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Sports Fans Feel Impact Of I-35W Weekend ClosureSummer is over, but sadly, road construction season is not. A “Downtown to Crosstown” closure of Interstate 35W from Highway 62 to Interstate 94 is in effect until Monday morning, and it is delaying sports fans all weekend long.
Mike Max Goes Duck Hunting In North Dakota Pothole CountryYou hear stories about how good the duck hunting has been with an early migration, so you pack the decoys, waiters and shotgun and head to North Dakota. There is nothing like a trip to North Dakota’s pothole country for a duck hunter. The one thing you notice while you make your way around here is the corn is high, and still in the field. The rains have delayed the annual harvest.
Gophers' Annexstad Hospitalized For Mid-Section Injury In NebraskaMinnesota quarterback Zack Annexstad was treated and released from a Lincoln hospital after getting injured in the first half of the Gophers' game against Nebraska on Saturday. A Minnesota spokesman said Annexstad was on the team airplane for the return trip to Minneapolis. No other details were available.
Huskers Beat Gophers 53-28 For 1st Win Under Scott FrostNebraska built a four-touchdown lead in the first half and survived some nervous moments in the second before pulling away to beat Minnesota 53-28 on Saturday, giving Scott Frost his long-awaited first win as Cornhuskers coach and ending a program-record 10-game losing streak.
Wolves Rest Butler For Dallas Trip, 2nd Game Of Back-To-BackDisgruntled guard Jimmy Butler is skipping the second game of Minnesota's first back-to-back of the season, staying home to rest while the team traveled to Dallas. Coach Tom Thibodeau said the decision was made to rest Butler on Saturday night after the pair visited following his 33-point outing in a 131-123 win over Cleveland in the Timberwolves' home opener. Minnesota was playing in the Mavericks' first home game.
Famed Assistant To Coaches Now One HimselfAfter a long career that covered most of the United States, he moved back to Maple Grove and found a job ... as a high school coach.
Apple Valley Student Runs For Clean Water In Africa"I'm in a position where I can give back," Maq Collins said. "So why not do that?"
Wild's Ryan Suter Scores Winning Goal Against StarsSuter sent the puck back in front, and it ricocheted in off Stars defenseman Marc Methot with 7:06 left.
Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler Booed In Home Game Against CavsWhen the news of Butler's trade request broke exactly one month ago, the likelihood of him suiting up in the home opener was low.

Vikings

Latavius Murray Leading On, Off Field For VikingsThe first sign in Minnesota of Latavius Murray's varied interests was visible even before he signed his contract with the Vikings last year.
Now Among NFL's Top Receivers, Adam Thielen 'Trying To Get Better'Adam Thielen, the guy leading the league in nearly every receiving category, keeps finding new ways to improve.
Cousins Faces Jets Team He Turned Down To Join VikingsKirk Cousins is coming to MetLife Stadium as a villain in purple and gold.
4 Takeaways: Vikings Beat Cardinals, 27-17There wouldn’t be another let down against a team the Minnesota Vikings should handle in their own stadium. Not this week, and not after an impressive road win at Philadelphia.
Vikings Place Mike Hughes On Injured ReserveMinnesota Vikings rookie defensive back Mike Hughes was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday, ending his first NFL season just six games in.
Thielen It: Vikings Star On Record-Setting Receiving PaceAdam Thielen has the most receptions through six games in NFL history.
Vikings CB Hughes Out For Season With Torn ACLMinnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes is out for the season with a torn knee ligament, coach Mike Zimmer confirmed on Monday.
Murray, Vikings Run Over Cardinals For 27-17 VictoryLatavius Murray helped the Minnesota Vikings revive their running attack with 155 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, wearing down the Arizona Cardinals on the way to a 27-17 win on Sunday.
What Can Adam Thielen Do To Surprise Us Next?He leads the NFL in catches. He's second in yards, just five yards from first. He leads the league in first-down catches.
Minnesota-Raised WRs Fitzgerald, Thielen Take Center Stage SundayAdam Thielen wasn't even in high school yet when Larry Fitzgerald entered the NFL in 2004 with Arizona with the acclaim of the third overall pick in the draft.
Vikings DE Stephen Weatherly Filling Everson Griffen's VoidThe irony is one of the people that helped the most to get Stephen Weatherly here is not here right now. Everson Griffen plays this position, and he helped pave the way.
4 Takeaways: Vikings Beat Eagles, 23-21It’s hard to say one win can save a season, but Sunday’s Minnesota Vikings victory at Philadelphia certainly had that feel.

