Vikings’ QB scenario stays a three-for-all – Twin Cities


The way in which it seems now, the Vikings will let quarterbacks Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater — every of whom can grow to be a free agent after the season — undergo the top of the season earlier than deciding whether or not to supply contract extensions.

Regardless of the group’s 5-2 document getting into Sunday’s recreation towards hapless Cleveland (Zero-7) in London, the Vikings’ QB future stays unsettled. Keenum has been ample in guiding the offense after Bradford’s sidelining knee harm.

Charley Walters_sigA case may be made for an extension for Keenum, 29, who’s paid $2 million this season, however he’s nonetheless seen as a dependable backup who most likely can’t get the Vikings by way of the playoffs.

The Vikings are anticipated to attend to see which of the QB trio is wholesome, consider how he performed after which attempt to re-sign him. Regardless, they might want to draft a QB within the first spherical subsequent April.

The guess right here is that Bradford, paid $18 million this season, gained’t be re-signed. And Bridgewater’s knee makes him a conundrum. However it gained’t be stunning, if by Thanksgiving, if both Bradford, 29, or Bridgewater, 24, is the beginning quarterback.

The instantly division-leading Vikings have simply three regular-season dwelling video games remaining, and the schedule following subsequent week’s bye week will get quite a bit more durable. Six of their final 9 video games are on the highway. After the Vikings play the Rams at dwelling on Nov. 19, they don’t have one other dwelling recreation till Dec. 17 towards Cincinnati.

If the Vikings, baduming a victory over the winless Browns, can go Four-Four over their final eight video games, 10 victories ought to
win the NFC North and home-field benefit for the playoffs.

Latavius Murray, who rushed for 113 yards and a TD in the Vikings’ 24-16 victory over Baltimore final Sunday, has a particular first title.

“I cousin of mine was named Octavius, and my mother favored the similar, so she type of put a bit twist on it on her personal,” Murray mentioned.

The Vikings plan to develop their very own greens and fruit in a big backyard adjoining a apply subject for participant and workers consumption of their cafeteria at their new Eagan headquarters subsequent spring.

George Springer, the Houston middle fielder whose dramatic 11th-inning, two-run homer lifted the Astros over the Dodgers in Recreation 2 of the World Sequence, was the Twins’ 48th-round draft choose in 2008 however determined to attend UConn reasonably than to simply accept a paltry signing bonus. He acquired a $2.52 million signing bonus from the Astros because the 11th general choose within the 2011 draft.

Iowa, which hosted the Gophers on Saturday, was ranked the 39th-best faculty soccer group amongst 130 within the nation by Minnesota was No. 74.

Western Michigan, coached to a 13-1 document by P.J. Fleck final season, is off to a 5-Three begin this season whereas Fleck’s Gophers have been Four-Three heading into Saturday’s recreation.

The Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Anteokounmpo, who has grow to be the primary participant in NBA historical past with 147 factors, 43 rebounds and 21 badists in his first 4 video games of a season, is carefully mentored by Bucks badistant Sean Sweeney, the previous Cretin-Derham Corridor star.

The Timberwolves’ Nemanja Bjelica is attending to put on jersey No. Eight this season after it turned accessible with the commerce that despatched Zach LaVine to Chicago. LaVine, nonetheless out after knee surgical procedure, is carrying No. Eight for the Bulls.

Blissful birthday: Beloved Frank Fiorito, the golf skilled emeritus at Southview Nation Membership, turns 96 on Sunday and stays as sharp as ever.

Rod Carew, Kevin McHale, Joe Kapp, Jan Stenerud, Cal Ripken Jr., Robin Yount and Ed Marinaro are amongst celebs to look at an autograph present Sunday at Canterbury Park Racetrack and On line casino.

Inexplicably, Jack Morris 4 years in the past fell quick for a 15th and closing time for Nationwide Baseball Corridor of Fame election by the Baseball Writers Affiliation of America.

However the Highland Park grad who was the 1991 World Sequence MVP for the champion Twins and maybe the most effective pitcher within the American League within the 1980s is predicted to be a robust candidate for election to the Cooperstown, N.Y., shrine early subsequent month in a brand new voting clbad, the Fashionable Baseball Period.

A 10-person poll is predicted to be launched on Nov. 6. Eligible are completed gamers, managers, executives and umpires who made their best affect within the recreation between 1970 and 1987.

Morris, 62, who gained 254 video games throughout 18 seasons and was an Opening Day starter 14 occasions, is predicted to be thought of for election by a 16-person panel comprised of corridor of famers, longtime baseball executives and baseball historians. That panel hasn’t but been introduced.

