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Keep informed about sports news and trends in Minnesota, and laugh along the way, with Michael Rand and other Star Tribune writers and special guests each weekday morning.

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Keep informed about sports news and trends in Minnesota, and laugh along the way, with Michael Rand and other Star Tribune writers and special guests each weekday morning.

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Bobby Nightengale on the Twins and Comcast, injury updates and trade deadline speculation

7/19/2024
Introduction: Host Michael Rand takes note of Minnesota United's hopes of improving during this transfer window, a concerning injury to Dawson Garcia and an update from the Wolves in Summer League action. 7:00: Star Tribune Twins writer Bobby Nightengale Jr. joins Rand for a look at the Twins at the All-Star break. With a 54-42 record, they are in good shape to compete for a playoff spot. Whether they can catch Cleveland or secure a Wild Card berth largely will depend on position player health and the return to form of Pablo Lopez. Will they add anything at the trade deadline? And is anything new on the TV front after updates from Commissioner Rob Manfred? 30:00: Speaking of the Twins on TV, a listener sounds off on the whole situation.

Duration:00:32:18

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Young Wolves have a chance for big impact; Lynx, Loons and the top 100 athletes since 2000

7/18/2024
Introduction: Host Michael Rand starts with two teams going in opposite directions. The Lynx won a matinee to enter the Olympic break 17-8, which includes a 3-2 mark without injured star Napheesa Collier. Meanwhile, Minnesota United remained winless in its last nine matches. Surrendering two late goals on set pieces to a subpar D.C. United squad in a 3-2 loss Wednesday might have been the worst of the nine. 9:00: Star Tribune Wolves writer Chris Hine joins the show fresh off a long stint in Las Vegas to talk about the impact of Minnesota's young players, Anthony Edwards' continued rise on Team USA and yet another trip to Chanhassen. 27:00: ESPN ranked the top 100 pro athletes since 2000. How many Minnesotans were on the list?

Duration:00:32:17

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La Velle E. Neal III on Joe Mauer; Rob Manfred wants to have it both ways with MLB and TV

7/17/2024
Introduction: Host Michael Rand was not impressed with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's comments Tuesday about where things stand with the league's TV situation. By telling teams it is up to them to decide whether to either sign up to be distributed and produced by MLB or continue with the regional sports network model, MLB is admitting it doesn't yet have a viable product or solution. If the landscape really won't be sorted out until a new national contract is negotiated in 2028, that's a long time to wait. 9:00: Star Tribune columnist La Velle E. Neal III joins Rand ahead of Joe Mauer's induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend in Cooperstown, N.Y. Neal shares some Mauer stories and insights, while he and Rand also get into this year's Twins and Vikings receiver Jordan Addison. 36:00: It is a great day to be a Star Tribune subscriber.

Duration:00:37:24

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Marcus Fuller on the future of Gophers sports; Does NBA's new TV deal mean the end for regional networks?

7/16/2024
Introduction: Host Michael Rand starts with Knicks owner James Dolan's scathing letter to the league's board of governors complaining about several aspects of a reported new 11-year, $76 billion media/TV deal. Dolan, representing the large-market Knicks, worries that the NBA is moving toward a national broadcast model that will render regional sports networks "unviable." What might that mean for Minnesota sports and the Wolves? 9:00: Star Tribune Gophers sports writer Marcus Fuller joins Rand to talk about two main subjects. First, Fuller sheds more light on Gophers AD Mark Coyle's comments to the Board of Regents last week about the future economic model within the athletic department. Fuller also gives an update on the Gophers men's basketball team's offseason, among other things. 38:00: Two listeners have keen observations.

Duration:00:40:03

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Patrick Reusse on Caitlin Clark, Jordan Addison and the Twins at the All-Star break

7/15/2024
Star Tribune columnist Patrick Reusse joins host Michael Rand for a look back at the weekend in sports, which frankly didn't have a lot of great news for Minnesota sports fans. The Lynx lost to Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever on Sunday, showing they will struggle as long as Napheesa Collier is out. The game was a huge success from a business standpoint, with a sellout crowd and gate revenues topping $1 million helped greatly by a pro-Clark contingent. Vikings WR Jordan Addison was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in California, the second straight offseason he's had a significant incident with a vehicle. And the Twins lost their final game going into the All-Star break and are dealing with a handful of minor injuries to major players.

