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Would the Vikings trust a rookie backup quarterback?

During the Mike Zimmer era in Minnesota the Vikings have always had a veteran backup quarterback. In 2014, Matt Cassel opened up the season with the starting job, which was eventually handed over to rookie…


Strange days indeed: Bizarre week ends with an eerie silence in sports world

FORT MYERS, FLA. — There have been plenty of memorable and odd moments in 17 years of covering sports, first for the Star Tribune and then for 1500 ESPN/SKOR North. Brett Favre alone provided plenty…


Uncertain times: Twins forced to hit pause on spring training, wait for direction

FORT MYERS, FLA. — Taylor Rogers will be a busy man on Friday, only his to-do list will have nothing to do with working on his craft. The Twins closer, and all of his teammates,…


NHL puts its season on hold because of coronavirus

The NHL joined the NBA and MLS in halting its regular season because of the spread of the coronavirus. The Wild had been scheduled to play host to the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night.…


MLB to delay start of regular season by at least two weeks

FORT MYERS, FLA. — Major League Baseball will suspend spring training and delay the start of the regular season by a least two weeks because of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. The decision…


COVID-19 Minnesota sports updates: Boys and girls basketball tournaments canceled

COVID-19’s impact on the sports world has escalated quickly over the past 48 hours, with the NBA suspending its season and other leagues likely to follow. Below is a quick-hitting list of how COVID-19 has…


NBA season suspended after player tests positive for coronavirus

The NBA announced it would be suspending play following the conclusion of Wednesday night’s games until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic. This comes after the league announced that a player on the Utah…


Twins’ season-opening trip to Oakland and Seattle will be relocated

FORT MYERS, FLA. — The Twins remain scheduled to open the season on March 26 against Oakland, but where they will be playing is uncertain. The Twins’ season-opening trip that was to begin with four…


Zulgad: Healthy Josh Donaldson enjoying newfound security with Twins

FORT MYERS, FLA. — Josh Donaldson got to see some old friends on Wednesday afternoon when the Atlanta Braves visited Hammond Stadium for a spring training game, but the third baseman also made it clear…


Back-to-back: Jose Berrios again scheduled to start on opening day for Twins

FORT MYERS, FLA. — Jose Berrios will get the ball for the Twins’ opener for the second consecutive year. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli made the announcement on Wednesday following Berrios’ spring-training start against the Atlanta…


Twins’ early-season series against Mariners likely will be moved

FORT MYERS, FLA. — The Twins are scheduled to open the season with a four-game series that will begin March 26 in Oakland and then continue on their road trip with three games from March…


Zulgad: Veteran presence: The Twins won’t have any lack of playoff experience on their roster this season

FORT MYERS, FLA. — ¬†After winning the American League Central last season with 101 victories and bashing a big-league record 307 home runs, the Twins felt they were prepared to finally take down the Yankees…


Vikings awarded three compensatory picks in NFL draft

The Vikings were awarded three compensatory picks in the NFL draft on Tuesday, including one in the third round and two in the seventh. The third-round pick will be the 41st in the round and…


One more and done: Could Kirk Cousins be headed for the Bay Area?

There has been speculation in recent weeks that free agent quarterback Tom Brady could end up with the San Francisco 49ers, meaning Jimmy Garoppolo’s stint in the Bay Area would be done. But an ESPN…


Will Vikings turn to developing players on defense?

As the Minnesota Vikings formulate their plot for the upcoming free agency period they will have more holes to fill than cap space to spend, even with the potential for players like Xavier Rhodes and…


Twins Tidbits: Byron Buxton’s recovery to take another step; Lewis Thorpe optioned

FORT MYERS, FLA. — Twins center fielder Byron Buxton will take another step in his return from shoulder surgery on Tuesday when he is scheduled to take live batting practice at Hammond Stadium. Buxton, who…


Jumping-off point: Can Byron Buxton really change his daredevil ways in center?

FORT MYERS, FLA. — Byron Buxton knows the answer to the question. He has given it plenty of thought as he has rehabbed from the injuries that have resulted from his daredevil-like ways in center…


In Twins first roster cuts, several prospects optioned to minors; Fernando Romero to restricted list

There’s a little more elbow room in big league camp, as the Twins made their first round of roster cuts Monday. Several prospects have optioned the minor leagues and Fernando Romero has been added to…


Justin Morneau featured as FSN releases Twins 2020 local TV schedule

Every Twins game will be on TV this year. And most every game will be carried locally on FOX Sports North. The local network announced its TV schedule Monday morning, and it includes the names…


No age restriction: Twins slugger Nelson Cruz doesn’t have any plan to retire soon

FORT MYERS, FLA. — Nelson Cruz will turn 40 years old on July 1, has 12-plus seasons of big-league service time and is entering the final year of his contract. So will the 2020 season…


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