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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 ...

Vikings still committed to core, as Jaguars starting over

  By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars, just short of three years ago, were leading New England with less than three minutes to go in the AFC championship game. Further down the coast, the Minnesota Vikings were warming up in ...

Vikings cut long snapper Cutting after slump in 2nd season

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings waived long snapper Austin Cutting on Tuesday, their latest instance of special teams turnover. Cutting was a seventh-round pick in 2019, the first player drafted from Air Force in 20 years. Three weeks ago, he missed practice leading up to the game ...

COVID-19 causes Gophers to cancel game with No. 18 Wisconsin

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For the first time in 114 years, the Minnesota-Wisconsin game has been bumped off the schedule. Minnesota called off its annual battle with Wisconsin for Paul Bunyan's Axe — which was slated for Saturday afternoon — due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases within the ...

Wolves finalize deal with Knicks for veteran forward Davis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves acquired veteran forward Ed Davis from the New York Knicks for Jacob Evans III, Omari Spellman and a 2026 second-round draft pick in a trade finalized Tuesday. The 31-year-old Davis has played in 668 regular-season games, with 96 starts, for six ...

Streak stop: Dalton’s 3 TDs lift Cowboys past Vikings 31-28

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The refreshed Dallas Cowboys had a steady hand back at quarterback, eager to initiate the same post-bye bounce the Minnesota Vikings had been enjoying this month. For as badly as the first half of the schedule went for the Cowboys, ...

Cook’s 4 TDs help Vikings knock off Packers 28-22

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Now that Dalvin Cook's feeling healthy again, the Minnesota Vikings have a chance to turn around a season that seemed headed to oblivion. Cook gained 226 yards from scrimmage and became the first Viking in over four decades to score four touchdowns in a single game as ...

Vikings’ Cook exposes Packers’ struggles against quality RBs

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers are stumbling into their NFC championship game rematch after revealing the same weakness that cost them a trip to the Super Bowl last season. When an opposing running back starts heating up, the Packers rarely find a way to slow him down. That ...

Vikings hurting at CB vs. Packers, who rule out RB Jones

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer The Minnesota Vikings could be without three of their top four cornerbacks — Cameron Dantzler, Holton Hill and Mike Hughes — on Sunday at Green Bay. Hill (foot) and Hughes (neck) were ruled out on Friday with injuries for the game against the ...

Maryland shocks Minnesota 45-44 in OT on missed conversion

By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A crazy, thrilling game ended abruptly in overtime when Minnesota's Brock Walker missed a conversion kick after a potential tying touchdown, giving Maryland a stunning 45-44 comeback victory Friday night. After the Terrapins ...

Falcons respond to Quinn firing with 40-23 win vs. Vikings

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With a fresh start and little to lose, the Atlanta Falcons played like it from start to finish. The Minnesota Vikings made a big mistake on their very first play and simply never recovered. Julio Jones returned from injury to catch two ...

Houston salvages 2-2 tie with Minnesota United

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Niko Hansen's goal in the 83rd minute helped rally the Houston Dynamo to a 2-2 tie with Minnesota United on Sunday night. The Dynamo's (4-7-8) Memo Rodríguez scored in the 59th minute, cutting the their deficit to 2-1. Minnesota United (6-5-6) failed to capitalize on ...

Longtime Minnesota sports columnist Sid Hartman dies at 100

By JEFF BAENEN Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota sports columnist and radio personality Sid Hartman, an old-school home team booster who once ran the NBA's Minneapolis Lakers and achieved nearly as much celebrity as some of the athletes he covered, died Sunday. He was ...

Twins beat Reds 7-3, clinch home field in 1st round

By MIKE COOK Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — There was no excited reaction Saturday night after the Minnesota Twins guaranteed they'll be at home when the postseason begins Tuesday. Instead, they took a casual postgame stroll out of the dugout toward the middle of the infield and ...