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Showdown at Hazeltine: Previewing the Ryder Cup

United States' Matt Kuchar walks to the eighth hole during a practice round for the Ryder Cup golf tournament Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.

Just after sun-up on Friday morning, a dozen golfers from the United States and Europe will begin three days of competition for golf's biggest international trophy. Click for complete Ryder Cup coverage.

Craig: Give give credit to the Vikings for what they've accomplished

Minnesota Vikings Chad Greenway (52) and Eric Kendricks (54).

Facing two of the NFC's teams to beat, the Vikings became THE team to beat by flustering Aaron Rodgers and flattening Cam Newton.

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Wait is over as Lynx open WNBA semifinals against surging Phoenix

The Lynx practiced at their new home, Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

While the Lynx rested and practiced, the Mercury roared through road victories over Indiana and New York, starting the playoffs on a powerful note after a rocky regular season.

Film room: Clemmings' improved pass proterction on display

Returned to starting status as the result of Matt Kalil's season-ending injury, tackle T.J. Clemmings felt he played a 'decent game' against Carolina.

Building the buzz: Gophers getting started on pivotal stretch

The next 10 days — with games at Penn State and home against Iowa — could set the tone for the Gophers fan base for the rest of the season.

Wild tough guy Gabriel wants you to see his skilled side

The Wild brass by this point knows the 6-4 winger is as tough as they come, so Kurtis Gabriel has come to camp intent on trying to show everybody he has a complete game.

Twins offensive slump continues in 11-inning loss to Kansas City

The Twins haven't scored more than one run in an inning in two weeks and moved within one loss of tying their single-season record for losses.

Wolves' first practice under Thibodeau 'very intense'

Said Andrew Wiggins: "We knew what he was expecting. So we came out here and we worked hard. We gave no reason for him to get mad and make us go harder."

Souhan: Phil Mickelson rips another former Ryder Cup captain

Team USA Captain Davis Love III, left, and Phil Mickelson posed with the Ryder Cup trophy during a team photo session Tuesday morning at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

After the U.S. lost the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles two years ago, Phil Mickelson hammered team captain Tom Watson. Now he's gone after another former captain.

The late Payne Stewart will forever be linked to Hazeltine

U.S. Ryder Cup golfers walked over a stone bridge named in Payne Stewart's memory and onto Hazeltine's seventh fairway, some not old enough to have known the man who is linked to the course and this week's competition..

Masters champion's brother calls U.S. Ryder Cup fans a 'baying mob of imbeciles'

The Ryder Cup is the one time on the golf calendar when the genteel civility usually associated with the sport gets packed away for a few days.

Wild cuts training camp roster by eight

The roster now stands at 49.

Michael Phelps using gold medals as ball markers? Ryder Cup kicks off with fun, lighthearted mood

The first official practice day included the celebrity golf competition, team pictures and team bonding activities with jokes and laughter the common theme.

Everson Griffen named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) had a fourth quarter sack of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) for an eight yard loss Sunday afternoon. ] JEFF WHEELER • The Minnesota Vikings beat the Carolina Panthers 31-13 in an NFL football game Sunday afternoon, November 30, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

This is Griffen’s second time winning the weekly award. The first was back in January after the division-clinching win over the Packers at Lambeau.

Lack of energy, execution leads to Wild's preseason loss to Avs

Wild right winger Jason Pominville (29) thought the Wild had scored, but Avalanche goalie Nathan Lieuwen made a behind-the-back glove save of a flying puck in the third period Tuesday night with Wild left winger Jason Zucker (16) in the crease.

New coach Bruce Boudreau just laughed when asked his thoughts of the game. He wanted to be politically correct.

Souhan: Late-season push puts Ryan Moore on the big stage

Ryan Moore was on the Hazeltine course practicing Tuesday, two days after learning he had made the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

U.S. captain Davis Love III had little choice but to reward Moore for his excellent play over the past two months, especially when he pushed Euro star Rory McIlroy to four playoff holes to finish as the runner-up at the Tour Championship.

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The last week has been an astounding time in sports, locally and nationally. And now there's the Ryder Cup.

Reusse: U.S. Ryder Cup team 'best ever?' Yes, but ...
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The talent the United States is bringing to this 12-player, 28-match competition is astounding. There's only one way the Yanks are going to lose this time to Europe -- and that's if they choke

Minnesota Vikings Chad Greenway (52) and Eric Kendricks (54).

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Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar was unable to hold a wide throw as the Twins' Brian Dozier stole second base during the ninth inning Tuesday. The Royals beat the Twins 4-3 in 11 innings.

Twins offensive slump continues in 11-inning loss to Kansas City

Derek Falvey part of 'first-class' operation with Indians
Postgame: Dozier now leads the majors in stolen-base percentage
Berrios: Surprised to be removed in fifth inning

U.S. Bank Stadium, seen from the sky in all its splendor, stands ready for today’s Vikings season home opener.

Vikings bring fanfare for biggest day in long franchise history

In settlement, Vikings allow Wells Fargo to keep elevated signs on roofs near stadium
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Gophers to play basketball in U.S. Bank Stadium next year

Nebraska Governor, Huskers' anthem protester will meet next week

Gov. Pete Ricketts has agreed to meet next week with one of the Nebraska football players he criticized for kneeling during the national anthem at the Cornhuskers' most recent game.

Texans place star DE JJ Watt on injured reserve

The Houston Texans placed star defensive end J.J. Watt on injured reserve on Wednesday.

The Latest: Rose 'all boxes ticked' for medical exemption

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Mickelson promises prepared US team at Ryder Cup

Phil Mickelson criticized another past Ryder Cup captain Wednesday in explaining why he thinks this American team will be prepared to play its best.

Top-ranked Kerber falls to Kvitova at Wuhan Open

Angelique Kerber lost for the first time since becoming the No. 1-ranked player, losing to Petra Kvitova in the third round of the Wuhan Open on Wednesday.