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Two years ago, Amanda Kessel felt like a shell of herself. Long gone were the nights she spent dominating on a hockey rink, replaced by miserable ones in a dark room watching television. Concussions suffered within a few months of each other after the 2014 Olympic Games seemed to end hockey for Kessel, the former Minnesota Gophers star who won the 2013 Patty Kazmaier Award as the nation's top women's college player.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said he "definitely" sees himself as a starter in 2018 but stopped short of speculating where he could end up as he enters the NFL offseason as a free agent for the first time since Minnesota used a first-round pick to select him in the 2014 draft. "I don't know what the future holds," Bridgewater said Monday, Jan. 22, when asked if he intends to return to the Vikings.
MINNEAPOLIS — If the Vikings secure a first-round bye for the NFC playoffs on Sunday, Dec. 31, with a win over the Bears or a win from the Saints or Rams or loss from the Panthers, Terence Newman has a speech prepared for his teammates. The 15-year veteran cornerback doesn't want his message to overshadow what would be a 13-3 regular season, the Vikings' best record since their 15-1 season in 1998.
MINNEAPOLIS Twins all-star third baseman Miguel Sano was accused of grabbing a Twin Cities photographer by the wrist and forcibly trying to kiss her after a signing event in October 2015, the woman wrote in an online post Thursday. Betsy Bissen, a freelance photographer who has shot St. Paul Saints and Twins games, also accused a former Twins first base coach of unwanted advances and said Sano “didn’t rape me, but he sure did assault me.” The alleged incident occurred after a signing at Fan HQ, a memorabilia store in Minnetonka's Ridgedale Center, on Oct.
MINNEAPOLIS — During a nine-day break following a hectic schedule, Richard Pitino told his now-unranked Gophers men's basketball team to forget about upcoming opponents and focus on the lapses in their play that has led to losses in two of their past three games. Specifically, he talked with them about their struggles covering the 3-point line. A year ago, the Gophers surprised all of college basketball with a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament secured by a field goal defense and 3-point defense that ranked best in the Big Ten.
ST. PAUL—Charlie Coyle returned early last month from a broken leg and donned pads for his first game in five weeks without so much as a practice under his surgically repaired right fibula. That night two weeks ago, the Wild center admits, he wondered how his leg would hold up during loose-puck battles in the corner.
ST. PAUL — A couple of months before the NHL's 31st team put together its first roster via the expansion draft in June, Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee summoned former Wild GM Doug Risebrough to the desert. Seventeen years earlier, Risebrough had guided the Wild through the league's last expansion draft when Minnesota and the Columbus Blue Jackets joined the league. McPhee wanted to pick Risebrough's brain. As Risebrough toured the operations of Las Vegas' first professional sports franchise, he quickly realized just how different McPhee's task was.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Jason Pominville knew nothing of St. Paul or the Minnesota Wild when he arrived in a 2013 trade, yet he found himself sentimental when discussing both this week. "I really didn't know what I was getting into (in Minnesota), but from top to bottom, it was awesome," he said. "It's a great bunch of guys, the organization treats you really well, and the city was great. I really enjoyed it and have nothing bad to say about it. When you win, and have the group that we had, it was pretty cool."
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Even after a four-touchdown game from Case Keenum helped lift the Vikings to a fifth straight victory on Sunday, Nov. 12, head coach Mike Zimmer played coy again on his quarterback situation. On Monday, Zimmer declined to name a starter for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams until Wednesday. The question now is whether, and perhaps when, Zimmer will turn to Teddy Bridgewater, who was active Sunday for the first time since suffering a gruesome knee injury that had him off the field for the previous 14 months.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins announced that center fielder Byron Buxton and second baseman Brian Dozier have been named Gold Glove winners. This marks the first time that either player has earned the award. Buxton, 23, played 137 games in centerfield this season, committing just five errors with six outfield assists in 400 total chances. Dozier, 30, played in 152 games this season, committing just five errors at second base in 674 total chances. Molitor finalist for managerial honor