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NBA: Rising Stars Challenge-U.S. at World
Zach LaVine scores 30 and is named MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge

TORONTO (AP) — Zach LaVine had 30 points and seven rebounds and the United States team beat the World team 157-154 in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night to kick off the NBA’s All-Star…


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D.Myers: Here’s a hot take: the Wild are on the verge of breaking out

ST. PAUL – If you agree with the hot takes some have leveled towards the Wild in recent days (looking at you, co-host of 1500 ESPN’s Mackey & Judd), this opinion may not be for…


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Matt Forte’s exit from Bears the latest change around NFC North

Change in the NFL is inevitable as sunrise, though not every year do 179 touchdowns walk out the door of a division. The past 12 months have been a welcomed change in Minnesota, where Vikings coach…


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Beth Goetz will pursue athletic director job as Gophers begin search

The University of Minnesota is looking for a new head of athletics, and interim director Beth Goetz tossed her hat into the ring on Friday. Goetz has led the way in the wake of Norwood Teague’s…


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Twins 2016 outlook: Do we need to recalibrate expectations for Joe Mauer?

Editor’s note: This post is part of an ongoing series designed to take a glance at players who could play a part for the Twins in 2016. We’ll take a brief stock of where they’re…


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J.Myers: Wild’s journey to rock bottom may be nearing completion

ST. PAUL, Minn. – If you have money invested in oil stocks, or emotion invested in the Minnesota Wild, you’ve probably spent the last month wondering where rock bottom can be. That’s the point where…


NHL: Washington Capitals at Minnesota Wild
Alex Ovechkin’s hat trick extends Wild’s futility streak

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Alex Ovechkin scored three times in the second period for his 14th career hat trick, and the Washington Capitals beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Thursday night. Ovechkin, who leads the…


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Three former Gophers invited to NFL scouting combine

Former Gophers De’Vondre Campbell, Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Eric Murray were among the 332 prospects invited to this month’s NFL scouting combine. All three were defensive starters for a Gophers program that fielded the 11th-best passing defense…


NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Philadelphia 76ers
Zulgad: In a brutal stretch, the Wolves, yes, the Wolves, present reason for optimism

The Timberwolves trailed the Toronto Raptors by 18 points during the second quarter Wednesday night inside a mostly empty Target Center and it appeared as if another defeat was inevitable. The Raptors entered with a…


MLB: Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
Twins GM Ryan says team needs to ‘fix’ Oswaldo Arcia, who is out of minor league options

Oswaldo Arcia is a bit of a mystery. During the season in which he turned 23 years old, the slugger from Venezuela hit 20 home runs for Minnesota in just 410 plate appearances. If that…


NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals - Thu, 10 Dec 2015 23:52:19 EST
Vikings’ move to indoor U.S. Bank Stadium one potential catalyst for Teddy Bridgewater

Teeth chattering and bones chilled, the hostile air only helped the Vikings contain one of the NFL’s most prolific quarterbacks in last month’s postseason. Russell Wilson and Teddy Bridgewater combined for one mediocre stat line…


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Target Field might be more hitter-friendly than you think

Target Field is more hitter-friendly than you might have thought Tristan Cockcroft writes about fantasy sports for ESPN.com. In a column published this week, Cockcroft ranked all 30 MLB parks, from most hitter-friendly to least.…


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Report: Wolves have made ‘backchannel’ contact with Tom Thibodeau about coaching

On Thursday morning, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst appeared on the Mike & Mike radio show to discuss the NBA. During the segment, Windhorst revealed that the Timberwolves may already be searching for a permanent head coach. “In…


NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Minnesota Timberwolves - Sat, 05 Dec 2015 23:10:20 EST
James: Karl-Anthony Towns keeps amazing, adds his name to a short list

Quite frankly, we’re running out of superlatives for Karl-Anthony Towns. The rookie is averaging a double-double for the season. Instead of hitting a rookie wall, Towns has posted 22.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks…


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Gophers pull within two points late but fall to historic low, 0-12 in Big Ten

MINNEAPOLIS — Michigan’s large lead had been slashed by feisty Minnesota to two points, and coach John Beilein called timeout with 89 seconds left to set up the next play. The Wolverines emerged with a…


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Towns scores career-high 35 points as Wolves rally for big comeback win against Raptors

MINNEAPOLIS — The Toronto Raptors were rolling, beating up on a young Minnesota team when maybe, just maybe, their thoughts drifted to the party that awaits them back home this weekend. That’s when the Timberwolves…


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Twins 2016 outlook: Newcomer Byung Ho Park is fascinating because he’s unknown

Editor’s note: This post is part of an ongoing series designed to take a glance at players who could play a part for the Twins in 2016. We’ll take a brief stock of where they’re…


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J.Myers: Vanek gets the message early, then finds trouble late

ST. PAUL, Minn. – For all the consternation about Gopher hockey recently, it was a fun night of ex-Gopher watching at the X, at least for a while. Thomas Vanek, a healthy scratch on Saturday…


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Klingberg’s overtime goal hands Wild 11th loss in past 12 games

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Kari Lehtonen needed a game like this in goal for the Dallas Stars. Far more desperate for some success to savor, the Minnesota Wild simply found more of the same. John…


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Zulgad: Yeo attempts to remain positive as Wild crumble around him

ST. PAUL – Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are both in the fourth season of 13-year, $98 million contracts. When the matching deals were signed on July 4, 2012, it served as an indication to…


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