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The most versatile defensive player in the NFL is Vikings safety Harrison Smith, and it shows every week as coach Mike Zimmer positions him all over the field.
The Vikings are clinging to a playoff spot, but two games might end up being costly.
So far, 2.5 million people have visited U.S. Bank Stadium - which broke ground five years ago this week - and 90 percent of the $1.1 billion in stadium construction costs went back to Minnesotans.
Some people in Detroit Lakes thought current Vikings receiver Adam Thielen could be a pro golfer or an NBA basketball player given the time to develop at the college level.
JOTTINGS • Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who will coach his 300th NFL game Sunday, said there is “just not a lot of margin for…
New England typically doesn't reciprocate such blunders, especially playing in Foxborough.
Defensive line coach Andre Patterson is pleased by Everson Griffen's return to health and his play in a surging defense.
Mike Zimmer wanted to keep Aaron Rodgers on the sidelines with the outcome on the line.
Saturday's memorable game not only gave coach P.J. Fleck a signature victory, it also gave him another month of practices for this young Gophers squad.
JOTTINGS • Vikings coach Mike Zimmer talked about the importance of getting Anthony Barr back at linebacker after he missed three games because…
Fans of Gophers athletics have to wonder if there is any chance the new president will be as supportive of the athletic department as Eric Kaler has been since he was hired in 2011.
JOTTINGS • Dalvin Cook looked fantastic two weeks ago against the Lions when he ran for 89 yards and caught four passes for 20…
Stars gets the big bucks, but drafting Stephen Weatherly and Jayron Kearse in later rounds has paid off, too.
General Manager Rick Spielman points out evidence the team has improved at developing young players.
The combination of Joe Mauer's performance for the Twins and his performance as a prep athlete at Cretin-Derham Hall makes him the most successful athlete in state history.
JOTTINGS • ESPN Insider graded the Timberwolves trade of Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia along with Justin Patton for Dario Saric, Robert…
The new Gophers women's basketball coach wants her team to enjoy the same advantage at home that she did as a player.
The bar was set high after last season's success, but the pass rushers are again crushing QBs.
Alan Page, Jared Allen, John Randle: The Vikings' single-season sacks record list contains the names of some of the greatest defensive linemen in team history.
Kirk Cousins' 315 passing yards per game are the fifth-best mark in the NFL behind Matt Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes.
JOTTINGS • The Las Vegas sports books opened with the Vikings as seven-point favorites, but as of Sunday it was down to four. •…
Five of their remaining eight games will be against teams in their own division.
Tanner Morgan had committed to playing for coach P.J. Fleck at Western Michigan before making the choice to join him at Minnesota.
The Vikings didn't look like an inferior team compared to the Saints, but their mistakes really turned the game.
The Vikings will be at a disadvantage with linebacker Anthony Barr missing Sunday's game vs. New Orleans because of a hamstring injury. That means that linebacker Eric Kendricks will be thrust into the spotlight.
The owner said he wants to have an organization similar to the one Rocco Baldelli comes from.
Lower-round picks and free agents came through against the Jets when starters were out.
Laquon Treadwell said he understands criticism he's received since being drafted No. 23 overall in 2016, but he has worked to learn from that negative experience.
JOTTINGS • Does Mike Zimmer think Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs are the best receiving duo he has ever coached? “It’s hard…
The Vikings are 1-1 against a talented rookie QB class, and the Jets' Sam Darnold has outplayed the others.
The Vikings' run game struggled for five games, but the line produced big holes against Arizona.
Wolves owner Glen Taylor, in a wide-ranging interview, confirmed the team is working to trade Jimmy Butler even as he prepares to start the season with Minnesota.
Adam Thielen said what impressed him most about working out with Larry Fitzgerald was his drive to get better even though his legacy was already firmly in place.
The Vikings did not look like the team that had the NFL's top defense in 2017 before facing Arizona.
Vikings defensive line coach Andre Patterson wants his star to focus on getting healthy, with football being secondary. 'He's like a son to me.'
Linval Joseph, the Vikings' 329-pound nose tackle, displayed his athleticism on a stunning 64-yard fumble return Sunday vs. Philadelphia.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said that he hasn't lost faith in his football team, despite its slow start.
