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Master Tesfatsion

Digital reporter | Vikings
phone: 612-849-5435
Master is the digital reporter for the Vikings in his first year covering the NFL. He previously covered the Rangers for MLB.com and interned at ESPNDallas.com and the Seattle Times. Master graduated from Arizona State University, where he spent four years working for the student newspaper, the State Press.
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Kalil believes fewer aches will mean improved play

Kalil believes fewer aches will mean improved play

“I know I’ll play well, and I’ll be all right,” Matt Kalil said. “In my career really I’ve had one bad year, and that was last year."
Team Sota makes the most of its volleyball golden years

Team Sota makes the most of its volleyball golden years

Team Sota pulled together a mix-and-match lineup to win a Senior Games gold medal.
Mankato woman, 91, is never too old for table tennis

Mankato woman, 91, is never too old for table tennis

Dorothy Peterson of Mankato still loves competing in her favorite game at the age of 91.
Horseshoes are a very different kind of pitch

Horseshoes are a very different kind of pitch

At the National Senior Games, the competitive nature of the sport is more than you might think.
Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson apologizes for tweets

Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson apologizes for tweets

He made his Twitter account private after backlash for his response over the Supreme Court's marriage ruling.
Vikings notes: Zimmer happy with team's progress

Vikings notes: Zimmer happy with team's progress

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer commended his players’ performance through the offseason after the team ended minicamp Thursday and began a five-week break.“We’re starting to…
Vikings notes: Crichton more comfortable, versatile in second year

Vikings notes: Crichton more comfortable, versatile in second year

Scott Crichton caught the attention of Vikings teammates and coaches from offseason workouts into minicamp.
Vikings' strong safety job is up for grabs

Vikings' strong safety job is up for grabs

With the release of Taylor Mays, three are competing to be the Vikings' starter next to Harrison Smith.
Eden Prairie tops Lakeville South in two OTs for girls' lacrosse state title

Eden Prairie tops Lakeville South in two OTs for girls' lacrosse state title

The Eagles survived a rally by Lakeville South to claim their third state title.
Rookie linebacker Kendricks works with Vikings' first team

Rookie linebacker Kendricks works with Vikings' first team

Eric Kendricks has a shot to become a starter this season and play between Anthony Barr, his former teammate at UCLA, and veteran Chad Greenway.
Class 3A boys' golf: Wayzata is second to none

Class 3A boys' golf: Wayzata is second to none

After two near-misses, the Trojans snared the 3A team title.
Class 3A girls' golf: New Prague's Ledwein wins big to remember a special coach

Class 3A girls' golf: New Prague's Ledwein wins big to remember a special coach

Taylor Ledwein dedicated her title to a former New Prague mentor who died three years ago.
Twins' 2005 draft: Drew Thompson's dream faded quickly

Twins' 2005 draft: Drew Thompson's dream faded quickly

Drew Thompson wanted to follow the footsteps of his father, former major league infielder Robby Thompson, but fell short of that goal. So did most of the others in the 2005 Twins draft class. That's normal. Every year, only a small batch of those selected complete the journey.
Twins' 2005 draft: Garza made it, Sanchez didn't

Twins' 2005 draft: Garza made it, Sanchez didn't

The Twins had two first-round picks in 2005. One turned out to be a solid starting pitcher. The other was one of the organization’s biggest busts.
Twins' 2005 draft: Duensing's still alive and kicking

Twins' 2005 draft: Duensing's still alive and kicking

The draft process was a blur for Brian Duensing. And the past 10 seasons have been similar for the Twins reliever.
Better finish on Day 1 of girls' state golf for New Prague's Ledwein

Better finish on Day 1 of girls' state golf for New Prague's Ledwein

New Prague’s Taylor Ledwein is in second after parring 18th hole.

