Zach Parise expected to return for the Wild game today

Russo's Rants

The Wild left wing, the team's leading scorer when injured Nov. 5, will play for the first time in nine games today vs. Winnipeg.

Packers fans aren't taking Thanksgiving loss to Bears well

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Wisconsin fans are more than a bit peeved after their team lost for the fourth time in five games on Thursday night. Here are some of their nastier thoughts.

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Rubio, Bjelica game-time decisions for Wolves vs. Kings

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Wolves starting point guard Ricky Rubio missed end of Wednesday's victory over Atlanta with soreness in that same left ankle that required April surgery

Smith, Griffen return to practice, expect to play against Falcons

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The only Vikings player not practicing this morning was rookie cornerback Trae Waynes, who injured his ankle during Thursday’s practice.

Adrian Peterson gets praise from Vikings coach Zimmer

“I told him today how much I appreciated him,” coach Mike Zimmer said. “Just everything he does for us. His leadership, the way he comes out to practice the way he prepares. Really, everything.”

Patrick Reusse explains 'Death' as his Turkey of the Year

Patrick Reusse writes: "This week, when it was time to write the 38th Turkey of the Year column, I was bugged by the notion that it should be dedicated in some way to Flip (Saunders)."

76ers center Okafor says Boston fight 'dumb on my part'

Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor says he's embarrassed about a Boston nightclub scuffle captured on video and is dealing with the team and league on possible discipline.

Richardson out, Ekpe upgraded to questionable for Gophers

The Gophers still have 11 players listed as out on their injury report for Saturday's game against Wisconsin.

Gut wins giant slalom as Shiffrin crashes near finish

Lara Gut of Switzerland has won a World Cup giant slalom after first-run leader Mikaela Shiffrin crashed while well ahead and the finish line in sight.

Falcons' Freeman ruled out against Vikings with concussion + Video

Running back Devonta Freeman, recovering from a concussion, will not play Sunday in the Atlanta Falcons' game against the Minnesota Vikings.

For young Wolves, distractions part of discomforts of home

Coach Sam Mitchell says young Wolves must deal with demands on their time from family and friends. Players need to learn the word 'no.'

Wisconsin's Stave, somehow, has swung the Axe in Badgers' favor + Video

Joel Stave's stats at quarterback don’t dominate the Gophers, but his teams do.

Vikings tight end Rudolph drops his embarrassment + Video

Tight end Kyle Rudolph has gotten past his gaffe in Oakland with superb blocking and a long TD catch vs. Packers.

Parise could return to ice today against Winnipeg at the X

A “group decision” will be made with team doctors, trainers and coaches, but if this is any indication, Parise skated on a regular line Thursday.

Gophers basketball enduring too many whistles while they work

More trouble could be ahead with Friday’s opponent, Nebraska Omaha, which sports a fast-paced, driving game that could spur another flurry of whistles.

Bears stun Packers, clear path to first place for Vikings

On a night when the storied franchise honored former quarterback Brett Favre, problems in the passing game hurt the Packers again.

Live Blog: Gophers and Wisconsin battle for the Axe

Social media, photos, updates from Star Tribune staff and more from the Gophers game against Wisconsin at TCF Bank Stadium. We'll be here from before the game until after the final play.

Video from TMZ: Watch the Jahlil Okafor nightclub fight

Here's the video from TMZ on the fight involving Philadelphia 76ers top draft choice Jahlil Okafor in Boston on Wednesday.

Live Blog: Follow the Vikings game in Atlanta here

Social media, photos and more from the game between the Vikings and Atlanta. See what experts, fans and others are saying before, during and after today's game.