Duration:00:43:36

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Willi Castro appreciation, U.S. Soccer speculation and Minnesota United evaluation

7/12/2024
Introduction: Host Michael Rand begins with an appreciation segment on Willi Castro, the super utility man for the Twins who was named to the All-Star team Thursday as an injury replacement. He's played quite capably at five different positions and in all 93 games this year for the Twins, who quite honestly would not be where they are (53-40) without him. 6:00: Soccer writer Jon Marthaler joins Rand for a look at Minnesota United, which has struggled with depth in losing six games in a row. With the MLS transfer window coming up next week and players returning from international competition, where do the Loons stand? Plus they speculate about candidates for the top U.S. men's soccer job and name some guys. 35:00: Wolves back?

Duration:00:37:07

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Caitlin Clark at Target Center, Gophers athletics changes and ... Twins vs. Yankees in the playoffs?

7/11/2024
Introduction: Host Michael Rand starts with the suddenly and remarkably consistent Twins, who have won two out of three games in six consecutive series, needing to win the third game of the series each time to achieve the feat, and have also homered in 28 straight games. That sort of run would be good news in the postseason, but this isn't: a listener points out that if the season ended today, it would be Twins at Yankees for three games in October. Plus Rand gets into comments from Gophers AD Mark Coyle about the future of college athletics. 12:00: Star Tribune Lynx writer Kent Youngblood has some good perspective on Napheesa Collier's injury and the Lynx's success (so far) without her. He also previews Sunday's big game against Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever at Target Center. 28:00: The NBA is playing with Monopoly money, and the U.S. men's soccer team officially needs a new manager.

Duration:00:32:00

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Chip Scoggins on the ongoing Twins TV frustration and a very optimistic view of one Minnesota team

7/10/2024
Introduction: Host Michael Rand starts with the Lynx, who earned an impressive 82-67 win at Los Angeles on Tuesday thanks in large part to a perfect 4-for-4 shooting night from three-point range by Bridget Carleton. It was Minnesota's second straight win without injured star Napheesa Collier, and their win total (16) has already reached preseason expectations for the whole year. 7:00: Star Tribune columnist Chip Scoggins joins Rand to vent frustration about the ongoing absence of Bally Sports North on Comcast. It's been more than two months since subscribers to the largest cable carrier in the state could see Twins broadcasts, and there is no immediate relief in sight. Plus Scoggins and Rand get into a recent list of 36 teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB that have never won a championship. 36:00: Football isn't far away. The Yankees are struggling.

Duration:00:39:47

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Brooks Lee lets Twins dream big; Chris Hine on a huge offseason for back half of Timberwolves roster

7/9/2024
Introduction: Host Michael Rand has an early appreciation for Twins rookie Brooks Lee, who has the more RBI (eight) through six games of his career than any player in franchise history and who has the second-most hits (11) in that span, trailing only Kirby Puckett. Small sample sizes are dangerous, but Lee absolutely looks the part. Once (if) Royce Lewis gets healthy, can you imagine what these two players might do for the next several years? 9:00: Star Tribune Timberwolves writer Chris Hine joins Rand from Las Vegas to break down USA Basketball's camp and the upcoming Summer League. Anthony Edwards isn't shying away from his potential role in the Olympics and as a budding face of the NBA. Meanwhile, it's a huge offseason for several young Wolves players. 32:00: On Paul George and the feeling of being disrespected.

Duration:00:36:39

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Patrick Reusse on Twins' mastery, a Timberwolves mystery and a Vikings tragedy

7/8/2024
Star Tribune columnist Patrick Reusse joins host Michael Rand for a look back at the weekend in sports, which included another series win for the Twins -- this time over Houston, one of the other hottest teams in baseball. The Twins keep stacking up good performances, even if they only had one All-Star named to the AL team. Jose Miranda continued his torrid summer with 12 hits in 12 straight at bats, tying a decades-old MLB record. Reusse and Rand also talked about the horrific and tragic death of Vikings corner Khyree Jackson in a car accident over the weekend. And they finished with some talk of the Timberwolves, including Reusse not quite being sure what Anthony Edwards was talking about this weekend regarding Team USA. Plus a Reusse soccer rant.

