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Vikings coach Zimmer on Keenum’s performance: “Fine.”

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — If quarterback Teddy Bridgewater can’t make it back from injury, the Minnesota Vikings might be OK with Case Keenum. The quarterback showed glimpses of being a capable backup in Vikings 17-10 preseason-opening win over the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night. Taking over for starter Sam Bradford, Keenum went 11 of 16 […]

Packers win, but Eagles’ Wentz perfect in only series

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Quarterback Carson Wentz had a perfect preseason debut for the Philadelphia Eagles under less than ideal conditions against the Green Bay Packers. The ball was a little slick because of the humidity on Thursday night. Players on both sides were shaking off the rust in their first preseason game of the […]

Twin Cities look to regulate Airbnbs as Super Bowl nears

MINNEAPOLIS — Officials in the Twin Cities are trying to decide how best to deal with Airbnb short-term home rentals as the Super Bowl approaches. St. Paul has a proposed regulation that would limit rentals to only accommodating four unrelated adults. It would also require hosts to collect city taxes and become licensed, Minnesota Public […]

St. Louis Cardinals ask for help in finding the rally cat

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals are looking for their rally cat. The feisty feline became an internet sensation Wednesday night, sprinting onto the field at Busch Stadium with the bases loaded for the Cardinals with two outs in the sixth inning. The cat emerged from near the visitors’ dugout on the third-base side […]

Jack Cichy’s injury puts Wisconsin’s LB depth to quick test

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s once-enviable depth at inside linebacker will quickly be tested. The loss of Jack Cichy to a season-ending right knee injury deals a defensive blow to a team with designs on another trip to the Big Ten title game. “You hate it for Jack,” coach Paul Chryst said. “He’s one of the […]

Packers backup QB Brett Hundley eager for preseason shot

GREEN BAY, Wis. — For one training camp practice, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was back on the Green Bay Packers’ scout team. The two-time NFL MVP took every snap, throwing the ball to relatively unknown rookies or undrafted free agents like they were Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb. “Well yeah, today’s a day where it’s probably […]

Colón, Dozier lead Twins over Brewers

MILWAUKEE — Bartolo Colón surprised his manager and then baffled the Milwaukee Brewers. Colón pitched seven innings for his second consecutive win since joining the Twins, Brian Dozier added a home run, double and single and Minnesota beat the Brewers 4-0 on Wednesday night. “I don’t think you go into a game thinking Bartolo is […]

Phoenix suburb denies Milwaukee Brewers’ spring facility

GILBERT, Ariz. — A Phoenix suburb has told the Milwaukee Brewers it will not be approving taxpayer dollars for a potential baseball spring training facility in the town. The Brewers earlier this year asked Gilbert to build a $90 million spring training stadium for the team, the Arizona Republic reported. Mayor Jenn Daniels says “there […]

NFL plans to hire up to 24 full-time game officials

NEW YORK — The NFL will hire up to 24 full-time game officials. The league will begin hiring between 21 and 24 full-time officials from among the current roster of 124 officials for this season. The decision was announced Wednesday. “We believe this is a great development for NFL officiating overall and ultimately the quality of […]

Safety in numbers: Depth gives Packers more versatility on D

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Josh Jones is listed as a safety on the Green Bay Packers roster, though he eventually he might be better known as a jack-of-all-trades player. The hard-hitting rookie drafted in the third round has left a strong impression so far in training camp, showing the potential to contribute quickly at an […]

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