MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr grew up in Los Angeles without a hometown NFL team to root for, but he had a player he followed. Barr cheered for Derrick Brooks, a hall of fame linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1995-2006. So when it came time for Barr to choose a uniform number last year before his rookie season, it was an easy decision.
By Andy Greder St. Paul Pioneer Press MINNEAPOLIS — Briean Boddy-Calhoun is a big talker. Instead of trash toward opponents, though, he shares positive vibes and chatter about defensive schemes...
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — If the Gophers discovered anything about themselves in their two losses at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament, it was their struggles in trying to defend without fouling. Minnesota coach Richard Pitino spent lots of time during the preseason prepping his players for the differences in officiating this season, but it didn’t seem to take Sunday in their 81-68 loss to Texas Tech. The Gophers committed a season-high 26 fouls.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A berth in the consolation final of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament seemed to be a sure thing when the Gophers opened the second half with an 18-point lead Friday morning against Missouri State. But it wasn’t going to be that easy.
Minnesota Twins great Rod Carew is fighting congestive heart failure and on the list for a heart transplant after suffering a massive heart attack on Sept. 20. A post on...
MINNEAPOLIS — KJ Maye’s college career could culminate with a game on his high school football field in Mobile, Ala. The wide receiver’s breakout senior season with the Gophers has positioned him for a possible invite to the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium. As a child, Maye watched Senior Bowl practices and games at the stadium. In 2011, that’s where Maye starred as a dual-threat senior quarterback for Murphy High School. On Jan. 30, that’s where he could audition for the NFL.
EDEN PRAIRIE — Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes is a lifelong Wisconsinite but was never a Packers fan. Growing up in Kenosha, Waynes was an hour from Chicago’s Soldier Field but three from Green Bay’s Lambeau Field.
MINNEAPOLIS - Tracy Claeys was named the Minnesota Gophers head football coach on Wednesday morning, removing his interim tag with a three-year, $4.5 million contract, the university announced. Claeys was...
MINNEAPOLIS — Playing with Flip Saunders on their mind got the Minnesota Timberwolves off to a 2-0 start, but they were able to handle their emotions much better opening the season on the road. In the home opener Monday night, the Wolves fed off the energy of the crowd early to jump out to a 17-point lead, but they eventually had to battle back before falling 106-101 to the Portland Trail Blazers at Target Center.
They are about the same size. They have gaudy yards-per-carry averages. They both have recovered successfully from torn ACLs. There are plenty of similarities between Vikings star Adrian Peterson, who is 6-foot-1, 227 pounds, and St. Louis’ Todd Gurley, a 6-1, 217-pound rookie. Expect to hear plenty about them as the running backs prepare to go against each other for the first time Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.