St. Croix Lutheran senior defends two titles at Class 1A meet

Jon Tollefson, who will run at Harvard, won the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.
Forest Lake's Boyer breaks through to win 2A boys' tennis singles title

Forest Lake's Boyer breaks through to win 2A boys' tennis singles title

Forest Lake’s Toby Boyer won the Class 2A state singles championship in his third attempt.
Life on the run is rewarding job for Garrett Heath

Life on the run is rewarding job for Garrett Heath

The Winona native has remained physically and financially healthy as a professional runner.

Spielman wanted to wait to address the offensive line later in the draft

The Vikings waited until Day 3 of the NFL draft to add depth on the offensive line on Saturday. And they took more linemen than…
Gophers RB Cobb likes how he fits with Tennessee

Gophers RB Cobb likes how he fits with Tennessee

Gophers running back David Cobb would’ve liked to have been picked higher, but he was satisfied with his landing spot in the fifth round.
Gophers TE Maxx Williams drafted in 2nd round by Baltimore Ravens

Gophers TE Maxx Williams drafted in 2nd round by Baltimore Ravens

The father and grandfather of the Gophers tight end were also NFL draft picks.
Vikings' Munnerlyn aims to improve

Vikings' Munnerlyn aims to improve

The cornerback struggled in his first year with the team while serving as an outside cornerback and nickel back.
Ex-Gophers star set to catch NFL dream, maybe as a first-rounder

Ex-Gophers star set to catch NFL dream, maybe as a first-rounder

Tight end Maxx Williams is set for the NFL, first round or not.
Gophers ace Sara Groenewegen ups the ante on the season

Gophers ace Sara Groenewegen ups the ante on the season

Team expectations are high with Sara Groenewegen.
Melrose, Caledonia to meet for Class 2A title

Melrose, Caledonia to meet for Class 2A title

The Dutchmen are searching for their first championship since 1974.
Eastview girls will be back to defend their state title

Eastview girls will be back to defend their state title

Eastview will get a chance to defend its Class 4A title at the girls’ basketball state tournament.The Lightning defeated Rosemount 56-37 in the Class 4A,…
Neal gives Wolves a healthy, helping hand in win

Neal gives Wolves a healthy, helping hand in win

Gary Neal suffered a right hand contusion during Friday’s practice but served as a spark off the bench in the 121-113 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday
Wolves notes: Neal, Pekovic able to answer the bell

Wolves notes: Neal, Pekovic able to answer the bell

Guard Gary Neal and center Nikola Pekovic both played despite injuries in the Wolves’ 121-113 victory over the Trail Blazers on Saturday at Target Center.
Gophers wrestlers enter Big Ten meet with an eye toward nationals

Gophers wrestlers enter Big Ten meet with an eye toward nationals

The Gophers can gain some confidence heading into the NCAA tourney in a couple weeks.

Shakopee returns to state by beating Chaska in Section 2

Chaska has no answer for Steffon Mitchell’s 28 points.
Gophers' Cobb forced to be a cheerleader at pro day

Gophers' Cobb forced to be a cheerleader at pro day

The running back is recovering from a left quad injury he suffered at the NFL combine on Feb. 21.
Wrestling state tournament: 2A and 1A roundup

Wrestling state tournament: 2A and 1A roundup

In Class 2A, Lance Benick won at 195 pounds and gave the crowd what it wanted.
Henry senior enjoys state meet despite his loss

Henry senior enjoys state meet despite his loss

Anthony Jones, a senior, never had considered becoming a wrestler until fall of his junior year.
Simley continues its wrestling dynasty in Class 2A

Simley continues its wrestling dynasty in Class 2A

The late Jim Short inspired Spartans to a seventh title in eight years.
Tesfatsion: Super Bowl thoughts: What about the Vikings?

Tesfatsion: Super Bowl thoughts: What about the Vikings?

