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All eyes on Bridgewater, but Vikings' whole QB situation worth watching

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since he suffered a devastating knee injury well over year ago. (JERRY HOLT ï jerry.holt@startribune.com)

At present, the Vikings' quarterbacks room has two former first-rounders who have played a combined six quarters this season, and two undrafted free agents who have helped steady things in the meantime.

Pitino: Several key Gophers not yet cleared for full contact

Dupree McBrayer (1) attempted a shot against Nebraska last season.

The Gophers are nearly a month into preparation for the 2017-18 season, but they still have several players not cleared for contact.

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Wild's Foligno back in action, Parise won't play this weekend

Wingers Mikael Granlund and Marcus Foligno both returned to practice for the first time after injuries. Granlund's status for the weekend is still uncertain.

Souhan: What happened to Teague in the 4th quarter?

Trailing in the fourth quarter, Tyus Jones ran the Wolves down the stretch, which would seem to be what you would want the veteran point guard to do.

How good is Mike Zimmer with the challenge flag?

Not many head coaches and their staffs maintain a winning record when it comes to challenging calls during NFL games. In fact, only a half-dozen have 'winning' records.

'We just have to do better': Wolves open with a dud in San Antonio

Debuting three new starters and six new faces on the opening night roster, the Wolves trailed by as many 13 points and couldn't hold a one-point lead with five minutes remaining.

Twins buy out Perkins' 2018 option, making him a free agent

If the Twins don't invite Glen Perkins to training camp, he'll need to decide whether to try hooking on with another team after spending his 14-year career with one organization.

Big Ten expands men's basketball schedule, with focus on regional rivalry

The Big Ten approved the change to a 20-game conference slate for men's basketball and 18 games for women's basketball starting in 2018-19

Hartman: Wins over Packers, Bears improve Vikings' division chances

Minnesota Vikings Kyle Rudolph (82).

Beating the Packers and Bears, tight end Kyle Rudolph said, jump-started the Vikings' quest for another NFC North title.

After nonconference success, Gophers run defense sinks in Big Ten

In their three Big Ten games the Gophers have allowed an average of 213 rushing yards, which ranks 13th of 14 conference teams.

High school mountain bike state tournament expects 1,000 racers

Claire Dirnberger of Hopkins High school raced in the junior varsity girls division of the Minnesota High School Cycling League during a 2014 race at Mount Kato.

The Minnesota High School Cycling League, which continues to make more mountain bike racers of young people across the state, has its upcoming state meet in Mankato.

Avoid Baltimore's takeaway binges and Vikings should win comfortably

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Seth Roberts can't hold onto a catch against Baltimore Ravens safety Eric Weddle

Road underdogs are killing it in the NFL over the last couple of weeks. But that shouldn't be the case when the Ravens come to U.S. Bank Stadium.

Fan who caught winning homer in L.A. grabs another HR shot in Chicago

Remember that fan who made the great catch on Justin Turner's game-ending home run at Dodger Stadium over the weekend? He did it again.

Cretin-Derham Hall upsets Roseville, muddies playoff picture

The Raiders held on for a 19-14 victory, spoiling Roseville's bid for a No. 1 seed when the Class 6A tourney begins on Oct. 27.

Mason and Coffey named to All-Big Ten preseason team

Gophers senior Nate Mason and sophomore Amir Coffey were named to the 10-member Big Ten All-Preseason team Thursday at Big Ten Media Day

Fantasy football: Don't be so quick to wish away Keenum for Bridgewater

With Teddy Bridgewater progressing toward a return, how would he impact the Vikings skilled players compared to Case Keenum?

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Wild's Foligno back in action, Parise won't play this weekend
The Wild Beat

Wingers Mikael Granlund and Marcus Foligno both returned to practice for the first time after injuries. Granlund's status for the weekend is still uncertain.

The Timberwolves are going to test your patience again
RandBall

The temptation will be to look at what happened Wednesday — a 107-99 loss in San Antonio — and draw hard conclusions that these are the same old Wolves with shiny new parts.


Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since he suffered a devastating knee injury well over year ago. (JERRY HOLT ï jerry.holt@startribune.com)

All eyes on Bridgewater, but Vikings' whole QB situation worth watching

Vikings know Ravens get (and give) their share of turnovers
Zimmer on Bridgewater's return: 'We still don't know where it's going to go'
Hartman: Wins over Packers, Bears improve Vikings' division chances

Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, right, drives around San Antonio Spurs’ Rudy Gay during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

'We just have to do better': Wolves open with a dud in San Antonio

Souhan: What happened to Teague in the 4th quarter?
Souhan: Passion for basketball unites Wolves' Thibodeau, Butler
The Timberwolves are going to test your patience again

Life is about to get hard for injury-riddled Wild

Olympic preview? U.S. Deutschland Cup roster includes 5 Minnesotans
Shorthanded Wild holds subdued practice; Boudreau updates injuries
Wild's Foligno back in action, Parise won't play this weekend

Purdue had seven runs of six yards or more against the Gophers in the second half of a 31-7 victory Oct. 7.

After nonconference success, Gophers run defense sinks in Big Ten

Gophers' Murphy replaces Lynch for Big Ten Media Day
Gophers will face an Illinois team looking for answers
Big Ten expands men's basketball schedule, with focus on regional rivalry

Tony Underwood (8) of Cretin-Derham Hall was chased by Jaeveon Mottley (13) of Roseville in the first quarter.

Cretin-Derham Hall upsets Roseville, muddies playoff picture

Eden Prairie finishes regular season 8-0 with vintage thumping
Minneapolis North grinds out tougher-than-it-looks victory against Concordia Academy
St. Anthony knocks off previously undefeated Spectrum

Glen Perkins took over with two out in the ninth inning of a game against Detroit on Sept. 30 in his final appearance for the Twins.

Twins buy out Perkins' 2018 option, making him a free agent

Cubs avoid sweep, top Dodgers 3-2 to cut NLCS deficit to 3-1
Say goodbye to some Twins rivalries under this baseball expansion plan
Tanaka, Yankees top Keuchel, Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead in ALCS

Katie Smith is the new coach of the New York Liberty. The former Lynx star has been an assistant with the Liberty since she retired from the WNBA in 2013.

Former Lynx star Smith named coach of New York Liberty

US women's hockey team gets Wilma Rudolph Courage Award
San Antonio Stars moving to Las Vegas, bought by MGM Resorts
Lynx say it: Drive for five is alive

Pheasant hunters and their dogs might have a hard time spotting birds in South Dakota when the season opens there Saturday. Estimates suggest there will be half as many pheasants as a year ago.

On brink of pheasant season, South Dakota bracing for reduced bag

There are all-time great hunting dogs. This is one of them.
Tree tour in Lake City is an appreciation to steadfast partners in history
Career, interests converge for director of Minnesota resources panel

Packers, Microsoft join in tech venture near Lambeau Field

The Green Bay Packers and Microsoft are launching a tech incubator next to Lambeau Field in an effort to boost innovation in a part of the U.S. not typically targeted by major global companies.


Bridgewater: 'I definitely believe I'll play this year'

Teddy Bridgewater says he "definitely" believes he'll play for the Minnesota Vikings this season, after returning to practice for the first time in almost 14 months.


Bridgewater: 'I definitely believe I'll play this year'

Teddy Bridgewater says he "definitely" believes he'll play for the Minnesota Vikings this season, after returning to practice for the first time in almost 14 months.


Hayward, Lin out for year, and many others in NBA are ailing

Brooklyn's Jeremy Lin was horrified to see what happened to Gordon Hayward, whose season almost certainly ended in a most disturbing fashion five minutes into the Celtics' season-opener.


Madi, Finn, Masia and Roxie: Star Tribune readers on their dogs

We asked readers to tell us about their once-in-a-lifetime dogs.