweets

Coronavirus won't stop Vikings' Diggs from making cryptic tweets

Different people are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in different ways, and Diggs seems to have settled on this: He’s going to tweet through it.


No live sports on TV? Watch Gophers-Clemson in 1997 NCAAs

No live sports on TV? Watch Gophers-Clemson in 1997 NCAAs

With live sports crashing to a halt, Michael Rand will offer up a daily suggestion to watch from the past to fill the void: First on his list is a sweeter time for Gophers basketball.


A Cousins extension -- and the strangeness of regular NFL news

A Cousins extension -- and the strangeness of regular NFL news

On Friday, as the rest of the sports world was focused on cancellations, event postponements and entire major sports seasons put on hold, the NFL … continued to churn out news as usual.


Coronavirus and sports: The day things went from abstract to real

Coronavirus and sports: The day things went from abstract to real

For many of us over the last month or two, the term “coronavirus” has been humming along somewhere between the fronts and backs of our brains.


What a difference: Wild changing narrative on its present — and future

What a difference: Wild changing narrative on its present — and future

Now, it’s not hard to imagine the Wild being competitive for at least one round of the playoffs. And it’s much easier to picture future success than it was just a month ago.


Is Dalvin Cook special enough to warrant a long contract extension?

Is Dalvin Cook special enough to warrant a long contract extension?

As recently as 10 years ago, this would be a slam dunk decision. Running backs were workhorses and the focal points of offenses. These days it's not so simple.


Judge overturns convictions of man Maya Moore has been working to free

A judge on Monday overturned the 1997 burglary and assault convictions of a Missouri man, Jonathon Irons, whose case has been championed by Lynx star

It’s unclear what impact Monday’s ruling might have on Moore’s playing status in the future, though clearly that’s not the most important part of Monday’s ruling.