The franchise turned 55 on Wednesday and is still in pursuit of its first Super Bowl victory after striking out four times in the 1970s.
Gophers' perfect record falls on the mat to No. 2 Iowa

Gophers' perfect record falls on the mat to No. 2 Iowa

The top-ranked Gophers wrestling team couldn’t crawl out of an early deficit, falling to No. 2 Iowa 23-12.
Gophers women anxious to end two-game losing streak

Gophers women anxious to end two-game losing streak

The Gophers are looking to regain their former Top-25 form starting vs. Penn State.
Vikings notes: Patterson still part of the plan

Vikings notes: Patterson still part of the plan

The Vikings front office and coaching staff used last week to evaluate each player on the roster, focusing on one specific question: Is this player…
Muhammad next on Wolves to join the injured list

Muhammad next on Wolves to join the injured list

Shabazz Muhammad will be out a few weeks because of an abdominal injury.
Saunders, Budinger return; flu effects linger for Wolves

Saunders, Budinger return; flu effects linger for Wolves

Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders and forward Chad Budinger returned to the team for Tuesday’s practice, but they’re still suffering from the lingering effects of the flu.
Zimmer wants Peterson back

Zimmer wants Peterson back

Adrian Peterson won’t be eligible for reinstatement until April 15, but Mike Zimmer wants the Vikings to keep the running back next season.
Vikings notes: Rhodes made big step under Zimmer

Vikings notes: Rhodes made big step under Zimmer

Xavier Rhodes approached Mike Zimmer after the Vikings’ 13-9 victory over the Bears on Sunday, and the cornerback’s encounter later would have his…

Vikings notes: Bridgewater's rookie stats impressive

Teddy Bridgewater finished the season with the third highest completion percentage for a rookie in NFL history (.644).
Oldest Vikings — seven in their 30s — see NFL in wiser ways

Oldest Vikings — seven in their 30s — see NFL in wiser ways

The seven Vikings age 30 and over are satisfied with their roles, at ease with their future.

Vikings-Bears scouting report

ABOUT THE BEARS (5-10) • The Bears have lost four in a row and have been outscored 126-74 in that stretch. •. Chicago lost to the…
Vikings notes: Greenway mourns loss of father but tries to play through

Vikings notes: Greenway mourns loss of father but tries to play through

Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway played with a heavy heart on Sunday, two days after the death of his father.
Vikings notes: Turner high on Bridgewater

Vikings notes: Turner high on Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater completed 76.5 percent of his passes in a 16-14 loss to the Lions on Sunday, the highest mark for a rookie quarterback throwing more than 40 attempts in NFL history.
Vikings notes: Zimmer says playing was best way for Bridgewater to learn

Vikings notes: Zimmer says playing was best way for Bridgewater to learn

Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has had to learn on the fly in 10 career starts since taking over in Week 4 for
Closing Rhodes: Vikings cornerback takes big step up

Closing Rhodes: Vikings cornerback takes big step up

Second-year Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes is maturing as a player and a person.
Vikings notes: Four injured starters to be shelved in Detroit

Vikings notes: Four injured starters to be shelved in Detroit

Rookie linebacker Anthony Barr, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, safety Robert Blanton and left guard Charlie Johnson were all ruled out on Friday because of injuries.
Zimmer wants to utilize Banyard and Tate more

Zimmer wants to utilize Banyard and Tate more

Matt Asiata started the past two games, but coach Mike Zimmer would like to get Ben Tate and Joe Banyard more carries to finish the season.
Victory is costly as Charlie Johnson, Blanton suffer leg injuries

Victory is costly as Charlie Johnson, Blanton suffer leg injuries

Left guard Charlie Johnson and safety Robert Blanton were scheduled for MRIs after exiting the game during the second half.
'Next Harvin' tag fading from Vikings' Patterson

'Next Harvin' tag fading from Vikings' Patterson

Struggling wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson says he can only be himself.

