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Embrace the Bold North in Minneapolis for Super Bowl

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis is the northernmost city to host a Super Bowl. Tourism officials are making the most of that as they prepare to welcome visitors to the “Bold North.” Many activities surrounding Super Bowl will take advantage of Minnesota’s wintry weather, including outdoor concerts, ice sculptures and opportunities for winter sports. Super Bowl […]

50 women set to participate in football careers forum

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL will host a forum on women’s careers in football next week before the Pro Bowl. Fifty women representing five countries (U.S., Canada, Panama, Germany and Australia) will participate in the event on Jan. 26-27 in Orlando. The Pro Bowl is Jan. 28. The forum will feature panel discussions and […]

Former Badger, current Browns tackle Joe Thomas still undecided about future

CLEVELAND (AP) — Joe Thomas remains torn about his football future. He’s still holding. Cleveland’s star left tackle, who played more than 10,000 consecutive snaps before suffering a season-ending left triceps injury on Oct. 22, said Wednesday night that he’s undecided about continuing his Hall of Fame-caliber career — or retiring. “Making progress,” the 10-time […]

Vikings deep in playoffs, thanks in part to diligent Diggs

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The path for Stefon Diggs to last-play touchdown fame and sudden Minnesota savior didn’t start with such brilliance. Diggs has only arrived at this stage of his life and his career, a Vikings standout on the verge of a Super Bowl, with an unrelenting diligence and a dose of humility. […]

Minnesota Twins hire retired Justin Morneau as assistant

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins have hired the recently retired Justin Morneau as a special assistant. The team said Wednesday Morneau will become the fourth former Twins player from his generation to get the job, joining Michael Cuddyer, Torii Hunter and LaTroy Hawkins. The 36-year-old Morneau will be involved in the amateur draft and be […]

Aggressive Eagles set to face Minnesota’s top-ranked defense

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Foles threw a deep pass into the wind on the first play from scrimmage against the Falcons, LeGarrette Blount scored the only touchdown on fourth down and wide receiver Nelson Agholor ran 21 yards on a new play. The Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) are aggressive no matter what. They’ll need that approach […]

Resilient Vikings have taken their cue from Zimmer

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Mike Zimmer was already smiling more than usual, sporting a relaxed look of satisfaction rarely revealed in public during the NFL season, when he really let his guard down a few minutes into his postgame news conference deep inside Minnesota’s still-buzzing stadium. “Hey, let’s open these things up!” Zimmer blurted […]

Victim recounts sex abuse to ex-doctor: “Little girls don’t stay little forever. They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world.”

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — One after one, gymnasts and other victims of a disgraced former sports doctor stepped forward in a Michigan courtroom Tuesday to recount the sexual abuse and emotional trauma he inflicted on them as children, including one who warned “little girls don’t stay little forever. They grow into strong women that return […]

Jags ‘threw a tantrum’ when Marrone started making changes

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville’s locker room was abuzz late last season. Four guys played table tennis while others crowded around a small table for dominoes. Two 80-inch televisions were tuned to a sports highlight show, and music blared from one corner of the room. Doug Marrone, the team’s offensive line coach at the time, […]

Central boys third in latest basketball poll with Onalaska just behind

Central High School’s boys basketball team moved up one spot to third in the latest polls. While the Red Raiders (11-1) are third in Division 2, Onalaska (10-1) stayed at No. 6 in Week 2 of the Associated Press polls. In Division 3, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau (6-3) fell two spots to a No. 10 ranking. In Division […]
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