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Uncertainty over Vikings stadium leadership after dustup (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:17:05 PST

There's some uncertainty over who will run the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium after a dustup over the oversight authority's use of luxury suites culminated in the exit of two top officials. Michele Kelm-Helgen and Ted Mondale resigned from the Minnesota Sports Facilitates Authority on Thursday, months after the use of suites was first revealed in November. Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers in Minnesota are still pushing to drastically reshape the authority, giving themselves power to appoint many members.

Amid suite heat, top Vikings stadium leaders resign (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:53:26 PST

The two top leaders of the authority overseeing the Minnesota Vikings' stadium resigned abruptly Thursday after weeks of criticism over the questionable use of luxury suites by officials' family and friends, a practice that auditors labeled an ethical violation. Authority Chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen announced her resignation first in a Thursday morning letter, saying it was in the public interest for her to step down from the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. Hours later, executive director Ted Mondale announced his own exit as top Republicans charting massive changes to stadium governance ramped up calls for him to also step aside.

The Latest: Dayton says he didn't ask for stadium departures (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:16:37 PST

Gov. Mark Dayton says he didn't ask for the resignations of two top leaders from the Minnesota Vikings' stadium oversight authority. Chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen announced her resignation Thursday in a statement, and executive director Ted Mondale followed suit hours later. It follows months of controversy over public officials' use of luxury suites for friends and family members.

Steelers already working on new contract for Antonio Brown (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:28:17 PST

The Pittsburgh Steelers are following through on their promise to offer All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown a new contract. General manager Kevin Colbert said Thursday the team has already begun negotiations with Brown, who has one year left on the $42 million deal that began in 2013. The 28-year-old Brown is coming off his fourth straight season of at least 100 receptions.

Adrian Peterson, under contract for now with Vikings, sends curious tweet about Giants (Shutdown Corner)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:57:35 PST

Anyone can go on Twitter and opine about an NFL team’s offseason moves. That’s the beauty of social media.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid makes minor moves to coaching staff (The Associated Press)

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:04:27 PST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Chiefs have promoted Brad Childress to assistant head coach and announced that Matt Nagy will take over as the sole offensive coordinator in a minor shake-up of Andy Reid's staff.

Vikings dump 2015 starting guards Brandon Fusco, Mike Harris (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:21:16 PST

The Minnesota Vikings have released Brandon Fusco and Mike Harris, the guards who started a combined 85 games for the team over the last five seasons. The moves were made Friday, one month before the start of free agency when the Vikings will likely seek some new offensive linemen after a rough year for their group. Fusco started 14 games in 2016 at right guard.

Post-Super Bowl NFL mock draft: Surprising four quarterbacks land in Round 1 (Shutdown Corner)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 05:59:35 PST

Super Bowl LI gave us quite a thrill, and for many it re-stoked the fires for football. The NFL scouting combine is a few weeks away. This might not be a great quarterback group, but as veteran options dry up the need at the position is always overinflated come draft time.

Thursday's Sports in Brief (The Associated Press)

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 23:38:13 PST

Charles Oakley maintains he did nothing wrong before he was surrounded by Madison Square Garden security officials. Oakley blamed his strained relationship with the Knicks and owner James Dolan on Thursday for the altercation that led to his ejection and arrest from New York's 119-115 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. Oakley said during an ESPN Radio interview that he had been in his seat for just a few minutes when he was surrounded by security, denying that they approached him after he shouted at Dolan.

Seahawks sign Blair Walsh, which could mean end of Steve Hauschka's time in Seattle (Shutdown Corner)

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 18:54:05 PST

Seattle Seahawks kicker Steve Hauschka, who has been with the team since 2011, is set to become an unrestricted free agent in a few weeks, and on Thursday the Seahawks made a move that may spell the end of Hauschka’s time with the team. Seattle signed Blair Walsh, who started the 2016 season with the Minnesota Vikings but was released after nine games for poor performance. Steve Hauschka may have tried his last kick for the Falcons.

Seahawks sign former Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh (The Associated Press)

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:59:12 PST

The Seahawks signed former Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh on Thursday, the strongest sign yet that Seattle may be moving on from Steven Hauschka. Hauschka will be a free agent when the new league year begins next month and after a season of inconsistency the Seahawks are looking at other options. Walsh spent five seasons with the Vikings before being released midway through last season, but is mostly known for a crucial miss.

The top five NFL offseason stories, leading with Tony Romo's uncertain future (Shutdown Corner)

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:56:54 PST

Super Bowl LI reinforced the long-standing notion that having a top quarterback is the easiest way to win a championship. Matt Ryan and Tom Brady finished 1-2 in the MVP race, and they met in the Super Bowl. If you don’t have a quarterback, it’s hard to get one.

NFL Power Rankings, way-too-early 2017 edition: Can the Falcons rebound from this? (Shutdown Corner)

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 08:28:41 PST

The Atlanta Falcons look like they can make it right back to a Super Bowl. The last time a Super Bowl loser won it all the next year was the 1972 Miami Dolphins. No Super Bowl loser has even been back to the Super Bowl the next season since the 1993 Buffalo Bills.

