Vikings get Texas-sized final tune-up

Star Tribune Sports - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 17:35
ARLINGTON, TEXAS — Greetings from Jerry World, the gigantic monument to American football that the Cowboys call home. In a little under an hour, the Vikings will play their all-important penultimate preseason game. As I wrote in today’s paper, the Vikings starters are expected to play into the second quarter. Whether they stick around after halftime will depend on whether they satisfied coach Mike Zimmer with their performance. Two starters will not play, though. Running back Adrian Peterson will not touch the football in his homecoming because it’s the preseason and the Vikings won’t risk injury with him. Center John Sullivan, meanwhile, has not practiced in 10 days due to back spasms, so he is out tonight. Also out for the Vikings are tight end MyCole Pruitt, offensive tackle Carter Bykowski, nose tackle Shamar Stephen and cornerback Josh Robinson. The Cowboys are expected to be without star wide receiver Dez Bryant. Still, this will be a tough test for the Vikings, especially their defense, in this final tune-up. The Cowboys were the NFC East champs last year and have one of the NFL’s best offensive lines, led by left tackle Tyron Smith. Keep an eye on Gerald Hodges, who will start at middle linebacker for the first time in his life. That position battle remains wide-open in late August. At safety, Antone Exum will return from a hamstring injury, so keep an eye on him, too. That being said, Robert Blanton can probably cement a starting spot as long as he doesn’t have an awful performance here at Jerry World.
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Sano convinces Twins he's healthy enough to play

Star Tribune Sports - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 17:26
Rookie slugger Miguel Sano returns to lineup against the Astros' Mike Fiers, who no-hit the Dodgers last time out.
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Gophers say no to the no-huddle offense

Star Tribune Sports - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 16:36
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South metro high schools debut new scoreboards

Star Tribune Sports - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 14:00
Some question the cost and necessity of the high-tech amenities at the high school level.
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North Dakota won't add 'no nickname' option to ballot, voting rules set

Star Tribune Sports - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 09:40
A vote will be held in October among five new nicknames for the University of North Dakota and the vote is open to anyone -- for a price.
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Gophers' Rodrick Williams Jr. tops talented pack of tailbacks

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 22:41
The Gophers believe they can fill David Cobb’s shoes.
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Gibson good enough as Twins take opener from Astros 3-0

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 22:29
Gibson keeps Astros off scoreboard; bullpen follows suit
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Vikings starters prep for one last preseason go around

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 21:58
Starters aren’t expected to play again before Week 1.
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Newest invasive species spotted on Minnesota lakes puts squeeze on plants, fish

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 20:44
Starry stonewort, found in two lakes, chokes out even Eurasian milfoil.
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Unsigned Matt Cooke has fire in the belly; Mike Yeo on Darryl Sydor; Ballard, Leopold updates

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 18:15
Matt Cooke still hopes his career isn't over and Mike Yeo discusses his assistant coach's arrest and hopes he "gets better."
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Time nearly up for Minneapolis soccer stadium land

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 17:37
Owner of industrial site says he has “no interest” in selling to Minnesota United after Monday’s deadline
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