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MINNEAPOLIS | The Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball is far off the game's main grid, independent from the traditional farm system and down to four teams preserved as a division of a partner league.
At the halfway point of the season, the Big Ten hasn't produced many highlights.
Never before has the imbalance between the American and National Leagues regarding Rule 6.10 been more of a potential problem.
MINNEAPOLIS | Justin Morneau homered for the first time in almost two months, a two-run shot that helped the Minnesota Twins to a 7-4 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday.
MINNEAPOLIS | Last in the American League in hitting and scoring, the White Sox started to find some offense this week in Minnesota.
ST. PAUL, Minn. | The Blackhawks were beaten the last game in the corners, along the boards and by an overtime goal for the Minnesota Wild.
ST. PAUL, Minn. | Beating the Blackhawks usually requires a certain kind of performance: bruising, aggressive and unflappable.
ST. PAUL, Minn. | NHL hockey was absent from Minnesota for seven years, and the upstart Wild stumbled through two rough seasons in their debut.
MINNEAPOLIS | Indiana was starting to settle in again at No. 1 after weeks of shuffling at the top of the national rankings in this wildly unpredictable season of college basketball.
MINNEAPOLIS | Tyler Griffey capped a terrific week for Illinois with 16 points, and the Fighting Illini went 11 for 23 from 3-point range in a 57-53 win over No. 18 Minnesota on Sunday night.
MINNEAPOLIS | Minnesota made a bold move to pull the redshirt off Philip Nelson at midseason and make the freshman their new quarterback.
MINNEAPOLIS | Seimone Augustus scored 23 of her 27 points in the second half to help the Minnesota Lynx surge past the Fever 83-71 on Wednesday night to even the WNBA finals at one game apiece.
MINNEAPOLIS | Midway through the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the WNBA Finals, Minnesota power forward Rebekkah Brunson rose in the lane toward the basket with her team trying to mount a rally.
MINNEAPOLIS | The old adage suggests Northwestern won't be successful with Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian sharing time at the sport's most important position: "If you have two quarterbacks, you don't have one."
Sellouts in pro sports aren't always so.
MINNEAPOLIS | Chris Sale produced his usual strong pitching performance to help the White Sox win their fifth straight series against the Minnesota Twins.
MINNEAPOLIS | Francisco Liriano spoiled Kevin Youkilis' first game with Chicago, throwing a season-high seven innings to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 4-1 victory over the White Sox on Monday night.
MINNEAPOLIS | In the last year of his contract with the languishing Chicago Cubs, Ryan Dempster is a prime candidate to be traded this summer.
MINNEAPOLIS | The Vikings are embroiled in a fight for a new stadium that may jeopardize the franchise's 51-year tenure in Minnesota.
MINNEAPOLIS | First, Jay Cutler. Then, Matt Forte. Finally, Brian Urlacher.
MINNEAPOLIS | MarQueis Gray has had a lot of learning to do in his first season as Minnesota's quarterback.
MINNEAPOLIS | Trevor Mbakwe had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, going 16 for 18 from the free-throw line to give the Gophers enough for an ugly 67-57 victory over Fairfield on Thursday night.
MINNEAPOLIS | Iowa stepped in TCF Bank Stadium last November and discovered a Minnesota team determined to finish a dismal season in strong fashion.
MINNEAPOLIS | White Sox rookie Zach Stewart took a perfect game into the eighth inning and finished with a one-hitter as Chicago completed a doubleheader sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 4-0 victory on Monday night.
MINNEAPOLIS | The White Sox haven't conceded the division race, during yet another mercurial season for temperamental manager Ozzie Guillen's team.
MINNEAPOLIS | Carl Pavano kept up his recent surge with a complete-game six-hitter for the Minnesota Twins in a 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
MINNEAPOLIS | The NFL's lockout stays, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. That means the league likely won't get back to business until next month and maybe for much longer.
MINNEAPOLIS | Its players again barred from coming to work, the NFL told a federal appeals court Monday it believes the appeal over whether the lockout is legal can "readily be resolved" during the offseason.
MINNEAPOLIS | NFL players urged a federal judge Wednesday to deny the league's request to essentially restore the lockout, saying their careers were at stake. Commissioner Roger Goodell, meanwhile, said owners were preparing for every contingency.
MINNEAPOLIS | The NFL asked a federal judge Monday to keep its lockout in place, claiming there are no legal grounds to stop it while accusing the players of trying to manipulate the law with a bogus antitrust lawsuit.
MINNEAPOLIS | Star quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are among the players who filed an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL on Friday to prevent a lockout.
ST. PAUL, Minn. | Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews each scored in the second period, and the Blackhawks stretched their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.
MINNEAPOLIS | Designated hitter Jim Thome and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.
MINNEAPOLIS | The Minnesota Golden Gophers were eager to prove they belong in the headlines for beating top teams, not simply for trouble off the court.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. | Brett Favre won't play in Minnesota's game Monday against the Bears.
ST. PAUL, Minn. | Though Chicago has started slowly after several changes to last season's championship roster, the Blackhawks still know how to find that winning edge.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. | Brett Favre's ironman streak has endured a litany of injuries and even a pair of premature retirement press conferences.
MINNEAPOLIS | Carl Pavano didn't even need to plead his case to stay in the game. His performance was argument enough.
MINNEAPOLIS | Having tripped and fallen behind in the race, the Minnesota Twins started the second half with an important series against the division-leading White Sox — with the packed new ballpark adding to the excitement.
MINNEAPOLIS | The Minnesota Twins have more power hitters and a higher-profile lineup since an exasperated Ozzie Guillen first labeled them "The Piranhas" four years ago for their pesky style.
MINNEAPOLIS | Though Nebraska has never before been part of the women's basketball elite, the Cornhuskers have consistently faced opponents hungry and eager to knock them from their perch this season.
MINNEAPOLIS | Keaton Grant's jumper with 7.7 seconds left lifted No. 3 Purdue past Minnesota 59-58 after losing star Robbie Hummel to a knee injury in the first half Wednesday night.
MINNEAPOLIS | "This is what I came back for."
MINNEAPOLIS | Minnesota's recruiting pitch to Brett Favre was heavy on the no-pressure part: just steady the offense, let the running game and defense do most of the work, and join in the fun.
MINNEAPOLIS | Brett Favre passed for a season-high 392 yards and three touchdowns, and the Minnesota Vikings intercepted Jay Cutler twice in a 36-10 victory over the Bears on Sunday.
MINNEAPOLIS | Bernard Berrian is making the most money among Minnesota's receivers. Yet he's the one Vikings pass catcher for whom Brett Favre's arrival hasn't paid off.
MINNEAPOLIS | Alexi Casilla singled home the winning run with one out in the 12th inning and the Minnesota Twins rallied past Detroit 6-5 in the AL Central tiebreaker Tuesday night, completing a colossal collapse for the Tigers.
MINNEAPOLIS | Brett Favre proved to the Green Bay Packers he has plenty of fire left inside, and in his right arm.
MINNEAPOLIS | Twice, Joe Nathan and the Minnesota Twins were one strike from finishing a three-game sweep of Chicago and all but burying the White Sox in the AL Central race.
MINNEAPOLIS | Joe Nathan gave up back-to-back home runs to Gordon Beckham and Paul Konerko with two outs in the ninth inning, and the White Sox got to Minnesota's four-time All-Star closer to win 4-2 on Wednesday.
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