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Recent articles by Charley:

Charley Walters: On any given Sunday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer could be out of a job

It’s a decent bet that had the Vikings lost to the winless Detroit Lions at home last Sunday, coach Mike Zimmer would have been gone by Monday. But the Vikings squeaked by, winning 19-17 in the fin… → Read More

Charley Walters: Jim Pohlad still rates Twins’ brain trust ‘A-plus’

Last year, the Twins won the American League Central Division. This year, they finished last. Chatting with Jim Pohlad last week, I asked the Twins’ owner to grade his top two baseball operat… → Read More

Charley Walters: Wild owner says still no deal with Kirill Kaprizov

Rumors persist that the Minnesota Wild and star Kirill Kaprizov have agreed on a new contract. “As far as I know, that is not true,” Wild owner Craig Leipold told the Pioneer Press on Saturday. “An… → Read More

Charley Walters: No playoffs could mean big changes for Vikings

It’s 22 days until the Minnesota Vikings open their regular season against the Bengals in Cincinnati. The way it looks now, the Vikings are an average football team that could maybe win nine of 17 … → Read More

Charley Walters: Vikings’ Kirk Cousins creates COVID quandary – Twin Cities

Last November, the Denver Broncos embarrassingly lost 31-3 to the New Orleans Saints using a practice squad wide receiver as quarterback because their regular QBs were forced into five-day quaranti… → Read More

Charley Walters: Twins likely to decline trade offers for Jose Berrios, Byron Buxton

Besides Nelson Cruz, who as expected was traded to Tampa Bay last week, the most sought-after Minnesota Twin as Friday’s trade deadline approaches is starter Jose Berrios. Outfielder Byron Buxton w… → Read More

Charley Walters: Athlete compensation changes came too late for ex-Gopher Darrell Thompson

Darrell Thompson played football for the University of Minnesota from 1986-1989 and still owns the school’s career rushing record of 4,518 yards as well as touchdowns (40). Thompson remembers as a … → Read More

Charley Walters: Twins’ struggles a surprise to Thad Levine – Twin Cities

Before this season, Minnesota Twins GM Thad Levine, regarded among baseball’s best young executives, had prepared a myriad of scenarios that could occur during the season. He couldn’t have expected… → Read More

Charley Walters: Twins season tough on Justin Morneau in the booth

Justin Morneau, the insightful Minnesota Twins TV analyst, is facing some challenges broadcasting while his former team is floundering. → Read More

Charley Walters: Jim Pohlad surprised by Twins’ sad start – Twin Cities

Owner Jim Pohlad and most of the Minnesota Twins front office attended the St. Paul Saints home opener last Tuesday, when their new Triple-A club lost 11-1 to the Iowa Cubs. At the same time in Chi… → Read More

Charley Walters: Wild owner Craig Leipold hoping for 10,000 home fans for playoffs

Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold is hoping his team gets approval to increase attendance in St. Paul from 3,000 to about 10,000 for playoff games later this month. “I am really, tremendously, exc… → Read More

Charley Walters: Pohlads poised to be lone local owners in Twin Cities major sports

Glen Taylor’s pending sale of the Minnesota Timberwolves means the Twins will be the lone locally owned franchise among NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB teams. Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf are from New J… → Read More

Charley Walters: Brian Dutcher praises Gophers’ hiring of Ben Johnson – Twin Cities

Knowledgeable people in college basketball were convinced Dutcher would be the new men’s coach. So what happened? → Read More

Charley Walters: Gophers basketball fans pining for Eric Musselman

Based on online comments, a good amount of University of Minnesota men’s basketball fans want Eric Musselman to replace fired Richard Pitino as coach. But the university probably waited two years t… → Read More

Charley Walters: Expect another AL Central title for Twins with Falvey, Levine and Baldelli

The way it looks now, as spring training begins, the Twins will win their third straight American League Central championship. → Read More

Charley Walters: Ex-Gopher Hitchcock says a Super Bowl ring is priceless

Hitchcock, a 1983 Johnson High grad, played in Washington’s 1988 Super Bowl victory over Denver. → Read More

Charley Walters: Glen Taylor keeping Ryan Saunders as Wolves’ coach for now – Twin Cities

Ryan Saunders will remain coach of the woeful Minnesota Timberwolves, at least until he gets an opportunity to coach a stretch with star Karl-Anthony Towns in the regular lineup. “I haven’t even ta… → Read More

Saints/Twins to introduce Toby Gardenhire as Triple-A manager

The Saint Paul Saints on Tuesday afternoon will officially announce Toby Gardenhire as their first Triple-A manager. “Get those guys to the big leagues, that’s the plan — I’m excited,” Gardenhire, 38, said Monday while playing in Twins first base coach Tommy Watkins fundraiser golf tournament in Fort Myers, Fla. “Whatever way we can do it. I think we should have some good prospects, so it should… → Read More

Charley Walters: Vikings should trade up to draft quarterback, expert says

The Minnesota Vikings have the No. 14 overall pick in April’s NFL draft. They should trade up to No. 10 to take a quarterback. That’s the opinion of draft expert Scott Wright. “I think they’ve got … → Read More

Charley Walters: Twins to name Toby Gardenhire manager of St. Paul Saints

Look for Toby Gardenhire to be named the first manager of the Minnesota Twins’ Triple-A affiliate St. Paul Saints. And while it’s certainly early, it’s not unreasonable to project Gardenhire, 38, s… → Read More