In BBWAA voting, 75 p.c is required for election. Morris topped out at 67.7 p.c in 2013. Fashionable Period voting outcomes — Morris might want to get 12 of 16 (75 p.c) votes for election — will probably be introduced at baseball’s winter conferences in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 10. Induction will probably be on July 29, 2018, in Cooperstown.

Additionally on the cusp for veteran committee Corridor of Fame voting are former Twins Tony Oliva, 79, (three batting titles) who
acquired 11 of the required 12 votes in 2014, and Jim Kaat, 78, (283 victories) who acquired 10. Their period for consideration has been renamed “Golden Days” for individuals who had their best affect between 1950 and 1969.

The period for Oliva and Kaat will subsequent be examined in 2020, and if elected, both could be a part of the 2021 Corridor of Fame clbad in Cooperstown. The Golden Age period is taken into account each 5 years; the Fashionable Baseball Period is examined twice each 5 years.

The St. Croix River Hounds, an enlargement Northwoods summer season collegiate league baseball group owned, amongst others, by former main leaguers Robb and Tom Quinlan and ex-Gopher Andy Persby, will host a meet and greet at Large Guys BBQ Roadhouse in Hudson, Wis., on Nov. 11 from 2-6 p.m. The River Hounds, who start play in 2019, will play in a brand new ballpark on the location of a shuttered greyhound racing facility.

The U.S. State Division in September warned residents to not journey to Cuba as a result of U.S. Embbady Havana workers had been focused in varied types of digital badaults leading to symptomatic listening to loss, dizziness and complications, amongst different maladies.

St. Paul’s Julian Empson Loscalzo and his 32-party Ballpark Excursions group go away Nov. 2 for Cuba for 9 days of
structured baseball journeying. Loszcalo isn’t overly involved.

“Many of the situations reported have been directed at embbadies, and we’re staying in accommodations downtown in main locations the place there’s by no means been something critical about these type of actions,” Loscalzo mentioned. “Vacationers are (Cuba’s) cash. They perceive capitalism virtually higher than we do.”

Loscalzo’s touring group, at a value of $Four,200 every, together with round-trip airfare, will see baseball video games and act as a kind of baseball ambbadador, bringing alongside two dozen baggage of kit to share with youngsters and younger adults. The Twins, St. Paul Saints and a native Play It Once more Sports activities retailer are donating balls, baseball pants and gloves.

Loscalzo, who’s a lobbyist for non-profit teams on the State Capitol, additionally collected donations to purchase tools to take to Cuba, the place his tour beneath course of a seasoned information will embody a go to to Tony Oliva’s hometown of Pinar del Rio.

Members of the group, which is able to embody Saints president Mike Veeck, will see the primary spherical of the Cuban nationwide baseball sequence.

“It’s people-to-people,” Loscalzo mentioned.

Representing the NCAA’s Division I board of administrators, College of Minnesota President Eric Kaler was amongst these badembly at UCLA final week at a discussion board to establish targets and methods for the following 5 years anticipated to middle on tutorial success and college students well-being.

At age 58, ex-Gophers golfer Tom Lehman, going into this weekend in Thousand Oaks, Calif., within the PowerShares event has gained $867,443 in 18 occasions this yr on the Champions Tour.

Jim Leyland managed the Detroit Tigers for seven seasons towards Ron Gardenhire when Gardenhire was managing the Twins. These days, Leyland is particular badistant to Tigers basic supervisor Al Avila. Gardenhire is the Tigers’ new supervisor.

“He’s going to be cherished in Detroit,” Leyland advised the Pioneer Press. “He’ll slot in there excellent — he’s a blue-collar man,
nuts and bolts — what you see is what you get. It’s completely a excellent match for the Tigers. No query about it, it’s an excellent rent for us and we’re actually lucky to have him.”

Gardenhire, who turned 60 final week, was certainly one of three finalists for the Crimson Sox job and interviewed with Boston earlier than
taking the Detroit job. He agreed to a three-year contract with the Tigers. This season, he was bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks after declining the same place with the San Diego Padres.

Gardenhire competed nicely towards Leyland.

“He competed towards all people — that’s his nature,” Leyland mentioned. “He’s an excellent baseball man, an excellent supervisor, the most effective within the recreation, and I at all times had the utmost respect for him.”

The Tigers are in rebuilding mode.

“(Gardenhire) is aware of what he’s doing, no query about that — he’ll get the items in place and go ahead,” Leyland mentioned. “He’ll get it discovered.”

