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ESPN.com ranked All-Pro safety Harrison Smith as the top first-round choice by the Vikings in past 10 years.
Saturday's Game 3 win displayed new resilience, especially by some of the team's youngest stars.
"The good thing is we have a pretty good football team, so we can kind of be selective on taking the best player available and not try to fill too many holes," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.
JOTTINGS • Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman broke down what newly signed wide receiver Kendall Wright brings: “Very good slot, has some quickness…
After getting blown out in Houston 102-82 on Wednesday to fall behind 0-2, the Timberwolves host their first playoff game in 5,075 days on Saturday.
Ex-Bruins coach Jim Mora sees a continuation of their college days in what Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr have done with Vikings.
Last year around the time of the spring game the Gophers roster was so depleted that they couldn't even run two teams on the field.
JOTTINGS • With the Timberwolves set to play Houston in the franchise’s first playoff game in 14 years, it’s worth noting that the Rockets will…
Tom Thibodeau assessed the Wolves, brought in key additions and finally ended a 14-year postseason void.
The Wolves ended their long postseason drought, and owner Glen Taylor was happy for the loyal fans.
Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey has said he will wait until the offseason to do any contract negotiations with Joe Mauer, who would hit free agency at age 36.
JOTTINGS • Recommended for Gophers football fans: Make plans for the spring game at noon Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. It is guaranteed to be…
With Miguel Sano coming off surgery on his left tibia and facing an MLB investigation there was some uncertainty whether he would start the season with the big league club.
If the Twins hope to have a better start than 2017, they will need to deal with key absences.
Sherels hasn't had any issues being a great returner in the NFL, and he'll have another year to prove that with the Vikings in 2018.
Target Field will reveal some significant changes when the home schedule begins next week.
One thing to keep watch of is how this year affects the Twins' decision-making when it comes to contracts in 2019.
For all the talk of the Vikings giving Kirk Cousins a three-year guaranteed $84 million contract, with $24 million for 2018, it's worth noting that the Vikings will be spending only $4 million more on quarterbacks in 2018 than in 2017.
Cousins and Richardson came to Minnesota as free agents in part because of team's success.
Ex-Gophers player and North Stars chief supports Don Lucia's decision to depart on his own terms.
There's no doubt that there has never been a pair of brothers from Minnesota who have been as decorated as Tyus and Tre Jones.
JOTTINGS • Before signing with the Vikings, Kirk Cousins spent time in town during Super Bowl week. He visited the Gophers football team and…
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer on Thursday talked about how John DeFilippo's experience watching Kurk Cousins from the opposite sideline helped the Vikings' decisionmaking.
Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle said that he knows there are a lot of questions surrounding the contracts of some of his coaches.
By pursing Kirk Cousins, the Vikings hope he'll be as healthy and productive as in the past three years.
After more than 20 unofficial visits to campuses around the nation, Carroll announced this past week he had narrowed his choice to six programs, and the Gophers are one of them. The others are Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.
New Vikings coach Todd Downing got his start playing for Mike Grant, then worked his way up.
Former NFL MVP Rich Gannon sizes up the Vikings-Packers rivalry and the debate over the Vikings' next quarterback.
When James Rowson joined the Twins last season, he said he immediately saw just how athletic the young hitters were.
JOTTINGS • John Anderson, in his 37th season as the Gophers baseball coach, became the 20th coach in NCAA Division I baseball history to…
After a stellar season, Case Keenum has proven he can lead, and it would finally resolve the team's quarterback issues.
Without Jimmy Butler in the lineup for the foreseeable future after knee surgery, coach Tom Thibodeau intends for the Wolves to employ a team effort to make up for his absence.
With the NFL scouting combine starting Thursday in Indianapolis, the Vikings are well underway preparing for the 2018 season.
JOTTINGS • With the news that Jimmy Butler has a meniscal injury instead of a ligament tear, the Timberwolves at least avoided the huge…
P.J. Fleck is counting on seven new players to have an immediate impact on the football program.
New offensive coordinator DeFilippo knows that the Vikings quarterback situation is unique, with three potential starters from last year's roster being free agents.
NFL COO Tod Leiweke was no stranger to Minnesota, having once served as Wild team president. He had told league officials to expect a world-class, unique event in Super Bowl LII, and he said that looking back on the experience, that was exactly what they got.
The Lakers, purchased for only $15,000 back in 1947, now are worth an astounding $3.3 billion.
