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MINNEAPOLIS | Lynx star Maya Moore to skip ’19 WNBA season

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore has decided to skip the upcoming WNBA season, seeking more time to devote to her family and her faith. Moore announced Tuesday on The Players’ Tribune website that she’ll sit out in 2019. She already had taken the fall and winter off from international competition. The five-time … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Lynx star Maya Moore to skip ’19 WNBA season

MINNEAPOLIS | “New captain” Saunders has Wolves’ trust in interim role

MINNEAPOLIS — January 07, 2019— Ryan Saunders has always had basketball in his blood, the consummate coach’s son who as a kid would sometimes doze off on the couch after joining dad for a late-night review of game film. Roughly three years after the death of his father, Flip Saunders , the 32-year-old Ryan Saunders … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | “New captain” Saunders has Wolves’ trust in interim role

MINNEAPOLIS | Cook carries Vikings past Dolphins 41-17

MINNEAPOLIS— Dalvin Cook had a career-high 136 yards and two touchdowns on a season-high 19 carries for Minnesota as the Vikings recommitted themselves to running the ball. They stayed in control of a spot in the playoffs with a 41-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Latavius Murray added 68 rushing yards and a … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Cook carries Vikings past Dolphins 41-17

MINNEAPOLIS | Vikings fire OC DeFilippo after another flat performance

MINNEAPOLIS— The Minnesota Vikings have fired offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, whose first season on the job ended after just 13 games amid a sharp decline in production by the offense over the past six weeks. Quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski was made interim offensive coordinator on Tuesday morning, following a 21-7 loss at Seattle on Monday … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Vikings fire OC DeFilippo after another flat performance

MINNEAPOLIS | AP source: Twins, Schoop working on $7.5M, 1-year deal

MINNEAPOLIS  — A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Twins and Jonathan Schoop are working toward an agreement on a $7.5 million, one-year contract for the free agent second baseman. The person spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deal, which also would include performance bonuses, had … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | AP source: Twins, Schoop working on $7.5M, 1-year deal

MINNEAPOLIS | Twins’ Joe Mauer retiring after 15 seasons

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Twins star Joe Mauer is retiring after 15 seasons. The Twins released a retirement statement Friday from Mauer that will run Sunday in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Mauer, who missed significant time this season with a concussion, says in the ad that his decision “came down to my health and my family.” … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Twins’ Joe Mauer retiring after 15 seasons

MINNEAPOLIS | Welcoming Whalen: Gophers to start season with sellout crowd

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota has a first team all-conference player coming back with Kenisha Bell, along with Big Ten Freshman of the Year award winner Destiny Pitts and four of the top five scorers from a team that finished 24-9 last season and won an NCAA Tournament game. When the Gophers start their schedule Friday night … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Welcoming Whalen: Gophers to start season with sellout crowd

MINNEAPOLIS | Wolves hold out Butler vs. Jazz for ‘precautionary rest’

MINNEAPOLIS  — The Minnesota Timberwolves ruled out All-Star Jimmy Butler in advance of their game Wednesday against Utah for “precautionary rest.” Coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters at the morning shootaround that Butler’s absence was not related to his trade request . “He missed all of training camp, basically, so he has just general soreness,” Thibodeau … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Wolves hold out Butler vs. Jazz for ‘precautionary rest’

Twins hire ex-Rays player, coach Rocco Baldelli as manager

Seeking a fresh voice for their underachieving young players, the Minnesota Twins have made Rocco Baldelli the youngest manager in the major leagues. The Twins hired the 37-year-old Baldelli on Thursday, bringing the former Tampa Bay player, assistant and coach to Minnesota for his first job as a manager. He replaces Paul Molitor, who was … Continue reading Twins hire ex-Rays player, coach Rocco Baldelli as manager

MINNEAPOLIS | Butler to join Wolves in opener at Spurs, despite asking out

MINNEAPOLIS — Just like last season, Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves traveled to San Antonio for their opener. After all the disruption caused by Butler’s trade request that became public a week before training camp began, no deal has been made. So the four-time All-Star will be on the court facing off against the … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Butler to join Wolves in opener at Spurs, despite asking out

