2:18 PM EST, Fri December 09, 2016

Folin could possibly return tonight; Reason for potential Parise/Niederreiter flip

The Wild, 2-1-2 on the last road trip, opens a three-game homestand tonight against the Oilers.

Joe Berger leaves field after stretching; Harrison Smith still out

Center Joe Berger, who missed last week’s game because of a concussion, went through stretching exercises before today’s practice but then left the field with head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman. Berger was limited in Wednesday’s practice but was held out of Thursday’s practice. His status for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville is uncertain. Meanwhile, safety Harrison Smith (ankle) was not at practice again today and is still not expected to play. The Vikings will issue their injury report after practice. Smith is expected to be listed as out. And, yes, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd...
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 4 hours ago

Vikings' interior offensive line will have matchups to watch in Jacksonville

Every week following the Access Vikings game preview podcast, we’ll delve deeper into the matchups to watch for the upcoming Vikings game. However the Vikings decide to attack the Jaguars defense, they’ll need the interior trio along the line to play well on Sunday. The strength of the 2-10 Jaguars’ fourth-ranked defense may be right up the middle, where former Broncos defensive tackle Malik Jackson and linebackers Paul Posluszny and Telvin Smith form a young group’s current backbone. They’re a lone bright spot for Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, the former Seahawks defensive...
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 4 hours ago

Poster child video: With no regard for Ricky Rubio's life

The Timberwolves latest collapse was punctuated with this dunk by Demar DeRozan over Wolves guard Ricky Rubio late in the fourth quarter.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 14 hours ago

Kyle Rudolph: Vikings must curb mistakes

The tight end is having a career year, but the team’s recurring errors have been costly ones.
National Post 15 hours ago
Toronto Raptors spoil Andrew Wiggins’ homecoming by rolling past Minnesota Timberwolves 124-110

Toronto Raptors spoil Andrew Wiggins’ homecoming by rolling past Minnesota Timberwolves 124-110

The Raptors, led by Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, dug down, found another gear and sped away from the Timberwolves
Toronto Sun 15 hours ago
Raptors pull away late to defeat Timberwolves handily

Raptors pull away late to defeat Timberwolves handily

TORONTO — That 12-game losing streak in Toronto looked very much like it might be coming to an end for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 17 hours ago

Jaguars know all about spirit of giving as they prepare for Vikings

Jacksonville’s turnovers, few takeaways cost team.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 20 hours ago

Access Vikings: Harrison Smith likely out, Anthony Harris in

Injuries continue to plague the Vikings, with safety Harrison Smith unlikely to play.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 21 hours ago

Listen: Turnover-prone Blake Bortles might be what reeling Vikings need

Can the Vikings take advantage of the NFL’s interception leader in Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles? What will they do without safety Harrison Smith? Why could center Joe Berger (or Nick Easton) play a critical role on Sunday in Jacksonville? And Matt Vensel has sensitive eyes.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 22 hours ago

The Wolves are last in NBA attendance. Is their ticket system partially to blame?

The Timberwolves will carry one of the NBA’s worst records and the NBA’s lowest average attendance into their next home game Friday against Detroit. Those two facts are very much intertwined — particularly when the franchise has been losing for more than a decade and there are so many options for local sports fans. The product is almost always going to be the No. 1 determinant when it comes to attendance, good or bad, in all sports. That said, there might be another factor at play with the Timberwolves. In online comments recently on an attendance column written by Chip Scoggins and...

Three stats show just how valuable Devan Dubnyk has been to the Wild

You don’t have to go digging too hard to find ways to illustrate how good Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk has been this year — since, you know, he is leading qualified NHL goalies in both save percentage (94.6) and goals against average (1.65). It’s safe to say he’s been the Wild’s MVP through the first third of the season and a prime reason Minnesota is firmly in the playoff picture. That said, there are three stats that are a little off the beaten path that give a fuller explanation of just how good Dubnyk has been — and just how valuable he has been to the Wild. Let’s take a...

Anthony Harris gets additional work during Vikings practice without Harrison Smith

Second-year safety Anthony Harris appears in line for his third career NFL start. Harris worked alongside safety Andrew Sendejo during Thursday’s practice, the third session this week without injured star Harrison Smith (ankle). Harris, undrafted last year out of Virginia, previously started twice last season when starters were injured. He’s been active for all 12 games this season, but has played just 56 defensive snaps, fewest among safeties. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer previously started rookie seventh-round pick Jayron Kearse when Sendejo was unavailable earlier this season. Kearse...
The Republican Dec 8, 2016

Rule 5 Draft: Red Sox lose prospect Justin Haley to Angels; he then reportedly is traded to Twins

The Angels selected Boston Red Sox prospect Justin Haley in the Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings but then reportedly agreed to trade him to the Minnesota Twins.

Twins historically avoid splashy transactions during winter meetings

So far, the new Twins management team has followed the path of their predecessors by not making a splash at baseball's winter meetings.

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