C. J. Ham with some young Vikings fans during training camp last year.

Vikings training camp in Eagan will be closed to fans this year

Last year, the Vikings held 16 open practices for fans at the TCO Performance Center in Eagan, with room for up to 5,000 ticketed fans at each of them.
Coronavirus
July 10
Twins reliever Jorge Alacala threw during live batting practice Monday evening. The team started training camp last week.

Tracking the sports schedule: Latest on what's returning and when

Here are the latest updates on sports cancellations and postponements, and when the games may begin again.
Vikings
July 7
Patrick Mahomes, left, and Tyrann Mathieu celebrate after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl

Souhan: Mahomes' megabucks deal a reminder American sports flush with cash

The measure of any large sports contract is not whether the owner can afford it, but whether it makes sense within the salary and payroll structure of that team and league.
Antoine Winfield Jr. (11) is looking to follow his father into the NFL.
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Vikings
July 6
Alexander Mattison proved to be a capable backup to Dalvin Cook in his rookie season, rushing for 462 yards and one touchdown for the Vikings.

Hartman: Vikings need to develop depth

The backups on the roster are lacking experience.
Vikings
July 5
Sports has given athletes such as Maya Moore and Colin Kaepernick an opportunity to effect change well beyond the court and field.

Souhan: Sports world finds its voice in difficult times

There are examples everywhere of people trying to effect change.
Coronavirus
July 2
The sun sets behind a silhouette of the Minneapolis skyline during a Vikings gave vs. Green Bay.

NFL expected to cut preseason schedule in half

One of the Vikings' preseason games would need to be moved to U.S. Bank Stadium in order for them to get a home game.

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    Green Bay 0 0 0 0 0 - -
    Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 - -
    Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 - -
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    Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 - -
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  • Passing Yards
    K. Cousins MIN 3603
    S. Mannion MIN 126
  • Rushing Yards
    D. Cook MIN 1135
    A. Mattison MIN 462
    M. Boone MIN 273
    A. Abdullah MIN 115
    K. Cousins MIN 63
  • Receiving Yards
    S. Diggs MIN 1130
    D. Cook MIN 519
    A. Thielen MIN 418
    K. Rudolph MIN 367
    I. Smith Jr. MIN 311
  • Defensive Tackles (Total)
    E. Kendricks MIN 110
    H. Smith MIN 85
    A. Barr MIN 79
    D. Hunter MIN 70
    X. Rhodes MIN 63
  • Interceptions
    A. Harris MIN 6
    H. Smith MIN 3
    M. Alexander MIN 1
    A. Barr MIN 1
    (4) Players 1
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    D. Hunter MIN 14.5
    E. Griffen MIN 8.0
    I. Odenigbo MIN 7.0
    J. Johnson MIN 3.5
    (3) Players 3.0
  • Passing Yards
    J. Winston TB 5109
    D. Prescott DAL 4902
    J. Goff LAR 4638
    M. Ryan ATL 4466
    R. Wilson SEA 4110
  • Rushing Yards
    C. McCaffrey CAR 1387
    E. Elliott DAL 1357
    C. Carson SEA 1230
    D. Cook MIN 1135
    A. Jones GB 1084
  • Receiving Yards
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    J. Jones ATL 1394
    C. Godwin TB 1333
    K. Golladay DET 1190
    A. Cooper DAL 1189
  • Defensive Tackles (Total)
    B. Wagner SEA 159
    B. Martinez GB 155
    J. Hicks ARI 150
    B. Baker ARI 147
    L. Kuechly CAR 144
  • Interceptions
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    J. Jenkins NO 5
    K. King GB 5
    Q. Dunbar WAS 4
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  • Sacks
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    C. Jones ARI 19.0
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    T. Brady NE 4057
    D. Carr OAK 4054
    P. Mahomes KC 4031
    D. Watson HOU 3852
  • Rushing Yards
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    N. Chubb CLE 1494
    L. Jackson BAL 1206
    L. Fournette JAX 1152
    J. Jacobs OAK 1150
  • Receiving Yards
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    D. Parker MIA 1202
    K. Allen LAC 1199
    J. Landry CLE 1174
    D. Hopkins HOU 1165
  • Defensive Tackles (Total)
    Z. Cunningham HOU 137
    T. Davis DEN 134
    J. Schobert CLE 133
    J. Baker MIA 124
    A. Walker IND 123
  • Interceptions
    S. Gilmore NE 6
    T. White BUF 6
    K. Byard TEN 5
    M. Fitzpatrick PIT 5
    (4) Players 5
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    J. Bosa LAC 11.5
    B. Dupree PIT 11.5
    J. Houston IND 11.0
    J. Allen JAX 10.5
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July 1
Munich’s players celebrated in front of the empty stands after the German Bundesliga soccer match between VfL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern Munich in Wolf

With arenas empty, TV networks consider adding fake crowd noise

Joe Buck, the Fox Sports announcer, said during an interview that it was "pretty much a done deal" that the NFL would use artificial fan noise if games are played in empty stadiums.
Business
June 30
Luke Inveiss, center, and Mike Zweigbaum became perfect complements to IFA founder Blake Baratz, left.

