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For Minnesotan on Harvard's football team, future is suddenly murky

For Minnesotan on Harvard's football team, future is suddenly murky

With Ivy League sports postponed, Wilson said: "To definitively hear it … confirmed what we were all worried about and made things pretty sketchy for the future.”


Will increasingly depleted Nets cost Wolves a first-round pick?

Will increasingly depleted Nets cost Wolves a first-round pick?

The Nets seemed like a cinch to make the playoffs. But then two very important things happened.


Five things to know about the Twins' 60-game schedule

Five things to know about the Twins' 60-game schedule

From way less travel to a strange edge over Cleveland, here are a bunch of things to know about Monday's schedule release.


Nats' Sean Doolittle: 'Sports are like the reward of a functional society'

Nats' Sean Doolittle: 'Sports are like the reward of a functional society'

Some of the most thoughtful commentary to come out of Washington on COVID-19 is arriving from a left-handed relief pitcher.


The 10 strangest things about a 60-game Twins season

The 10 strangest things about a 60-game Twins season

Just 12 starts for every pitcher? A Nelson Cruz streak ending? Even more games against the AL Central? It's going to be a weird year.


RandBall: Players opting out of return-to-sports a microcosm of pandemic

RandBall: Players opting out of return-to-sports a microcosm of pandemic

Pro sports aren’t exactly jobs you can do from home, of course. But it’s interesting that many of those opting out so far are veterans who have already earned tens of millions of dollars.


RandBall: Why removing statues -- like the one of Calvin -- is important

Plywood marks the spot where a statue of former Minnesota Twins owner Calvin Griffith stood outside Target Field.

The only thing erased in taking down the Calvin Griffith statue from outside of Target Field is amplification of a value that has no place in 2020.


Does NFL need to play 2020 in a 'bubble'? Dr. Fauci thinks so

Dr. Anthony Fauci

Unless players are insulated from community and tested almost continuously, Dr. Anthony Fauci said "it would be very hard to see how football is able to be played this fall."


After the NFL wasted his prime, will anyone sign Kaepernick?

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, eludes St. Louis Rams safety T.J. McDonald during the third quarter of an NFL football game in

It is right and proper to be suspicious of Roger Goodell suddenly dipping his toes in The Resistance — wondering if he is doing so sincerely or merely following a shift in public opinion.


RandBall: Manfred works for best interests of owners, not baseball

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred could really try to broker a deal that all parties could live with, if not love. But he hasn’t done that. That's because he's 100% with the owners who hired him.


What's up with Cook's holdout threat? (And other questions for RandBall)

What's up with Cook's holdout threat? (And other questions for RandBall)

A call for reader questions the other day resulted in a wonderfully eclectic mix that reflect where we are right now in sports: All over the place.


Twins keep swinging for home runs in MLB draft

Twins keep swinging for home runs in MLB draft

Four MLB drafts is not insurmountable evidence, but it is a trend that allows us to say this: The Twins under the leadership regime of…


Other leagues making plans to play, so why can't MLB figure it out?

Other leagues making plans to play, so why can't MLB figure it out?

If you’ve been watching all this unfold and you’re wondering why baseball is having such a hard time getting its act together while other sports seem to be figuring it out, here are some thoughts.


How players and a rogue employee changed the NFL message on racism

How players and a rogue employee changed the NFL message on racism

How do we reconcile people or organizations with a long history of being either silent or clearly on the other side of social justice issues suddenly using their platforms to advocate for change?


Ex-Wolves coach Thibodeau reportedly front-runner for Knicks job

Ex-Wolves coach Thibodeau reportedly front-runner for Knicks job

Thibodeau has a history with the Knicks. He was an assistant there from 1996-2004, when the team was a playoff regular instead of the struggling franchise it has become.


NFL has chance to recover from mistakes made with Kaepernick

NFL has chance to recover from mistakes made with Kaepernick

The danger for the NFL: Ignoring the signal that there has been a shift in thinking — or at least a shift in the number and variety of players speaking out. The opportunity: Actually taking steps to do better


Positive coronavirus test for Japanese MVP shows challenge for U.S. leagues

Positive coronavirus test for Japanese MVP shows challenge for U.S. leagues

Hayato Sakamoto isn't a household name in the U.S. like LeBron James, but he does offer a cautionary tale.


Is Kirk Cousins going to finish his career with the Vikings?

Is Kirk Cousins going to finish his career with the Vikings?

Based on the way his contract is written, you can pretty much count on Cousins being the Vikings quarterback through the end of 2022. Here's why.


Is there going to be a baseball season? Latest odds and updates

Is there going to be a baseball season? Latest odds and updates

Hopes were that a ticking clock on starting a season that has already been delayed by more than two months would nudge owners and players to an agreement. But the opposite seems to be happening.


LeBron, Rashod Bateman and more: The sports world reacts to George Floyd's death

LeBron, Rashod Bateman and more: The sports world reacts to George Floyd's death

The death of George Floyd while in police custody on Mondayin Minneapolis has sparked outrage locally and beyond. Powerful video of the 47-year-old Floyd pleading,…