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Notebook: Explosive plays haunt the Gophers in big loss to Maryland

It’s eerie how certain things in life follow a similar script. Last year, the Gophers’ 31-24 loss to Maryland was the beginning of a downward spiral in Big Ten play. Antoine Winfield Jr. was injured,…


Zulgad: Reality sets in for Gophers after big loss in Big Ten opener

The Gophers almost had me fooled. An impressive 21-14 victory over a Fresno State team coming off a 10-win season caused some thought that maybe 2018 wouldn’t be all about rebuilding. Gophers coach P.J. Fleck…


Position-by-position: How the Vikings match up against the Bills

The 1-0-1 Minnesota Vikings match up with the 0-2 Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon at US Bank Stadium. Here’s how the two teams compare position-by-position (all stats via Pro Football Focus and Pro-Football Reference): Quarterback…


Sano leaves Twins, will undergo tests after experiencing pain in injured leg

Byron Buxton was sent home instead of being promoted when big-league rosters were expanded on Sept. 1. Miguel Sano’s extremely disappointing season — which included a demotion to Single-A Fort Myers in June — saw…


Reports: Butler won’t be on court for opening of camp; Taylor shopping All-Star

Jimmy Butler’s request to be traded by the Timberwolves has yet to be granted but the All-Star won’t be taking part in the opening of training camp next week. Butler has been granted permission to…


Aldrick Robinson looking to catch on quickly with Vikings

In Kirk Cousins’ second career start, he showed some early flashes of the franchise quarterback he would eventually become. On December 15, 2013, Cousins threw for 381 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-26 loss…


Which minor league call-ups are best positioned to earn a spot on next year’s opening day roster?

As the 2018 Twins transitioned from a team competing for a playoff spot to one planning for next season, the number of minor league call-ups progressively rose. Over the past two months, a steady stream…


Vikings C Elflein ready to return after long offseason recovery

The Minnesota Vikings will get starting center Pat Elflein back in some capacity on Sunday when they hit the field against the Buffalo Bills at US Bank Stadium. And while Mike Zimmer would not elaborate…


Cook and Griffen out, Elflein will ‘have a role’ for Vikings vs. Bills

The Minnesota Vikings will be without two of their star players as they face off with the Buffalo Bills at US Bank Stadium on Sunday. Pass rusher Everson Griffen   will sit out with a…


Report: Wolves telling teams they intend to keep Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler told Tom Thibodeau this week that he would like to be traded by the time Timberwolves’ media day arrives on Monday. It appears Thibodeau, the Wolves president of basketball operations and head coach,…


Will Vikings’ patience with Laquon Treadwell pay off?

You can criticize the Minnesota Vikings all you want for selecting Laquon Treadwell in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft instead of New Orleans Saints superstar Michael Thomas, but at the time, they…


Zulgad: Brutal or brilliant? Roughing the passer calls could serve a purpose

Clay Matthews’ game-changing, roughing-the-passer penalty on Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins on Sunday looks like a terrible call every time you watch it. The NFL has said that hit will be used on a teaching video…


Dalvin Cook appreciates moonlight role at reciever

In college and in his first year in the NFL, Dalvin Cook has occasionally been asked to line up as a wide receiver. Under new Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, it appears Cook will…


Zulgad: If Thibodeau won’t deal Butler, Wolves owner might soon have to make change

Jimmy Butler and Tom Thibodeau formed a successful pairing with the Chicago Bulls because both were obstinate individuals who were focused on doing whatever it took to win basketball games. But the stubborn nature of…


A closer look at rookie T Brian O’Neill’s debut

Brian O’Neill’s first NFL action came at the drop of the hat and on the biggest stage. When starting right tackle Rashod Hill went down with an ankle injury just over five minutes into the…


Defensive tackle O.J. Smith brings a unique perspective to the Gophers

Spend enough time with Gophers’ defensive tackle O.J. Smith and you’ll probably find him in the kitchen with his roommate, offensive lineman Ben Davis. The duo follows one simple trick to cook the best ribs…


Cousins critical of his ‘process’ on several throws in Green Bay — including Thielen’s TD

When the dust settled in Green Bay, the Minnesota Vikings left with a 29-29 tie and quarterback Kirk Cousins traveled back across the border with one of the best statistical performances of his career. He…


Report: Butler eyeing trade to Clippers and other nuggets on Jimmy wanting out of Minnesota

Jimmy Butler’s desire to get out of Minnesota led the All-Star to give Tom Thibodeau a list of three teams to which he would like to be dealt. This includes the Nets, Knicks and Clippers.…


Tom Johnson taking unexpected return to Minnesota ‘in stride’

You know how when you first leave home and then come back for a visit and notice that there’s a new gas station or they’ve turned old Target into Super Target? Well, imagine how Tom…


With other offers on the table, Dan Bailey chose win-now Vikings team

Dan Bailey had plenty of interest when the Dallas Cowboys elected to release him following a training camp battle. The veteran kicker, who ranks second all time in field goal percentage, waited until he found…


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