Vikings notes: Johnson still ahead of Patterson on WR depth chart

Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson hasn’t started the past two games, and he won’t line up on the first snap against the Jets on Sunday, either.
Vikings notes: Zimmer defends Patterson

Vikings notes: Zimmer defends Patterson

Mike Zimmer was bombarded by questions about little-used receiver Cordarrelle Patterson on Monday, and finally the Vikings coach drew the line. “We make…
Griffen adds pair of sacks to go with special teams TD

Griffen adds pair of sacks to go with special teams TD

Everson Griffen recorded his second career touchdown on a punt blocked by linebacker Jasper Brinkley, returning it 43 yards.
Vikings McKinnon sidelined for Sunday's game

Vikings McKinnon sidelined for Sunday's game

Officially listed as “doubtful,” rookie Jerick McKinnon said he will be held out against the Panthers because of a lingering lower back injury
Vikings' backup Harris relishes his leap into the lineup

Vikings' backup Harris relishes his leap into the lineup

Mike Harris will start at right tackle Sunday for the injured Phil Loadholt, his first start with the Vikings and just the 13th career start for the third-year player out of UCLA.
Kalil reflects on tough day, apologizes to media

Kalil reflects on tough day, apologizes to media

Coach Mike Zimmer said players put a lot of effort into the week and can be in an emotional state after a loss, but it didn’t excuse Kalil for his actions.
Zimmer second-guesses not having onside kick

Zimmer second-guesses not having onside kick

Coach Mike Zimmer opted to kickoff deep from midfield rather than try an onside kick late in the game.
Vikings won't overlook Packers' run game

Vikings won't overlook Packers' run game

The Vikings' main priority Sunday won’t be stopping quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as many would expect. It’ll be stopping the Packers' running game.
Tate scrambles to get his bearings as newest Viking

Tate scrambles to get his bearings as newest Viking

Ben Tate practiced for the first time since the Vikings claimed him off waivers Wednesday from the Browns, which came as a surprise to him.

Vikings players balance concern for their star and his son

Peterson's teammates want him back, but acknowledge ‘it’s not a simple issue.’
Zimmer discusses clock malfunction with NFL

Zimmer discusses clock malfunction with NFL

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer spoke to the NFL on Monday about the clock malfunction at Soldier Field during the final possession in the 21-13 loss to the Bears on Sunday.
Vikings notes: Clock issues tick off Zimmer

Vikings notes: Clock issues tick off Zimmer

The game clocks in the north and south end zone weren’t operating properly, causing, Soldier Field officials to turn them on and off throughout the game.
Peterson accuses NFL of lying, adopting 'new process of discipline'

Peterson accuses NFL of lying, adopting 'new process of discipline'

Running back says NFL not honoring the rules in place at the time of his placement on commissioner’s exempt list.

Rudolph could add punch to Vikings offense

A 6-6 former All-Pro, Kyle Rudolph is the Vikings' best tight end by far.
Vikings notes: Rudolph likely to return

Vikings notes: Rudolph likely to return

Tight end Kyle Rudolph was a full participant at practice for the first time this week on Thursday.
NFLPA files grievance to expedite Peterson case

NFLPA files grievance to expedite Peterson case

The NFL Players Association took action Monday on behalf of Adrian Peterson, who remains on the commissioner’s exempt list despite reaching a plea deal…
After drought, Vikings offense puts up a big number

After drought, Vikings offense puts up a big number

Vi­kings coach Mike Zim­mer asked for 28 points from his offense. He got that, with a point to spare, in the 29-26 vic­to­ry over…
Vikings notes: Asiata scores three TDs for third time

Vikings notes: Asiata scores three TDs for third time

Matt Asiata did it again. In his 36th career game, the Vikings running back recorded three touchdowns for the third time during the 29-26…
Rudolph's injury is Ford's opportunity at tight end for Vikings

Rudolph's injury is Ford's opportunity at tight end for Vikings

Kyle Rudolph’s injury in Week 3 against the Saints allowed Chase Ford to be promoted from the practice squad for the past five games. He's started at tight end for the Vikings in three of those games.

Vikings notes: Griffen is NFC defensive player of the month

Everson Griffen has been a full-time starter for only two months, but he’s already racking up national recognition for his first-half performance. The Vikings…
Floyd stepping up his game on Vikings defensive line

Floyd stepping up his game on Vikings defensive line

In his eighth career start, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd might have had the best game of his career Sunday. Sure, some of the…
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