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With Bradford out, Vikings' playoff aspirations burdened by history of QB turbulence

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford is out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers with a knee injury. It's his second consecutive missed game.

Sam Bradford is out at the minimum one more week. And that's not a good sign. Only one Vikings playoff team since 2000 has reached the postseason using two different starting quarterbacks.

Wiggins is 'same guy' but vows to earn his big deal

Andrew Wiggins, posing for photographer Tim Gruber during media day Friday, plans on signing his 148 million deal soon.

Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins is due a five-year, $148 million contract and says he'll sign soon, and the money won't change him.

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Parise practices with Wild teammates but will 'be smart' going forward

Zach Parise knows he has to manage expectations going forward while nursing his way back from an offseason injury.

Zach Parise was pleased to finally get on the ice with the Wild on Friday but was careful to manage expectations.

How Lynx captivated a city and built from the floor up

No longer a mere curiosity as they head into their sixth WNBA Finals in seven years, the Lynx are a dominant team in a city desperate for title chases.

Reusse: Road to Tommies ran through Dinkytown for QB Perra

Jacques Perra (18) started his college football career at the University of Minnesota before transferring to St. Thomas.

The St. Thomas quarterback left the Gophers when Jerry Kill's health forced him to resign as head coach. "I could tell there wasn't much interest in me" when Tracy Claeys took over.

East Ridge snags victory over Roseville on 90-yard play

Ryan Kim stepped in front of a pass at the East Ridge 10-yard-line and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown in the 17-16 victory.

Scoggins: United shows it can compete for eyeballs in crowded sports market

Minnesota United fans: Maybe not huge in numbers, but they make themselves known. (Star Tribune photo by ANTHONY SOUFFLE, anthony.souffle@startribune.com)

On the field, United has yo-yoed between encouraging and poor performances. The biggest victory in Season 1 has occurred in the stands.

Flyin' Fleck: Gophers coach uses helicopter to drop in on recruits Friday night

Fleck and wide receivers coach Matt Simon took off from the U campus and flew to Eastview High School in Apple Valley and Lakeville North High School to see some top recruits.

NFL chief, players' union angrily denounce Trump after he calls for firings

The National Football League and its players' union on Saturday angrily denounced President Donald Trump for suggesting that owners fire players who kneel during the national anthem and that fans consider walking out in protest "when somebody disrespects our flag."

Gophers volleyball opens Big Ten play with four-set win over Michigan

Alexis Hart, who posted 20 kills, and Stephanie Samedy, who had 13, led the No. 1-ranked Gophers to their home-court victory over the No. 20 Wolverines.

Molitor: Mauer will start every day the rest of the way for Twins

Twins manager Paul Molitor has preserved 34-year-old Joe Mauer to the point where he can be in the lineup every day as the Twins attempt to secure a playoff berth.

Trump says NFL should fire players who kneel during anthem

President Donald Trump says National Football League owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he's encouraging spectators to walk out in protest.

Against the Bucs, Vikings QB Keenum has played some of his best football

Case Keenum led the Rams in a 37-32 win over the Buccaneers last season. He capped the win with a throw off his back foot to receiver Tavon Austin, who ran the rest of the way for a 43-yard touchdown

Reusse: Thibodeau has found something new to stress himself out

The Wolves left town for over two weeks on Friday. The players can expect to hear much in that time from Coach Thibodeau on a proper defensive closeout.

Postgame: Kepler is heating up for the Twins

Minnesota Twins' Max Kepler is greeted by third base coach Gene Glynn after a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Max Kepler is on a roll for the Twins, at just the right time. "Hopefully he's getting a little confidence back," manager Paul Molitor said.

Short of a healthy Bradford, Vikings at least need QB clarity

Not being able to diagnose the severity of an injury and waiting for it to heal — or not — puts a team in a holding pattern. And the Vikings already had a complicated quarterback situation.

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Reusse: Road to Tommies ran through Dinkytown for QB Perra
Patrick Reusse

The St. Thomas quarterback left the Gophers when Jerry Kill's health forced him to resign as head coach. "I could tell there wasn't much interest in me" when Tracy Claeys took over.

