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Published: Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:40:24 GMT2017-07-22T16:40:24Z

 



Branden Grace breaks major record with 62 at British Open

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:40:24 GMT2017-07-22T16:40:24Z




Ervin Santana gets just 10 outs in Twins loss to Tigers

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 05:27:21 GMT2017-07-22T05:27:21Z

Ervin Santana had another one of those games, getting pulled in the fourth.



Twins unveil statue of Tom Kelly, the manager who led them to two World Series titles

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:46:47 GMT2017-07-22T12:46:47Z

Retiring former manager Tom Kelly’s number 10 in 2012 wasn't enough. Now he has the eighth statue on the plaza outside Target Field.



Lakeville's Regan Smith, only 15, is swimming's breakthrough star heading into world championships

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 05:26:04 GMT2017-07-22T05:26:04Z

Regan Smith’s breakthrough at nationals altered her summer plans — and stature on swimming’s world stage.



Lynx know WNBA All-Star Game is made for memories — they have many

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 03:01:25 GMT2017-07-22T03:01:25Z

Two will start for the West in the All-Star Game, two will be reserves.



Kyrie Irving wants to be traded? Maybe to the Wolves? Is this real life?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:44:51 GMT2017-07-21T21:44:51Z

How about this for a Friday news dump: *Kyrie Irving reportedly wants to be traded from Cleveland. If that isn’t a “whoa” moment by itself, check out this paragraph from ESPN.com’s story: Among several possibilities discussed in Irving’s meeting with the Cavaliers, the San Antonio Spurs were raised as a preferred destination, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Other teams Irving said he’d be willing to join were the New York Knicks, Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources told ESPN. Irving also considered the Chicago Bulls before the club traded Jimmy Butler, league sources told ESPN’s Ian Begley. Wait, what? The … the … the … Wolves? Is this how far the franchise has come in stature? I mean, it sounds like the Spurs would be the leading candidates, but Jonny K sums things up well with this tweet: Deal or no deal, the fact that an Olympian and star player has put Minnesota on his list of desired teams is quite a development.



Three concussions in a half-season? MLS is school of hard knocks for United's Joe Greenspan

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 02:01:32 GMT2017-07-22T02:01:32Z

Joe Greenspan sidelined by his third concussion of the season already.



Minnesota DNR chief apologizes for extended walleye ban on Lake Mille Lacs

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:58:31 GMT2017-07-22T13:58:31Z

Catch-and-release will resume on Aug. 11.



The 17 most important Vikings in 2017: No. 1, QB Sam Bradford

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 03:39:25 GMT2017-07-22T03:39:25Z

To count down the days until Vikings rookies, quarterbacks and select veterans report to Mankato on July 23, we will reveal our ranking of the 17 most important Vikings players heading into the 2017 season. Look for the next player on our list every weekday morning at Access Vikings. This list, created by Matt Vensel and Andrew Krammer, is not a ranking of the best players on the team, though sheer talent is obviously an essential factor. It is a ranking of the players whose upcoming season will have the biggest impact on the franchise, whether it’s in 2017 or beyond. Coming in at No. 1 on our list is quarterback Sam Bradford. ————— Considering Sam Bradford plays the most important position in the sport and is also in a contract year, we aren’t going to overthink this one. Simply put: how Bradford plays in 2017 will not only factor significantly into whether the Vikings return to the playoffs, his performance is also likely to impact how they proceed at quarterback beyond this season. Bradford was probably better than the Vikings expected from him last season given the unusual circumstances that led him to Minnesota. They traded their first-round pick to acquire him in early September after Teddy Bridgewater was lost for the season with a knee injury. Two weeks later, Bradford made his first start, lighting up the Packers at home. Despite being under near-constant pressure all season long and having no running game to support him, he put up career-best numbers. Bradford was far from perfect. His gaffes in Philadelphia, Washington and Detroit loomed large as the Vikings missed the playoffs and his reluctance to throw beyond the sticks on third down drove some fans batty. But his record-setting completion percentage, solid 7.0 yards-per-attempt average and 4-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio suggested that if he can finally find stability in his star-crossed NFL career, maybe, just maybe, the 29-year-old can be one of the top dozen passers in the league. In January, coach Mike Zimmer was quick to name Bradford his starting quarterback for 2017 with Bridgewater’s status in doubt. But the Vikings, who have been seeking long-term stability at that position for decades and a competent offense in the four years since Zimmer was hired, were seemingly in no rush to lock down Bradford with a new contract. During spring workouts, Bradford said the Vikings had not contacted his agent. Of course, that could change once the Vikings arrive in Mankato, as they often hammer out at least one lucrative deal during those dog days.  If not, Bradford said he is cool with entering the season without a new deal. After all, he has been through it already, two years ago in Philly. GM Rick Spielman and the Vikings have put the pieces in place for Bradford, who turns 30 in November, to have a breakthrough season. The Vikings signed a pair of tackles in Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers. They drafted speedy rookie back Dalvin Cook and added free agent Latavius Murray, too. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen are seemingly still ascending and fellow wideout Laquon Treadwell had an encouraging spring. Plus, play-caller Pat Shurmur gets a chance to make this offense his own. OK, so no one will confuse this cast with, say, the Greatest Show on Turf. But with better blockers, intriguing players at the skill positions and Bradford’s familiarity with Shurmur, the Vikings offense can climb into the middle of the pack if Bradford builds on what he did last season. And should that happen, with this defense, a NFC North title is possible, likely giving him even more leverage with free agency looming. However, the Vikings still have final say thanks to the franchise tag along with a young quarterback hell-bent on returning this year in Bridgewater. For now, the ball is in Bradford’s hands. Where will he go with it? ————— Th[...]



Jordan Spieth turns into a beauty on a nasty day at British Open

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:19:07 GMT2017-07-22T12:19:07Z

Jordan Spieth seized control Friday at Royal Birkdale. He managed a 1-under 69 to build a two-shot lead over Matt Kuchar going into the weekend