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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.

Kintzler blows the save, Abad takes the loss for Twins against White Sox

Brandon Kintzler blew his first save, and Fernando Abad lost it in the 10th.

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.

Twins call up Berrios to start Monday in Cleveland

22-year-old Jose Berrios is 10-5 with a 2.55 ERA for Class AAA Rochester, statistics far better than he accumulated in his first trip to the majors earlier this season

Twins notes: Molitor seeks right fit for Polanco

Jorge Polanco was called up from Class AAA Rochester on Thursday when Eduardo Nunez was traded to San Francisco

Scoggins: Money is a factor in pivotal year for Peterson

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s absence on the practice field caused a brief stir last week, but it could become more frequent in games as the team tries to build a more diverse offense for Teddy Bridgewater.

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.

Sunday Q&A: U.S. Bank Stadium architect John Hutchings

Vikings fans got their first look at U.S. Bank Stadium during a series of recent open house events. What they saw was largely the vision of John Hutchings

Minnesota comes away with 2-2 draw at OKC

In a match that went from a likely scoreless draw to a possible defeat to a brush with victory, the Loons salvaged a 2-2 road draw

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.

PGA Championship leaderboard

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


Postgame: Buxton's bunting will take more time
Twins Insider

The Twins led after eight innings on Saturday but ended up losing in 10 innings to the White Sox

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


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

Kyle Busch hopes he's on track to finally win at Pocono

Kyle Busch's next attempt at a weekend sweep should come at his race shop.


Defending champion Perry leads field for 3M Championship

In addition to Perry, PGA Tour Champions golfers such as two-time 3M winner Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie and Minnesotan Tom Lehman will play for the $262,500 winner's check in Blaine.


Braves acquire Matt Kemp, send Hector Olivera to San Diego

Braves general manager John Coppolella is sick of watching his team plummet to the bottom of the major leagues.


Rosales homers in 10th to lift Padres past Reds

A late addition to the starting lineup, Adam Rosales made the most of the opportunity.


Buxton shines and struggles in Twins' 6-5 loss to White Sox

Byron Buxton flashed both the potential that made him baseball's top prospect in recent years, and the struggles that has observers questioning whether he's ready for the majors.