Twins

Eddie Rosario Voted Twins MVP For 2018Left fielder Eddie Rosario has won the Calvin R. Griffith Award for the most valuable player of the Minnesota Twins in 2018, after batting .288 with 57 extra-base hits in 138 games.
Sano Starting Critical Offseason Of Conditioning For TwinsMiguel Sano has begun a critical offseason in his so-far-frustrating career with the Minnesota Twins, who plan to keep close tabs on the slugging third baseman frequently waylaid by injuries.
Sano Won't Face Charges For Incident In Dominican RepublicMinnesota Twins player Miguel Sano will not face criminal charges in the Dominican Republic as a result of his involvement in a traffic incident that injured a police officer.
Twins Investigating Dominican Republic Incident Involving Miguel SanoThe Minnesota Twins say they are aware of an incident involving third baseman Miguel Sano in the Dominican Republic.
A Look Back At Joe Mauer's 15 Seasons With The TwinsJoe Mauer has been the face of the Twins organization for over a decade and now he faces the difficult decision about retirement.
Report: Molitor Not Staying With TwinsAccording to at least one report, Molitor wants another shot at either managing or being on a coaching staff. It wouldn’t involve staying with the Twins.
Twins Release Paul Molitor As ManagerIn the 2017 season, Molitor was named the American League Manager of the Year.
Mauer Doubles, Catches In Emotional Likely Finale With TwinsJoe Mauer received one more pitch as catcher for the Twins, and Minnesota likely said goodbye to the longtime face of its franchise during an emotional 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
After Sweep Of White Sox In Doubleheader, Is This Joe Mauer's Farewell?As Joe Mauer drove to the ballpark for a doubleheader to begin the last series of the season for the Minnesota Twins, the finality of the weekend dawned on him a little deeper than usual.
Astudillo Drives In Career-High 4 As Twins Top Tigers 9-3Willians Astudillo has quickly become a fan favorite in Minnesota. Games like the one Astudillo had Thursday only help add to the reputation of the player affectionately known as "La Tortuga."
Everson Griffen: ‘I Will Return As A Much-Improved Player’Minnesota Viking defensive end Everson Griffen is apologizing after a series of events that raised mental health concerns.
Field's 2 HRs Lead Twins Past Tigers, 11-4Johnny Field homered twice, Jorge Polanco hit a bases-loaded triple and the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 11-4 on Wednesday night.

Timberwolves

Wolves Rest Butler For Dallas Trip, 2nd Game Of Back-To-BackDisgruntled guard Jimmy Butler is skipping the second game of Minnesota's first back-to-back of the season, staying home to rest while the team traveled to Dallas. Coach Tom Thibodeau said the decision was made to rest Butler on Saturday night after the pair visited following his 33-point outing in a 131-123 win over Cleveland in the Timberwolves' home opener. Minnesota was playing in the Mavericks' first home game.
Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler Booed In Home Game Against CavsWhen the news of Butler's trade request broke exactly one month ago, the likelihood of him suiting up in the home opener was low.
Jimmy Butler Scores 23 In Wolves Loss To SpursDeMar DeRozan had 28 points in his San Antonio debut, LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 points and 19 rebounds and the Spurs overcame a 23-point performance by Minnesota's Jimmy Butler in a 112-108 victory over the Timberwolves on Wednesday night in a matchup of teams coming off a tumultuous offseason.
Butler To Join Wolves At San Antonio Despite Trade RequestJimmy Butler has only participated in four days of on-court workouts with the team, starting with his raucous appearance a week ago.
Report: Jimmy Butler Practices, Expected To Play Wednesday NightAccording to reports, Butler practiced with the Timberwolves on Sunday. Coach Tom Thibodeau said he’s expected to play in Wednesday’s season opener.
Butler Absent From Wolves 143-121 Exhibition Loss To BucksJimmy Butler was absent as the Timberwolves wrapped up their preseason with a 143-121 blowout loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night. Butler has demanded a trade but returned to practice with the team Wednesday, a session that included him verbally challenging teammates and coaches. He was not with the team at Friday’s shootaround in Milwaukee.
Report: Jimmy Butler Indicates He’ll Start Season With TimberwolvesJimmy Butler held a players-only meeting on Thursday and told his teammates he would compete with them.
Wolves Aim For Return To Playoffs Despite Butler DramaJimmy Butler or not, the Timberwolves are built now and for the future around center Karl-Anthony Towns.
Jimmy Butler To ESPN: I Was 'Brutally Honest' With WolvesJimmy Butler is back with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and his first practice of the season had fireworks.
Timberwolves Preparing For Season, With Or Without Jimmy ButlerJimmy Butler is reportedly back in Minnesota as the Timberwolves get ready to begin the regular season, but his status with the team hasn’t changed.
Timberwolves March On Despite Butler DramaJimmy Butler may or may not be traded before Minnesota opens the season on Oct. 17 at San Antonio.
With Butler Trade Looming, Wolves Head West For BondingThe Timberwolves will be out of town for seven days, a prime time for bonding.

