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Zimmer looks hard and finds the Vikings' doubters

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer spoke with Linval Joseph during Saturday's afternoon practice.

Mike Zimmer's motivational tool - "People are saying we're not even in the top half of the NFC," he said - is getting his team's attention.

Gophers coach Claeys a homebody, and a hero

Gophers football coach Tracy Claeys visited land where he has cattle, which he invested in after closing a restaurant last fall, near his home in Clay Center, Kan.

Tracy Claeys hasn't forgotten his roots in Clay Center, Kansas, where his ties are deep.

Scores, schedules and stats

Worries abound as Rio Olympics near

Workers inspect a set of Olympic Rings that are scheduled to be installed inside Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 30, 2016. The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games are scheduled to open Aug. 5.

With a whirlwind of concerns surrounding Rio, athletes and families hope for the best.

Polanco at DH, Sano sits in speedy Twins lineup vs. White Sox

Jorge Polanco

Miguel Sano is on the bench tonight after struggling at the plate over the last three games

Fortysomethings Stricker, Furyk enter Ryder Cup conversation

Each U.S. Ryder Cup vice captain made the cut at the PGA Championship, and a strong finish at Baltusrol Golf Club will move either significantly up the points list.

Nerves, excitement high around U.S. Bank Stadium's debut

More than 55,000 tickets have been sold for U.S. Bank Stadium's first major event: Wednesday's soccer match between elite European soccer clubs Chelsea and AC Milan.

Matt Cullen has his day with the Stanley Cup in Minnesota

Moorhead grad and St. Cloud State alum Matt Cullen of the Penguins had some fun with the Stanley Cup this weekend, much to the delight of local fans.

Competitive ambassador helps footgolf grow

Wayzata alum Ryan Mahoney promotes his emerging sport and competes internationally.

Scoggins: Money is a factor in pivotal year for Peterson

Transition season puts Peterson in a role where he must adapt to Teddy Bridgewater as the Vikings' focal point

Hartman: Spielman, Vikings putting their focus on the here and now

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman, right, shared an embrace with coach Mike Zimmer on Thursday in Mankato after it was announced that the 60-year-old Zimmer had received a contract extension.

"Our No. 1 task right now is going down to Mankato and getting ready for the season," Vikings GM Rick Spielman said.

Chad Greenway again ready to fend off youngsters in his final(?) NFL season

Vikings outside linebacker Chad Greenway

If Greenway feels threatened about his job security, he isn’t letting on.

Heavy rain puts Sunday finish at PGA Championship in jeopardy

Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb, tied for the lead at 9-under par, were 40 minutes from teeing off in the third round when clouds gathered, the sky rumbled and the horn sounded

MLB insider: Royals find it's hard to repeat

The magic just isn't there for the defending World Series champs, despite the Royals trying to convince themselves that they have another run in them.

Anderson: Recent violent storm reminds campers who's in charge

After a recent big storm swept through the boundary waters, many canoeists had to bushwhack their way across portages strewn with downed trees. Here Hans Frederick, foreground, and Joe Wente toted their canoe through a maze of fallen trees.

Winds throughout the Arrowhead Region were clocked at more than 60 miles per hour July 21, strong enough to upend age-old white pines.

Decoy dogs chase geese from Rochester, Minn., golf course

A Rochester golf pro turned to cutouts to scare off pesky birds

PGA Championship leaderboard

Another day, another deep ball from Teddy Bridgewater at Vikings camp

Teddy Bridgewater

Coaches and teammates praised quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for displaying improved accuracy on deep balls during spring practices closed to the media. It has carried over into training camp.


Scoggins: Money is a factor in pivotal year for Peterson
Chip Scoggins

Transition season puts Peterson in a role where he must adapt to Teddy Bridgewater as the Vikings' focal point

Hartman: Spielman, Vikings putting their focus on the here and now
Sid Hartman

"Our No. 1 task right now is going down to Mankato and getting ready for the season," Vikings GM Rick Spielman said.


breakthrough year: Gwen Jorgensen won her first three World Triathlon Series titles in 2013, including the event in Stockholm (above). Since then she has won 14 more times.

St. Paul's Jorgensen a favorite to win triathlon gold

Worries abound as Rio Olympics near
2016 Rio Olympics: Track and field preview
Main ramp collapses at Rio Olympics sailing venue

Top-ranked Djokovic beats Monfils to reach Toronto final

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat 10th-seeded Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday night to reach the Rogers Cup final and improve to 12-0 against the Frenchman.


Coach Claeys returns home

Gophers football coach Tracy Claeys holds court in his Kansas hometown


Trump says Clinton trying to rig debates with NFL conflicts

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says opponent Hillary Clinton and other Democrats "are trying to rig" the fall debates by scheduling two of the events opposite NFL games. The football league has complained to him about the debate schedule in a letter, the billionaire says.


Simona Halep advances to second straight Rogers Cup final

Simona Halep beat Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 on Saturday to advance to the Rogers Cup final for the second straight year.


Sid's Jottings

JOTTINGS • Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio is about to play in his second Olympics. He played in 2008 with Spain but missed the 2012…