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Hockey Half Hour Notebook: Big Ten Hockey resurgence happening?

It was eerily quiet inside Joe Louis Arena in Detroit roughly 20 months ago, when the Big Ten Hockey tournament came to Motown for the first time. “Crowds” of a few hundred could be seen…


NFL: Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings - Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:30:17 EST
NFL PR: Vikings-Cowboys was most-watched Thursday Night Football game ever

So much for ratings being in the tank. After much consternation and many thinkpieces earlier this year about why NFL ratings were on the decline, the NFL seems to have had a bit of a…


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Gopher mens hockey: 3 keys against No. 10 Ohio State

The Gopher men’s hockey team opens up Big Ten play this weekend at Mariucci Arena when they host No. 10 Ohio State. After going 6-4-2 in non-conference play to open the season, the No. 11…


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Mistakes doom Vikings against Cowboys; Mike Zimmer’s immediate future (ep. 174)

The Vikings wasted an excellent defensive performance against the Dallas Cowboys in Thursday’s loss. What’s next for Mike Zimmer after eye surgery? What’s left for Adrian Peterson? Ben Goessling, Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss…


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Zulgad: Winning one for Zimmer was only small part of Vikings’ motivation

MINNEAPOLIS – The news that Mike Zimmer would not coach the Vikings on Thursday night against Dallas at U.S. Bank Stadium broke in the late morning. Zimmer had undergone emergency surgery to repair a detached…


Dec 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Cowboys defeated the Vikings 17-15. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
4 thoughts: Bradford’s 2nd half, Thielen’s costly fumble, Zimmer misses game

MINNEAPOLIS – If you were doing the math last week on how the Vikings were going to work their way into the playoffs, you might have already looked past a Thursday Night game against the…


Dec 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) recovers a fumble in front of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) during the third quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Cowboys defeated the Vikings 17-15. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Vikings’ brilliant defensive performance spoiled by errors

The Minnesota Vikings’ defense got robbed of a save-the-season performance. Thursday night’s 17-15 loss to the Dallas Cowboys marked the fourth time during their stretch of six losses in seven games in which they had…


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Defensive end Brian Robison blasts officiating after Vikings’ loss to Cowboys

MINNEAPOLIS – Brian Robison did not hold back his frustration with the work done by referee Carl Cheffers and his crew on Thursday night in the Vikings’ 17-15 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at U.S.…


NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears - Mon, 31 Oct 2016 18:39:50 EDT
Harrison Smith on crutches, in walking boot following loss to Cowboys

Safety Harrison Smith has been battling an ankle injury since the Minnesota Vikings’ win over the Arizona Cardinals two weeks ago. Following the Vikings’ 17-15 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night, Smith exited…


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After hit to ribs, Sam Bradford returns and nearly pulls off comeback win

MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings have had a rash of injuries this year at offensive line, but one player they really couldn’t afford to lose was QB Sam Bradford. It must have been an unsettling moment…


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Instant analysis: Vikings fall 17-15 to Cowboys

The Minnesota Vikings are now 6-6 after a 17-15 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at US Bank Stadium. Final takeaways:  – In all of their losses, the Vikings have had one signature meltdown play. Against Detroit…


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Report: Twins set to hire Yankees staffer as big league hitting coach

The Minnesota Twins are plucking from another smart organization, this time it’s the New York Yankees. Minnesota is set to hire James Rowson as Paul Molitor’s hitting coach, according to George King of the New…


NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles - Sun, 23 Oct 2016 16:21:15 EDT
Vikings coach Zimmer could drive to Jacksonville if surgery restricts flight

Mike Zimmer is known as the first-one-in-last-one-out kind of football coach and he is really showing it with his detached retina situation. Per NBC’s Thursday Night Football broadcast, Zimmer has a plan in place to…


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3-point play: Towns vs. Porzingis lived up to the hype

The Timberwolves’ bench continues to disappoint Earlier this week I wrote about the team’s moribund bench unit. Since last season’s all-star break, the Timberwolves’ bench has been among the league’s worst in many categories. This…


NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins - Sun, 13 Nov 2016 15:22:13 EST
Report: Diggs to play vs. Cowboys

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Minnesota Vikings star receiver Stefon Diggs is expected to play on Thursday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys. Vikings' WR Stefon Diggs, listed as questionable with a knee injury,…


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How the Vikings can try to overcome the Dallas Cowboys Offensive Line

There’s little question that the Minnesota Vikings defense will be up against one of the best offensive lines the NFL has seen in a long time, in a league where other teams are struggling to…


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Slow starts, scoring depth might be an issue for Gophers

The Gophers are dealing with some new things this week: Their first road game and their first loss. Their 6-0 start, all games in the comforts of Williams Arena, came to a halt with a…


NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears - Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:50:35 EDT
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer will not coach vs. Cowboys

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer will not be on the sidelines against the Dallas Cowboys, GM Rick Spielman announced on Thursday morning. Zimmer underwent emergency surgery for a detached retina after practice on Wednesday.…


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What the Vikings can learn from the Cowboys’ offensive line construction

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was the Dallas Cowboys offensive line, but make no mistake, they are two of history’s most impressive accomplishments. Tyron Smith, Ronald Leary, Travis Frederick, Zach Martin and…


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Wetmore’s 5 thoughts: Jason Castro, pitch framing, leadership, Game of Thrones

The Twins on Wednesday officially announced the 3-year contract for new catcher Jason Castro, 8 days after the deal had been reported. This column presents 5 thoughts on Castro’s official introduction to the Minnesota media,…


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