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  • alex means Courrier: Military first, but Means excited about NFL opportunity Mankato East, Air Force grad invited to tryout with Carolina

    May 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thoma column: History lesson: Bill Veeck and the aborted black Phillies The Donald Sterling scandal in the NBA -- in which the league is now trying to strip an owner of his franchise after some racist comments -- has an obvious parallel in baseball history, the Marge Schott case. Schott was the managing partner -- de fac

    May 5, 2014

  • Courrier: Vikings should continue building defense in draft Quarterback, schmorterback. All the national draft "experts" want or expect the Minnesota Vikings to take a quarterback with the No. 8 pick in Thursday's first round of the NFL draft, noting how poorly that position played last season. But when it co

    May 2, 2014

  • Thoma column: The Twins have an Aerosmith offense (Walk This Way) We sure didn't see this coming during spring training, when the Twins were struggling to score more than once a game in Florida. But we're about a month into the season, and the Twins are plating more than 5.5 runs a game. And they're doing it, in es

    April 28, 2014

  • MSU men's basketball rebuilding seems to be on pace The Minnesota State men's basketball team won a program-record 30 games last season, but three starters and a top reserve will have graduated by the time practice starts again in October. For most programs, that significant rebuilding project would b

    April 25, 2014

  • Thoma column: Bartlett's failure no surprise — except to the Twins The Jason Bartlett Experiment ended last week with its inevitable failure; the former shortstop aborted his rehab assignment in Fort Myers and retired. The idea that Bartlett would be a ideal bench component was always illogical. That Ron Gardenhire

    April 21, 2014

  • Courrier: There are no winners in MSU football saga Where to start? In 28 years in the business, there has never been a more odd, twisted, rollercoaster story than the Todd Hoffner saga. And that was before he came back to the Minnesota State campus this week, when strange became tragic and the chance

    April 17, 2014

  • Thoma column: Twins are scoring lot of runs; can this continue? The Minnesota Twins entered Sunday's play with the American League's second-highest number of runs scored. And, they haven't had the advantage of hitting off their own pitching staff. OK, it's dreadfully early in the season, far too early to draw co

    April 14, 2014

  • Courrier: Masters is first sign that winter has been conquered Don't know if anybody noticed but it's been a tough winter, with brutal cold and piles of snow that are now just disappearing. If not for an exciting season of local basketball and hockey, it would have an unbearable four months. Minnesota State had

    April 10, 2014

  • Thoma column: We all know the Ryan Braun saga: Winner of the National League MVP award, flunked a drug test, convinced the arbitrator to toss his suspension on the basis that his sample was mishandled, was snagged anyway in the Biogenesis investigation, suspended

    April 7, 2014

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