NFL Insider: Practice jubilation in moderation

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 21:24
Celebrating after a big play might be more muted after Stephen Tulloch’s injury.
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Gophers enter Big House of horrors to play for the Jug

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 21:11
Minnesota needs its best game today to steal the Jug back from Michigan.
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What's the deal with playing for a jug?

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 21:06
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The Call: Gophers at Michigan

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 21:04
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Scoggins: Kill has theories on unfavorable Gophers football schedule

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 20:19
Kill, among others, alleges a stacked deck in Big Ten.
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Swarzak finishes season by making fourth start

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 17:27
Detroit can clinch the AL Central with a win and a Kansas City loss, but Twins' long reliever Anthony Swarzak will try to prevent that from happening.
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Ryan's Falcons another test for Zimmer's defense

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 14:16
Two weeks ago, it was Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots. Last weekend, it was Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham and the Saints. This week, Mike Zimmer’s defense was preparing for Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Roddy White, and an argument can be made that it’s the toughest test yet. Ryan leads all NFL quarterbacks at 8.69 yards per pass attempt and has thrown for 965 yards through three weeks. Jones is tops in the league with 365 receiving yards. And White, his fellow Falcons wide-out, says he will play Sunday after sitting out a week with a hamstring injury. Throw in wide receivers Harry Douglas and Devin Hester and that’s a lot of dudes to worry about. “Julio has been great. Obviously, Ryan can move, get out of the pocket. He’s got a great arm and throws the ball down the field very well,” Zimmer said. “But then they’ve got Roddy White and Hester’s playing great, Steven Jackson in the backfield. They’ve got a lot of weapons, so we’re going to have to do a great job of being in the right place. We’re going to have to stop the run better than what we did last week. We’ve got to make sure we’re in the right position in coverage all day.” With Jones back to full strength after season-ending foot surgery in 2013 and Ryan throwing the ball well, the Falcons lead the league in both points per game (34.3) and yards per game (455). Vikings cornerbacks will be tested, especially when on the outside with Jones and White. “They’re tough to cover, man. They’re great receivers,” said cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, who played against the Falcons twice a year when he was with the Panthers. “You’ve got to get up in their faces and press those guys. You can’t be scared of them. You can’t play off those guys. That’s when they’re real tough — after the catch, making people miss — especially Julio Jones.”
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On tap Saturday: Lots of stars, and a ginormous scoreboard

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 14:14
Wild coach Mike Yeo will use a largely veteran lineup Saturday against Winnipeg--minus the aching Thomas Vanek and Keith Ballard--when his team plays its first home preseason game.
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Greenway, Rudolph ruled out for Falcons game

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 13:48
It’s official. Vikings outside linebacker Chad Greenway has been listed as out for Sunday’s game. Greenway, who has made 90 straight starts and played in 115 consecutive games, will be watching on the sideline at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday as the Vikings host the Atlanta Falcons. The last season in which Greenway watched a game was his first, when he tore his ACL in the preseason. “It’s been a while,” Greenway said after today’s practice. “So it will be difficult. The whole thing is obviously not how you draw it up. But it’s part of the game. Guys deal with it all the time.” While Greenway has a broken left hand, it is a painful rib injury that will sideline him this weekend. “It’s fairly indescribable, to be honest with you,” he said. “Anybody who’s had a [broken] rib before, much respect.” As for the streak itself, Greenway says he isn’t worried about it coming to an end beyond the obvious fact that he would prefer to be playing on Sunday. “Nothing is going to be forever, so it’s not that big of a deal,” he said. Tight end Kyle Rudolph (sports hernia surgery) is also officially out. Cornerback Josh Robinson (hamstring) is questionable, but coach Mike Zimmer was optimistic about his chances of playing.
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Wild reduces roster to 39 players; Wild's lineup vs. Winnipeg

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 13:24
With the Baby Wild's training camp starting today in Iowa, Minnesota executed its first big round of roster cuts this morning, which included goalie John Curry.
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Q&A with Michigan beat writer Mark Snyder, who has a hunch Morris will start at QB

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 13:06
Mark Snyder is a longtime Michigan beat writer for the Detroit Free Press.
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Greenway watches practice, start streak in jeopardy

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:53
Chad Greenway’s streak of consecutive games started appears to be in serious jeopardy. The veteran outside linebacker, who has made 90 straight starts and has played in 115 consecutive games, walked out to practice without a helmet, a sign he was not practicing for a third straight day. It seems likely that Greenway, who has a broken rib and a broken hand, will be listed as doubtful for Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. We’ll know for sure when the injury report comes out later. Yesterday, coach Mike Zimmer said he needed to see Greenway practice today to activate him. If Greenway does end up sitting out Sunday, Gerald Hodges will likely be his replacement.
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A few lunchtime Twins notes

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:43
The Twins are finishing up the season in Detroit this weekend, but other things are going on.
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Give some credit to the Twins and Phil Hughes

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 10:15
This may have been the ultimate First World issue, whether the Twins should have found a way to give pitcher Phil Hughes the $500,000 he would have earned.
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Friday (National advertisers avoiding Vikings?) edition: Wha' Happened?

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 09:53
The list of sponsors and other entities distancing themselves from Adrian Peterson while he is embroiled in controversy and a legal battle has been been well-chronicled. But there is new reporting suggesting the fallout could be even more far-reaching for the Vikings — and also the Ravens, who are going through their own massive controversy, of course, with Ray Rice. Awful Announcing alerted us to a Hollywood Reporter story that indicates the number of brands that don’t want to be associated with the Vikings or Ravens is larger than we might think. Per the story: Multiple media buyers tell THR that clients have requested their ads not appear during games featuring the Ravens or Minnesota Vikings, the team of suspended running back Adrian Peterson (due in a Texas court Oct. 8 on a child abuse charge for whipping his 4-year-old son). CBS, which kicked off its $275 million Thursday Night Football package Sept. 11 with strong ratings for a Ravens game, had one sponsor ask to be removed from the broadcast and another request its ads shift, likely away from a discussion of the violence issue during CBS Sports’ pregame report. CBS declined to identify the sponsors. As Awful Announcing notes, this is problematic in short-term thinking, since these are only the “scandals of the moment.” Will advertisers bounce from team to team, week to week? But it’s certainly also a problem for the Vikings and Ravens if their brands are considered so poisonous that an entity would still be comfortable with the NFL as a whole, but not those two organizations.
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