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Reusse: P.R. man 'Foof' knows how to pick a winner

Dave Ferroni has been pitching underdog stories since the 1980 Olympics - and has a new one in NASCAR's Martin Truex Jr.

Gophers without top receiver Tyler Johnson on rainy, windy day at Northwestern

The sophomore from Minneapolis has a broken wrist, reports say.

Special-teams battle one to watch when Wild visits Capitals

The Capitals' Alex Ovechkin

The Capitals have had an up-and-down start to the season, but don't expect that to make the Wild view Saturday night's tilt in the nation's capital as being any easier.

Line play leads Northwestern's five-game surge into game vs. Gophers

The Wildcats also won three consecutive overtime games, and that has given them swagger, Caleb Friedman of InsideNU says.

James Harden's NBA 'Eurostep' is unfair and maybe should be illegal

Plenty of NBA players have become acquainted with the “Eurostep,” a misdirection move often makes defenders look silly.

Vikings will be without starters Remmers and Sendejo vs. Rams

After practicing earlier this week, offensive tackle Mike Remmers was without a helmet during Friday's workout, and later ruled out for Sunday along with safety Andrew Sendejo.

Boudreau sticks with reshuffled lines; Dubnyk's turn to rest?

Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter (22) scored on this second period shot to bring the Wild within a goal of Nashville.

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said Friday he liked what he saw from his reshuffled lines Thursday, especially with Marcus Foligno on the line with Erik Staal and Nino Niederreiter.

Dieng ready to return; Butler not worried about six-point game

Wolves center Gorgui Dieng hadn't missed a game in two-plus seasons until his current three-game absence.

Almost everyone wins when Jerry Jones and Roger Goodell are fighting

When one of the least likable owners in the NFL and least likable commissioners in sports are fighting, it's great for those who have watched the NFL bungle through several crises.

Mailbag: Can the Vikings slow Rams star defensive tackle Donald?

The Texans tried a little of everything and were doomed doomed as soon as they left Aaron Donald with a one-on-one pass rush.

Souhan: Are we entering an era of Minnesota champions?

Lynx forward Plenette Pierson and guard Jia Perkins, right, posed for selfie while Renee Montgomery and Lindsay Whalen mugged behind them as they waited for the parade to start.

What awaits Minnesota sports fans in the next year? It could be a whole lot of winning based on the state of local pro and college teams.

Lakeville's Macura chomps on Badgers fans after Xavier's revenge

Former Lakeville North star J.P. Macura had fun at Wisconsin's expense Thursday night when his Xavier team got revenge on the Badgers for a painful NCAA tournament loss.

94-yard touchdown pass shows Rams' trust in their offensive line

Much like the 7-2 Vikings, the 7-2 Los Angeles Rams are getting the full benefits of a functional offensive line.

How will comeback win over Nashville affect the Wild's psyche?

Wild center Eric Staal (12) scored the tying goal on Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne

Coach Bruce Boudreau said the Wild played without emotion for much of Thursday's game. But he said the players showed "great character" in the end.

Gophers' Lynch chasing history and shot-blocking records

Gophers center Reggie Lynch leads the nation in shot blocking through three games. Will a triple-double or block records be in his future?

The Wolves have a better chance of making the playoffs than the Vikings?

FiveThirtyEight.com does team strength ratings for the NFL and NBA. It probably shouldn’t surprise you to know that both the Vikings and Timberwolves are doing well in both.

Teddy Bridgewater will 'trust the process' and cheer on Vikings

“I don’t want this to be about me. It’s about us," Bridgewater told reporters on Thursday

In Frogtown, Joshua Broyles and his mother, Linda, talked about the death of John Broyles near the spot where he grew up playing.

How to combat St. Paul violence? Neighbors take differing views

Short-staffed Mpls. Health Department juggles growing inspection caseload
Tevlin: Luverne vets' last toast to fallen comrades is bittersweet
Minneapolis park police to be outfitted with body cameras

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A play-calling example provided by Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, along with terminology explanation:
Formation and motion: Red Left Switch Tight Close Z Right
Protection: Sprint Right G
Route concept: U Corner Halfback Flat

From Grant to Zimmer, Vikings play-calling has come a long way

Wild's four-game winning streak ends with 3-1 loss to Capitals
Windy City blues: Turnover-prone Gophers shut out at Northwestern
Shuster clinches record-setting fourth U.S. men's Olympics curling team

Windmills dot the landscape as a farmer harvested corn near Alden, Minn. Scenes like this have caused residents south of the area such as Dorenne Hansen to become more vocal in their opposition to the proposed project.

