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Published: Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:11:59 GMT2018-01-23T14:11:59Z

 



Something happened on the way to the Super Bowl

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:11:20 GMT2018-01-23T14:11:20Z




Andrew Wiggins soars for 40 as Wolves defeat Clippers

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:35:23 GMT2018-01-23T12:35:23Z

Teague added 30 points, making 16 of 17 free throws.



Vikings empty lockers, bemoan lost opportunity: 'This is going to hurt for a while'

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:39:31 GMT2018-01-23T13:39:31Z

At final departure, Vikings ponder a lost opportunity



Wild extends home dominance by beating Senators

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:52:35 GMT2018-01-23T12:52:35Z

Late arrivals can’t slow the Wild’s home roll.



Pat Shurmur named Giants head coach, leaves opening for Vikings offensive coordinator

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:03:46 GMT2018-01-23T13:03:46Z

Vikings must find a new offensive coordinator.



Amir Coffey's accelerated recovery gives U hope it can do the same

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:13:36 GMT2018-01-23T13:13:36Z

Coffey’s return brings hope that Gophers can similarly get back up to speed



Keenum, Bridgewater address 2018 Vikings quarterback conundrum

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 03:49:13 GMT2018-01-23T03:49:13Z

Several major questions related to the 2018 season have been staring at the Vikings for months, but always with the caveat that they would be dealt with when the team’s surprisingly successful season finally ended. Well, that happened Sunday. And now perhaps the most important of those questions — who will be the starting quarterback in 2018 for a team that went 13-3 during the regular season and made it within a game of playing a Super Bowl in its home stadium — is at the forefront of an interesting offseason. Teddy Bridgewater started every game in 2015 for a Vikings team that made the playoffs. Sam Bradford started 15 in 2016. Case Keenum started 16, including two playoff games, for Minnesota in 2017. All three were on the roster this year, and all three are free agents. “I have an inkling that all those guys are going to be starting quarterbacks in this league for someone and they’re going to win a lot of games,” Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen said Monday. “They’re that kind of character guys and that kind of players.” So now what? Multiple national reports Sunday indicated the most likely scenario is that the Vikings will use the franchise tag on Keenum, which would be a one-year commitment at more than $20 million. The Vikings can use that tag on one impending free agent during a 15-day window starting Feb. 20. “I really haven’t thought too much about it,” Keenum said of his contract status, when asked by reporters Monday during locker room cleanout day back in the Twin Cities. “I love this team. I love these guys. Love the coaching staff. I love this whole organization. … The culture they have around here is just awesome. Minnesota itself, the people here have been great.” That said, Keenum said he plans to go somewhere warm and let the process play out. Putting the franchise tag on Keenum would seem to be an easy solution to the Vikings’ conundrum. That said, it’s hard to imagine the situation being more unusual or complicated. To recap: The Vikings acquired Bradford in 2016 after Bridgewater’s knee injury late in the preseason. At the time, Bradford had two years left on his contract. Bradford stayed healthy in 2016 and entered 2017 as the starter, with Keenum signed to a one-year, $2 million deal while Bridgewater continued his recovery. Bradford was injured during a wonderful Week 1 performance against the Saints, and Keenum ended up playing all but two quarters for the rest of the season. Bridgewater returned to the active roster in early November. When Bridgewater came back to the active roster, Bradford went on injured reserve. It was speculated that Bridgewater could replace Keenum at some point down the stretch, but Keenum’s strong play kept Bridgewater on the bench with the exception a brief appearance late in a blowout win over Cincinnati. Bradford was activated before the Vikings’ first playoff game and served as the No. 2 quarterback behind Keenum for both postseason games, with Bridgewater inactive for both. “This year I think my biggest test was my character,” Bridgewater said Monday. “In a perfect world, I would have loved to have been dressing, but I understand decisions are made to give this team the best chance to win. I understand that and I’m a pro. I know what it takes. It happened, and I dealt with it.” Bridgewater said he didn’t read too much into his demotion to No. 3 when it comes to interpreting the Vikings’ long-term plans, but he said he’s “definitely, without a question” worthy of being a starting quarterback for someone in 2018. Bridgewater and Bradford have injury histories, but the Vikings have also heavily invested time, draft picks and money in both. Keenum helped carry the team to a 13-3 record, but his play in the NFC title game and his overall history are in question. Don’t forget, too, there is a fourth quarterback possibly in the mix in some way: Ky[...]



Unique phys ed class at Wayzata High School breaks down barriers

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:11:45 GMT2018-01-23T13:11:45Z

Inclusion is the name of the game for students at Wayzata High School, and the concept is growing.



Vikings' Jerick McKinnon eager to embrace free agent market in search of lead backfield role

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:11:59 GMT2018-01-23T14:11:59Z

Three QBs, Jerick McKinnon among those entering market.



Injured Nadal out of Australian Open; Cilic into semifinals

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:33:29 GMT2018-01-23T13:33:29Z