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Past articles by Chad:

Rams clinch playoff berth, deal blow to Vikings' postseason hopes with 30-23 win

Thielen missed the past two games with an ankle injury → Read More

Eternal moon shine: 15 years after the ‘disgusting act,’ Joe Buck and Randy Moss are friends with fishing trip plans – The Athletic

Forever linked by a call, the broadcaster and the Hall of Famer have actually become friends since the infamous 2005 touchdown celebration. → Read More

Olympics: Former Gophers star Amanda Kessel finally back with Team USA

Two years ago, Amanda Kessel felt like a shell of herself. Long gone were the nights she spent dominating on a hockey rink, replaced by miserable ones in a dark room watching television. → Read More

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater focused on a starting job somewhere in 2018

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater hasn't started an NFL game in two seasons, but he says he plans to be a starter in 2018. He said he would not be interested in returning to Minnesota as a backup. → Read More

Ignore Vikings’ kicking history? Kai Forbath says fans won’t let him

MN Vikings kicker Kai Forbath said fans still remind him of playoff misses that Gary Anderson and Blair Walsh. → Read More

With Giants job looming, Pat Shurmur is locked in on coaching Vikings

Despite reports out that the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator will be the next coach of the New York Giants, Pat Shurmur remains committed to the task at hand, helping MN beat Philadelphia in Sunday's NFC championship game. → Read More

NFL players react on Twitter to the Vikings’ walkoff win

Professional athletes, Minnesotans reacted to the Vikings' improbable win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. → Read More

Vikings’ Pat Shurmur ‘enjoyed’ interviews last week, now focused on Saints

MN Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said he "enjoyed" interviewing with NFL teams for a head coaching job during the Vikings' bye week. → Read More

Lawyer for Gophers’ Reggie Lynch’s digs in over UMN sex-misconduct findings

Ryan Pacyga, the lawyer for Reggie Lynch, the suspended UMN Gophers basketball player, said his client denies sexual intercourse happened with his accusers. → Read More

Gophers basketball team trying to keep it together without two starters

The University of Minnesota men's basketball team is down two starters, but still hopes to reach the NCAA tournament. → Read More

Gophers basketball: Suspended Reggie Lynch back at practice

UMN senior center Reggie Lynch is still practicing with Gophers teammates while his appeal is heard after a university investigation found him responsible for sexual misconduct. → Read More

Gophers basketball notches impressive win over Illinois in return to Big Ten play

Richard Pitino's University of Minnesota men's basketball team beat Illinois Wednesday at Williams Arena to improve to 13-3 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten. → Read More

Weak schedule has Gophers teetering on NCAA tournament bubble

ESPN's Joe Lunardi projects coach Richard Pitino's UMN Gophers basketball team as the last NCAA tournament team to receive an at-large bid. → Read More

Vikings receiver Adam Thielen really does have hands of gold

Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen boosted his salary by $1 million for each of the next three seasons. → Read More

Bears’ trick punt return TD was ‘perfect call’ against Vikings

The Vikings allowed the Chicago Bears to pull of a trick punt return for a touchdown in Minnesota's 23-10 win Sunday. → Read More

U.S. men’s Olympic hockey roster will look different this year

U.S. Olympic men's hockey general manager Jim Johannson talks about how he'll choose the team's 25-man roster. → Read More

Gophers basketball concludes nonconference schedule with win over Harvard

Richard Pitino's Minnesota Gophers men's basketball team beat Harvard at Williams Arena to end their non-conference schedule. → Read More

Memo to Vikings: It’s what you do with a first-round bye that matters

The last four years, no team has gone from playing in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs to the Super Bowl. → Read More

Wild’s Ryan Malone hoping for Olympic roster spot on Monday

Former NHL player Ryan Malone, 38, is looking to make the U.S. Olympic men's hockey team, which won't include any NHL players for the first time since 1998. → Read More

Local photographer accuses Twins slugger Miguel Sano of assault

Twins all-star third baseman Miguel Sano was accused of grabbing a Twin Cities photographer by the wrist and forcibly trying to kiss her after a signing event in October 2015, the woman wrote in ant online post. Betsy Bissen, a freelance photographer who has shot St. Paul Saints and Twins games, accused a former Twins first-base coach of sexual misconduct, and said Sano, “didn’t rape me, but he… → Read More