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Published: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:17:21 GMT2017-01-19T14:17:21Z

 



Wild's Mikael Granlund, now full-time at wing, is taking flight

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:35:54 GMT2017-01-19T05:35:54Z

Now full-time at wing, Mikael Granlund soars to new heights



Corey Millen back with the Gophers, as Don Lucia's undergrad assistant

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:35:39 GMT2017-01-19T05:35:39Z




Wolves needing more out of their reserves

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:36:15 GMT2017-01-19T04:36:15Z

Subs’ lack of consistency, production tarnish efforts.



You've Got Mailbag: The inaugural Minnesota United soccer mailbag

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:32:16 GMT2017-01-18T23:32:16Z

The first edition of the You've Got Mailbag with @theothermegryan, who says: "I'll try to do these as often as possible to get some of your burning questions answered."



Gophers crush Illini in women's basketball

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:46:14 GMT2017-01-19T04:46:14Z

The two Gophers guards combined for 44 points.



Newest baseball Hall of Fame members had their moments vs. Twins

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:17:32 GMT2017-01-19T05:17:32Z

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Pudge Rodriguez put up some decent numbers against Minnesota in their Hall of Fame careers.



Ex-Vikings QB Brad Johnson's son gets college offers as 8th grader

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:47:36 GMT2017-01-19T05:47:36Z

Max Johnson, a freshman at Oconee County High School in Atlanta, already has scholarship offers from Florida State and Miami. Both were offered to Max as an eighth-grader.



Torii Hunter is ready to offer his strong opinions in new role with Twins

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:53:59 GMT2017-01-18T20:53:59Z

Torii Hunter still looks the part of an athlete who could fill the manager's request for a veteran leader in the clubhouse.



Vikings grades, outlook: Kicking, punting options open after uneven year on special teams

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:46:19 GMT2017-01-19T05:46:19Z

This is the eighth in an eight-part series reviewing the 2016 Vikings and looking ahead by position. Previously: OL / RB, TE / WR / QB/ DL/ LB / DB Special teams didn’t escape the highs and lows of a .500 season, contributing directly to both wins and losses between Blair Walsh misses, fumbles and coverage busts to return touchdowns from Marcus Sherels and Cordarrelle Patterson in the sixth Vikings season for special teams coordinator Mike Priefer. The league’s best kick return team (27.3 yards per), featuring Patterson as an All-Pro selection, contrasted with the second-worst kickoff coverage (25.8 yards per). Punter Jeff Locke’s inconsistent season hit bottom against Dallas, when fill-in punt returner Adam Thielen also fumbled to set up a Cowboys touchdown. And the Vikings surrendered the first kickoff return for a touchdown in three years during Josh Huff’s 98-yard score in Philadelphia. Patterson and Sherels comprised the league’s best return duo, ranking first and second, respectively, in average yardage. Punt coverage was also a bright spot, ranking eighth by allowing only eight yards per return. After doing so last year, the Vikings again sat atop the league with three kick/punt returns for touchdowns, tying the Chiefs. The only blocked kick came in Jacksonville, when Linval Joseph got a piece of a desperation 61-yard field goal attempt in the closing minute. Then Joseph made an ill-thought-out leap over the Colts long snapper the following week to set up a touchdown. Opponents got a hand on three Vikings kicks: a field goal from Walsh, an extra point attempt by Kai Forbath and a partially blocked punt. Options are open after the Vikings signed a kicker and punter to start the offseason while Locke and Patterson are pending free agents. Specialists Under contract in 2017: K Kai Forbath, LS Kevin McDermott, K Marshall Koehn, P Taylor Symmank Pending free agents: P Jeff Locke – Grades are based on a 1-5 scale, with ’5′ marking an excellent season, ’4′ for above-average, ’3′ for average, ’2′ for below-average and ’1′ for failure to perform. Players who did not accrue a season (weren’t on the active roster for at least six weeks) or played in three games or fewer are not graded. Based on game and practice observations, weekly film reviews and interviews.  Kai Forbath (3.5): Replaced Walsh in Week 11. Spent training camp in New Orleans, where he lost a competition to Wil Lutz. Knew McDermott and Locke through UCLA and workouts. Perfect on field goal attempts (15 of 15), including a long of 51 yards against the Colts — his only attempt beyond 50 yards for the Vikings. Missed a career-low three extra points (11 of 14), including one blocked, a year after he converted 33 of 34 for the Saints. Played two outdoor games, in Jacksonville and Green Bay, and converted 6 of 6 field goal attempts while missing 2 of 4 extra points. The Vikings’ kickoff coverage improved slightly under Forbath with an average return of 25.4 yards, down from 26.1 yards with Walsh. Opponents’ average start off kickoffs (24.6-yard line) ranked 13th in the league, per Football Outsiders. Under contract and expected to compete for the starting job this summer. Turns 30 in September. Kevin McDermott (3.5): Signed a four-year, $4 million extension this summer, a year after edging longtime incumbent Cullen Loeffler for the job. The 27-year-old long snapper found a groove on his third team in his fourth NFL season. Appeared in all 16 games without any game-altering mistakes. Had one tackle. Not penalized. Jeff Locke (2.5): Still too inconsistent for the Vikings in his fourth NFL season, the final of his rookie contract. Showed improvement Priefer sought in his drops and booted the first two 70-yard punts of his NFL career, one in Chicago and another vs. Arizona. Though a 62-yard bomb, do[...]



Jonas Brodin expected to miss up to a month with a broken finger

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:17:21 GMT2017-01-19T14:17:21Z

One of the Wild's biggest strengths is its mobile blue line, but that group suffered a big blow Tuesday night when defenseman Jonas Brodin broke a finger.