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Projecting the Vikings' current two-deep depth chart

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 15:11
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has shooed away questions about his depth chart. But here is our best guess at how the two deep stands at this moment.
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Vikings add veteran safety Chris Crocker

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 15:09
The Vikings have signed veteran safety Chris Crocker, who has played seven NFL seasons under Mike Zimmer.
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Don't rule out the waiver wire settling unstable safety spot

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 14:11
Vikings coaches are evaluating the league as well as their own roster in an effort to fill some holes, including safety.
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Gophers Frozen Four hero Justin Holl signs one-year contract with Chicago Blackhawks affiliate

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 13:03
Defenseman Justin Holl will join the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL for the 2014-2015 season.
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Star UMD running back stabbed in downtown Duluth

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 13:02
Austin Sikorski, a senior running back and the team’s leading rusher last season, was stabbed in the lower right side of his abdomen about 1:55 a.m. near W. Superior Street and 1st Avenue.
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Monday (Watching the Twins) edition: Wha' Happened?

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 12:45
A lot of you know that we rooted hard-core for the Braves starting in the early-to-mid-1980s. Ted Turner and the “Superstation” grabbed us big-time up in North Dakota, seeing as it was about one of 12 channels we got on cable, and being a baseball fan the notion of 100-plus games being on TV every year was too good to be true. When we latched onto the Braves, they were decent — they won the division in 1982, probably would have again in 1983 if not for an injury to Bob Horner, and hovered around .500 in 1984. We didn’t really get into our major love, though, until 1985. We were 8 years old that summer, and it was prime baseball time. It also, unfortunately, marked the beginning of a long, sharp decline for Atlanta. Dale Murphy, our favorite player, still had a couple good years left in him, but the rest of the team — particularly the pitching staff — went way south. From 1985 to 1990, the high-water mark was an 89-loss season. There were many, many terrible seasons and non-prospects … and through it all, we didn’t stop watching. If anything, the worse they got, the more we watched the Braves — going so far as to record games on VCR to watch later, even in the midst of a 106-loss season in 1988. We bring this up as an introduction to our sickness, which now apparently grips us again in our 30s. We started watching the Twins more and more around 1999 or 2000 — they weren’t good, but we had been living in Minneapolis long enough that the hometown team became easy to follow. Eventually, paying attention to the Twins became partly self-interest and partly job-motivated, but the reward was some pretty good baseball from 2001-2010. Now, of course, things have gone the other way. These 2011-14 Twins remind us very much of those Braves teams — devoid of starting pitching, struggling through various stages of rebuilding … and somehow capturing our attention more than ever. We can’t turn away. We tried on Saturday night, declaring we were “done” with the game after the bullpen handed over the lead. We went to run some errands. But sure enough, we put the game on the radio. And sure enough, we popped the game back on at home after the Twins rallied. Again, it’s still at least part of our job to keep abreast of all the local teams. But it is not in our job description to spend great gobs of weekend time watching a team that could lose 90 games for a fourth consecutive season. So why do we do it? Is it that we have a 4-month-old now, her birth timed perfectly (March 30) for the start of the baseball season, and therefore have a lot more built-in couch time this summer? Is it our insatiable love of an underdog and desperate belief that being there on the ground floor makes the comeback that much more rewarding (the Braves of 1991 and beyond, you’ll recall, were quite good)? Is it just that any baseball is better than no baseball? Is it prospects like Danny Santana, Oswaldo Arcia and Kennys Vargas that keep us engaged? Whatever the case, the grip is still there. We can’t shake it. We’d ask you for help, but we assume from Twitter that many of you are still watching, too. Why are you watching? That’s a serious question. Tell us in the comments. Together, we will figure this out.
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Yes, that's a Kevin Love-in-a-Cleveland-jersey tattoo

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 10:01
Another footnote in to Love-to-Cleveland drama
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Vikings 4 Downs: Ponder, Johnson, Cox, defense

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 09:38
Every Monday during the offseason we’ll take four questions from Twitter for our weekly mailbag using the #VikingsST hashtag.
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Andrew Sendejo (back) activated off PUP

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 08:56
Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo (back) will practice for the first time on Monday.
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Access Vikings morning walkthrough: August 4

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 07:16
Our Vikings reporters walk you through what's going on with the team today.
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Packers to retire Favre's No. 4

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 03:14
The NFL's all-time leading passer will have his jersey retired in 2015 by Green Bay and be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame.
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2 Day's 2 Cents: Which dog has the fewest fleas in Minnesota sports?

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 23:38
Which of the local teams that have struggled will have the best winning percentage this season? Stay tuned.
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Twins notes: Speedy outfielder Schafer added to roster from Braves

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 22:29
Schafer was stuck behind Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton and Justin Upton in Atlanta. His chances to play should be better with the Twins.
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Vikings rookie guard trying to catch up, find his role

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 21:56
David Yankey got a late start with the Vikings because he of his final exams at Stanford.
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Souhan: Perry finds that you can go home again, especially with an exemption

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 21:53
Thanks to an exemption granted by the PGA of America, Perry will play in the PGA Championship this week at Valhalla, in his home state of Kentucky.
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Survivor Sauers savoring time on Champions Tour with buddies

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 21:36
After recovering from a rare skin condition, Gene Sauers is always upbeat.
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Hartman: Twins' Santana shows he's major league ready

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 20:52
Other prospects remain in the minors while Danny Santana has flourished with the Twins.
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Santana's five hits sparks Twins

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 18:06
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Earnhardt completes Pocono sweep

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 17:48
With his second victory this season at the Pennsylvania track and third win overall in 2014, Dale Earnhart Jr. grabbed the No. 1 seeed in the Chase for the Championship.
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