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Vikings mailbag: Treadwell's role, impact rookies, an O-line projection and an assessment of Spielman

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Believe it or not, the preseason opener is only three months away. So today seemed like a good day to answer some reader questions with a mailbag blog.

Minnesota hockey hair gets the spotlight in ESPN special episode

ESPN has produced a feature on the hockey hair phenomenon that is part of the state high school tournament and has spawned annual videos of the best flow on the ice,

(Way too) early, but Mitch Leidner projected as first-round pick in '17

Gridiron Gold

In his "Way-too-early 2017 NFL mock draft," ESPN's Todd McShay has Gophers QB Mitch Leidner going in the first round, No. 25 overall, to the Dallas Cowboys.

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Salt in the wound: Roger Staubach re-enacts Hail Mary to Drew Pearson


Vikings defensive back Nate Wright was apparently not available to play third wheel as the man falling to the ground on the play.

Task just gets more difficult on Twins' rocky road

Twins Insider

Already humbled by last-place Houston, Minnesota will face three of the AL's six best ERAs this weekend in Chicago.

Travel ban decision upsets, puzzles St. Cloud State baseball team + Video

Players, parents and fans of the highly ranked St. Cloud State Huskies were still trying to understand the news that dreams of playing for a national championship could be denied.

Reusse: Wild candidate Boudreau has history with colorful Fighting Saints

During his time with the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the old World Hockey Association, Wild coaching candidate Bruce Boudreau was introduced to a level of pranking that would have fit into the "Slap Shot" script.

Minnesota author lands trophies in depths of fishing lore

Eric Dregni is a hack when it comes to fishing (his words), but he pulls up trophy after trophy from the depths of Great Lakes lore in his new book.

'All-around frustrating' as Twins pounded 16-4 by Houston + Video

Houston, which hit three home runs Wednesday, won back-to-back games for the first time this season while kicking the Twins out of town with a 2-12 road record.

Postgame: Twins road woes continue as mistakes pile up + Video

The Twins dropped two of three games to the Astros on Wednesday and their season of road game disaster continues.

Manziel silent outside court after hearing in domestic case

Johnny Manziel waded through a crowd of reporters after his first court appearance in a domestic violence case Thursday, ignoring questions and even an autograph request.

Jumble of concerns (and some optimism) as Rio games approach

The first Summer Games in South America are facing concerns about the Zika virus, filthy water in boating venues, a severe economic recession and nationwide political unrest.

Fowles hopes to benefit from a full season with Lynx

With a full training camp, coach Cheryl Reeve is convinced Sylvia Fowles will be even more effective. Fowles averaged 15.3 points with the Lynx last summer after joining the team midseason

Favorite Nyquist draws post No. 13 for Kentucky Derby

That post suited Nyquist before, and four have won the Derby from there.

Vikings knocking out deals for draft picks; only three left to go

The Vikings are continuing to hammer our deals for their draft class in advance of this weekend’s rookie minicamp, which starts Friday.

Bud Grant is having yet another garage sale

The Vikings coach has turned his family's garage sale into an annual event. This one starts May 18.

Hartman: Twins need Dozier to keep on hitting

There's no doubt that if the Twins want any shot at climbing back into the AL Central or wild-card race, they're going to need Brian Dozier to continue hitting the way he has the past two weeks.

Johnny Manziel appears in court

Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel made his first court appearance on Thursday for a domestic violence charge involving his ex-girlfriend. Manziel was booked and released on bond.

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Peterson donating $100,000 to aid flooding victims in Texas hometown

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is donating $100,000 to aid those affected by the deadly floods in his hometown of Palestine, Texas