JOTTINGS • If you want my guess for the new Twins manager, look no further than bench coach Derek Shelton, who worked with Twins…
Vikings tackle Riley Reiff sizes up Philadelphia and alma mater Iowa, the Gophers' next opponent.
Vikings QB Kirk Cousins is 4-3 all-time against Philadelphia and 2-2 at Lincoln Financial Field, site of Sunday's game. His stats were tremendous in those four road games.
Twins owner Jim Pohlad made it clear Derek Falvey and Thad Levine are calling the shots when it comes to all baseball-related matters
Athlon Sports ranked the Gophers 11th in the Big Ten, ahead of only Northwestern, Illinois and Rutgers, and named Richard Pitino as a coach on the hot seat.
JOTTINGS • What has happened to the Vikings defense? In coach Mike Zimmer’s first four seasons, the Vikings gave up 320 yards per game,…
In their favor is payroll flexibility, but the Twins have question marks regarding their young core.
The Vikings' defense will be challenged by the Rams' Jared Goff on Thursday night and the Eagles' Carson Wentz on Oct. 7.
The Vikings offensive line allowed three first-half sacks, leading to two of QB Kirk Cousins' costly fumbles.
JOTTINGS • The Vikings will go up against Bills quarterback Josh Allen, the No. 7 overall pick this year. Allen was coached at…
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck believes he can keep the winning ways going with the Gophers. And for the Vikings, standout defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson said he's aiming for an "All-Pro season."
Daniel Carlson is, however, the only one of the five to lose his job after his miserable day missing field goals.
Harrison Smith, who was named NFC defensive player of the week for his performance vs. the 49ers, said he looks forward to playing in Green Bay every year.
JOTTINGS • The Vikings’ available salary cap is down to about $1 million, and it’s looking more likely that they’re going to have to pull off…
Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen wants to face the best, and he'll do it Sunday in a difficult Lambeau Field environment.
The second-year linebacker says the biggest adjustment he had to make was to the speed of the NFL game.
With all the changes on offense, Mike Zimmer knew things wouldn't be smooth right away.
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said he believes the rule has been cleaned up enough that it shouldn't be as big an issue during the season.
JOTTINGS • Vikings receiver Adam Thielen on the benefits of having running back Dalvin Cook back for 2018: “We have three guys, four…
Adam Thielen said the Vikings are focused for the 49ers and learning what their new QB can do.
Mike and Kyle Shanahan spotted Kirk Cousins' skills early, and Kyle wanted the now-Vikings QB for the 49ers.
Fran Tarkenton said the legendary Vikings trainer gave his full attention to everyone on the roster, from established stars to raw rookies.
JOTTINGS • Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck said he was pleased with Thursday’s 48-10 victory over New Mexico State but added, “It is very,…
Several Gophers veterans stepped up for their young teammates, and turned what was a narrow 14-10 lead with 11 minutes left in the second quarter into a blowout.
Mike Zimmer knows there will be no sneaking up on opponents after last season's 13-3 record.
It's been 51 years since the Gophers last won a Big Ten title in football but coach P.J. Fleck says, "Just because it is our past doesn't mean it has to be our future."
JOTTINGS • It isn’t surprising that Pro Football Focus ranked Kyle Rudolph as the fourth-best red zone tight end this week, but what was…
Multiple injuries have slowed the progression of this year's group as the opener nears.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred was in town Wednesday, commenting on a variety of topics.
The incredible thing about him is how he achieved NFL success at such a young age.
The Rosemount product already had ties to quarterback Kirk Cousins from time spent together with the Redskins.
The Vikings' offensive line needs to get healthy, but Mike Zimmer sees signs of progress from training camp in Eagan.
Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr is one of only three defensive players without a multiyear contract but said, "I'm trying to get better and keep growing with this team, and hopefully accomplish some big things."
New London-Spicer product Brandon Zylstra is getting a shot with the Vikings after two years in Canada.
Second-round pick Brian O'Neill could see plenty of action if the Vikings offensive line doesn't get healthy.
Pohlad knows fans might have questioned the moves the club made at the trade deadline, as the Twins dealt away five players from the major league roster. But more important to Pohlad is what is happening behind the scenes.
The Twins baseball boss says the organization will get better with the trades of the past week.
A disappointing season causes the team to trade some regulars and start looking ahead to 2019.