Recent content from Jim Souhan
Injuries caused the Twins to cave. By the time they were in what could be called a title race, they were missing key pitchers, Byron Buxton and almost an entire starting lineup.
Top receiver Chris Autman-Bell's knee injury will test the Gophers' ability to get the job done by committee.
The Gophers need their star running back healthy if they're going to win the Big Ten West.
The Wolves should require their star guard to meet with gay staff members and fans and explain what he was thinking.
The Gophers and Vikings have young, enthusiastic head coaches with an offensive background, lots of skill-position talent and what currently looks like open roads to the postseason.
After shredding the Packers for a career-high 184 yards, the star receiver again invites comparisons to Randy Moss and Jerry Rice.
The Vikings can't afford to lose Justin Jefferson, which means they can't afford to offend him.
Lindsay Whalen will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame on Saturday. But before that she reflected on five turning points in her basketball career.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli has been ejected twice this month and four times this season, leading to some hat toss feedback from Ron Gardenhire.
In 16 hours, Minnesota Twins reserve outfielder Jake Cave, who has spent most of the season with Class AAA St. Paul, made possible two crucial victories.
Emanuel Reynoso has added scoring to his already-excellent passing
For years, Vikings GM Rick Spielman raved about his team's depth. Then he got fired because his backups weren't good enough.
A recent national report said that Carlos Correa will likely opt out of his contract with the Twins. There are reasons why you shouldn't consider his departure a done deal.
The Twins inducted Ron Gardenhire into their Hall of Fame this weekend, then paid homage to him by swinging their bats like a utility infielder with a lifetime average of .232.
If they aren't going to play starters, as Minnesota and San Francisco opted Saturday, why play the game?
The most intriguing duel at Vikings training camp should be neither intriguing nor a duel. Neither Kellen Mond nor Sean Mannion is the quarterback of the future.
Another mediocre season from right fielder Max Kepler, when the team desperately needs production from a lefthanded hitter, is part of the reason the Twins are struggling.
Sylvia Fowles' last game ushers in an offseason of change.
Her farewell tour almost over, the All-Star center is feted at Target Center.
You want to know one of the reasons the Lynx are in danger of missing the playoffs? Needing to use a half-dozen point guards because of health issues.
Lynx great Sylvia Fowles had hundreds of moments. Here are five.
This might be the final week for one of the all-time greats in Minnesota sports: Sylvia Fowles. She can still play, no doubt, but it fits her personality to take a bow.
The Twins' and Padres' trades highlighted a surprising trade deadline while the NFL gets embarrassed by its owners.
Is it rational to trade for the three or four pitchers the Twins might need if those pitchers won't give you a realistic chance of beating the Yankees or Astros?
Had he done nothing other than win basketball games, as a collegian, pro and coach, Bill Russell would belong on any short list of the most important figures in basketball history. But there was much more to his legacy.
Judge new Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell after Year 2, just as you should have with Mike Tice, Brad Childress, Leslie Frazier and Mike Zimmer.
Sometime this weekend in San Diego, Miguel Sano may bat against Taylor Rogers, an event created by the baseball gods to boil a Twins fan's blood.
Making golf difficult for the best in the world is not about adding length, but creating strategic hazards and extraneous thoughts. The TPC's 18th hole fits that description.
Columnist Jim Souhan was sitting in the dugout in the Dominican Republic on the day David Ortiz was let go by the Twins. What happened that day — and over the next 20 years — couldn't have been foreseen.
The PGA Tour is back in Minnesota this week for the 3M Open in Blaine, and it will be just fine without all of the LIV Tour defectors.
Minnesota's upstart soccer team is also one of state's best stories.
The first thought from a Minnesota sports fan about that dramatic Timberwolves trade earlier this month might have been: Oh no, not this again. Analyzing deeper, however, reveals big differences in two mega-trades.
Braemar pro Roger Fahrenkrug watched Tiger Woods in one of the many painful moments one of golf's greats has had in his return.
Luis Arraez was named to his first All-Star team on Sunday and he's proving he's worthy of lofty comparisons.
Minnesota native Briana Scurry contemplated suicide after a concussion ended her playing career.
The Big Ten is changing from a regional league to a coast-to-coast powerhouse. Here are the next steps that need to be taken in the dramatic reshaping of college sports.
Thursday night, columnist Jim Souhan says he should have crossed the street and covered actual basketball instead of basketball's worst soap opera.
Two trades led to two first-round picks in the NBA draft, and Tim Connelly's first draft with the Wolves was characterized by logic, not fireworks.
