At 2-2 heading into the bye week, Vikings’ coach Mike Zimmer isn’t happy with where Minnesota currently stands. “We have to get better,” Zimmer said, “there’s no question.”
Minnesota Vikings receiver Mike Wallace has had two 1,000-yard seasons, made a Pro Bowl and starred in a Super Bowl, and Stefon Diggs has played all of one NFL game. Nevertheless, Wallace already sees something special in the future for the Minnesota rookie wide receiver.
MINNEAPOLIS - An unlikely postseason run finally came to an end for the Twins on a crisp Saturday afternoon, courtesy of an ugly meltdown in the seventh inning.
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings left guard Brandon Fusco practiced Friday for the second straight day but had not cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol before the team listed him as questionable on the week’s final injury report. Jeremiah Sirles, for whom Minnesota traded with San Diego to add depth when center John Sullivan was sidelined after back surgery, is in line to replace Fusco against the Chargers on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.
SASKATOON, SK — During elementary and middle school, Darcy Kuemper and his classmates in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, walked to a nearby frozen pond with their hockey sticks during recess. They played in their shoes because with only 15 minutes, changing into skates would have been a waste of time.
ST. PAUL — Just five days into Wild training camp, time is running out for several key prospects battling for roster spots. Because of an odd, compressed preseason schedule, which features five exhibition games in seven days, the Wild expect to know their opening day roster by next Monday.
MINNEAPOLIS — There has been plenty of talk about cheese lately with the Vikings even though they don’t play Green Bay until November. After Sunday’s 26-16 victory over Detroit, Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer recalled a conversation last week with his mentor, Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells. He said Parcells talked about the Vikings perhaps being overconfident going into their season-opening 20-3 loss at San Francisco, and then Zimmer said his players “can’t take the cheese this week, either, because people will be saying nice things about us.”
The last time Torii Hunter finished out a baseball season with the Twins, he had to summon every bit of his professionalism just to get through it. A 79-win Twins team in 2007 had no chance to catch either the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central or the New York Yankees for what back then was the league’s only wild-card spot. Eliminated with 12 games remaining, those disappointing Twins had to slog through the most meaningless games Hunter has experienced in any of the past 15 seasons.
MINNEAPOLIS — Three games into the 2011 season, the Teddy Bridgewater era began at Louisville. Showing poise in his first college game, the true freshman led his team to its first win over rival Kentucky in four years. Bridgewater quickly blossomed into a star. He left Louisville after his junior year to become a first-round NFL draft pick with the Minnesota Vikings. You know the rest.
MINNEAPOLIS — Not that Anthony Barr isn’t pretty manly now, but Vikings coach Mike Zimmer only can imagine what one day he could be like. Barr, the second-year Minnesota linebacker, had a strong rookie season that was cut short after 12 games when he needed surgery on his left knee. The injury cost Barr valuable time in spring drills and he also missed some time in training camp.