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Leidner and Williams to start against Wolverines

Star Tribune Sports - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 13:21
Mitch Leidner missed last week's game with knee and toe injuries.
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The Wrecker to debut vs. the Jets; Kuemper part of marriage proposal

Star Tribune Sports - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 12:40
The Wild hosts the Jets tonight at 7 p.m.
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Ducasse's journey leads him to starting for Vikings

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 22:20
Vladimir Ducasse, who escaped a tough childhood when he was 14, will get his first start for the Vikings.
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Governor to convene pheasant summit this year

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 22:18
Gov. Dayton wants to find ways to increase the bird’s numbers in the state.
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Santana might stick in center next year for Twins

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 22:07
The rookie has shown he can handle the outfield.
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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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