Duration:00:49:25

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Napheesa Collier injured; Wolves flex in West; Minneapolis Paralympic athlete Chuck Aoki

7/5/2024
Introduction: Host Michael Rand starts with a nightmare scenario for the Lynx, who lost to Connecticut on Thursday and saw star Napheesa Collier leave in the third quarter with a left foot injury. We don't know the extent of the injury yet, but depending on the length it could impact Collier's chances of playing in the Olympics as well as the hopes for the Lynx this year. Plus Rand sizes up the NBA's Western Conference and likes where the Wolves are positioned after some key moments in free agency. 12:00: Minneapolis Paralympic athlete Chuck Aoki joins the show to talk about the upcoming games starting in late August in Paris. Aoki, 33, is hoping to help the U.S. wheelchair rugby team earn gold. He also is a huge Minnesota sports fan and has some early scouting on Vikings QB J.J. McCarthy. 28:00: The Twins are rolling, and Jose Miranda is playing a big part.

Duration:00:31:48

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The highs and lows of Royce Lewis; La Velle E. Neal III on five big topics; Farewell, Kyle Anderson

7/3/2024
Introduction: Host Michael Rand starts with the latest bad piece of injury news for budding Twins star Royce Lewis, who had to leave Tuesday's 5-3 victory over Detroit with left groin tightness. Even the usually optimistic Lewis sounded downtrodden after the game, with another injury threatening to derail yet another promising season. Plus Rand notes the departure of Kyle Anderson from the Wolves to Golden State and what it might mean for their playing style. 10:00: La Velle E. Neal III joins the show to talk with Rand about five big subjects: the future of U.S. Soccer, the Wild's free agency moves, the Loons' recent swoon, the Wolves' offseason and what the Twins should do with Max Kepler. 34:00: An NFL mock draft rant.

Duration:00:38:41

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Inside the resurgence of the Twins + Dissecting the Wild in free agency and lamenting U.S. Soccer

7/2/2024
Introduction: Host Michael Rand breaks down the Wild's signing of forward Yakov Trenin to a four-year, $14 million deal on the opening day of free agency Monday. He's the type of solid player that doesn't move the needle in terms of excitement, but he will help the Wild. The problem is Minnesota doesn't have enough money to spend to shore up other critical areas of need. Plus Rand notes the Wolves' new deal for big man Luka Garza. 10:00: Bobby Nightengale from the Star Tribune Twins beat joins the show after a 6-3 road trip that saw the Twins continue to settle into an extended stretch of good play. Of particular note: Dominant performances from Byron Buxton and Pablo Lopez. 33:00: A disappointing Copa American for the U.S. should mean the end for coach Gregg Berhalter.

Duration:00:38:08

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Patrick Reusse on the emerging Twins, strong drafts, gymnastics and a couple of rants

7/1/2024
Star Tribune columnist Patrick Reusse joins host Michael Rand for a look back at the weekend in sports, which included another good showing from the Twins. They won all three series during a 6-3 road trip and look very little like the team that struggled at the beginning of the season. As we turn the calendar to July, are we ready to say the Twins are good? Plus Reusse and Rand weigh in on the NBA and NHL drafts. The Wolves and Wild achieved the improbable when they both made first-round picks that fans and pundits agreed were among the best in their respective leagues. But both will likely be sitting out free agency. And they wrapped up the U.S. gymnastics trials, while Reusse found a couple things to rant about.