MINNEAPOLIS | Butler practices again with Wolves, as opener nears

MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Butler is still suiting up for the Minnesota Timberwolves, with the opener three days away. Despite his preference to play elsewhere, signs have begun to point to him staying with the Timberwolves at least to start the season. Butler took part in practice on Sunday, the second time he has done so … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Butler practices again with Wolves, as opener nears

Aaron Donald tops AP defensive tackle rankings again

Many an NFL opponent has had a game plan waylaid by the speed, strength and instinct of Aaron Donald over his not-yet-five-full seasons in the league. The 6-foot-1, 280-pound kingpin of the Los Angeles Rams’ defense was a unanimous pick for the best defensive tackle in the NFL by a panel of 10 football writers … Continue reading Aaron Donald tops AP defensive tackle rankings again

MINNEAPOLIS | Twins fire Molitor, eye new manager to ‘grow a young team’

MINNEAPOLIS  — The Minnesota Twins fired Paul Molitor on Tuesday, one season after he won the American League Manager of the Year award, in pursuit of more productive development by their younger players. “This wasn’t about our record this year. This is about what we think is best as we continue to grow a young … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Twins fire Molitor, eye new manager to ‘grow a young team’

MINNEAPOLIS | Minnesota Twins fire manager Paul Molitor after 78-84 finish

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins fired Paul Molitor on Tuesday, one season after he won the American League Manager of the Year award. Molitor has been offered another position within the organization. “I fully respect that decision,” Molitor said in a statement distributed by the Twins. “I will forever be grateful for the opportunity they … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Minnesota Twins fire manager Paul Molitor after 78-84 finish

MINNEAPOLIS | Is this the end? Mauer savors last Twins series of season

MINNEAPOLIS— 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. These games against the Chicago White Sox aren’t necessarily going to be the last of Mauer’s 15-year career, but … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Is this the end? Mauer savors last Twins series of season

EAGAN, Minn. | Vikings DE Griffen remains out with mental health trouble

EAGAN, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen remains away from the team indefinitely because of mental health trouble that boiled over the past week. Coach Mike Zimmer said Tuesday that Griffen will not travel with the Vikings for their game Thursday against the Los Angeles Rams. Griffen was held out because of a … Continue reading EAGAN, Minn. | Vikings DE Griffen remains out with mental health trouble

MINNEAPOLIS | Vikings DE Griffen on leave; team concerned about well-being

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has been sidelined indefinitely by an undisclosed situation that has caused concern within the organization about his well-being. Griffen was ruled out on the pregame injury report against Buffalo on Sunday because of knee trouble. When asked afterward why Griffen wasn’t on the sideline, coach Mike Zimmer … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Vikings DE Griffen on leave; team concerned about well-being

MINNEAPOLIS | Humbled Vikings seek to move forward from annual dud

MINNEAPOLIS — With a boost from an illegal block penalty by the Buffalo Bills during a punt, the Minnesota Vikings finally crossed midfield with 9:36 left in the third quarter. Their next two plays were an incompletion and an interception. That was a fitting sequence in a game dominated from start to finish by, not … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Humbled Vikings seek to move forward from annual dud

MINNEAPOLIS | Bills stun Vikings 27-6 in rookie Allen’s 1st road start

MINNEAPOLIS  — Josh Allen played with the poise of a well-seasoned quarterback, hustling to give Buffalo an early lead in his first NFL road start. Then, the Bills turned their defense loose on Kirk Cousins and delivered a stunningly lopsided victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Allen accounted for three touchdowns, making Cousins look like the … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Bills stun Vikings 27-6 in rookie Allen’s 1st road start

MINNEAPOLIS | Cousins, Vikings hold on for 24-16 victory vs. 49ers

MINNEAPOLIS  — Kirk Cousins gave the Minnesota Vikings exactly what they needed for a victorious debut by their new quarterback. The throws Cousins made in tight coverage at important times were on target. Unlike Jimmy Garoppolo, he kept the ball out of the other team’s hands. Cousins passed for two touchdowns and the Vikings forced … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Cousins, Vikings hold on for 24-16 victory vs. 49ers