Tony Sparano, a two-time NFL head coach who had been the Vikings offensive line coach since 2016, died Sunday morning at the age of 56, the team said.

'Passionate and driven' Vikings offensive line coach Sparano dies

Sparano, 56, brought caring and wisdom as a no-nonsense offensive line coach.

Soaring expectations can't uproot Cousins from hometown

July 21
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousin watched as kids warmed up at his football camp at Hope College Friday June, 29, 2018 in Holland , MI.
Kirk Cousins has fame and wealth, but to know who he is, you have to turn to his hometown.

Vikings-Packers rivalry could be another special one this year

July 22
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be looking for payback on Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr after this hit caused a season-ending injury.
Several factors can ramp up the anticipation of the upcoming season, and a key element always has been the state of the Vikings' rivalry with the Packers going into the year.
Vikings
July 22

The Tony Sparano file

The Vikings' offensive line coach was twice an NFL head coach: with the Dolphins from 2008-2011 and the interim head coach of the Raiders in 2014.
Vikings
July 22
2018 Vikings camp preview: Cook's recovery a primary factor for offense

2018 Vikings camp preview: Cook's recovery a primary factor for offense

The Vikings begin reporting to the first training camp July 24 at the TCO Performance Center in Eagan.
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Vikings
July 22
Is having two top, highly-paid receivers in Stefon Diggs, left, and Adam Thielen a necessity for the Vikings or a luxury they can’t afford?.

Two views: Do Vikings need Diggs and Thielen?

Chris Hine and Michael Rand weigh in on the week's hot sports topics. This week: Is having two elite receivers a necessity or an expensive luxury?
Vikings
July 21
Vikings safety Harrison Smith, right, posed with Jackson Strong at the X Games on Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Vikings' Smith turns out to cheer Aussie dirt biker at X Games

Harrison Smith cheered on Australian rider Jackson Strong as he won a fourth gold medal during Moto X Best Trick.
Vikings
July 21
Alshon Jeffery caught a touchdown pass defended by Trae Waynes during the NFC Championship game. GM Rick Spielman says the Vikings have moved on

Hartman: Vikings look for positives from NFC title game loss

GM Rick Spielman said he and his staff have done what they set out to do following the team's loss to Philadelphia in January's NFC Championship Game.

