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Zulgad: Truly offensive: Kirk Cousins and Co. have abysmal showing in final dress rehearsal

MINNEAPOLIS — Two weeks. That is how much time the Minnesota Vikings have before their Sept. 8 regular-season opener against the Atlanta Falcons and how long they have to get their offense prepared to operate…


Vikings-Cardinals: 10 players who stood out

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings faced off with the Arizona Cardinals at US Bank Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Here are 10 players who had notable performances — good or bad. Dalvin Cook The Vikings elected…


Twins bullpen mainstay sent to minors; Cody Stashak is up to take his place

MINNEAPOLIS — After a great start to the season, the 30-year-old rookie with a slow curveball has fallen on tougher times. Ryne Harper has been optioned to Triple-A Rochester, the Twins announced Saturday. Cody Stashak…


Zulgad: Pitching a fit: Twins’ starting woes leave little hope for playoff success

There was an outcry from this corner when Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey did not add a quality starting pitcher to his first-place club at the Major League trade deadline on July 31. Falvey’s…


Byron Buxton to begin rehab assignment as he aims to return to Twins’ lineup

MINNEAPOLIS — Byron Buxton is nearing a returning a return from the injured list — but it won’t be with the Twins. At least not initially. Buxton is headed to low-A Cedar Rapids to begin…


Looking back at the Kevin Love trade five years later

On August 23, 2014 the Minnesota Timberwolves traded Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins in a move that helped shaped the future of not only the Wolves, but also the future of the NBA landscape in…


10 players to watch in the Vikings’ third preseason game

The Minnesota Vikings are likely to give their starters a good amount of work on Saturday afternoon against the Arizona Cardinals but their success isn’t the only thing worth watching in the team’s third preseason…


Looking back at the Kevin Love trade five years later

On July 11, 2014 at 11:17 AM CT, Lee Jenkins, then of Sports Illustrated, pressed send on a tweet that changed the landscape of the NBA. That tweet, which contained a link to the famous…


Kearse’s growth gives Vikings unique ‘hybrid’ weapon on defense

EAGAN — On Halloween night, Jayron Kearse’s nightmare came true. On October 31, 2016, Kearse got the nod to fill in for injured Andrew Sendejo. His first NFL start came at Soldier Field in Chicago…


Zulgad: Dog and pony show: Wild does best to distract us from reality

How big of a mess has this offseason been for the Minnesota Wild? That question was answered early in Bill Guerin’s introductory press conference on Thursday morning at Xcel Energy Center. As owner Craig Leipold…


Vikings RB Boone making his case for a roster spot

EAGAN — In baseball terms, Mike Boone is 2-for-2 in preseason games. In each of the Minnesota Vikings victories to open the exhibition schedule he has been an impact player, totaling 25 carries for 136…


Twins Tidbits: Injury forces Eddie Rosario’s exit; Lucas Giolito shuts ’em down; Byron Buxton making progress

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins already are without center field Byron Buxton and now could be without left fielder Eddie Rosario. Rosario was removed from the Twins’ 4-0 loss to the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon…


Wild sign restricted free agent Joel Eriksson Ek to two-year contract

Center Joel Eriksson Ek signed a two-year, $2.975 million contract with the Wild on Wednesday. He will make $1.45 million in 2019-20 and $1.525 million in 2020-21. The 22-year-old Eriksson Ek had seven goals and…


Zulgad: Damage control: Wild pick Bill Guerin to clean up Paul Fenton’s mess

Bill Guerin was named the Wild’s general manager on Wednesday and he likely will be introduced on Thursday. Once that is out of the way, it shouldn’t take long for the former NHL right winger…


Penguins assistant GM will replace Paul Fenton as Wild general manager

The Wild’s search for a general manager is complete. Bill Guerin was named the team’s general manager on Wednesday and likely will be introduced on Thursday. Guerin, 48, will replace Paul Fenton, who was fired July…


A number of talented arms may soon be joining the Twins’ bullpen

The Twins’ bullpen has been a work in progress through the season’s first five months, but significant help appears on the way. On September 1, rosters expand from 25 to 40 players. Most teams don’t…


Vikings still working through interior pass rush options

EAGAN — The Minnesota Vikings got exactly what they paid for last season with Sheldon Richardson. The former Jet and Seahawk put up 48 QB pressures, ranking 14th among defensive tackles (per PFF). With Richardson…


Zulgad: Crusty coach: Mike Zimmer’s blunt nature is breath of fresh air

Rocco Baldelli has spent his first year as a big-league manager keeping the Twins atop the AL Central for much of the season and revealing as little information as possible to the media. This isn’t…


How football’s simplest play can help the Vikings offense reach its full potential

EAGAN — If you have ever played backyard football, then you already have a basic understanding of one of the most important concepts the Minnesota Vikings will use this year. If you have ever huddled…


Grading the offseason: The pursuit of D’Angelo Russell

*Note: Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be posting grades for many of the Wolves decisions made this offseason, one by one. Previously we’ve covered Tyus Jones leaving for Memphis, the draft night trade…


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