From the time Flip Saunders arrived at the University of Minnesota in 1973, he showed he was a brilliant basketball mind.
The Twins last season reached the playoffs for the first time since 2010, and manager Paul Molitor was given a three-year contract extension. "I'm really excited to see what this team can do," he said.
JOTTINGS • Now that the dust has settled on the Vikings’ season, quarterback Case Keenum talked about some of the great memories he had…
Second baseman Brian Dozier has been a bargain for how he has performed during his Twins career.
Sid Hartman writes: "In my 70-plus years of working in sports, I have never seen an athlete repair his reputation as well as Randy Moss has."
There is no doubt that the Eagles' victory over this New England franchise proves that the Vikings lost to a truly great team two weeks ago.
There was no shot of the Super Bowl returning here without Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minneapolis City Council working together to get stadium financing.
Before he was coach of the Vikings, Bud Grant played two seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Tony Dungy has been watching Eagles quarterback Nick Foles since he was in college at Oregon. "I think they're going to give New England all they can handle," Dungy said of the Eagles.
When Roger Goodell took over for Paul Tagliabue as NFL Commissioner in 2006, Forbes valued only five NFL teams at above $1 billion. Today they all are, with the Vikings having more than tripled in value
JOTTINGS • Cole Kramer, the outstanding quarterback who led Eden Prairie to the Class 6A state championship last year, has accepted a scholarship offer…
Case Keenum's impressive season means he will be strongly considered as the Vikings starter in 2018, but will it also tempt other teams to make offers?
The Eagles are 8-1 at home, with their lone loss coming in Week 17, when they rested several starters and fell 6-0 to the Cowboys.
JOTTINGS • Vikings defensive end Brian Robison on the opportunity in front of the team today: “I have been in this league for 11…
Linval Joseph foresaw great things ahead when he signed with the Vikings as a free agent.
Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has coached Case Keenum and Nick Foles, who meet in Sunday's NFC title game.
The Vikings often practice "Seven Heaven," the final play that rescued their playoff dreams vs. Saints.
While the Vikings' 29-19 home victory in the season opener was emphatic, the teams are completely different at this point in the season.
JOTTINGS • It can’t be emphasized enough that Mike Zimmer wants fans to make some noise for the Vikings’ divisional playoff game. He is asking…
The Vikings' top tackler says their diverse offense poses problems, but he's excited to take them on.
The Vikings needed a left tackle, and signing the durable Riley Reiff has helped keep the QBs upright.
Case Keenum didn't have the best start to what would become a record-setting year for the Vikings.
JOTTINGS • Among the many benefits to the Vikings getting a first-round bye is that it gives a chance for Kyle Rudolph to get fully…
David Morgan, a sixth-round selection, has versatility that's been much appreciated after injuries to Kyle Rudolph and Kevin McDermott
Former Raiders running back Latavius Murray took a while to heal from ankle surgery, but he's been effective of late.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has plenty to be proud of as the Vikings enjoy a bye week to open the playoffs.
As the likelihood of a deep Vikings playoff run gets more likely each week, the planning for the Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium takes on new intrigue for the team's front office.
JOTTINGS • ESPN ran its first 2018 NFL mock draft and had the Vikings selecting Martinas Rankin, a tackle out of Mississippi State, with the…
Rumors swirled around Twins star Brian Dozier last year. He stayed put and helped team's huge turnaround.
The fourth-leading tackler in franchise history has kept busy in retirement with family, his foundation and host work for Super Bowl LII.
Historically the average high in Minneapolis on Feb. 4 is 25 degrees, while the average low is 8 degrees. But Super Bowl planners have bigger issues facing them than the weather.
With all the buzz around Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen's breakout season, it's easy to forget that Stefon Diggs continues to perform like an All-Pro.
The football coach wants Wednesday's highly-rated signing class to become the rule, not the exception.
The Vikings took advantage of a subpar opponent in Cincinnati and rolled to a victory that gave them a division title.
Vikings linebacker Emmanuel Lamur spent four seasons in Cincinnati, the first two under Mike Zimmer, who was defensive coordinator then. The Bengals made the playoffs both of those seasons.
Everson Griffen knows the defense is going to have to not repeat the mistakes made against the Panthers in the final three games of the regular season.
Case Keenum has compiled lofty statistics this season, but six sacks vs. the Panthers were way too many.
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