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Vikings struggle to score and win against the Lions in the Zimmer era

Lions defensive end Anthony Zettel sacked Vikings quarterback Case Keenum during the second half of an Oct. 1 game at U.S. Bank Stadium.

It's awfully hard to win games consistently when you average 15.3 points.

Buckle up and expect some bumps in Vikings' ride toward playoffs

The Vikings’ next three opponents:
at Detroit, 11:30 a.m. Thursday
Matthew Stafford leads a potent offense and the Lions have an easy schedule after their Thanksgiving matchup vs. the Vikings.
at Atlanta, noon Dec. 3
Matt Ryan and the defending NFC champs wrap up the season mostly at home, facing divisional foes, including the Saints twice.
at Carolina, noon Dec. 10
If Cam Newton and the Panthers can cut down their turnovers, they have an advantage of three home games in December.

The Vikings seem sturdy enough to survive the stretch coming their way, but the NFC contenders still have trouble ahead.

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Fleck might shuffle U receivers: 'I don't enjoy them dropping the ball'

Gophers coach P.J. Fleck sent a message to his wide receivers Tuesday: If you don’t catch the football, you might not play.

Changes made to the depth chart reflect his frustration with drops.

Wild hopes Mitchell adds some zip to its offense

The Iowa Wild's leading scorer has swagger, and the NHL team wants in on it.

Eden Prairie's Montero is Metro Player of the Year

The running back/linebacker leads the undefeated Eagles in touchdowns (21) and tackles (108).

Still a 'work in progress,' Wolves look to avoid first three-game skid

The Wolves have lost consecutive games twice this season, resoundingly to Indiana and Detroit on back-to-back nights in the season's second week and again on consecutive nights this week.

Former Vikings Moss, Hutchinson move step closer to Hall of Fame

Star receiver, lineman in first year of eligibility; ex-Gopher Mecklenburg back on the list.

Kindergartner bags buck under Wisconsin's new hunting rules

A 6-year-old Wisconsin girl is among the first youngsters to bag a buck under a new law that eliminates the state's minimum hunting age.

Vikings' Keenum playing with big ... fortitude, Zimmer says

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7) grinned at Los Angeles Rams inside linebacker Alec Ogletree (52) after he was stopped by him after scrambling for a 14 yard gain in the second quarter.

Zimmer has had some interesting comments describing the play of quarterback Case Keenum, who will start his ninth game for the Vikings on Thursday in Detroit.

What are Hall of Fame chances for former Twins Santana, Thome?

Four former Twins are on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, even if not all of them are best known for the time they spent in Minnesota.

Injuries could change up Gophers offensive line

Redshirt freshman center Conner Olson (left leg) and senior left guard Garrison Wright (left hand) might not be available for the Gophers' game against Wisconsin on Saturday.

Meet the 2017 Star Tribune All-Metro offenses

See who made the first and second teams.

Meet the 2017 Star Tribune All-Metro defenses

See who made the first and second teams.

Fans annoyed and frustrated with the above-average Timberwolves

Charlotte Hornets' Dwayne Bacon (7) and Minnesota Timberwolves' Shabazz Muhammad (15) battle for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.

The strange thing is all this unsatisfying frustration has come in the midst of a 10-7 start — still a 48-win pace and far better than anything for more than a decade. What gives?

Olympic champ Douglas says team doctor abused her

Douglas, the 2012 Olympic all-around champion and a three-time gold medalist, wrote in an Instagram post Tuesday that she waited so long to reveal the abuse by Larry Nassar because she was part of a group "conditioned to stay silent."

MLB, Japanese, union reach posting deal for Ohtani

Major League Baseball, its players' union and the Japanese commissioner's office agreed Tuesday to a new posting system that could allow star pitcher-outfielder Shohei Ohtani to be put up for bid next week, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The Twins have expressed interest in Ohtani.

