The Minnesota Vikings learned on Thursday the foe for their first game at U.S. Bank Stadium. The NFL announced San Diego will visit for a noon preseason game on Aug...
ST. PAUL — With an “x” next to their name in the standings for making the playoffs, the Wild can officially turn their attention to the postseason, if not their opponent — the not-yet-determined Western Conference champs. Technically, three teams still can win the conference, but for the Wild’s purpose, it’s really a two-team race between the Dallas Stars and the St. Louis Blues.
ST. PAUL — A few minutes after the Wild clinched a fourth straight playoff appearance Tuesday, interim Wild coach John Torchetti defiantly defended his team’s achievement. So what if they clinched following a fourth straight loss? The real story is a 15-10-1 record in the seven weeks since he took over for Mike Yeo, fired on Feb. 13. When Torchetti took the reigns, the Wild were five points out of a playoff spot with 27 games to play.
MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis police are investigating an apparent road rage incident this week in which a motorist was shot four times but survived her injuries. According to police, the woman...
MINNEAPOLIS — Plenty of things went right for the Twins last season, a return to respectability after four straight seasons of 90-plus defeats. While 83 wins were an encouraging sign, the Twins still finished three games out of the second wild-card spot in the American League, and 12 games behind the eventual World Series champions from Kansas City in the AL Central.
ST. PAUL — Charlie Coyle said he was “stunned” when Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith swung his stick into Coyle’s face during the Wild’s 4-1 victory Tuesday night. The play, which resulted in Keith’s ejection Tuesday and a looming suspension, left Coyle with a black eye and stitches on his nose. He said Wednesday that his nose, which took the brunt of the stick, wasn’t broken.
EDEN PRAIRIE — The Vikings’ offensive line rebuild is complete. Free-agent tackle Andre Smith agreed to a one-year contract on Thursday, joining guard Alex Boone as new additions to a unit that surrendered 45 sacks last season. Smith announced the deal on Twitter; a source said it’s worth $3.5 million, and as much as $1 million more in incentives.
EDEN PRAIRIE — A day after Mike Wallace blasted former Vikings teammate Teddy Bridgewater, CBS analyst Rich Gannon called the receiver’s comments “laughable” and said he needs to take a look at himself. Wallace, released by the Vikings last week after an unproductive season, signed Tuesday with the Baltimore Ravens and then took a shot at Bridgewater, the Vikings’ second-year quarterback. Wallace said he needs “a good quarterback … that is proven and can get things done,” and said Baltimore’s Joe Flacco fits that bill.
EDEN PRAIRIE — Cornerback Terence Newman is ready to be the NFL’s oldest defensive player. A source confirmed Tuesday that Newman, who turns 38 in September, has agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with the Vikings.
MINNEAPOLIS — Tyler Johnson was one of just 68 students at Minneapolis North Community High School during his freshman year, when the school’s basketball team was the worst in the...