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You're up, rookie Linebacker Eric Kendricks, 23, could see his role nearly double in snaps after the Vikings traded starting middle linebacker Gerald Hodges last week. "I'm going to take it and run with it," he said. [Full Story]

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Report: Gardenhire to interview for Padres' managerial job Posted by Judd Zulgad | 13 hours ago Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire will interview for the San Diego Padres opening, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The paper reports that Gardenhire also has been mentioned as a candidate for the Washington Nationals job. [Full Story]
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Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor pleads guilty to drunken driving Posted by The Associated Press | 13 hours ago In a plea deal, a judge Monday gave Sydor 60 days in jail, to be served in installments over four years. Sydor's attorney, Ryan Pacyga, says Sydor will serve the first installment over two weekends, starting Friday. [Full Story]
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Slumping Chiefs will face Vikings on Sunday without Jamaal Charles Posted by Judd Zulgad | 14 hours ago The Kansas City Chiefs will enter Sunday's game against the Vikings having won only one of their first five games and without top running back Jamaal Charles. Charles was lost for the season on Sunday when he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee. [Full Story]
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Vikings look to turn around post-bye blues Posted by Andrew Krammer | 14 hours ago The Vikings have lost five straight games after taking a bye week, with the last win coming in 2009. Here's a look at the Vikings' post-bye dysfunction, which has included odd scenarios from a Brett Favre apology to broken clocks at Soldier Field. [Full Story]
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With Hodges gone, rookie Eric Kendricks to 'run with' full-time role Posted by Andrew Krammer | 18 hours ago Kendricks, 23, could see his role nearly double in snaps, depending on how the Vikings rotate their linebackers. "I'm going to take it and run with it," he said. [Full Story]
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Mike Wallace, Charles Johnson held out of Vikings practice Posted by Andrew Krammer | 21 hours ago Receiver Mike Wallace was not seen on the field during the open portion of practice, and Charles Johnson (ribs) was limited to conditioning with other injured players on the side. [Full Story]
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Former Twins pitcher Dean Chance, a Cy Young winner, dies at 74 Posted by The Associated Press | 21 hours ago Dean Chance, who won the 1964 Cy Young Award and pitched a no-hitter for the Twins in 1967, died Sunday. He was 74. Chance went 128-115 with a 2.92 ERA in 10 big-league seasons. [Full Story]
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Vikings put boxing gloves on penalty-prone CB Xavier Rhodes Posted by Andrew Krammer | 21 hours ago Returning from the bye week, the Vikings employed a different practice tactic -- boxing gloves. Rhodes, 25, went back to the basics on a Monday as teammate Captain Munnerlyn took the brand new gloves out of their box and... [Full Story]
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Can Vikings capitalize on easier stretch of schedule out of bye? Posted by Andrew Krammer | 1 day ago A Sunday off gives the Vikings extra time to prepare for the easiest stretch in their schedule. Can they capitalize before the winter turns? Here are the prospects looking ahead, including the Kansas City Chiefs this week, likely without Jamaal Charl [Full Story]
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Positive early season reviews Posted by 1500ESPN | 2 days ago 1500espn #wild #sportswire Judd Zulgad and Jess Myers discuss the Wild's 2-0 start, Devan Dubnyk's play and Charlie Coyle's renewed confidence. [Watch Video]
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J.Myers: Early wins should help Wild prepare for the depths of winter Posted by Jess Myers | 2 days ago The Wild are now 2-0-0, doing work that should serve them well in the depths of a Minnesota winter -- when, as Yeo's teams have proven at three times now, things tend to get cold and dark for the Minnesota Wild. [Full Story]
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Zulgad: Versatile Coyle gives Wild much-needed shot of offense Posted by Judd Zulgad | 2 days ago Coming off a disappointing season in which he had only 11 goals, Charlie Coyle said he has far more confidence this season. That was on display Saturday as the versatile forward scored twice in the Wild's 3-2 win over the Blues in their home opener. [Full Story]
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Coyle's pair of goals help Wild hold on, beat Blues in home opener Posted by The Associated Press | 2 days ago Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves for the Wild, who eliminated the Central Division champion Blues in the first round of the playoffs last season in six games and held on for the win in their home opener despite being outshot 13-1 in the third period. [Full Story]
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Sandell: Gophers rekindle run-first approach in blowout win Posted by Nate Sandell | 3 days ago Minnesota reached 300 rushing yards in a Big Ten game for the first time in Kill's five seasons at the helm. The rushing onslaught came after attempting at least 27 passes in each of the last five games -- a departure from Kill's typical approach. [Full Story]
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