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Gophers might use a smaller lineup more often this season
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Gophers coach Richard Pitino might have to play with a smaller lineup this season, because his team lacks size on the bench

Is Keenum a top-10 NFL MVP candidate?
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He’s thrown 12 touchdown passes and five interceptions with a 65.7 percent completion rate overall, while helping the Viking win six consecutive games.


Lions defensive end Anthony Zettel sacked Vikings quarterback Case Keenum during the second half of an Oct. 1 game at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Vikings struggle to score and win against the Lions in the Zimmer era

Buckle up and expect some bumps in Vikings' ride toward playoffs
Former Vikings Moss, Hutchinson move step closer to Hall of Fame
Vikings' Keenum playing with big ... fortitude, Zimmer says

Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau argued with a ref about a call during Monday’s loss in Charlotte.

Still a 'work in progress,' Wolves look to avoid first three-game skid

Fans annoyed and frustrated with the above-average Timberwolves
Wolves stung by Hornets for second consecutive loss
Wolves-Orlando game preview

Zack Mitchell watched his first NHL goal trickle into the net against the Islanders on Oct. 26 at Xcel Energy Center.

Wild hopes Mitchell adds some zip to its offense

Wild sends struggling first-round picks back to minors
Wild gives New Jersey too much help in 4-3 overtime loss
Wild-Buffalo game preview

Gophers (from left) Isaiah Washington, Bakary Konate, Nate Mason, Dupree McBrayer, Amir Coffey, and Reggie Lynch celebrated a dominating 100-57 victory over Alabama A&M at Williams Arena on Tuesday night.

Gophers easily dismantle Alabama A&M

Fleck might shuffle U receivers: 'I don't enjoy them dropping the ball'
Injuries could change up Gophers offensive line
Gophers might use a smaller lineup more often this season

Eden Prairie running back/linebacker Antonio Montero, the Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year in football, leads the undefeated Eagles in touchdowns (21) and tackles (108).

Eden Prairie's Montero is Metro Player of the Year

Meet the 2017 Star Tribune All-Metro offenses
Meet the 2017 Star Tribune All-Metro defenses
Prep Bowl schedule

What are Hall of Fame chances for former Twins Santana, Thome?

MLB, Japanese, union reach posting deal for Ohtani
With new payroll flexibility, Twins might unpinch their pennies
Littell, Gonsalves, Thorpe added to Twins' 40-man roster

Shaq, Seimone, Sylvia: Fowles has her number retired at LSU

WNBA receives 'A' on race and gender report card
Jackpot! Las Vegas wins WNBA draft lottery
Sunday Q&A: Lynx star Lindsay Whalen

In this Nov. 19, 2017 photo provided by Tyler Harris, Lexie Harris, 6, poses after bagging a buck in Taylor County, Wis. Lexie is among the first youngsters to bag a buck under the state's new law that eliminates the state's minimum hunting age

Kindergartner bags buck under Wisconsin's new hunting rules

Anderson: Wisconsin tradition remains as deer season begins
Thinking winter and beyond: How to prepare to get out and enjoy the season
Soccer player turned hunter still a great shot

Lakers rally from 19-point deficit to beat Bulls 103-94

The Los Angeles Lakers' first half resembled many miserable stretches of the past four seasons. Although the Chicago Bulls have plenty of their own problems, they outworked, outshot and outsmarted the Lakers while taking a 14-point lead.


Column: Lexi Thompson misses out on year of LPGA dominance

Lexi Thompson doesn't have two long months to ponder how her season ended.


Spieth sets the bar high at the Australian Open

Beginning Thursday at The Australian, Spieth will attempt to make it three Australian Open titles in four appearances. Jason Day, playing back home in Australia for the first time in four years, is his major opponent.


Shore, Spezza score as Stars rally to beat Canadiens 3-1

Skating on the same line after a tactical change during the game, Devin Shore and Jason Spezza sparked the Dallas Stars to a 3-1 comeback win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.


Holiday's layup gives No. 23 UCLA 72-70 win over Wisconsin

Aaron Holiday spent most of the game trying to get his teammates involved, even forcing a couple of passes when UCLA coach Steve Alford reckoned he should have taken the shot.