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Nick Foles, the Eagles' backup most of the season was near perfect Sunday. He completed 26 of 33 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns with a 141.4 rating.
Mike Zimmer has pushed the right buttons in guiding the Vikings to the doorstep of a Super Bowl appearance in their home stadium.
Minnesotans woke up in a dream state Monday. The mood the day after the Vikings' dramatic finish was a beautiful blend of sleep deprivation and slap-happy.
Case Keenum sat at his locker in disbelief, still dressed in full pads, 30 minutes after he delivered the mother of all finishes for the Minnesota Vikings.
Everything will be magnified Sunday in Case Keenum's playoff debut, the biggest moment of his career.
In three seasons, Trae Waynes has evolved from underwhelming rookie first-round pick to the most improved player on the defense.
Wolves fans have suffered long enough. They should be excited about how a remade roster is starting to gel and pick up steam and look like a team that could be dangerous come playoff time.
J.C. Hassenauer, a Woodbury native and former East Ridge High School standout offensive lineman, will play his final college football game in Monday's national championship.
The roster, the mood, expectations … everything feels deflated surrounding Gophers basketball with Reggie Lynch suspended and Amir Coffey out with injury.
The latest incident involving a University of Minnesota athlete is another blow to the school's image. It's become all too routine.
Nobody likes to use injuries as an excuse because every team deals with them, but the Wild has been treading water with key players sidelined for extended stints.
The Vikings enter the postseason as strong Super Bowl contenders largely because their defense is entrapping opponents.
Isaiah Washington on Saturday showed flashes of the brilliance that made him a social media sensation before arriving on campus, but he also had some maddening decisions in his shot selection.
A raucous home atmosphere that surprisingly mirrors the Metrodome in decibel level should make the Vikings a tough out in the playoffs.
Teddy Bridgewater has crossed many milestones in his recovery, but none more significant or rewarding than Sunday when he heard his name called to enter an NFL game again.
Zach Parise officially rejoined the Wild on Friday for his first practice since undergoing microdiscectomy surgery in late October.
In an outcome that stunned the boxing world, Truax captured the world title by majority decision Saturday -- after nearly quitting the sport last year.
The schedule can't set up any more favorably for the Wolves to establish some consistency, for Tom Thibodeau to rediscover his bench and for the whole operation to stop playing painful basketball
Want to know why the 10-2 Vikings look so well-prepared and in-tune with their game plans? They are diligent workers Monday through Saturday, in the film room and on the practice field.
In a landmark moment in the history of college sports, Tennessee hired and then unhired Greg Schiano after witnessing intense backlash from its fan base.
Wisconsin's undefeated regular season doesn't guarantee a playoff berth. First up: Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game.
Saturday's shutout loss to Wisconsin mercifully ends P.J. Fleck's first season with the Gophers, setting up a busy offseason where he has plenty to accomplish.
The Gophers can shape the way we view their progress in P.J. Fleck's first season — or lack thereof — by how they compete on the most important Saturday of their season.
The Vikings offensive line sabotaged their 2016 season with a performance so rancid that it's not worth re-living. No position group on any NFL team has improved more
Teddy Bridgewater's return will happen, and it will be emotional and inspiring. Until then, let's all relax and enjoy this unexpected infusion that Case Keenum has provided the Vikings.
Demry Croft's performance against Nebraska — albeit against a fragile defense that displayed little resistance — grabbed your attention because it revealed more of his talent and potential.
The Vikings seem unfazed by this current delicate situation. That's a sign of their maturity and also a rare cohesiveness.
Gophers quarterback Demry Croft on Saturday carved up the Cornhuskers with a performance that displayed his growth as a starter and a new dimension for the offense.
The Gophers begin this season ranked No. 15 after emerging as one of college basketball's biggest surprises a year ago. The encore brings a new narrative and increasing.expectations.
If adversity hits and Case Keenum regresses, Plan B -- as in Bridgewater -- is an exciting option. Maybe even a better option.
The Gophers defense did an atrocious job tackling against the Wolverines, leading to an ugly result in Ann Arbor.
To see that remarkable act of kindness on television stirs emotions. To experience it live, with those kids in plain view, brings an overwhelming sense of joy and sadness at the same time.
Demry Croft's final stat line was a blight: 9-for-29 for 139 yards with one interception thrown in the end zone. Nearly half of his yards came on a 63-yard catch by Tyler Johnson late in the fourth quarter.
Teague played the type of game Sunday envisioned when the Wolves signed him to a three-year, $57 million contract this offseason to replace Ricky Rubio at point guard.
Their defense is cohesive, stingy, physically intimidating and a bunch of other superlatives that point directly to cumulative talent.
If anything, the Gophers won their first Big Ten game Saturday in spite of their quarterback and some head-scratching play calls. They can thank third-string running back Kobe McCrary for saving their bacon.
