Vikings have needs, and options, in NFL draft

Star Tribune Sports - 1 hour 17 min ago
When draft wheels start turning, Vikings then can zero in on a No. 1 pick
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After NFL draft, it's hectic looking for undrafted gems

Star Tribune Sports - 2 hours 1 min ago
Teams take signing college free agents fast seriously.
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Twins-Mariners: Molitor alters lineup

Star Tribune Sports - 2 hours 55 min ago
Brian Dozier is batting leadoff in Seattle tonight, but one of the models manager Paul Molitor looked at for the lineup had Joe Mauer batting first. It seems like it's going to happen one of these days.
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Why stocking fish isn't the answer to walleye woes on Mille Lacs

Star Tribune Sports - 3 hours 11 min ago
The DNR said the lake’s issue is different from Red’s and Leech’s.
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Heeding nature's call with a one-lake study and more

Star Tribune Sports - 3 hours 17 min ago
Nature calls and a Minnesotan responds, with a study on stunted fish … and more
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St. Olaf baseball hazing 'ingrained in the culture'

Star Tribune Sports - 4 hours 40 min ago
Former players say the incident that prompted the cancellation of the season was part of tradition.
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Wild aims to redeem itself at home, knock off the St. Louis Blues on Sunday

Star Tribune Sports - 4 hours 57 min ago
The Wild, which has never won a series in less than seven games, hopes to do that Sunday against the division champion Blues.
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Vikings draft positional primer: Linebackers

Star Tribune Sports - 5 hours 24 min ago
Each day this past week, we have broken down where the Vikings stand at certain positions heading into next week’s NFL draft. Today, we conclude the series with a look at the linebackers. When it comes to analyzing the Vikings’ current roster and guessing breaking down what they’ll do in the 2015 NFL draft, no position is more intriguing and confounding than linebacker. On the one hand, they have promising youngsters they really like as Chad Greenway’s eventual heir apparent (Gerald Hodges) and Jasper Brinkley’s replacement (Audie Cole, Casey Matthews or dark horse candidate Michael Mauti). On the other hand, the temptation of linking them to a dynamic, three-down playmaker to use alongside potential All-Pro Anthony Barr seems too irresistible. University of Miami linebacker Denzel Perryman has been called a sideline-to-sideline tackling machine who could be available in the second round. Washington’s versatile Shaq Thompson, who could play three downs inside and eventually replace Greenway as an outside starter, is a first-round possibility, but more likely a target if the Vikings trade down from No. 11. But would it be all that bad if the Vikings stood pat? When Cole was asked to start at middle linebacker at Green Bay as a rookie in 2013, he had 18 tackles and a sack in his NFL starting debut. When asked to start outside in last year’s finale, he had 14 tackles. He also has ideal size and strong instincts. Meanwhile, in a start against the Jets, Hodges made one of the top two defensive plays of the year, leaping for a one-handed interception and returning it for a touchdown 12 seconds into the game. The Vikings also like Mauti, haven’t fully given up on Brandon Watts and quietly signed Matthews, who started 11 games in Philadelphia a year ago. So the Vikings certainly are prepared to stand pat. But can they resist the temptations? PROJECTED STARTERS: SLB Barr, MLB Cole, WLB Greenway. DON’T FORGET ABOUT: Matthews’ signing wasn’t a big splash or much of a ripple. But don’t be surprised if the 26-year-old former Eagle ends up being Brinkley’s replacement. He made 11 of his career 16 starts at inside linebacker in Philly’s 3-4 defense last year. LEVEL OF NEED: Medium with an asterisk. There are intriguing youngsters throughout the depth chart. But if a dynamic playmaker is sitting there on Day 1 or 2, it will be difficult for the Vikings to take a pass. The second round appears to be the hot spot for temptation. FIVE PROSPECTS TO REMEMBER: Clemson’s Vic Beasley, Washington’s Shaq Thompson, UCLA’s Eric Kendricks, Miami’s Denzel Perryman, TCU’s Paul Dawson. OUR BEST GUESS: Unless Beasley falls to them (very unlikely) or they trade down, the Vikings won’t be tempted on a linebacker until the second round. But we think they’ll look elsewhere in Round 2 because they invested mightily in that position last year (Barr) and already have young players they really like. –MARK CRAIG
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Surprise pieces come up big to swing momentum back to Wild

Star Tribune Sports - 21 hours 24 min ago
Some surprise pieces play big roles to swing the series momentum
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King Felix, homers too much as Twins fall to Mariners

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 23:44
Phil Hughes went the distance but fell to 0-4.
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Twins' May excited for homecoming start

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 23:43
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Roaring response: Wild wins Game 5 in St. Louis

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 23:28
The Wild scored on back-to-back shots by Nino Niederreiter and Mikko Koivu to come from behind and snatch a 4-1 victory for its first 3-2 series’ lead in franchise history.
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Blues coach Hitchcock tries to explain momentum swings

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 23:25
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock says physical play causes game-to-game changes.
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Vikings scouting director balances draft organization with diaper changing

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 21:50
The Vikings’ new scouting director has juggled his work with being a father.
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Kill's vision paying dividends for Gophers

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 21:26
The humble-beginnings coach has team on the rise.
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Twins-Mariners: Twins try to take down King Felix

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 18:27
The Twins and Mariners open a three-game series at Safeco Field after a disappointing series in Kansas City
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