Wild

Granlund Scores In OT, Wild Beat Lightning 5-4Mikael Granlund scored 3:43 into overtime and the Minnesota Wild beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 on Saturday night. Charlie Coyle, Marcus Foligno, Zach Parise and Jason Zucker all scored in regulation as the Wild rallied again in the third period. Alex Stalock made 27 saves for Minnesota, which has allowed the first goal in six straight games but is 4-1-1 in those contests.
Wild's Ryan Suter Scores Winning Goal Against StarsSuter sent the puck back in front, and it ricocheted in off Stars defenseman Marc Methot with 7:06 left.
Staal, Dubnyk Lead Wild Past Arizona 2-1Eric Staal and Mikael Grandlund scored and Devan Dubnyk stopped 27 of 28 shots to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night. Brendan Perlini scored and Darcy Kuemper stopped 30 shots in his season debut for Arizona. Kuemper was making his first appearance against the franchise that drafted him in 2009. He spent parts of five seasons in Minnesota before leaving as a free agent in 2017.
Zucker's OT Goal Gives Wild 4-3 Comeback Win Vs. BlackhawksRyan Suter tied it with 23 seconds left in the third period and Jason Zucker scored in overtime, rallying the Minnesota Wild past the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Thursday night.
MacKinnon, Rantanen Help Avs To 4-1 Win Over Wild In OpenerNathan MacKinnon had a tap-in goal off a nifty pass from Mikko Rantanen, Semyon Varlamov stopped 20 shots and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Thursday night in the opener for both teams.
Wild Trade Olofsson To Canadiens For Prospect BittenThe Minnesota Wild have traded defenseman Gustav Olofsson to the Montreal Canadiens for minor league forward Will Bitten.
After Quiet Summer, Wild Aim For Deeper Western Conference RunThe Wild will rely on the same core that has been bounced out of the playoffs in the first round three straight times and won only two series over the last six years.
Suter Back With Wild After Devastating Ankle InjuryWhen Ryan Suter and his right leg crashed into the wall during a game at Dallas late in the regular season, he broke two bones.
Wild, Zucker Agree To 5-Year, $27.5M ContractThe Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with left wing Jason Zucker on a five-year, $27.5 million contract.
Gophers' Sheehy Working To Make Impression On WildTyler Sheehy, the Burnsville High School and Gopher captain, was part of the Minnesota Wild's Prospect camp.
Wild, Defenseman Dumba Reach 5-Year, $30M DealThe Wild and Matt Dumba have agreed on a five-year, $30 million deal to keep the 23-year-old defenseman after a breakout year.
Wild's First Round Pick Gets Taste Of Rookie CampWelcome to the world of the Wild. Filip Johansson is now in that world, and he's being watched.

Lynx

Lynx Forward Maya Moore Named All-WNBA Second TeamThe WNBA announced Wednesday night that Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore was named to the All-WNBA Second Team.
Whalen Plays Last Career WNBA Game As Lynx Are Eliminated From PlayoffsIt was the fourth straight year the Lynx and Sparks met in an elimination playoff game.
Lindsay Whalen Day Proclaimed In MinnesotaOn Sunday night, the Lynx star will play her last regular season game at Target Center.
Lynx Fall To Connecticut Sun, 96-79Sylvia Fowles had 25 points and eight rebounds for Minnesota (17-16).
Gov. Dayton Proclaims Aug. 19 'Lindsay Whalen Day'"Lindsay Whalen is a phenomenal champion and an inspiration to sports fans here in Minnesota and across the country."
Lynx Plan Whalen Event, Add Seats For Regular Season FinaleThe Lynx will hold an on-court celebration of Whalen's career following the game Sunday against the Washington Mystics.
Zimmer Impressed By Offensive Line In Vikings Preseason OpenerThe Minnesota Vikings offense couldn't have gotten off to a much better start Saturday night in their preseason opener.
Lindsay Whalen Retiring From WNBA After 2018 SeasonAfter 15 seasons of dominant play, Minnesota Lynx’s Lindsay Whalen is calling it quits.
Lynx G Robison Out After Ankle SurgeryMinnesota Lynx guard Danielle Robinson will be sidelined indefinitely after having left ankle surgery on Monday.
Storm Take Down Lynx, 81-72Seattle maintained its two-game lead over second-place Atlanta and reduced its magic number for the top seed in the playoffs to one.
Lynx Clinch 8th Straight Playoff Spot With Moore Scoring 34Maya Moore scored 34 points, Sylvia Fowles broke her own franchise single-season rebounding record and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Las Vegas Aces 89-73 on Thursday night to clinch their eighth straight playoff spot.
Moore Scores 31, Lynx Beat Sky 85-64 To Snap 3-Game SkidMaya Moore scored 31 points to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Chicago Sky 85-64 on Tuesday to end a three-game losing streak.