The Wolves could become the most improved team in the NBA this season, but they'll face a steep climb because of the quality of other teams in the conference.
A season-ending injury to Aaron Rodgers would be seismic under any circumstance, but unlike the Vikings, the Packers can't rely on their defense to bail them out.
The Gophers remain winless in the Big Ten, and P.J. Fleck's first season is in danger of circling the drain if his team doesn't fix myriad problems. At least they have clarity at their quarterback.
Sam Bradford's body language reeked of a guy who was miserable and waiting for someone to force him out of action.
The Vikings' wild-goose chase for quarterback stability has nothing on the Bears' painful history at that position.
The Gophers on Saturday blew a winnable road game in the Big Ten for myriad reasons.
The Wild did some things well but also had enough mistakes and sloppy play to allow the Red Wings to celebrate their grand opening with a joyous result.
The news on Dalvin Cook's left knee isn't promising, just the latest devastating injury for a Vikings franchise that has endured more than their fair share.
Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck was correct when he said his team got what it deserved: A loss against Maryland and its third-string quarterback.
Wholesale change might have produced desirable results, but this season has reinforced that patience also can be rewarded with unexpected success.
The difference in Chelsea Gray being the hero instead of Maya Moore came down to the final seconds of a thrilling Game 1.
On the field, United has yo-yoed between encouraging and poor performances. The biggest victory in Season 1 has occurred in the stands.
Brian Dozier's combination of power and slick defense made him an All-Star second baseman, but his durability should not go overlooked in dissecting his importance to the Twins' success.
Gophers offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca kept an unbalanced game plan with an emphasis on the run game. The question now becomes, can they continue to follow this template against Big Ten competition?
Adrian Peterson rushed for 18 harmless yards on six carries. Asked afterward to evaluate his performance, Peterson's measured words spoke volumes.
The Lucius brothers are well-known in Minnesota youth hockey circles as prodigies. They're 13 and 14 (and have verbally committed to the Gophers).
In the midst of dealing with his eye problems this spring, Mike Zimmer made a road trip to Oklahoma to visit his quarterback.
Recent roster moves show that the Vikings general manager is feeling real pressure to deliver a winner this season and can't afford to sit patiently and hope that things improve.
Constant shuffling could disrupt rhythm and flow, but neither Conor Rhoda nor Demry Croft seems ready to stake claim to the job yet.
The Gophers have questions at quarterback, but the tag-team duo of tailbacks Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith combined for 1,808 yards and 21 touchdowns last season, marks they should exceed this season.
Big money, long games and which conference is the best are part of the list.
Returning Heisman winners face incredible pressure to duplicate — or play even better — in their follow-up act.
College Football Playoff picks: Washington, Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State. And the winner is ...
Chip Scoggins already knows how the national championship hunt ends.
Hoops heaven conference now has some of the best football teams and players.
Flag-waving, air horn-blowing Kyle Gergely is P.J. Fleck's running shadow during Gophers football practices. He's lost about 20 pounds since practices began.
Times have changed out there on the high school, college and pro practice fields, where days are shorter and hitting less frequent, to the benefit of healthier, smarter players.
P.J. Fleck insists the Gophers having two starting quarterbacks is "not a controversy." It's not ideal, either.
Based on their words and actions, Twins bosses Derek Falvey and Thad Levine can't decide whether to buy, sell or put both options on a dart board and fire away.
A recommitment to academics is playing big dividends in the U athletic department, particularly football.
The bill has come due for Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman in constructing a top-five defense mostly with homegrown, ascending talent.
Virtually no wind combined with soft greens from Thursday's rain rendered the TPC Twin Cities defenseless against the best senior golfers.
Fall camps open this week, and the Big Ten has three teams — Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin — that look capable of crashing the College Football Playoff.
The question is not whether P.J. Fleck can coach. The real question is whether Fleck can succeed at Minnesota. That we won't know for some time.
Jim Harbaugh who? Hurricane Fleck took a back seat to no one in Chicago. "He's very good for the Big Ten," Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman said.
The lone shutout in Urban Meyer's Hall of Fame career came in his most recent game, a 31-0 trouncing by Clemson in the College Football Playoffs semifinals last season.
After years of dreadful baseball, the Twins have played themselves into playoff contention, flaws and all. Selling while in contention would send a horrible message.
A year removed from coaching at the University of Minnesota has not diminished J Robinson's frustration and disappointment over the way his 30-year Hall of Fame career as the school's wrestling coach ended.
After absorbing hits for making her hijab non-negotiable, Amaiya Zafar pushes ahead with her boxing career.
Sometimes when he's at the mall, Alec Majerus will stop and stare at a staircase. He will look at the angles, study the handrail, his mind racing with ideas for tricks, which is how skateboarders are judged in competition.
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