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Here's how the Vikings stalled the Rams' explosive passing attack

Against a Rams offense accounting for the fourth-most explosive pass plays in the NFL, the Vikings attacked what they felt like was the source: The running game.

Wild gives New Jersey too much help in 4-3 overtime loss

New Jersey’s John Moore shot the game-winner past Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk.

The first two New Jersey goals deflected off Wild defenseman Gustav Olofsson and the final Devils goal, following a late-game Wild rally, came in the first minute of overtime.

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With new payroll flexibility, Twins might unpinch their pennies

With new payroll flexibility, the Twins could nail down players such as Byron Buxton to long-term deals.

Though they have nearly $70 million committed to six players for 2018, the Twins on the hook at the moment for less than $25 million in 2019, and virtually nothing in 2020.

Free beer: Silver lining for Packers fans in Sunday's shutout loss

The Bavarian Bierhouse outside of Milwaukee offers free beer during Packers games until the team scores. On Sunday, that meant three hours on the house.

Gophers' chance of going to bowl with five wins takes big hit

Odds are good there will be enough teams finishing with six victories that Minnesota won't be able to sneak into a bowl game the way it did two years ago.

Wolves stung by Hornets for second consecutive loss

The Wolves lost to a Hornets team they beat by 18 points at home two weeks ago after they couldn't stop Charlotte's big men.

Lions hold recent edge, but Vikings hope to deliver knockout blow

It's been the Lions, doormats for so many previous Vikings coaches, who have caused recent Minnesota teams the most trouble under head coach Mike Zimmer.

Glitch amid Gophers' great start: guarding threes

Despite their 4-0 record, the Gophers rank 12th in the Big Ten and 333rd out of 351 Division I teams in three-point percentage defense.

What are the Hall of Fame chances for Johan Santana and Jim 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.

Tales of Packers quarterback failure abound after shutout loss to Ravens

How would Packers’ season be different if they had a capable veteran backup quarterback — their own Case Keenum? Maybe even the still-unemployed Colin Kaepernick?

Reusse: In long career, Severson was first coach covered as an entity

Marlowe "Red" Severson, left, died last week at 89. He was a mercurial presence in 11 seasons as the basketball coach at St. Cloud State.

"Red" Severson died last week at 89. He was a mercurial presence in 11 seasons as the basketball coach at St. Cloud State. "Red was a character, but he also was a drill sergeant as a coach,'' said a former player.

Coyle returns to Wild lineup after recovering from broken leg

Coyle was back against the Devils on Monday after missing 16 games to recover from a right fibula fracture suffered Oct. 12 against the Blackhawks.

Postgame: Wild looking to discover urgency earlier in games

The Devils' Will Butcher, right, was congratulated by Taylor Hall after his goal past Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk in the third period Monday.

It's unlikely the Wild could rig the scoreboard to read a deficit at puck drop, but that's the exact scenario that seems to elicit its best hockey.

Towns is NBA Western Conference player of the week

Towns won the weekly award for the third time in his young career after he averaged 20.3 and 12.3 rebounds last week.

Former Gophers quarterback recruit chooses Virginia

Brennan Armstrong of Shelby, Ohio, had reopened his recruiting in October after giving Minnesota a verbal commitment in February.

Prep athletes of the week: Elk River running back tops 300 yards in playoff win

Elk River junior Adam Nelson finished a Class 5A football semifinal with 302 yards rushing and scored touchdowns on runs of 39, 32 and 80 yards.

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Free beer: Silver lining for Packers fans in Sunday's shutout loss
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The Bavarian Bierhouse outside of Milwaukee offers free beer during Packers games until the team scores. On Sunday, that meant three hours on the house.

Here's how the Vikings stalled the Rams' explosive passing attack
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Against a Rams offense accounting for the fourth-most explosive pass plays in the NFL, the Vikings attacked what they felt like was the source: The running game.


Vikings QB Case Keenum has been put in position to succeed, thanks to the play of the revamped offensive line. A former weak point is now a team strength.

Scoggins: Vikings' rejuvenation begins with revamped offensive line

Lions hold recent edge, but Vikings hope to deliver knockout blow
Keenum the latest in a long line of unexpected Vikings quarterbacks
Vikings offense suddenly red-hot in the red zone

The Hornets’ Dwight Howard (12) and the Wolves’ Andrew Wiggins (22) battled for a rebound during the first half Monday night.

Wolves stung by Hornets for second consecutive loss

Towns is NBA Western Conference player of the week
Did Pistons player mess up Butler's tying free throw?
Wolves fall to Hornets for second consecutive loss

New Jersey’s John Moore shot the game-winner past Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk.

Wild gives New Jersey too much help in 4-3 overtime loss

Postgame: Wild looking to discover urgency earlier in games
Coyle returns to Wild lineup after recovering from broken leg
Late-game surge not enough for Wild in overtime loss to Devils

If the Gophers’ perimeter defenders force opponents to drive instead of shoot, Reggie Lynch might be waiting for them down low, like he was against Western Carolina’s Mike Amius on Sunday.

Glitch amid Gophers' great start: guarding threes

Gophers' chance of going to bowl with five wins takes big hit
Murphy is first Gopher with consecutive Big Ten weekly honors
Former Gophers quarterback recruit chooses Virginia

Erich Martens, newly approved executive director of the Minnesota State High School League.

Minnesota State High School League approves new executive director

Prep athletes of the week: Elk River running back tops 300 yards in playoff win
Top girls' hockey games this week: Breck faces Warroad in key Class 1A clash
This time, it's Air Owatonna in 56-28 victory over Brainerd

With new payroll flexibility, the Twins could nail down players such as Byron Buxton to long-term deals.

With new payroll flexibility, Twins might unpinch their pennies

What are the Hall of Fame chances for Johan Santana and Jim Thome?
Littell, Gonsalves, Thorpe added to Twins' 40-man roster
Saints co-owner Bill Murray channels love for minor-league baseball into series

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

STOKING THE FIRE: After dinner, the group departs to various barns and shacks, hoping for sleep before rising early Saturday to hunt. Here Dennis Anderson fires up a wood stove upon arrival after dinner at a shack on the Berg property where he headquarters during the Wisconsin season.

Anderson: Wisconsin tradition remains as deer season begins

Thinking winter and beyond: How to prepare to get out and enjoy the season
Least-reserved state parks: No obstacles for you
Minnesota state park entrance fees waived on Black Friday

1st-round withdrawals at Grand Slams could lose prize money

A player who withdraws or performs below professional standards during a first-round singles match at a Grand Slam tournament could be fined under new rules introduced Tuesday.


Gophers still 14th; Duke strengthens hold on No. 1 in latest basketball poll

Minnesota is ranked 14th in the latest Associated Press men's college basketball poll after its 4-0 start.


Star Tribune's new hockey writer grew up with the game in Canada

Sarah McLellan, the Star Tribune's new hockey writer, explains her love of the sport: "Hockey isn't an assignment to me, a designation at the end of a business card. It's who I am, what I love. It's my dad. So I made it my career."


Nineteen first-time candidates on Hall of Fame ballot

Johan Santana, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel are among 19 first-time candidates on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for baseball's Hall of Fame.


Knicks hand Clippers ninth straight loss, win 107-85

Things are going so poorly for the Clippers that they can't even beat the Knicks anymore.