Vegas, baby! Who'll go No. 1? NFL offseason stories to watch (The Associated Press)

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 12:51:04 PST

Tom Brady took the high road while appearing with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and collecting the silver hardware for his record fourth Super Bowl MVP award. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick bemoaned needing to play catch-up when it comes to preparing for next season. Yes, the Patriots rule their sport once again, thanks to the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, and in what Goodell called ''maybe one of the greatest games of all time.'' Now it's time to look forward.

Mistakes can't keep Patriots from 5th Super Bowl title (The Associated Press)

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 20:38:37 PST

The New England Patriots developed a reputation for playing nearly mistake-free football in winning four Super Bowl rings during the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era. ''There were a lot of plays that coach talks about, you never know which one is going to be the Super Bowl winner,'' Brady said. New England's 34-28 overtime win was the largest fourth-quarter comeback in NFL history, and broke the Patriots' own record for the biggest deficit overcome in a Super Bowl.

Falcons' Ryan named NFL season MVP (AFP)

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 19:17:23 PST

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was named the National Football League's Most Valuable Player, 24 hours before he attempts to crown a superb season with Super Bowl glory. The 31-year-old scooped the award after collecting 25 of the votes polled, while his opposite number in Sunday's showpiece, the New England Patriots' Tom Brady, finished with 10 votes. Ryan's award came after a dazzling season at the heart of Atlanta's free-scoring offense that saw the quarterback finish with 4,944 yards, 38 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.

Best teams to not win Super Bowl, Part 5: Star-crossed Vikings and 19-Oops (Shutdown Corner)

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 07:36:53 PST

As we count down the days until Super Bowl LI, Yahoo Sports is taking a look at the best teams to not win it all. The 2007 Patriots went 18-0 before failing to sew up a Super Bowl title. The star-crossed Vikings, the NFL’s archetypal can’t-win-the-big-one franchise, have been to more Super Bowls than 19 other teams.

Wednesday's Sports in Brief (The Associated Press)

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 23:25:21 PST

Alabama came up just short in its bid for a second straight national title on the field, but the Crimson Tide's dominance on the recruiting trail remains as strong as ever. According to composite rankings of recruiting services compiled by 247Sports, Alabama finished atop the team standings for a seventh consecutive year. Florida's 2010 class that included NFL first-round draft picks Dominique Easley, Matt Elam and Sharrif Floyd is 247Sports' only higher-rated class since 2002, which is as far back as 247Sports' data goes.

Best teams not to win Super Bowl, Part 3: Brett Favre was denied twice (Shutdown Corner)

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 06:54:44 PST

Brett Favre couldn’t push the Vikings to a Lombardi Trophy. As we count down the days until Super Bowl LI, Yahoo Sports is taking a look at the best teams to not win it all. When three of us put our heads together here at Shutdown Corner to vote on the best teams to not win the Super Bowl, we each agreed on four of the top five.

NFL-National Football League roundup (Reuters)

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 15:16:45 PST

Jan 29 (The Sports Xchange) - The New York Jets plan to hire New Orleans Saints wide receivers coach John Morton as their new offensive coordinator, according to multiple reports Sunday. Morton, 47, will replace 65-year-old Chan Gailey, who held the job for two years before announcing his retirement after the 2016 season. Jets coach Todd Bowles interviewed Morton and former Houston Texans offensive coordinator George Godsey for the job, according to ESPN. The Jets finished 26th in total offense and 30th in scoring this season. ...

As Falcons return to big game, remembering the Dirty Birds (The Associated Press)

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 07:19:54 PST

The last time the Atlanta Falcons made it to the Super Bowl, they put on quite a show. The team known as the ''Dirty Birds'' capped off a remarkable season in 1998 by doing almost everything wrong once they claimed a spot in the big game. ''I didn't do a good enough job of making them understand that you don't want to just be there,'' said Dan Reeves, who was the Falcons' coach.

Long, storied history behind the footballs of the NFL (The Associated Press)

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 23:52:00 PST

Skip Horween's great-grandmother wanted nothing to do with football.

Round-the-clock stress makes NFL coaching a health risk (The Associated Press)

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:44:56 PST

Standing on the sideline, Dan Reeves felt the burning in his throat - a sure sign of heart trouble that could no longer be ignored. Within hours, Reeves, in the process of coaching the Falcons to the franchise's first Super Bowl, was on the operating table for a quadruple bypass surgery that saved his life. Earlier this month, Reeves' one-time backup quarterback in Denver, Gary Kubiak, cited health problems as the reason for his sudden retirement as coach of the Broncos.

Chiefs hire Greg Lewis as receivers coach (The Associated Press)

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 08:22:47 PST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Chiefs have hired Greg Lewis as their new wide receivers coach.

Prosecutors charge 2 in pipeline protest at Vikings stadium (The Associated Press)

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:13:36 PST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Prosecutors have charged two people with misdemeanors for hanging from the rafters during a Minnesota Vikings game at U.S. Bank Stadium and unfurling a banner protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Why Atlanta deserves this Super Bowl shot, and why Boston fans better be nervous (Shutdown Corner)

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:19:12 PST

Falcons owner Arthur Blank did his little dance after the NFC title game. The Atlanta Falcons and their tens of thousands of fans – some in suspiciously new-looking jerseys, but we’ll let that ride — celebrated the team’s first Super Bowl berth in a generation. Quarterback Matt Ryan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan embraced.