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Published: Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:55:59 GMT2017-04-25T12:55:59Z

 



Adrian Peterson agrees to terms with the Saints, ESPN reports

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:55:59 GMT2017-04-25T12:55:59Z




Brian Dozier's bases-clearing double lifts Twins over Rangers

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:23:27 GMT2017-04-25T12:23:27Z

Brian Dozier’s three-run double stood up as Phil Hughes checked Texas for six innings.



Vikings drafting a quarterback is unlikely, but a case can be made for the call

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:14:25 GMT2017-04-25T12:14:25Z

With Teddy Bridgewater’s future uncertain and Sam Bradford signed only through 2017, it’s possible the Vikings could attempt to uncover a hidden gem in this week’s NFL draft.



Apple Valley's Tre Jones says 'great to see' Gophers making major strides

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:35:42 GMT2017-04-24T23:35:42Z

Apple Valley 2018 standout Tre Jones talked Gophers facilities and recruiting during his big opening AAU weekend with Howard Pulley at Nike EYBL in Hampton, Va.



Lynx's competitive fire hasn't mellowed with age

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:46:02 GMT2017-04-25T05:46:02Z




Miguel Ibarra works way back into United spotlight

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:47:37 GMT2017-04-25T05:47:37Z

The fan favorite’s first MLS goal rekindled memories of his previous stint in Minnesota.



The top 25 players in the 2017 NFL draft, period

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:49:03 GMT2017-04-25T11:49:03Z

Our NFL Insider ranks the NFL draft’s top 25 players, regardless of position, team or projection.



Twins postgame: Hughes is 3-1, Sano is agile, Buxton takes better at-bats

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:25:00 GMT2017-04-25T12:25:00Z

The Twins beat Texas 3-2 on Monday in the first of three games at Globe Life Park behind Brian Dozier's three-run double in the fifth.



Vikings draft preview: Right defensive tackle could take unit to next level

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:42:17 GMT2017-04-24T22:42:17Z

Note: Until the 2017 NFL draft starts April 27, we’ll take a look at where things stand at each Vikings position group. We’ll combine some in order to address as many as possible. Check for a new post each weekday. The defensive line was again Minnesota’s strongest position group last season, with defensive end Everson Griffen and nose tackle Linval Joseph both getting Pro Bowl invitations. Veteran end Brian Robison had 7.5 sacks, his highest total since Mike Zimmer was hired in 2014. And Danielle Hunter, with 12.5 sacks, looked like a stud in his second year. But while the front four was collectively pretty good, it was not great due to the gaping hole at defensive tackle left by Sharrif Floyd. The oft-injured former first-round pick appeared in only one game before undergoing what was supposed to be a minor surgery on his right knee. Three months later, the Vikings put Floyd, still not healed, on IR. It was revealed last month that Floyd had suffered nerve damage during that September surgery, putting his career is in jeopardy. Trying to fill the void, the Vikings signed former Packers defender Datone Jones in free agency in the hopes he can play that three-technique spot. They also return pass-rushing specialist Tom Johnson and run stuffer Shamar Stephen, who split time next to Joseph with Floyd sidelined. But this is a position the Vikings are expected to address in the draft. The Vikings are pretty set at defensive end, with Griffen, Hunter and Robison all returning in 2017. The big offseason question there is whether Hunter will start at left end this season or will still be behind Robison, who accepted a pay cut to stick around, on the depth chart. Projected starters: Griffen and Hunter at defensive end, Joseph at nose tackle and Jones (or perhaps a high draft pick) at defensive tackle. Don’t forget about: Johnson. While Johnson was exposed a little bit last season because he was asked to play too many snaps with Floyd out, he has shown he can be an effective role player when used predominantly as a pass rusher. Johnson is 32 and coming off a hamstring injury, but he probably still has enough juice left to again be a disruptive reserve. Level of need: High at defensive tackle, low at end and nose tackle. Five prospects to remember: Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida; Davon Godchaux, DT, LSU; Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn; Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State; Tanzel Smart, DT, Tulane. Our best guess: The Vikings will strongly consider taking a long-term replacement for Floyd on the second day of the draft, when they have one selection in the second round and two in the third. They could look to add another edge rusher in the late rounds if there is one they like. And with Stephen in a contract year and Joseph turning 29 during the season, don’t rule out them drafting a nose tackle, too. One presumes Zimmer and the Vikings want to make sure this group remains strong.



Failures of note: Wild in first round, Timberwolves in 2013 draft

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:28:44 GMT2017-04-25T12:28:44Z

The Wild turned Jake Allen into a freak. And if the Wolves could do '13 draft over again, how about the Greek Freak?