Twin Cities agents representing Thielen creatively expand presence

The Minneapolis-based Institute for Athletes started by representing Vikings and former Gophers players and gone beyond sports with its list of projects.
Vikings
June 29
Twins general manager Thad Levine, manager Rocco Baldelli and chief baseball officer Derek Falvey talked during spring training in February. All 13 of

Scoggins: Time for bold change among Minnesota's sports executives

Minnesota's sports leadership a largely homogeneous group of white people who run teams and programs that have a high percentage of athletes who are minorities. It's time to change that.
Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) makes an 11-yard reception for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct
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Vikings
June 26
Gary Kubiak was doused with Gatorade four years ago when he won the NFL's ultimate prize as head coach of the Denver Broncos, who beat Carolina 24-10

Hartman: Kubiak's history gives Vikings big advantage in virtual offseason

There was no doubt when Gary Kubiak joined the Vikings last season that he was going to play a big part in the offensive game plan, no matter what his title would be.
Vikings
June 23
Dr. Anthony Fauci

Fauci says he's no roadblock to NFL season

"It's unfortunate that it's been somehow spun that I'm the person in the way of a football season," he said. "Absolutely not."
Coronavirus
June 23
U.S. Bank Stadium typically hosts hundreds of gatherings a year from small business meetings and receptions to high school sporting events and convent

Virus closes U.S. Bank Stadium for '20 except for maybe Vikings

As of today, the four-year-old stadium has nothing but football on the schedule. Even if the NFL season goes ahead, it's unlikely to include stadiums full of fans.
Coronavirus
June 22
Contact sports such as wrestling, hockey and football face many challenges in keeping athletes safe in competition.

Contact sports wrestle with the challenges of playing during a pandemic

For contact sports, social distancing isn't a workable option. As football, hockey and other sports move ahead toward restarting, those involved are aware of the challenges they face. Can they keep their seasons and sports viable?
Vikings
June 22
The Gjallarhorn: From Old Norse for “yelling horn,” the mythical horn is associated with the god Heimdallr and announced the arrival of the gods.

A powerful Vikings pregame tradition: Sounding the Gjallarhorn

Prominent former Vikings players, coaches and celebrities have sounded the Gjallarhorn, a tradition that dates back to 2007. What is a Gjallarhorn and how did the tradition come to be?
Vikings
June 22
Colin Kaepernick

Favre calls Kaepernick a hero, compares him to Pat Tillman

The comparison made by retired quarterback Brett Favre has to do with "leaving" an NFL career behind for a greater good.
Vikings
June 22
Colin Kaepernick.

Colin Kaepernick helping to cover legal costs for Minnesota protesters

Kaepernick's charity will pay a "substantial" sum to aid protesters charged with violating curfew.
Vikings
June 22
Former Gophers and NFL wide receiver Ron Johnson has watched daughter Kamryn raise money for relief efforts in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death

Dads being dads: Minnesota sports figures cherish time with families

If 2020 were a normal year, Derek Falvey knows exactly where he would have been on Sunday for Father's Day: Target Field.
Vikings
June 19
Vikings co-defensive coordinator Andre Patterson

Vikings' defensive coaches can't wait to teach in person

With tentative plans for a late July return for training camp, coordinators know only actual practices will gauge the progress or the ground to be gained of a remade Vikings defense.
Vikings
June 19
Vikings mailbag: What's the plan at guard? Expectations for Jefferson and Gladney

Vikings mailbag: What's the plan at guard? Expectations for Jefferson and Gladney

The team ended its virtual offseason program this week, sending players away from the digital classroom with tentative plans for training camp in late July.
Vikings
June 19
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.

Hartman: Vikings can't bank on 2020 free agents for much help

It's hard to think of any season in recent memory when the Vikings brought in such a small free-agent class as they did this offseason.
Vikings
June 18
Vikings among NFL teams closing offices Friday to recognize Juneteenth

Vikings among NFL teams closing offices Friday to recognize Juneteenth

The Vikings recently sent educational resources about Juneteenth to employees and will consider keeping June 19 a company holiday moving forward.

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