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Lost in the loss: Everson Griffen dominated the Packers

One of the biggest questions for the Minnesota Vikings heading into the 2019 season is whether defensive end Everson Griffen would return to Pro Bowl form after missing time and showing inconsistency down the stretch…


Vikings schedule calls for Cousins to turn around big-game woes

EAGAN — There was nothing else Kirk Cousins could say following his worst game since becoming a full-time starter in 2015 by Pro Football Focus grades and ESPN’s QBR rating aside from, “just can’t happen.”…


Wolves agree to deal with Jordan Murphy

Former Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball player Jordan Murphy will be sticking around the Twin Cities, at least for a little bit. The Minnesota Timberwolves announced on Monday afternoon that they have come to terms with…


Player Preview: Treveon Graham

The target the Minnesota Timberwolves had circled as the free agency period opened up was D’Angelo Russell. That wasn’t a secret to any one throughout the league. The pursuit of Russell didn’t end as intended,…


Wetmore’s 5 thoughts: Too soon to look ahead? Twins land a knockout punch

1. In the race for the postseason between the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians, Saturday’s sweep felt like the knockout punch. The Twins swept a pair of games after landing late in Cleveland on Friday…


Vikings Tidbits: Dalvin Cook dominates on the ground; a “selfish” decision by Stefon Diggs; blame it on the QB

GREEN BAY — The Vikings trailed the Packers 21-0 early in the second quarter Sunday at Lambeau Field, when Kirk Cousins handed off to Dalvin Cook. The third-year running back did the rest, taking off…


Zulgad: Blame game: Kirk Cousins accepts responsibility for brutal day but that doesn’t fix a thing

GREEN BAY — A year ago, the Vikings left Lambeau Field following a tie believing that their three-year, $84 million investment in Kirk Cousins might pay off in a big way. On Sunday, the Vikings…


NFL explains confusing pass interference call against Vikings

GREEN BAY — The Minnesota Vikings appeared to be right back in it when there was a surprising stoppage and call for review. Nobody inside Lambeau Field could figure out what was being examined following…


Kirk Cousins on key interception: ‘Just can’t do that’

GREEN BAY — Usually Kirk Cousins looks straight forward and makes eye contact during his post-game press conferences. On Sunday, he paused at times and repeatedly looked down at the lectern and shook his head…


Vikings wasted every chance at comeback in Green Bay

GREEN BAY — Through sixteen minutes of football at Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers looked like a juggernaut. Over the final 44 minutes, the Packers played only slightly better than one…


Vikings starting guard out against Packers; Mackensie Alexander also inactive

GREEN BAY, WIS. — Vikings right guard Pat Elflein is inactive for Sunday’s game against the Packers because of a knee injury he suffered in the season opener a week ago against Atlanta. Elflein, who…


Gophers’ QB Tanner Morgan leads late comeback against Georgia Southern

As Georgia Southern linebacker Rashad Byrd scooped up a fumble and sprinted into the end zone, the Gophers experienced their biggest scare of non-conference play. After a blocked field goal and fumble were each returned…


Harrison Smith is playing mind games

EAGAN — It is hard to avoid the spotlight in America’s most popular sport but somehow Harrison Smith has settled into a place where he is one of the least discussed superstars in the NFL.…


Quick work: New Wild general manager locks up Jared Spurgeon for long term

Bill Guerin doesn’t waste time getting things done. We learned that on Saturday when the Wild announced that standout defenseman Jared Spurgeon had signed a seven-year, $53,025,000 million contract extension that will run through the…


Twins tidbits: Sam Dyson’s season could be finished; Twins add arm for doubleheader

The Twins obtained Sam Dyson at the trade deadline in order to strengthen their bullpen for an expected postseason run. Reliever Sergio Romo had been acquired a few days earlier from the Marlins and now…


Vikings tackle O’Neill has come a long way since Lambeau debut

EAGAN — Brian O’Neill looked like he had just been through a tornado. He sat in the visitor’s locker room at Lambeau Field trying to process what had just happened. His voice was a little…


Mapping out what Saturday’s two bullpen games might look like

The Twins’ bullpen has to cover 18 innings in Saturday’s critical doubleheader against Cleveland. It’s not an ideal scenario for the Twins, who already had a ‘pen game planned for Saturday, and now have to…


Mackensie Alexander won’t play vs. Packers; could Mike Hughes return?

The Vikings will enter Sunday’s game at Green Bay without nickel corner Mackensie Alexander. The cornerback suffered an elbow injury in the Vikings’ season-opening victory over Atlanta last Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium and was…


Will 10-pass game give Vikings an edge vs. Packers?

EAGAN — One thing the Minnesota Vikings can be sure about heading into Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers: Kirk Cousins’ arm will not be tired. The Vikings quarterback only threw 10 passes in…


Zulgad: No worries: The Twins can’t possibly lose the AL Central, right?

The Twins were missing 127 of their 276 home runs entering Wednesday’s game against Washington at Target Field. That number increased to 142 if you included the absence of veteran utilityman Marwin Gonzalez and 149…


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