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  • NFC North w l t pct pf pa home away
    Minnesota 13 3 0 .813 382 252 7-1 6-2
    Detroit 9 7 0 .563 410 376 4-4 5-3
    Green Bay 7 9 0 .438 320 384 4-4 3-5
    Chicago 5 11 0 .313 264 320 3-5 2-6
  • NFC South w l t pct pf pa home away
    New Orleans 11 5 0 .688 448 326 7-1 4-4
    Carolina 11 5 0 .688 363 327 6-2 5-3
    Atlanta 10 6 0 .625 353 315 5-3 5-3
    Tampa Bay 5 11 0 .313 335 382 4-4 1-7
  • NFC East w l t pct pf pa home away
    Philadelphia 13 3 0 .813 457 295 7-1 6-2
    Dallas 9 7 0 .563 354 332 3-5 6-2
    Washington 7 9 0 .438 342 388 5-3 2-6
    NY Giants 3 13 0 .188 246 388 2-6 1-7
  • NFC West w l t pct pf pa home away
    Los Angeles 11 5 0 .688 478 329 4-4 7-1
    Seattle 9 7 0 .563 366 332 4-4 5-3
    Arizona 8 8 0 .500 295 361 5-3 3-5
    San Francisco 6 10 0 .375 331 383 3-5 3-5
  • AFC North w l t pct pf pa home away
    Pittsburgh 13 3 0 .813 406 308 6-2 7-1
    Baltimore 9 7 0 .563 395 303 5-3 4-4
    Cincinnati 7 9 0 .438 290 349 4-4 3-5
    Cleveland 0 16 0 .000 234 410 0-8 0-8
  • AFC South w l t pct pf pa home away
    Jacksonville 10 6 0 .625 417 268 6-2 4-4
    Tennessee 9 7 0 .563 334 356 6-2 3-5
    Indianapolis 4 12 0 .250 263 404 3-5 1-7
    Houston 4 12 0 .250 338 436 3-5 1-7
  • AFC East w l t pct pf pa home away
    New England 13 3 0 .813 458 296 6-2 7-1
    Buffalo 9 7 0 .563 302 359 6-2 3-5
    Miami 6 10 0 .375 281 393 4-4 2-6
    NY Jets 5 11 0 .313 298 382 4-4 1-7
  • AFC West w l t pct pf pa home away
    Kansas City 10 6 0 .625 415 339 6-2 4-4
    Los Angeles 9 7 0 .563 355 272 5-3 4-4
    Oakland 6 10 0 .375 301 373 4-4 2-6
    Denver 5 11 0 .313 289 382 4-4 1-7
  • Passing Yards
    C. Keenum MIN 3547
    S. Bradford MIN 382
  • Rushing Yards
    L. Murray MIN 842
    J. McKinnon MIN 570
    D. Cook MIN 354
    C. Keenum MIN 160
    M. Brown MIN 29
  • Receiving Yards
    A. Thielen MIN 1276
    S. Diggs MIN 849
    K. Rudolph MIN 532
    J. McKinnon MIN 421
    L. Treadwell MIN 200
  • Defensive Tackles (Total)
    E. Kendricks MIN 113
    H. Smith MIN 78
    A. Sendejo MIN 77
    A. Barr MIN 75
    L. Joseph MIN 68
  • Interceptions
    H. Smith MIN 5
    X. Rhodes MIN 2
    A. Sendejo MIN 2
    T. Waynes MIN 2
    (3) Players 1
  • Sacks
    E. Griffen MIN 13.0
    D. Hunter MIN 7.0
    B. Robison MIN 4.0
    L. Joseph MIN 3.5
    T. Johnson MIN 2.0
  • Passing Yards
    M. Stafford DET 4446
    D. Brees NO 4334
    M. Ryan ATL 4095
    K. Cousins WAS 4093
    R. Wilson SEA 3983
  • Rushing Yards
    T. Gurley II LAR 1305
    M. Ingram NO 1124
    J. Howard CHI 1122
    E. Elliott DAL 983
    C. Hyde SF 938
  • Receiving Yards
    J. Jones ATL 1444
    A. Thielen MIN 1276
    M. Thomas NO 1245
    L. Fitzgerald ARI 1156
    M. Jones Jr. DET 1101
  • Defensive Tackles (Total)
    B. Martinez GB 142
    D. Jones ATL 138
    B. Wagner SEA 133
    Z. Brown WAS 127
    L. Kuechly CAR 125
  • Interceptions
    D. Slay DET 8
    A. Bethea ARI 5
    M. Lattimore NO 5
    H. Smith MIN 5
    (5) Players 4
  • Sacks
    C. Jones ARI 17.0
    D. Lawrence DAL 14.5
    E. Griffen MIN 13.0
    C. Jordan NO 13.0
    R. Kerrigan WAS 13.0
  • Passing Yards
    T. Brady NE 4577
    P. Rivers LAC 4515
    B. Roethlisberger PIT 4251
    A. Smith KC 4042
    B. Bortles JAX 3687
  • Rushing Yards
    K. Hunt KC 1327
    L. Bell PIT 1291
    L. McCoy BUF 1138
    M. Gordon LAC 1105
    L. Fournette JAX 1040
  • Receiving Yards
    A. Brown PIT 1533
    K. Allen LAC 1393
    D. Hopkins HOU 1378
    T. Hill KC 1183
    R. Gronkowski NE 1084
  • Defensive Tackles (Total)
    P. Brown BUF 144
    J. Schobert CLE 142
    C. Kirksey CLE 138
    D. Davis NYJ 135
    C. Mosley BAL 132
  • Interceptions
    K. Byard TEN 8
    A. Bouye JAX 6
    E. Weddle BAL 6
    T. Boston LAC 5
    (3) Players 5
  • Sacks
    C. Campbell JAX 14.5
    J. Bosa LAC 12.5
    C. Heyward PIT 12.0
    Y. Ngakoue JAX 12.0
    T. Suggs BAL 11.0
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Vikings
July 21
2018 camp preview: More questions than usual surround Vikings special teams

2018 camp preview: More questions than usual surround Vikings special teams

The Vikings begin reporting to the first training camp July 24 at the TCO Performance Center in Eagan. The first full-team practice is July 28.…
Vikings
July 21
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins

Reusse: Outside indications pointed to Cousins being a phoney, but ...

New Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins arrived as a perceived self-promoter, but one phone call changed all that.
Vikings
July 20
Minnesota Vikings first-round pick, cornerback Mike Hughes. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Vikings sign first-round draft choice Mike Hughes

The signing comes just days before the rookies and quarterbacks are set to report to training camp Tuesday. All eight of the Vikings' rookies are now under contract.
Vikings super fans Sid Davey and David Garza showed up in Canton to support the Vikings during their 1st preseason game of the season.
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July 20
Rudolph could flourish under DeFilippo's tight-end friendly attack

Rudolph could flourish under DeFilippo's tight-end friendly attack

Kyle Rudolph knows new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo's history of using tight ends in his attack, and he's excited to see what he'll bring to the Vikings.
Vikings
July 19
Kirk Cousins ran across the field with 11-year old David Torgerson during warm-ups at Kirk Cousins' football camp at Hope College in Michigan.

Going deep with Kirk Cousins: How we got the story

Vikings reporter Ben Goessling explains how he traveled to Michigan to follow quarterback Kirk Cousins for a feature that will be Sunday's Star Tribune.
Vikings
July 19
Diggs and Thielen: Can Vikings keep one of the NFL's top receiving duos?

Diggs and Thielen: Can Vikings keep one of the NFL's top receiving duos?

If Stefon Diggs isn't re-signed before being eligible for free agency, he’d easily be one of the league’s most coveted targets for 2019 and beyond.
Vikings
July 18
Stefon Diggs scored a 61-yard touchdown to beat New Orleans 29-24 in the NFC divisional round at TCF Bank Stadium in January.

'Minneapolis Miracle' wins ESPY on night full of Minnesota connections

One of the most dramatic plays in Vikings history was recognized during ESPN's awards show, along with Lynx star Maya Moore, gymnast Maggie Nichols and others.
Vikings
July 18
Bill would force Packers to be on TV along Minnesota border

Bill would force Packers to be on TV along Minnesota border

The 'Go Pack Go Act' would require Packers games to be available to everyone in Wisconsin, including parts of the state served by Twin Cities and Duluth TV stations.
Vikings
July 18
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) listens to instructions from quarterback coach Kevin Stefanski during practice at the NFL football team

Kirk Cousins: Is he the missing piece for the Vikings' Super Bowl run?

Kirk Cousins' three-year, $84 million contract is fully guaranteed, marking the first such fully guaranteed NFL contract of that magnitude. The Vikings didn't do that with modest expectations.
Vikings
July 18
Jackson Strong paid homage to Vikings fans while at U.S. Bank Stadium last year.

X Games stuntman Strong, Vikings' Smith bond over quests to attack fear

Harrison Smith conquered his fear of flying by earning a pilot's license. For Jackson Strong, fear is a constant. The two have bonded over social media.
Vikings
July 17
Diggs to Thielen on Twitter: 'I just want my brother back'

Diggs to Thielen on Twitter: 'I just want my brother back'

Vikings wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen combine for one of the best tandems in the NFL. Off the field? They seem to be angling for their own network television show together.
Vikings
July 17
Will All-Pro talent lead Vikings secondary to an elite season?

Will All-Pro talent lead Vikings secondary to an elite season?

Perhaps no Vikings position group is better stocked than the secondary, featuring five top picks (four 1st rounders and one second) from the last seven drafts.
Vikings
July 16
Fitzgerald bleeds Vikings purple, but his path is still with Cardinals

Fitzgerald bleeds Vikings purple, but his path is still with Cardinals

Vikings fans have been dreaming for years of Larry Fitzgerald Jr., who was a star at Holy Angels in Richfield, coming back to play for his hometown team.
Vikings
July 16
Aaron Rodgers says he's trying to move past Barr hit, but ...

Aaron Rodgers says he's trying to move past Barr hit, but ...

The hit that knocked out Rodgers for most of the 2017 season is still in his head, and will be a major story line when the Vikings play at Green Bay in September.
Vikings
July 16
Vikings' linebacker question: Who will start with Kendricks and Barr?

Vikings' linebacker question: Who will start with Kendricks and Barr?

The Vikings need to find a starting weak-side linebacker, and that player will likely be chosen from an assortment of players who were drafted late -- or not at all.

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