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Gopher men’s hockey: 3 keys against the Wisconsin Badgers

The No. 4 Gopher men’s hockey team hosts the No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers for a border battle at Mariucci Arena this weekend. Fresh off a four-game road trip, the Gophers return to home ice this…


Nov 27, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos offensive tackle Russell Okung (73) pass protects in the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Another starting tackle hits the market, but that could be bad news for Vikings

When the Denver Broncos signed left tackle Russell Okung to a five-year, $56 million contract with zero guaranteed dollars, it was assumed that if he didn’t perform at a high level in 2016, he would…


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Awkward dance? With no trade, Rubio now will help Wolves try to make playoffs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ricky Rubio is a veteran of the NBA trade deadline, having seen his name surface in rumors several times over the last few years. As experienced as he has been with handling…


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Owning the room: Byron Buxton making strong impressions in Twins camp

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Byron Buxton is walking around differently this year. His teammates have noticed. Buxton, who has been somewhat reserved and quiet since he was drafted second overall in 2012, gives off a…


MLB: Atlanta Braves at Minnesota Twins - Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:32:59 EDT
Zulgad: Vargas hoping to put advice from former big-league stars to good use

FORT MYERS, FLA. – Kennys Vargas entered the offseason knowing that his best chance of making the Twins out of spring training would be if he showed improvement as a left-handed hitter. So the switch-hitter…


Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco hits a double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Wetmore’s 5 thoughts: Reading way too much into Twins first lineup, probably

FORT MYERS, Fla.  – Paul Molitor let us in on a little secret Thursday: His first tentative spring training lineup for Friday’s game. Here it goes. Byron Buxton, CF Jorge Polanco, SS Miguel Sano, 3B Kennys…


Nov 23, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings tackle Matt Kalil (75) blocks against the Green Bay Packers in the second quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
4 takeaways from Rick Spielman’s pre-combine media session

With the NFL Combine on the way next week and free agency opening March 9, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman sat down with the Twin Cities media to discuss the team’s offseason. Here are…


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Gophers now have sights set firmly on NCAA tourney seeds

Minnesota Gophers fans can feel it. They can just about taste it. An NCAA Tournament run is all but a done deal. The chatter isn’t if the Gophers will make the tourney, it’s turned to:…


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Could an offer sheet solve the Vikings’ problems at tackle?

Ponce de Leon didn’t look as far and wide for the fountain of youth as the Minnesota Vikings will be for tackles this offseason. While players like Andrew Whitworth, Rick Wagner and Riley Reiff are…


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Watch Richard Pitino’s locker room speech after Gophers beat Maryland

With a road win over ranked Maryland on Wednesday night, the Gophers notched their 21st victory of the season and ninth conference win. And they punched a ticket to the NCAA Tournament in March. Now…


Minnesota Twins' Brian Dozier, Byron Buxton, Eduardo Nunez and Max Kepler, from left, celebrate the team's 4-0 win over the Chicago White Sox in a baseball game Tuesday, June 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chemistry Matters, and the Twins Seem on Board

Perhaps because of the difficulty defining the term, “clubhouse chemistry” is a much-maligned, oft-debated topic in the baseball community. Despite most of us having been in a work setting or on a sports team whose…


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Vikings countdown to free agency: The centers

With the Super Bowl over, the next big NFL date is March 9, when the new league year begins and free agency opens. The Minnesota Vikings are expected to be active in free agency, so…


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Tom Thibodeau on Wolves trade rumors: ‘I like the guys we have’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau said the team will continue to talk to teams about possible trades ahead of Thursday’s deadline, but he didn’t see a deal that makes sense…


MLB: Seattle Mariners at Minnesota Twins - Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:35:18 EDT
Zulgad: Paul Molitor remains Twins’ manager, but future is far from certain

FORT MYERS, FLA. – In the aftermath of firing general manager Terry Ryan last July, Twins owner Jim Pohlad surprised many by saying Paul Molitor’s job as manager was safe for 2017. This seemed like…


Minnesota Twins pitching coach Neil Allen, left, talks with manager Paul Molitor during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Wetmore’s Emailbag: Is Paul Molitor here to stay?

FORT MYERS, Fla. – I run a Baseball Insider’s email newsletter where I send out Twins analysis that you’ll also find published here at 1500ESPN.com. A few days ago I sent out a call for some questions…


NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings - Sun, 20 Nov 2016 13:12:17 EST
Does Brian Robison have a future with the Vikings?

Brian Robison had to tip his cap to Danielle Hunter. On locker cleanout day, Robison admitted that Hunter, who was fifth in the NFL in sacks in 2016, earned the right to play even more next…


NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild - Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:03:23 EST
Toews’ performance will haunt Wild fans down the stretch

Outside Xcel Energy Center, a group of three 20-somethings in Jonathan Toews jerseys chanted “We still own you,” into the unseasonably warm air. One after the next, people in Minnesota Wild uniforms attempted to shout…


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Puck Dynasty: The ‘Road Runner’ line leads the way in sweep over Penn State (Ep. 15)

Episode 15 of the Puck Dynasty Podcast. Declan, Drew and Nate open the show breaking down the insane comeback win over Penn State on Saturday; Renaming the Gophers’ top line; more misconducts; previewing the upcoming…


NFL: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings - Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:56:15 EDT
7 moves the Minnesota Vikings shouldn’t make this offseason

For teams desperate to make a playoff run in their “window to win,” the offseason is often a time where huge mistakes are made. Contrary to what might work in Madden, spending big in NFL free…


MLB: Spring Training-Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins - Wed, 23 Mar 2016 13:45:10 EDT
Joe Mauer: ‘Our best chance is when I’m on the field’

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Twins manager Paul Molitor said in November that he believes he “overplayed” Joe Mauer in the first half in 2016, which may have led to the quad injury that hampered the…


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