Wind project in southern Minnesota gets pushback

In holiday twist, Best Buy is selling Barbies, while Penney's hawks TVs
Chuck & Don's owners selling company to employees
Disaster claims soar in year of calamities

Why North? We have our reasons.

Domestic-abuse reforms are blueprint for addressing abuse of elderly
Sack cartoon: How Trump looks on Franken
Readers Write: Abuse of the elderly, changing a lake's name, relocating the homeless during the Super Bowl

Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News anchor who sued network boss Roger Ailes for sexual harassment, at the home of her lawyer in Montclair, N.J., in 2016.

'It's an epidemic': Gretchen Carlson takes on sexual harassment crisis

What will Olga Viso's legacy be? Her final year at the Walker was telling
Denzel Washington like you've never seen him before
In praise of the lowly cranberry, a manifesto for change

How Trump looks on Franken

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U.S. Sen. Al Franken held a roundtable discussion while touring Green Central Park Elementary School in October.

Hit by scandal, Franken faces questions about ability to do job

Winners and losers under the Senate tax overhaul proposal
The next legislative session is going to be strange
GOP's Sasse likes tax bill, but won't call it key to 2018

Air Force Gen. John Hyten is pictured in 2016.. On Saturday, Nov. 17, 2017, the top officer at U.S. Strategic Command says an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused if that order is determined to be illegal.

US general says illegal nuclear launch order can be refused

No, a planet (still) is not about to destroy the Earth, weary NASA scientist says
'Faithful' Detroit priest beatified by Catholic Church
Disaster claims soar in year of calamities

In an undated photo provided by the Argentine Navy, the submarine ARA San Juan docks in Buenos Aires. Argentine military ships and aircraft searched off the coast of the country for the submarine, which has been missing for three days, officials said.

Argentina says it may have received signals from missing sub

Sinn Fein's divisive leader to step down after over 30 years
Zimbabweans say Mugabe must quit now, but more talks planned
Climate conference in Bonn places big bet on the power of peer pressure

A play-calling example provided by Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, along with terminology explanation:
Formation and motion: Red Left Switch Tight Close Z Right
Protection: Sprint Right G
Route concept: U Corner Halfback Flat

From Grant to Zimmer, Vikings play-calling has come a long way

Craig: How McVay has the Rams partying like it's 1999
Scoggins: Hulk? Monster? Vikings' NT Joseph swallows opponents whole
Double trouble: Diggs-Thielen tandem creates matchup nightmares

Dallas Mavericks' J.J. Barea

NBA Insider: Barea helped lead relief effort for his native Puerto Rico

Wolves' Butler isn't bothered by missing shots
Mixing it up: Tyus Jones giving Wolves chemistry off the bench
Wolves-Detroit gameday preview

Minnesota Wild defenseman Mike Reilly (4) and defenseman Matt Dumba (24) battle for the puck against Washington Capitals right wing Alex Chiasson (39) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Wild's four-game winning streak ends with 3-1 loss to Capitals

Dubnyk sits out vs. Capitals for 'mental break'
Sunday Q&A: Wild forward Matt Cullen
Capitals nix Wild's season-high win streak

FILE - This Aug. 8, 2009 file photo shows actor-singer David Cassidy arrives at the ABC Disney Summer press tour party in Pasadena, Calif. Cassidy has been hospitalized in Florida. His representative tells The Associated Press on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, that Cassidy is �now conscious� and �surrounded by family.� The rep adds that Cassidy was in pain and taken to the hospital on Wednesday. No additional details were provided. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)

Spokeswoman: David Cassidy in hospital with multiple organ failure

An 'Incredibles' sequel is coming 14 years after the original
Love game: Serena Williams reportedly marries in New Orleans
Future of groundbreaking show 'Transparent' may be in flux

Streaks on the line tonight: Dubnyk's three shutouts, Nashville's five wins

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk has posted three straight shutouts but faces a dangerous Nashville team riding a five-game winning streak.

Vikings Fantasy football: Start Thielen, Diggs in Week 11 and beyond

The Vikings draw the ninth-ranked Rams pass defense this week, and that shouldn't stop Diggs or Thielen from taking a place in your starting lineup.

Durability could be Timberwolves' greatest asset this year

So far this season, aside from Jimmy Butler's two-game absence, the Wolves have felt the benefit of having a squad that is at full strength or close to it as compared to their opponents.

Souhan: Bjelica has become difference-maker; Goodell, Olsen must go

The Wolves sold out last night. Local basketball fans believe this team is for real for all of the right reasons.

Vikings-Rams pick? Take the Vikings (and their home crowd)

The Vikings are better than the Rams, despite their identical record, and the home crowd will be a factor, too.