Cordarrelle Patterson makes late impact in Vikings loss

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 20:53
Cordarrelle Patterson had a late opportunity to make an impact on both special teams and at wide receiver in the 16-14 loss to the Lions at Ford Field on Sunday. The Vikings kickoff returner broke off his longest return this season, 51 yards, with 3:20 left in the game then caught two passes for 16 yards on three targets. Right before the Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson’s final kick return against this Lions, his blockers called him into the huddle to give a pep talk. “I never come in the huddle, but they told me, ‘Trust me. Do what you do best,’” Patterson said. “They blocked it up so good, there was no way I couldn’t find no holes. I’ve been in [the huddle] before, but I feel comfortable outside the huddle. They told me come in. Maybe I need to start coming into the huddle with them more often.” Patterson, used sparingly on offense as a backup, filled in for wide receiver Jarius Wright after he was on injured on the first play of that drive. The only target Patterson didn’t catch was on fourth when rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw a ball over his head. A Lions defender made contact with Patterson on his route, but there wasn’t a penalty thrown with 1:56 remaining. “I felt like it was a penalty, but they didn’t call it,” Patterson said. “It was probably a good call by the official. The ball was probably out of reach of me getting, so it’s a 50-50 call.”
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Bryant passes Jordan, Lakers top Wolves at Target Center

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 20:37
Kobe Bryant ended up scoring 26 points – including 10 in the fourth quarter -- in the Lakers’ 100-94 victory over the Wolves but what most fans came to see came on a pair of free throws in the second quarter.
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Vikings lose another tight game down the stretch

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 20:30
The Vikings lost their fourth straight game by single digits in the 16-14 loss to the Lions on Sunday at Ford Field. They’ve lost their last four games by a combined 14 points to the Bills, Bears, Packers and now Lions. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer wasn’t looking for moral victories, as he hasn’t in the previous three close losses, but he was proud of his team’s effort despite slipping away a 14-point lead. “They’ll fight, they’ll compete and that’s what I’ve been trying to preach since the day I walked in is that’s what I want to get done,” Zimmer said. “Obviously you want to get a win but keep doing things like this and the wins will stack up. I’ve been doing this for a long, long time, and I’ve seen the teams that come out with great effort, great heart and great fight each and every day and each and every week, win.” The Vikings outgained the Lions 360-233 in total yards, but the Lions had 10 points off two interceptions from rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The Vikings failed to score in the second half with two missed field goals, one blocked and one attempted from 68 yards at the end of the game that fell short by Blair Walsh. “You never like losing, and we have that ‘hate-losing’ mentality around here,” Bridgewater said. “We knew it was going to be a challenge coming into this game. Those guys are very stout up front, but we let one slip away. You can’t turn the ball over twice, you can’t miss field goals. So for me, and this team, we’re going to try and continue to get better.”
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Brian Robison injures ankle in Vikings loss

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 19:33
Vikings defensive end Brian Robison injured his right ankle in the final minutes of the 16-14 loss to the Lions at Ford Field on Sunday. He hobbled off the field with assistance after the Vikings stopped the Lions on third down with 3:43 left in the game, forcing what eventually was the game-winning 33-yard field goal. Robison wasn’t in a walking boot after the game, however. “It feels OK right now,” Robison said. “Bottom line, I know in a few hours it’s not going to feel great. We’ll see how it progresses and go from there. We’ll see how it goes. I’ll try to get as much treatment as I can to get back as quick as possible and hopefully won’t miss any practice time this week. I don’t want to leave my guys hanging out there.”
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Vikings blow early lead, fall to Lions

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 18:55
Walsh misses three field goals, Bridgewater throws two interceptions
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Instant overreaction to Vikings losing at Detroit

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 18:30
Teddy was very good...most of the game
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Jim Souhan grades the Vikings

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 18:24
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Vikings-Lions game balls

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 18:21
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Turiaf to have hip surgery

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 17:24
Mo Williams also likely to miss game tonight
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Halftime: Vikings 14, Lions 10

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 16:54
The Vikings lead 14-10 over the Lions at Ford Field at halftime. Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo, who started for the injured Robert Blanton, is listed as questionable with a thumb injury. Rookie safety Antone Exum finished the first half at strong safety. The Good: The Vikings defensive might’ve allowed 10 points in the first half, but it was due to two turnovers by the Vikings that placed the Lions in scoring position. The Vikings didn’t allow a first down until 9:22 left in the first half. They held the Lions to three straight three-and-outs to start the game. The Lions have just 89 total yards and just three first downs, while going 1 of 7 on third down. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes has shadowed wide receiver Calvin Johnson the entire game. Johnson has one catch for four yards so far. The Bad: Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater started with the best 20 minutes of his career, and the narrative quickly changed right before halftime. Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner had a great gameplan in place with the Vikings firing on all cylinders to knock a good Lions defense off balance. Bridgewater was 13 of 16 for 168 yards and a touchdown. Then Bridgewater threw interceptions on consecutive drives, which produced 10 points for the Lions. In what appeared to be a communication issue with wide receiver Charles Johnson, Lions safety Glover Quin intercepted Bridgewater’s pass. On the next drive, Bridgewater threw a poor ball intended for wide receiver Greg Jennings that landed in cornerback Darius Slay’s hands. The Ugly:  Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed another field goal and has now missed three of his last four field goals. Walsh pulled a 53-yard field goal wide right on the Vikings first drive. He’s now 5-of-8 on field goals over 50 yards.
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Bryant about to pass a milestone

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 16:07
Kobe Bryant needs just nine points Sunday night to pass Michael Jordan on the NBA scoring list. Meanwhile, the Lakers appear determined not to let Zach LaVine beat them again.
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Wis. fire chief: CO from propane-fueled ice resurfacer made 81 ill at rink

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 16:06
Hospitals near the rink in Lake Delton received dozens who were at the rink Saturday night for the Junior hockey game between the Dells Ducks and the Rochester Ice Hawks, according to fire officials.
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Cordarrelle Patterson, Brandon Watts active for Vikings-Lions

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 15:14
Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is active for Sunday’s matchup against the Lions at Ford Field. He was a late addition to the injury report on Friday and listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. Patterson remains as the backup “X” wide receiver behind Charles Johnson, who will start the position once again. With Patterson active, he should remain as the kickoff returner, where he fumbled the opening kickoff to start the second half last week against the Jets. With safety Robert Blanton, left guard Charlie Johnson, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and rookie linebacker Anthony Barr out, rookie linebacker Brandon Watts is active for the first time this season. Rookie defensive end Scott Crichton, rookie safety Antone Exum and rookie cornerback Jabari Price are all active as well. Offensive guard David Yankey, who hasn’t been active all season, is the only healthy inactive rookie. Andrew Sendejo will start for Blanton, while Vladimir Ducasse will fill in for Johnson. Gerald Hodges and rookie defensive tackle Shamar Stephen will start again with Barr and Floyd out. Here are both the Vikings and Lions inactive lists: Vikings S Robert Blanton FB Zach Line LB Anthony Bar OT Carter Bykowski OG David Yankey DT Sharrif Floyd OG Charlie Johnson Lions QB Kellen Moore OT Garrett Reynolds OG Rodney Austin DE Larry Webster WR Ryan Broyles DT Caraun Reid DT Nick Fairley
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Wild finds power play, prevails in a shootout over Arizona

Star Tribune Sports - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 22:06
Zach Parise scored the team’s second power-play goal to tie it in the third.
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