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Minnesota Sports

Bears beat Vikings 33-27 to stay in stride in playoff race

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — David Montgomery burst through a big hole in the defense and carried most of Minnesota's secondary with him across the goal line. That 14-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, his second score of the game, put Chicago ahead again ...

Defense, play at home ultimately doom Vikings’ playoff hopes

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After rushing for 132 yards, the most allowed by Chicago this season, Minnesota's Dalvin Cook urged the offense to "look in the mirror" and figure out what needs to improve. Told of his star running back's message, coach Mike Zimmer had ...

Playoff push: Bears seek 3rd straight road win vs. Vikings

By The Associated Press undefined CHICAGO (6-7) at MINNESOTA (6-7) Sunday, 1 p.m. EST, Fox OPENING LINE – Vikings by 3 RECORD VS. SPREAD – Bears 6-7, Vikings 6-7 SERIES RECORD – Vikings lead 61-56-2 LAST MEETING – Vikings beat Bears 19-13 on Nov. 16 in Chicago LAST WEEK – Bears ...

Big Ten Champions Week has game for title and 4 on undercard

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer Things to watch during the ninth week of play in the Big Ten Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 15 Northwestern vs. No. 3 Ohio State, at Indianapolis The Big Ten championship game is the final step on the Buckeyes' path to the College Football Playoff ...

Bears visit Vikings, at playoff race pace for once

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When the Minnesota Vikings finished their debut 2016 season at U.S. Bank Stadium, the game against the Chicago Bears between two eliminated teams was so perfunctory that oil pipeline protesters managed to rappel from the roof to ...

Gophers, Badgers cherish second chance to renew rivalry

Gophers, Badgers cherish second chance to renew rivalry By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer Minnesota and Wisconsin managed to avoid interrupting the most-played Football Bowl Subdivision rivalry this season. Their annual battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe just happens to be taking place a little ...

Moorhead QB Trey Feeney named Minnesota AP Player of Year

By The Associated Press undefined The 2020 Minnesota Associated Press All-State football team, as voted on by statewide media: PLAYER OF THE YEAR Trey Feeney, QB, Moorhead FIRST TEAM QB -- Trey Feeney, Moorhead RB -- Austin Freerksen, Byron RB -- Terrance Kamara, Minneapolis North RB -- ...

With Stalock injured, Wild sign goalie Hammond for insurance

  ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild signed goalie Andrew Hammond to a one-year, two-way contract Wednesday, adding insurance at the position in light of a long-term injury for Alex Stalock. The Wild announced Stalock, who took over as their primary goalie down the stretch last ...

Cockburn scores 33 as No. 13 Illinois routs Minnesota 92-65

By TERRY TOWERY Associated Press CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Kofi Cockburn scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in only 25 minutes to lead No. 13 Illinois past Minnesota 92-65 in the Big Ten opener for both teams Tuesday night. Freshman guard Adam Miller added 14 points, while ...

Burton leads No. 16 Northwestern women past Minnesota 80-51

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Veronica Burton had 20 points and a career-high 10 assists as No. 16 Northwestern rolled to an 80-51 win over Minnesota in the Big 10 Conference opener for both teams Monday night. Sydney Wood added 19 points for the Wildcats (2-0), who didn't open their season until ...

Gophers, missing 33 players, stun Huskers 24-17 after layoff

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Mohamed Ibrahim ran for two touchdowns following Nebraska turnovers, and a Minnesota team missing nearly three dozen players to COVID-19 protocols or injuries left Memorial Stadium with a stunning 24-17 win on Saturday after being ...

Border battle between Gophers and Badgers gets new life

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The football game between rivals Minnesota and Wisconsin will be played after all, Big Ten officials announced Sunday. The game that was called off last month due to concern over COVID-19 cases within the Gophers program is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at Camp Randall ...

Minnesota-Wisconsin highlights Big Ten undercard

By The Associated Press undefined Minnesota and Wisconsin will try again to keep their rivalry streak alive, and Indiana and Purdue now have another chance to resume their series as well. The Big Ten on Sunday announced the undercard to Saturday's conference title game between No. 3 Ohio ...

Brady throws for 2 TDs, Buccaneers wear down Vikings 26-14

By FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers don't end the NFL's second-longest playoff drought, they can only blame themselves. The Bucs (8-5) bolstered their chances of their first postseason berth in 13 years with Sunday's 26-14 victory over Minnesota. ...

Bailey’s struggles has Vikings pondering kicking change

By COREY LONG Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Dan Bailey's job with the Minnesota Vikings may be in jeopardy after the kicker's poor performance in a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 10th-year pro, who nearly cost the team a game the previous week, missed an extra point and three ...

Bucs, Vikings begin stretch run with playoff implications

By FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Bruce Arians finds it laughable that anyone would suggest his Tampa Bay Buccaneers are entering an easy portion of their schedule, a four-game stretch with playoff implications that begins against the Minnesota Vikings. A trio of teams ...

Mistakes abound as Jaguars collapse again in 27-24 OT loss

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Joe Schobert reached the end zone after his 43-yard interception return on the first play of the second half, the Jacksonville Jaguars had their biggest lead of the season at 10 points. Leading 16-6, the Jaguars were poised to put a big dent in Minnesota's playoff ...

Minnesota advances to Western final, beating Sporting KC 3-0

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kevin Molino scored twice in the first half and Minnesota United advanced to the MLS Western Conference finals, beating Sporting Kansas City 3-0 on Thursday night. Fourth-seeded Minnesota will play at No. 2 seed Seattle on Monday night for a spot in the MLS Cup ...

Bauer, LeMahieu, Springer top list of available free agents

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer The free agent market received a small boost this week, although it remains to be seen whether teams will be eager to take advantage. A record 59 players became free agents when their teams declined to offer them contracts by Wednesday night's tender ...

Gach, Carr lead Minnesota over North Dakota 76-67

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Both Gach had 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds to help Minnesota beat North Dakota 76-67 on Friday night. Marcus Carr had 10 of his 17 points in the second half and finished with nine assists and Brandon Johnson added 15 points for the Gophers ...