7:13 PM EST, Wed January 18, 2017
2 hours ago

NFL draft expert: Vikings will have offensive line, running back options

The Vikings need major upgrades on their offensive line, and they don’t have a first-round pick in 2017 because of the Sam Bradford trade. That would seem to be a recipe for trouble. But in a bit of fortune, not having a pick in the top 32 this year is not as devastating as it might normally be for a team desperate to land offensive line starters. Dane Brugler, a draft expert for CBS Sports, joined the Access Vikings podcast Wednesday to explain why. “It’s not a strong class of offensive linemen,” he said. We might have two or three offensive linemen drafted in the first round, and...
3 hours ago

Torii Hunter is ready to offer his strong opinions in new role with Twins

Torii Hunter still looks the part of an athlete who could fill the manager's request for a veteran leader in the clubhouse.
6 hours ago

Listen: Grading the 2016 Vikings and looking ahead to the 2017 draft

Intro: What have we learned from the playoffs so far and is Sam Bradford ELITE; 15:00 -- Dane Brugler of CBS Sports joins to talk NFL draft and the Vikings options. 35:00 -- Breaking down Andrew Krammer's team grades. 43:00 -- Listener questions.
8 hours ago

Ex-Vikings QB Brad Johnson's son gets college offers as 8th grader

Max Johnson, a freshman at Oconee County High School in Atlanta, already has scholarship offers from Florida State and Miami. Both were offered to Max as an eighth-grader.
9 hours ago

Five (still) available free agents who could fit with Twins

If you don’t think the Twins have done anything so far in free agency … well, that’s not true. They did sign catcher Jason Castro, which can’t be dismissed as insignificant. He was ranked the 13th-best available player in this year’s class at the start of free agency by ESPN.com, and he’s received the 14th-largest contract so far in terms of total value ($24.5 million over three years). Of the 50 free agents deemed the best by ESPN.com, 33 have signed. That’s about one per team. The Twins have one. However: If you don’t think the Twins have done enough in free agency so far...
10 hours ago

Grades, outlook: Vikings' kicking, punting options open after uneven year on special teams

This is the eighth in an eight-part series reviewing the 2016 Vikings and looking ahead by position. Previously: OL / RB, TE / WR / QB/ DL/ LB / DB Special teams didn’t escape the highs and lows of a .500 season, contributing directly to both wins and losses between Blair Walsh misses, fumbles and coverage busts to return touchdowns from Marcus Sherels and Cordarrelle Patterson in the sixth Vikings season for special teams coordinator Mike Priefer. The league’s best kick return team (27.3 yards per), featuring Patterson as an All-Pro selection, contrasted with the second-worst kickoff...
10 hours ago

Here's your first look at the Twins' new Dominican Academy

The Twins and Phillies on Tuesday officially announced their new joint venture: an $18 million complex housing their Dominican Republic Baseball Academy. It will allow prospects from both teams to live and train at the 85,000-square foot complex — an under-one-roof approach that the organizations are hoping helps with development across many fronts. “The vision for this facility is rooted in the personal and physical development of our players,” Twins President Dave St. Peter said in a news release. “Clearly, the Dominican Republic is a vital source for talent and a community of great...
18 hours ago

Wild Minute: Wild blows 2-0 lead at home, loses

The Wild coughed up a lead on home ice and lost to the New Jersey Devils.
20 hours ago

Wild surrenders two-goal lead in home loss to New Jersey

The Wild’s four-game winning streak came to a stop Tuesday night, losing 4-3 to the visiting Devils.
Jan 17, 2017

Timberwolves-Lynx owner increases investment in Target Center renovations by at least $9 million

The building will now get a $138 million overhaul.
Jan 17, 2017

Is it safe to go 'all-in' on the Wild? Yes and no

We’re more than halfway into a Wild season, and there have been no swoons, dips or slumps. Sure, there have been times when Minnesota hasn’t been as dominant as it has been lately, but look at the first 42 games as a whole and you see this: the longest points-less streak for the Wild this season is two. And that happened just once, with back-to-back regulation losses to Buffalo and Colorado way back in early November. Here it is mid-January and the Wild has the most points in the Western Conference (62) while playing four fewer games (42 compared to 46) than the three teams closest to it...
Jan 17, 2017

Vikings grades, outlook: Xavier Rhodes catches on for Vikings' stingy secondary

This is the seventh in an eight-part series reviewing the 2016 Vikings and looking ahead by position. Previously: OL / RB, TE / WR / QB / DL / LB For the first time since Mike Zimmer gutted the Vikings’ defensive roster upon arrival in 2014, the defense could see some significant turnover. Most of which may come from a strong cornerback group, where slot man Captain Munnerlyn and Terence Newman are pending free agents. In the back end, safety play became an issue after the Vikings’ 5-0 start with injuries forcing young players into prominent roles. Harrison Smith had a down year to...
Jan 16, 2017

Stewart-Schroeder combo clicking for Wild

The Stewart-Schroeder duo is clicking, and glib coach Bruce Boudreau will leave it at that.
Jan 16, 2017

On the road for winter caravan, Twins do best to sell hope

Manager Paul Molitor and others told fans they believe in a turnaround after last year’s 103-loss disaster.
Jan 16, 2017

Gallery: Twins kick off Winter Caravan

The Twins kicked off their Winter Caravan in Hutchinson, Minn., on Monday.