Gophers

Gophers' Annexstad Hospitalized For Mid-Section Injury In NebraskaMinnesota quarterback Zack Annexstad was treated and released from a Lincoln hospital after getting injured in the first half of the Gophers' game against Nebraska on Saturday. A Minnesota spokesman said Annexstad was on the team airplane for the return trip to Minneapolis. No other details were available.
Huskers Beat Gophers 53-28 For 1st Win Under Scott FrostNebraska built a four-touchdown lead in the first half and survived some nervous moments in the second before pulling away to beat Minnesota 53-28 on Saturday, giving Scott Frost his long-awaited first win as Cornhuskers coach and ending a program-record 10-game losing streak.
Gophers' RB Shannon Brooks Status 'Evolving' Following ArrestMinnesota running back Shannon Brooks has returned to the team following his weekend arrest on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic assault.
Gophers’ Shannon Brooks Released From Custody, No Charges FiledGophers running back Shannon Brooks was released from jail Monday and won’t be charged by the city attorney’s office in connection with an alleged assault early Sunday morning.
Gophers RB Mohamed Ibrahim Earns Big Ten HonorUniversity of Minnesota running back Mohamed Ibrahim was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday.
Gopher RB Shannon Brooks Arrested For Domestic AssaultMinnesota Gophers running back Shannon Brooks has been arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic assault.
Gophers Basketball (Nearly) Healthy As Practice StartsRichard Pitino has his full complement of players and, some promising freshmen as well in Daniel Oturu, Gabe Kalscheur and Jarvis Omersa.
Gophers’ Winfield Out For Season With Foot InjuryUniversity of Minnesota football coach PJ Fleck announced Sunday that cornerback Antoine Winfield Jr. will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury.
Maryland Blasts Previously Unbeaten Minnesota 42-13Maryland breezed past previously undefeated Minnesota 42-13 Saturday.
Former Gopher Football Player Nick Connelly Dies Of CancerFormer Gopher football player Nick Connelly died of cancer Wednesday night. He was 22 years old.
Winning With Winfield: Minnesota Safety Plays Up To His NameMinnesota badly missed Antoine Winfield Jr. last fall after a hamstring injury limited him to four games and he took a medical redshirt.
Gophers’ Rodney Smith Out For Season With Knee InjuryRodney Smith is out for the season after suffering a left knee injury in Saturday’s win over Fresno State.

St. Thomas

St. Thomas AD Fritz Retiring After 52 Years At SchoolUniversity of St. Thomas athletic director Steve Fritz has decided to retire in the spring, ending a 52-year affiliation with the school.
After Stellar Season, St. Thomas Soccer Believes They Can Be Even BetterIt's hard to have a much better season than the University of St. Thomas men's soccer team had last season.
Is The Dominance Of St. Thomas ‘Too Much’? Coach Says Team Can Do BetterSt. Thomas football coach Glenn Caruso was asked point-blank immediately following the Tommies 97-0 demolition of St. Olaf in their regular season finale on Saturday in Northfield: Is that too much?
Target Field Gets Ready For Tommie-Johnnie Football GameOn Saturday, Target Field will host the St. Thomas/St. John's football game.
Tommies Blog: St. Thomas Football Releases 2017 ScheduleThe 2017 season will be highlighted by the Tommies taking on rival St. John's at Target Field on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 1:10 p.m.
Tommies Blog: MIAC Teams Finish Seasons With NCAA Tournament RunsIt's been quite the winter season in the MIAC, with several teams making NCAA Tournament runs after either winning the league playoff title or receiving an at-large bid.
Tommies Blog: St. Thomas Gets NCAA Bid, Will Face AugustanaThe St. Thomas basketball team had arguably the longest 90 hours of its season late last week, waiting to learn its NCAA Tournament fate.
Tommies Blog: St. Thomas Basketball Top Seed For MIAC PlayoffsAfter starting 1-2 in MIAC play, St. Thomas finished 15-5 and is the No. 1 seed for the playoffs. The Tommies host St. John's Thursday night.
Earliest Outdoor Baseball Game Ever In Minnesota?Some baseball teams are taking advantage of Friday's mild weather and playing outdoor baseball.
Tickets For Tommie/Johnnie Football Game Go On Sale TuesdayThe Minnesota Twins and St. Thomas announced Monday that tickets for the inaugural football game at Target Field will go on sale Tuesday.
Tommies Blog: Turnovers Plague St. Thomas In Loss To OshkoshThe No. 3-ranked St. Thomas football team had its season end in a 34-31 loss to UW-Oshkosh on Saturday in the NCAA quarterfinals.
Tommies Blog: St. Thomas Dominates Coe, Oshkosh Awaits In QuarterfinalsThe St. Thomas football team, ranked No. 3 in the country, appears to be peaking at the right time.

