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Sid Hartman is a sports columnist. He also can be heard weekdays on WCCO AM-830 at 6:40, 7:40 and 8:40 a.m.

Sid's Sunday Jottings

JOTTINGS • The Gophers got great news with the recent NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) announcement for 2016. The football team tied for sixth in…

Hartman: Vikings seeking offensive line answers

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says Friday's game in Seattle will help evaluate the line and several young players.

Hartman: Ex-Michigan star Gedeon excelling in Vikings linebacker battle

Ben Gedeon, a fourth-round pick out of Michigan, is quickly catching on at linebacker in Vikings camp and mounting a bid to make team at need position.

Hartman: Zimmer, Patterson have lengthy history as coaches, friends

Andre Patterson has been coaching with Mike Zimmer on and off for 29 years since they first coached together at Weber State in 1988, when Patterson coached the defensive line and Zimmer was defensive coordinator.

Hartman: Fleck not down on Gophers' chances, despite criticism

One of the big story lines regarding P.J. Fleck taking over as Gophers coach has been whether he is downplaying expectations after a 9-4 season under Tracy Claeys.

Hartman: Wolves owner plans to sign Wiggins, keep team

Glen Taylor made it clear he is going to sign guard/forward Andrew Wiggins in the near future to a five-year, $150 million contract -- and that he won't be traded.

Hartman: Hunter should be next up to receive payday from Vikings

If you're looking for the next Vikings defender to get a big contract, look no further than Danielle Hunter. The third-round pick was the steal of the 2015 draft, and he keeps getting better.

Hartman: Fleck brings in some top assistant coaches to Minnesota

It's hard to remember two coaches with better pedigrees joining a new staff the way that Robb Smith and Ed Warinner signed up with Fleck.

Hartman: Zimmer says improving run game a 'point of emphasis'

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer talked about some of the changes coming to the Vikings and how he plans to approach camp with a team that finished 8-8 last season.

Sid's Sunday Jottings

JOTTINGS • Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck talked about how he plans to use running backs Rodney Smith, who rushed for 1,219 yards last…