To say that Kirby Smart kept the wrong quarterback assumes that the Georgia coach would have deployed Justin Fields in a way that maximized his talent. That's not a given. Playing Jake Fromm over Fields was defensible given Fromm's track record and Smart's preferred style of play. It's the second part that might be the problem. Fields transferred to Ohio State and became an instant star in ...

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It should be so much fun to be a New England Patriots fan. The Pats, owners of six Super Bowls. The Pats, who trot out the greatest quarterback in history every week. The Pats, led by one of the best coaches in history. The Pats, now in the twilight years of the most successful run the NFL has ever seen. But it's just not that easy. Once again the Patriots are making things hard on their fans ...

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DAVIE, Fla. - Has Michel Deiter been over-hyped? Does the rookie offensive guard, who had started every game he's played in since his high school days until Sunday, need a slice of humble pie? Or has the Miami Dolphins' 2019 third-round pick simply hit the rookie wall? The Dolphins coaches aren't saying exactly why Keaton Sutherland, an undrafted rookie Miami claimed off the waiver wire in ...

MINNEAPOLIS - A Brainerd man illegally shot and killed a 700-pound black bear on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, then sawed off the animal's head and paws for a trophy while leaving most of its carcass behind, according to a criminal complaint filed with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota on Friday. Brett James Stimac, 40, faces federal misdemeanor charges for illegal wildlife tracking ...

MINNEAPOLIS - Larry Ahlman was 21 when his dad, "Cap" Ahlman, died in 1964, leaving his son a small southern Minnesota gunsmithing business saddled with $20,000 in unpaid bills. Already a proficient gunsmith who at age 10 had fitted a new stock to his .22-caliber bolt-action Winchester 69, Larry could manage the gun repair and even the gun-building part of his late dad's business. But doing it ...

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When you have just one driver advance to the NASCAR Cup championship four and then he's not there at the end - a season can be described as a disappointment. At least that's the case at Ford, a manufacturer that's used to winning championships at the Cup level but didn't achieve that this season. Although Stewart-Haas Racing's Kevin Harvick made it to the final four at Homestead, he was the ...

SEATTLE - One-time Seattle Thunderbirds junior standout Turner Stevenson ran the coaching gamut over a decade-plus NHL career, from hard cases to nice guys and everything between. He played in three cities for Jacques Demers, Mario Tremblay, Alain Vigneault, Michel Therrien, Larry Robinson, Kevin Constantine, Pat Burns and Ken Hitchcock. But while occasionally being "verbally undressed," ...

PITTSBURGH - It was a little more than two months ago that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin referred to his offense as being in a "fragile state." This was after the Steelers went to the wildcat to help secure their first victory of the season against the Bengals. The Steelers were 1-3 then. They're 8-5 now, but much remains the same. Just as they were then, the Steelers are plugging along with ...

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IN SOUTHERN MINNESOTA -- Pulling a disappearing act, Kurt Zins was upright in a marsh the other day, then he wasn't. Hoping to roust a pheasant, he had followed his golden retriever, Blackie, onto the ice-covered wetland. But the further he vectored toward the slough's middle, the more honeycombed its frozen surface. Finally, the footing gave way. Zins broke through and soon was soaked to his ...

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. - The parking lot at Falls Radiator off U.S. Highway 59 was a hopping place Wednesday night, Dec. 4, when about 20 volunteers scraped and salted deer hides and stacked them on pallets for eventual sale to a hide buyer. That's the way it is every Wednesday night from the opening of the firearms deer season until mid to late December, as the Thief River Falls Chapter of ...

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MINNEAPOLIS - The first time Gersson Rosas met Andrew Wiggins after taking over as Timberwolves president, Rosas immediately went to pick up Wiggins' daughter, Amyah. Wiggins wasn't sure how the interaction would go. "She lets people pick her up, but ... she's better with women," Wiggins said. "With guys, she's more skeptical." Not knowing this, Rosas charged ahead. Wiggins watched closely. ...

This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones. ___ Sunday..............2:35 a.m......................................................................................3:05 p.m. Monday.............3:30 ...

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CHICAGO - Virginia McCaskey has spent nearly a century watching pro football. She has been riveted by title games. She also has endured her share of stinkers. The playoff tiebreaker for the 1932 NFL championship was uniquely both. Literally. That year, when the NFL was as old as a seventh grader, the Bears played the Spartans of Portsmouth, Ohio, in an add-on game for the title. In the throes ...

LOS ANGELES - Not even Jarret Stoll knew what Tyler Toffoli was saying. Spumoni? "No clue," said Stoll, the former Los Angeles Kings player and current FS West intermission analysts. "Sorry Toff." Toffoli had gone off-script during Tuesday's first intermission report, having been pulled aside to describe the sharp-angle goal Dustin Brown had scored with 10 seconds remaining in the opening ...

LAS VEGAS - What started out looking like it might be a track meet ended with the Chicago Blackhawks simply run out of the building. The Vegas Golden Knights reestablished their dominance over the Hawks with a 5-1 victory Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena, asserting themselves with a commanding second period after Hawks defenseman Calvin de Haan left the game with a shoulder injury. The Hawks ...

DALLAS - The Dallas Stars did not want to let Tuesday morning bleed into Tuesday night. Hours after the Stars fired coach Jim Montgomery for "unprofessional conduct," the team beat the Devils 2-0 at the American Airlines Center. Joe Pavelski and Radek Faksa scored for the Stars as Ben Bishop picked up his first shutout of the season. "Something like that's not easy," Pavelski said. "It's odd, ...

The wait for Gerrit Cole appears to be over. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, MLB's top free agent will be signing with the New York Yankees. Heyman reported it is a nine-year deal worth $324 million, averaging out to $36 million a season. Cole entered this offseason as the most coveted and valuable free agent in the eyes of many around the league. The 29-year-old is coming off an ...

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MINNEAPOLIS - The Wild had plenty of reasons to be excited and energetic. This was the start of a three-game homestand, its longest stint at Xcel Energy Center so far this season. A local kid, Woodbury's Brennan Menell, was making his NHL debut. And before puck drop, the team put the spotlight on captain Mikko Koivu by recognizing him for recently playing in 1,000 games – a ceremony that ...

WINNIPEG, Manitoba - If you've watched the Red Wings often enough this season, you've seen this type of loss before. The Wings hung tough, then out of nowhere allowed three second-period goals in a span of two minutes, and it led to Winnipeg defeating the Wings, 5-1. If the Wings allow one goal, there has to be another coming soon. It's been like that often this season and it happened once ...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Sharks simply could not stay out of the penalty box Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators. Some of the calls that went against the Sharks were discretionary. Others were self-inflicted. It all added up to a 3-1 Sharks loss to the Predators at Bridgestone Arena, as San Jose wrapped up its four-game road trip with a 0-3-1 record. Timo Meier scored the Sharks' only ...