HS Sports

Famed Assistant To Coaches Now One HimselfAfter a long career that covered most of the United States, he moved back to Maple Grove and found a job ... as a high school coach.
Apple Valley Student Runs For Clean Water In Africa"I'm in a position where I can give back," Maq Collins said. "So why not do that?"
Minnesota Prep Player Apologizes For 12th-Player TackleA Minnesota high school football captain has apologized after running from the sidelines to tackle an opponent racing for the goal line.
Elk River’s Spectrum High Is Playing Spectacular FootballSpectrum High School is a charter school started 12 years ago in Elk River. The idea was to make it demanding academically to promote a college future. What has evolved is an unbeaten football team putting up staggering numbers in the process.
The Instantly Legendary 80-70 Football Game Between Elk River & BuffaloHere's a look at one of the wildest shootouts ever in Minnesota high school football history!
Edina Offensive Lineman Quinn Carroll Heading To Notre DameQuinn Carroll’s size and abilities have help propel Edina's football team -- and he's caught the attention of many major colleges.
High School Fishing Teams On The Rise In The Land Of 10,000 Lakes126 qualifiers will take a shot this week in a sport that makes perfect sense for Minnesota.
Irondale’s Aden Price: Wide Receiver, State Fair Hot Dog SlingerAden Price is paying the price, as an athlete and a worker at the Minnesota State Fair.
Meet Evan Hull, Minnesota’s Best H.S. Running BackEvan Hull ran for 387 yards and four touchdowns in Maple Grove High School’s season opener Thursday night.
DeLaSalle’s Tyrell Terry Soaks Up Pro-Am ExperienceTyrell Terry is playing against much older players, and trying to prove he belongs.
Mahtomedi’s Carter Shook ‘Like A Linebacker Playing Shortstop’Carter Shook is the starting shortstop for the number-one seeded team in the Minnesota State High School Baseball Tournament.
Mounds View Pitcher Embraces Totino-Grace Batter After Striking Him OutA Twin Cities high school pitcher stuck out his childhood pal to go to the state tournament, then ran over to console him.

FanSided

Minnesota Wild host Tampa Bay Lightning after a big winComing off a huge come from behind win in Dallas, the Minnesota Wild look to win three in a row as they play the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight in St. Paul. The Minnesota Wild have to be happy with a 3-1 come-from-behind road win against the Dallas Stars. A lot of positives came out of this win; Devan...
Minnesota Timberwolves: Jimmy Butler out tonight against the MavericksThe Minnesota Timberwolves are flying to Dallas to play the Mavericks on their second game of their back to back - without their 4-time All-Star Jimmy Butler. The Minnesota Timberwolves begin the season with a record of 1-1 and they have the Dallas Mavericks tonight in an away game that will be tou...
Minnesota Vikings: three players due for a breakout game against the JetsA road trip to New York could become the turning point for the Minnesota Vikings. Difficult to gauge is the best way to describe the Minnesota Vikings this season. On paper, they are one of the more talented teams in the NFL. That talent has not turned into W's as the Vikings are in a second-p...
Minnesota Vikings Matchup Nightmare: Week 7 vs. Leonard WilliamsThe Minnesota Vikings must keep the former Pro Bowl defensive lineman at bay to pick up their first ever road victory against the New York Jets. On Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings will travel to face the New York Jets. Throughout their history, the Vikings have never defeated the Jets on the road and...
Minnesota Timberwolves: much too early returns on Jimmy Butler suggests he is stayingJimmy Butler appears to be a fit with the Minnesota Timberwolves despite his trade request. If one could judge from the minutes that Jimmy Butler has played in the first two games of the season, he will remain with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Tallying up a total of 72 minutes where he has performed...