Duration:00:44:53

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Sarah McLellan on the NHL draft, big Wild offseason; Timberwolves are redefining new NBA era

6/28/2024
Host Michael Rand starts with a recap of the NBA draft. Even though the Wolves ended up making a series of roster-clearing and salary-dumping moves Thursday and didn't use a second-round pick, they were the big winners this week. By getting two likely immediate rotation players in Rob Dillingham and Terrence Shannon Jr., they not only helped themselves but also re-imagined how teams will build rosters under the new collective bargaining agreement. Plus Rand has thoughts on the Twins and Lynx. 9:00: Star Tribune Wild writer Sarah McLellan joins Rand to preview the NHL draft and to look ahead to an interesting series of decisions for the Wild. They don't have much payroll flexibility, but they must improve after a disappointing result last year. 31:00: Team USA came unglued against Panama.

Duration:00:33:37

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Special Delivery! Wolves' Luka Garza and Minneapolis Henry's Mark 'Dolo' Harris from All-Metro Sports Awards

6/27/2024
In this bonus edition of Daily Delivery, host Michael Rand catches up with two honored guests from this week's Star Tribune All-Metro Sports Awards. First up is Timberwolves big man Luka Garza, who shared wisdom about basketball and life (plus of course Caitlin Clark) in an on-stage Q&A with Rand during the award show. Plus Rand had a chance to have an extended conversation with Mark "Dolo" Harris, who was honored with the Difference Maker award at the ceremony.

Duration:00:24:21

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A huge trade and big swing for Timberwolves; Get ready for four days of big-time gymnastics

6/27/2024
Introduction: Host Michael Rand breaks down a huge night at the NBA draft for the Timberwolves, who dealt away their 2031 first round pick to obtain the No. 8 pick Wednesday. They used that to take Kentucky guard Rob Dillingham, then later chose Terrence Shannon Jr. at No. 27. It was a big swing for both the present and the future. 10:00: Jeff Day and Naila-Jean Meyers from the Star Tribune join Rand ahead of four huge days of gymnastics at Target Center. The U.S. women's and men's Olympic teams will be decided after the U.S. trials, with the biggest names in the sport competing in Minneapolis. 41:00: A nice win for the Twins and a big debut set for Thursday.

Duration:00:44:37

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Point guard of the future for Timberwolves? + Huge win for Lynx and tough times for Loons, Twins

6/26/2024
Introduction: Host Michael Rand starts with the Lynx, who took a 94-89 win over New York in the title game of the Commissioner's Cup. Though the victory doesn't count in the standings, it was the seventh in a row for the Lynx. Players pocketed $30,000 each for the victory, and the Lynx served notice about their place in the league. Plus Rand gets into another frustrating Twins loss and a bad stretch for Minnesota United. 9:00: Star Tribune Timberwolves writer Chris Hine joins Rand ahead of the NBA draft, a two-night affair that starts Wednesday. The Wolves have picks No. 27 and 37. Can they nab their point guard of the future with what they have to work with? 31:00: Two giants of Minnesota hockey are headed to the Hall of Fame.

Duration:00:33:21

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Big payroll questions for the Wolves and Wild; What Chris Finch's contract extension means

6/25/2024
Introduction: Host Michael Rand looks at the 14 coaches in Timberwolves history and has a hard time complaining much about current coach Chris Finch, who just signed an extension Monday that will keep him in Minnesota for the next four seasons. It's a coaching list filled with forgettable seasons. Finch, on the other hand, has built something very good here. 7:00: Star Tribune columnist Chip Scoggins joins Rand for a look at the payroll questions facing the Wolves and Wild as well as what both teams might do in their respective drafts this week. Plus a dissection of the Twins near the midpoint of their season. 35:00: Florida denies Edmonton's chance at history.

Duration:00:37:40

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Patrick Reusse on the Twins, flooded ballparks and a unique Williams Arena solution

6/24/2024
After a week off, the podcast returns with host Michael Rand and Star Tribune columnist Patrick Reusse catching up on all they missed. They start with the Twins, who Reusse boldly says are better than they were a year ago even if we haven't figured them out yet. More starting pitching depth and quality will be a key to unlocking their true potential this season. From there, it is quite a journey from flooded ballparks to gymnastics to big spending in college athletics to Reusse's radical solution for the aging Williams Arena. Plus a little NBA and NHL draft talk as well.

Duration:00:49:53