Scoggins: United shows it can compete for eyeballs in crowded sports market
Chip Scoggins

On the field, United has yo-yoed between encouraging and poor performances. The biggest victory in Season 1 has occurred in the stands.


Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford is out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers with a knee injury. It's his second consecutive missed game.

With Bradford out, Vikings' playoff aspirations burdened by history of QB turbulence

Against the Bucs, Vikings QB Keenum has played some of his best football
Vikings mailbag: Waynes, Evans and a key matchup against the Bucs
Marc Buoniconti tells AP it's time to ban youth football

Gophers middle blocker Regan Pittman (21) sent the ball over the net as Michigan outside hitter Carly Skjodt (18) leapt to defend in the first set Friday night.

Gophers volleyball opens Big Ten play with four-set win over Michigan

Flyin' Fleck: Gophers coach uses helicopter to drop in on recruits Friday night
Eden Prairie star, Gophers recruit Sapp out for season with knee injury
Reusse: Road to Tommies ran through Dinkytown for QB Perra

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson throws during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Gibson pitches Twins to victory over Detroit to pad wild-card lead

Molitor: Mauer will start every day the rest of the way for Twins
Postgame: Kepler is heating up for the Twins
Marlins luminaries Conine, Dawson, Perez part of sale purge

East Ridge Ryan Kim (5) celebrated with team after he passed the defense and directly ran the ball in the touchdown area in the forth quarter. ] XAVIER WANG � xavier.wtian@gmail.com Game action from a high school football game between the East Ridge and Roseville Friday September 22, 2017 at East Ridge High School in Woodbury.

East Ridge snags victory over Roseville on 90-yard play

Apple Valley stays undefeated by doubling up Park of Cottage Grove
Lakeville North dominates Lakeville South 28-0 behind strong defense
Benilde-St. Margaret's sends Chanhassen to another shutout loss

Andrew Wiggins, posing for photographer Tim Gruber during media day Friday, plans on signing his 148 million deal soon.

Wiggins is 'same guy' but vows to earn his big deal

Reusse: Thibodeau has found something new to stress himself out
Bjelica expects to be ready for Wolves season opener
Thibodeau on Wolves D and Wiggins

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve showed off three championship rings earned by her team.

How Lynx captivated a city and built from the floor up

Owner chooses to stick with Lynx in WNBA Finals over Wolves in China
Lynx lead the WNBA in another category: Merchandise sales
Moore vs. Beard: Epic clash of powers in Lynx-Sparks WNBA Finals

Minnesota United fans: Maybe not huge in numbers, but they make themselves known. (Star Tribune photo by ANTHONY SOUFFLE, anthony.souffle@startribune.com)

Scoggins: United shows it can compete for eyeballs in crowded sports market

Sane excels as Man City thrashes beleaguered Palace 5-0
Kane scores 2 as Tottenham holds on to beat West Ham 3-2
Soccer insider: Qatar's takeover of World Cup dwarfs Sochi Olympics excess

A trip to the Missouri River Breaks was transformative for its stark realities of human life in nature.

Wilderness is deeper than pristine beauty, writer says. At its core is human history.

Most Minnesotan race ever? A canoe portaging division in Ely half marathon
Anderson: Minnesota duck hunters always are ready for one more flight
Officials optimistic ahead of Minnesota duck opener Saturday

AP source: Knicks agree to trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder

The New York Knicks agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a draft pick, a person with knowledge of the deal said.


Sane excels as Man City thrashes beleaguered Palace 5-0

Pep Guardiola had just given a ball-boy a ticking off for returning the ball too sluggishly when he kicked his seat in the dug-out in frustration as the halftime whistle sounded.


Bjerregaard leads Portugal Masters by 1 after 3rd round

Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark led the Portugal Masters by one shot after carding a 3-under-par 68 in the third round on Saturday.


Logano forced to watch practice as part of NASCAR punishment

Joey Logano was punished and parked on pit road for practice.


Marc Buoniconti tells AP it's time to ban youth football

A victim himself of the sport, Marc Buoniconti wants youth football banned.