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The OFFICIAL 2020 Mr. Mankato odds are out! Highlighting under-the-radar Vikings players

Before handing the keys off to official Mr. Mankato Oddsmaker – Chris Long, from the 5 Eyewitness News sports department – I just want to set the scene for the 2020 Mr. Mankato competition. The…


Vikings’ first full practice of training camp will come with no players on COVID-19 list

The Vikings activated offensive tackle Oli Udoh from the COVID-19 list on Thursday, meaning the team has no players remaining on that list. Udoh was cleared as the Vikings get set for their first full…


What a deal: Vikings could be in prime position to take advantage of bargains on free agent market

There might not be a lot left on the NFL’s free agent market, but the players who remain could come at bargain basement prices on short-term contracts. That became clear Wednesday when former Vikings defensive…


Twins activate newly acquired infielder Ildemaro Vargas, reinstate reliever Zack Littell

The Twins activated recently acquired infielder Ildemaro Vargas on Thursday, a day before they open a seven-game homestand. Vargas was acquired on Tuesday from the Arizona Diamondbacks and will add depth at several positions. That includes…


Zulgad: Something cooking? Dalvin Cook still waiting for contract extension as others are rewarded

The NFL contract extensions came at a rapid rate on Thursday. First, tight end George Kittle agreed to a five-year, $75 million deal with San Francisco. Then, Kansas City and tight end Travis Kelce reportedly…


Former Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen headed to Cowboys

Everson Griffen’s long stint on the NFL free agent market came to an end on Wednesday when the defensive end agreed to terms with the Dallas Cowboys, according to NFL Network. The #Cowboys are adding…


The waiting game: Pittsburgh elects not to send 2020 first-round pick to Wild

The Wild won’t have a second first-round pick in this year’s draft. As you can see in the below tweet from Pierre LeBrun, the Pittsburgh Penguins have informed the Wild that they will be keeping…


Zulgad: Sometime to return: Big Ten’s decision puts promising Gophers football season on indefinite hold

The most optimistic spin that can be placed on the Big Ten’s decision to postpone the football season, along with the rest of its fall sports, is that hope remains these sports can be played…


Twins acquire infielder Ildemaro Vargas from Diamondbacks

The Twins acquired infielder Ildemaro Vargas from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday in exchange for cash considerations. Vargas was designated for assignment last Thursday by the Diamondbacks after going 3-for-20  (.150) in eight games. He made the…


It’s official: Big Ten calls off football season for the fall, hopes to play in spring

The most anticipated Gophers football season in many years won’t be played, or best case it will be delayed until the spring. That became official on Tuesday afternoon when presidents and chancellors from the Big…


No luck: Wild will select ninth in NHL draft after Rangers land top pick in lottery

Well, that was fun while it lasted. The Minnesota Wild’s loss to Vancouver in the qualifying round of the Western Conference playoffs created the potential that Minnesota could get the No. 1 pick in the…


Pulling no punches: Wild GM Bill Guerin makes it clear that goaltending changes are on the way

Wild general manager Bill Guerin didn’t waste any time shaking up things when it came to the team’s goaltending situation on Monday and that appears to be just the start. Three days after the Wild’s…


Feeling lucky? Wild look to win NHL draft lottery for first time in franchise history

The Wild’s season might be finished, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some immediate intrigue involving the team. The Wild will find out at 5 p.m. Monday (NBC Sports Network) whether they will get…


Report: Big Ten presidents appear “ready to pull the plug” on football season

The Big Ten issued a revised football schedule last week that had the Gophers playing their opener on Sept. 5 at Michigan State. The 10-game conference only schedule was the result of the conference’s decision…


Zulgad: Twins’ slump might not be worthy of panic but could foreshadow problems in shortened season

The Twins held a two-run lead and were two innings from completing a four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday afternoon when things went awry. Sergio Romo and Taylor Rogers combined to give up…


Vikings linebacker Cameron Smith will undergo open-heart surgery

Vikings linebacker Cameron Smith had a COVID-19 follow-up exam this past week and it might have saved his life. Smith announced Saturday on Instagram that he needs open-heart surgery and will miss this coming season.…


Time for a change: Wild figure to have a much different look whenever next season arrives

Just like that, it was over. When Christopher Tanev’s shot sailed past Alex Stalock 11 seconds into overtime late Friday night (or was it early Saturday morning?) to give Vancouver a 5-4 victory over the Wild,…


Twins place Josh Donaldson on 10-day injured list because of calf injury

The Twins placed Josh Donaldson on the 10-day injured list Friday, a week after the third baseman left in the second inning of a victory over Cleveland because of tightness in his right calf. The…


Luis Arraez remains out of Twins’ lineup because of sore knee

Luis Arraez wasn’t in the Twins’ starting lineup for the second consecutive game on Friday night as Minnesota opened a three-game series against the Royals in Kansas City. The second baseman is dealing with minor knee…


Staying put: Vikings co-defensive coordinator says Danielle Hunter won’t move to right end

Danielle Hunter has established himself as one of the top defensive ends in the NFL in his first five seasons, becoming the youngest player (at 25) in league history to reach 50 career sacks. He…


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