EDEN PRAIRIE — To many, the main drama surrounding the Vikings in the first round of next week’s NFL draft is which receiver will they take. Will it be Laquon Treadwell or Josh Doctson? Or perhaps Corey Coleman. Maybe Will Fuller.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves’ search for a new president of basketball operations and head coach was swift and brought in Tom Thibodeau. A week after the season ended, the Wolves signed Thibodeau, the former Chicago Bulls coach, to fill both the top management and coaching roles in Minnesota, the team confirmed Wednesday evening.
We were expecting the Wild. Instead, we got the Wild-eyed. It’s important, sometimes, to differentiate between effort and passion. The Minnesota Wild rarely lack the former. In fact, they are known for working hard. Yet it often seemed that the fire, the emotion, didn’t quite match the exertion. Hockey appeared to be strictly business.
DALLAS — John Torchetti’s carousel search for a suitable left wing to play on the Wild’s top line spun again Saturday, this time landing on an unconventional answer. After Jason Zucker yielded a single shot on goal in Game 1 from the position left vacant by injuries to Zach Parise and Thomas Vanek, Mikael Granlund, typically a center, was slotted to the left of Mikko Koivu on the team’s top line in an attempt to spark offense for a Wild team that entered Game 2 here with six goals in their past six games.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins’ first victory of the season came just in time to save Brian Dozier’s famous coiffure from early-season devastation. Before a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, third baseman Trevor Plouffe kept trying to convince Dozier to let go of his locks.
ST. PAUL — After more than 321,000 Minnesotans stuffed themselves into schools, churches, fire halls, snowmobile groups and Lions Clubs across the state to take part in presidential picking last month, Capitol and party leaders, as well as many voters, decided it is time for a change. Within days of the March 1 caucuses, leaders and their constituents began clamoring for the state to move from a presidential caucus system to a presidential primary. The volume was too great, the lines were too long and the caucus sites too chaotic for the system to continue, supporters said.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings better be ready to be prime-time players. After making the playoffs last season for just the second time in six years, Minnesota will be featured four times in prime time in 2016 and also will have a nationally televised game at Detroit on Thanksgiving.
DALLAS — The Wild’s Game 1 reckoning did not end with the final horn of their 4-0 loss to the Stars, it extended into Friday’s video review directed by dogmatic taskmaster John Torchetti. The interim coach counted 18 neutral-zone turnovers among Minnesota’s myriad sins. It is hard enough to defeat the NHL’s highest-scoring team on equal terms, but spoon-feeding Dallas pucks and momentum was a blueprint for failure.
MINNEAPOLIS — When Jared Allen left the Vikings as a free agent in 2014, he had a feeling he would return at some point. That day came Thursday.
UNCASVILLE, Ct. — For the first time in more than a decade, the Gophers have top-five picks in consecutive years in the WNBA Draft. Rachel Banham was selected No. 4 overall by the Connecticut Sun on Thursday night. Banham, the Big Ten player of the year and the conference’s all-time leading scorer, follows former Minnesota center Amanda Zahui B., who was the No. 2 pick last year. Lindsay Whalen (No. 4) and Janel McCarville (No. 1) were selected in the first round in consecutive years in 2004 and 2005.