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Vikings use meaningless Bears game to regroup for playoffs

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After coming home on Christmas night from practice and meetings with the Minnesota Vikings, Kirk Cousins plopped down in his recliner. Turning to his wife, Julie, he expressed his appreciation of her effort to make the day ...

Cousins, Vikings seek redemption from rough game vs. Packers

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings had moved into position for the go-ahead touchdown at Green Bay in the fourth quarter of their Week 2 meeting, with first-and-goal inside the 10-yard line. Then one regrettable off-balance throw by Kirk Cousins ...

Defending champ Stanford sweeps Minnesota to reach final

By Alan Saunders Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Katherine Plummer had 26 kills and defending champion Stanford swept Minnesota 25-19, 25-22, 25-22 on Thursday night to reach the NCAA women’s volleyball final. Stanford (29-4) will face Wisconsin on Saturday night, seeking their ...

Pelicans hand Wolves 8th consecutive loss

By Brian Hall Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brandon Ingram scored 34 points and the New Orleans Pelicans snapped their 13-game losing streak with a 107-99 win against the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Jrue Holiday had 18 points and Lonzo Ball added 10 ...

Doug Woog, former U. of Minnesota hockey coach, dies at 75

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Doug Woog, the former University of Minnesota hockey coach who took the Gophers to six Frozen Fours without winning a title, has died. He was 75. Woog died Saturday in Lakeville after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in ...

Kane scores 3 times as Blackhawks beat Wild 5-3

By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — While the Chicago Blackhawks have a whole bunch of issues at the moment, they also have Patrick Kane. Kane scored three goals for his first hat trick of the season, and the Blackhawks stopped a four-game slide by topping the Minnesota Wild 5-3 on ...

Minnesota takes advantage of 7 Chargers turnovers in victory

By JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer CARSON, Calif, (AP) — Mike Zimmer has accomplished many things as a defensive coordinator and head coach. He added one more Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings' 39-10 rout of the Los Angeles Chargers. The Vikings forced seven Chargers' turnovers and converted them ...

Minnesota Vikings’ playoff push leads to hard-luck Chargers

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings realize they can't stop to take a deep breath in the final three weeks of the regular season — not even at sea level on the sunny West Coast. With the Green Bay Packers ahead of them in the NFC North and the ...

Mitchell, Jazz hand Wolves 6th straight loss, 127-116

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Donovan Mitchell had 30 points and six assists, Joe Ingles pitched in a season-high 23 points and the Utah Jazz beat Minnesota 127-116 on Wednesday to stick the Timberwolves with their sixth straight loss. Rudy Gobert added 20 points ...

Defense delivers as Vikings sail past Lions 20-7

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's long-dominant defense had been slipping for the past several weeks, a proud and seasoned group that needed to get its edge back. The Vikings gave hardly any ground against the sputtering Detroit Lions. Danielle Hunter had three of Minnesota's five sacks to ...

After strong Blough debut, Vikes say ‘whoa’ in win vs. Lions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first three plays for David Blough and the Detroit Lions on Sunday were an ominous sign. The rookie quarterback's first two passes were deflected at the line of scrimmage. Then he was sacked for a 6-yard loss. The Minnesota Vikings made sure there would be no repeat of ...

Thunder hit buzzer-beater to force OT, then top Wolves

By Cliff Brunt AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Chris Paul scored a season-high 30 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder pulled off an improbable 139-127 overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. With Minnesota ahead 121-119 and a second remaining in ...

Lynx sign head coach and GM Cheryl Reeve to multi-year contract extension

MINNEAPOLIS –– The Minnesota Lynx announced on Friday that the team has signed head coach and General Manager Cheryl Reeve to a multi-year contract extension. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released. "I am grateful to Glen and Becky for their ongoing support and commitment," ...

Vikings start division home slate against reeling Lions

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings brought back little to show from a trip to one of the toughest places to play in the NFL. Other than additional injuries to important players and perhaps some pride in a fourth-quarter rally in Seattle that ...

Zuccarello leads streaking Wild to 5-4 win over Lightning

By Mark Didtler Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mats Zuccarello had a goal and two assists as the Minnesota Wild won their fifth consecutive game, 5-4 over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night. Joel Eriksson Ek, Jason Zucker, Carson Soucy and Victor Rask also scored for the ...

Wilson, Cousins renew connection as Seahawks host Vikings

SEATTLE (AP) — When Russell Wilson made the decision to transfer to Wisconsin for his final college season, he became connected with Kirk Cousins. It started that season when Wilson's Badgers and Cousins' Michigan State squad played a pair of memorable games, including a Big Ten championship ...

Wild use 3-goal burst to coast past Senators 7-2

By Brian Murphy Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Defenseman Jared Spurgeon had a goal and two assists, Zack Parise stayed hot and Minnesota scored three goals in a 4:13 span of the second period to cruise to a 7-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Friday. The Wild had their ...

Moore’s double-double helps DePaul edge Minnesota 73-68

By Patrick Donnelly Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Charlie Moore scored 21 points, dished out 12 assists and had five steals on Friday as DePaul defeated Minnesota 73-68. Jalen Coleman-Lands added 11 points for the Blue Demons (8-0), while Paul Reed had 11 points, nine boards and a ...

As Gophers aim for title game, Badgers seek to take back Axe

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The empty display case in the locker room at Wisconsin has created a daily source of purpose this year for the players passing by — the unwelcome memory of watching Minnesota hoist Paul Bunyan's Axe on their home field. "It's always ...

Vulnerable Vikes pass D seeks progress vs. Wilson, Seahawks

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The priority during the bye week for Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and his staff was not difficult to discern. Pass defense that has uncharacteristically been a problem in several recent games needed some work. "We spent ...