Why limit the number of games your best player could play? Why would you avoid using him off the bench in a close game? Baseball can be counterintuitive.
The NBA draft and an D'Angelo Russell decision are the first tests for Tim Connelly, the new Wolves president of basketball operations.
Reality has weighed in for the Lynx again, issuing a reminder that talented players are necessary for success.
Fans may wish that Twins manager Rocco Baldelli would do some things differently. They may be right, but that's missing the long view.
How does the NFL, which claims to be sensitive to the plight of Black Americans, continue to employ Jack Del Rio? How can anyone take him seriously again?
Is this a different kind of Twins team? Their at-bats against Toronto and New York the past five games give hope.
Luis Arraez leads the major leagues in batting average and has become the soul of a first-place team, so sit back Twins fans and enjoy facing the best team in baseball — even if it may hurt a bit.
What Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez are demonstrating is an understanding of how wealth can be used as an advantage in the portion of the organization not restricted by a salary cap.
Among the reasons: A rotten record wouldn't ensure they could draft Paige Bueckers; opportunity remains to salvage the season; Sylvia Fowles deserves a fitting send-off.
The new LIV Golf Invitational Series, which has drawn some big names, is an example of 'sportswashing' by the Saudi Arabian government.
With a bit of distance from playoff elimination, Timberwolves fans can draw some conclusions about the state of the franchise.
Their stance is illogical and damaging to the team's likability — and playoff chances. These players are betraying their organization.
Wes Phillips, the grandson of Bum and son of Wade, is optimistic about the Vikings offense in the hands of Kirk Cousins.
On a beautiful Minnesota night, the Aurora played in what felt like a championship setting. The game was a draw, 1-1, before 5,219 fans, but the game was a success before it began.
Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa, Gio Urshela are leading the way as the Twins find their superpower is turning line drives into outs
As hungry as fans are to see Byron Buxton and Royce Lewis run and hit, protecting them for the long run is the wise plan with an AL Central title — and their futures — in play.
Former Vikings running back Herschel Walker is a leading Republican candidate — with a concerning background — in a U.S. Senate race in his native Georgia.
Ona Loper just completed a dream career, athletically and academically. It is the kind of success story too easily overlooked in college sports. "The experience of a lifetime," she says.
Postseason victories are hard to come by around here, so let's appreciate the ones who keep delivering them: the Gophers football players and coaches.
Their baseball calculus: A healthy Byron Buxton at near full strength for just 100 games might be one of the best and most productive players in the game. They also know that may not be a popular call,
An excellent regular season wasn't enough to elevate the Wild into playoffs success.
Justin Verlander, 39, outdueled rookie Joe Ryan, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning, in a game for those who prefer pitching mastery over long, loud homers.
The Twins are in first place in the American League Central more than a month into the season. Imagine what they could do if anything was going right for them.
Former Gophers star Rachel Banham is hoping to follow fellow Gopher Lindsay Whalen in positional success with the Lynx.
Lots of roster moves spell short-term trouble for the old and injured Lynx to kick off the WNBA season. But the Lynx tend to figure things out.
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, owner of three Stanley Cup titles, responded to the Game 1 loss to St. Louis with humor more than intensity. He may be on to something.
Having a fast, firm opinion on any NFL team's draft results is foolish, but we do know this: new Vikings GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah did not take the safe or easy routes this past weekend.
The Timberwolves had many highs and lows, and D'Angelo Russell often contributed, but Jordan McLaughlin was better when it mattered. And what about bringing back Tyus Jones?
The decision to trade back in the first round of the NFL draft means Kwesi Adofo-Mensah's front office hasn't moved far from its predecessor.
Mock draft? Sure, our columnist says, let's give that a try. From Jacksonville to the Vikings, here's what each team should really consider in the top 12.
Scouting, analytics and well-conceived game plans have done more than fill holes on a rebuilt staff.
Jordan McLaughlin scored 16 points in 14 minutes, hitting all four three-pointers that he took, after not playing at all in the Wolves' Game 3 collapse.
The Wolves returned home-court advantage to Memphis. They also gave the Grizzlies an even bigger advantage by the way they fell apart in Game 3.
The Wolves' playoff appearance this weekend will sell out games at Target Center and continue a trend: Minneapolis is a hoops hotbed.
Few other coaches could achieve what Chris Finch has done for the Timberwolves this season. He's on the way to becoming the best coach in franchise history.
Clayton Kershaw's chance for a perfect game was clearly not worth the health risk, but top analysts railed anyway.
Winning that game? That way? This franchise? Those who know, know: This NBA playoff spot is special for the Wolves, and it was silly to expect them to tone down their celebrating.