Zimmer reportedly tells Vikings that Cassel will start

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:16
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer informed his players this morning that Matt Cassel will be the starting quarterback for the season opener against the Rams, according to a FOX Sports report. Cassel had been battling first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater for the chance to start. But despite impressive preseason numbers from Bridgewater, which included four touchdown passes and no interceptions, it was clear throughout the summer that Cassel was firmly entrenched as the starter. Cassel got the majority of the first-team reps during training camp and started every preseason game for the Vikings. He played nearly three quarters of Saturday night’s 30-12 win over the Chiefs. Bridgewater, meanwhile, only received reps with the first-team offense in the preseason opener. Since drafting Bridgewater in May, Zimmer and General Manager Rick Spielman have said that they do not want to rush Bridgewater onto the field before he is ready. And they re-signed Cassel before even picking a quarterback to be the bridge to whoever their next quarter of the future would be. Zimmer is expected to formally announce his decision at a press conference later this morning.
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The Love trade: Views from Cleveland and elsewhere

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:01
While Timberwolves fans are trying to figure out whgat to make of their new-look team, Cleveland Cavaliers fans have one thing on their minds -- winning an NBA championship now that LeBron James and Kevin Love have come to town.
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Access Vikings morning walkthrough: Perfect preseasons, Loadholt OK, Bradford hurt and more

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 07:35
Every weekday, our Vikings reporters walk you through what’s happening with the team that day. WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED — What have we learned about the Vikings during their 3-0 preseason start? — RT Phil Loadholt is going to be OK after injuring his ankle the other night. — The Vikings won’t be facing Rams QB Sam Bradford in the season opener. — Head coach Mike Zimmer has yet to name his starting quarterback. — Zimmer’s defense flashed potential in Saturday’s win over the Chiefs. TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY Say what you want about the preseason. Winning is contagious.. I love the way this TEAM goes to work!! #Vikings — Kyle Rudolph (@KyleRudolph82) August 24, 2014 AROUND THE NFC NORTH — Packers NT Josh Boyd is ready to step in for the injured B.J. Raji. — The Bears defense took a step back in a blowout loss to the Seahawks. — Lions rookie OLB Kyle Van Noy is worried that he has a sports hernia. TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE The Vikings return to Winter Park for two days of practice before heading to Nashville. Zimmer will talk before practice and the locker room will be open to media. Practice begins at 12:50 p.m. SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT The Vikings have gone undefeated in the preseason six times in their history, but a perfect preseason is no guarantee for regular-season success. In four of the seasons, they had a winning record and in three they made the playoffs. One of their undefeated preseasons was 1973, when they advanced all the way to the Super Bowl. But the last time they went undefeated was 2001, the year after their 41-0 loss in the NFC title game. They would go 5-11 that season.
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Whalen showed 'leadership on full display' in Lynx series clincher

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 23:33
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve knows it when she sees it, and Lindsay Whalen showed it Saturday.
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Rand: Wiggins & Co. to appear at fair

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 23:19
Fans are hungry to cheer new, young Timberwolves additions.
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Postgame: Missed opportunities costly once again

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 23:03
Twins needed an inning or two more from Gibson; Dozier, Mauer left bases loaded; Arcia misplayed a line drive.
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Twins notes: Doubles record means little to Plouffe

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 22:58
“I don’t care,” the third baseman said about his 37th double that tied the team record.
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Hartman: Saunders has high hopes for all three Wolves players acquired for Love

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 22:17
The Wolves president says Anthony Bennett will improve and Thaddeus Young can be a team leader.
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Five takeaways from the Vikings' 3-0 start in the preseason

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 21:52
Though questions still exist and decisions still must be made, the 2014 Vikings are starting to take shape.
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College football braces itself for four-team playoff

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 21:14
It’s a big step forward, but four-team format won’t silence annual bickering.
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Chart: College Football Playoff primer

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 21:14
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Two-kicker approach developing for Gophers

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 19:56
Ryan Santoso and Andrew Harte both could have a role this season.
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Rams, opening vs. Vikings, lose QB Bradford for season

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 19:25
Sam Bradford suffered a season-ending torn ACL in his left knee for the second time in nine months.
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Twins fall 13-4 to Detroit, set record for hits allowed

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 18:13
Twins limped out of Target Field in a rainstorm, in sorry shape as they hit the road.
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