Twins middle fielder Byron Buxton, who’s amongst three center-field finalists for an American League Gold Glove and who performed like an all-star the second half of the season, on how his general recreation got here collectively: “Simply stopped worrying concerning the issues I can’t management, and stopped attempting to reside as much as the stress and expectations.

“As soon as issues began to show round on the plate, it made it a bit simpler for me to push these issues apart. As a substitute of going Zero for 20, I do know my swing higher now that I can lower out the Zero for 20 and lower a hunch to Zero for 10.”

Buxton, 23, who after a horrendous begin completed the season hitting .253 with 16 dwelling runs and 29 stolen bases, mentioned he “most likely” hasn’t reached his potential.


Pssst: Former Minnetonka Excessive and Gophers pitcher Jim Brower, who’s minor league pitching coordinator for the Chicago Cubs, acquired critical consideration for the Twins main league pitching coach job that final week went to Garvin Alston, who was bullpen coach for the Oakland A’s.

It’ll be stunning if new Tigers supervisor Ron Gardenhire doesn’t carry ex-Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson with him to Detroit. Search for ex-Twins bench coach Joe Vavra to be Gardenhire’s bench coach in Detroit.

Had the Twins been on this season’s World Sequence, they’d be enjoying in temperatures at Goal Subject within the higher 30s and low 40s this week.

Matthew Damage, the 6-9, 205-pound junior energy ahead at Rochester John Marshall who might be a one-and-done  faculty basketball participant, attended Duke’s model of midnight insanity the opposite day, then North Carolina the identical weekend, after visiting Kentucky and Kansas. Phrase is he has no favourite at this juncture.

The Gophers’ P.J. Fleck is the fifth alternative, at Eight-to-1 odds, to be head coach of Tennessee subsequent season, in response to
Betonline.AG. Favored is Chip Kelly at Three-to-1, adopted by Jeff BrohmBobby Petrino and Mike Norvell.

In his third season within the NBA, in a league adorned with participant tattoos, the Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Cities is with out a tattoo.

“No tattoos,” Cities, 21, mentioned. “I feel tattoos are nice — there are (tattoos) which can be actually cool. I simply don’t have any need to get any proper now.”

Sooner or later?

“In all probability not,” the 2015-16 NBA rookie of the yr mentioned.

Vikings proprietor Zygi Wilf, on the town final week to peruse his group’s new under-construction Eagan headquarters at a value of greater than $100 million, mentioned he has no plans to promote the group’s present headquarters in Eden Prairie. Wilf advised the Pioneer Press he intends to develop the prime actual property simply off of I-494.

World Sequence groups: The Twins this season have been Zero-Three towards the Dodgers, 1-5 towards the Astros.

Mark Wegner, the Cretin-Derham Corridor grad who has been a main league umpire for 20 years, is an elite balls and strikes decide, and that’s why partly he’s been awarded to work behind dwelling plate if there’s a Recreation 7 within the World Sequence between the Dodgers and Astros.

Wegner’s highschool coach, Dennis Denning, who coached the Raiders to 6 state championships, then the College of St. Thomas to 2 Division III nationwide titles and three runner-ups, couldn’t be prouder of Wegner.

Denning recalled that Wegner was lower from the freshman baseball group after being unable to throw due to an injured proper arm in grade college. So Wegner spent the winter throwing numerous baseballs left-handed at a mattress outlined by clotheslines in his household’s storage, and realized to throw left-handed.

When Denning heard the story of Wegner’s dedication, he named him his proper fielder. Wegner finally turned the Raiders’ captain.

“He’s simply the best child,” Denning mentioned. “It couldn’t have paid off for a nicer man. He’s reached the highest.”

Illinois, the soccer group the Gophers struggled to beat 24-17, has began extra true freshmen (14) than any Division I group within the nation. Wisconsin, which bounced Illinois on Saturday, has 4 of its high 5 receivers both freshmen or sophomores, factors out, and three of its high 4 tailbacks as freshmen or sophomores. And there are not any senior offensive linemen.

Golden Valley Nation Membership members have been to obtain ballots final week whether or not to simply accept a suggestion of $9.5 million from a California non-public fairness agency. Votes will probably be counted Monday. If the membership is offered, it should proceed to function as a rustic membership; there are not any plans for actual property growth.

The one NFL group ever to have two gamers who scored 104 or extra profession touchdowns is that this season’s Arizona Cardinals, that includes Larry Fitzgerald Jr. (107) and Adrian Peterson (104), retired Gophers public tackle announcer Dick Jonckowski factors out.


Vikings defensive finish Everson Griffen, who has 9 sacks in seven video games, on his method to start out video games: “You’ve acquired to be the one to hit folks within the mouth — you possibly can’t be the one who’s receiving the blow.”

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