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APPLE VALLEY, Minn.—Gable Steveson has won 167 consecutive matches, and another victory lap at the high school wrestling state tournament would leave the Apple Valley star with the highest winning percentage in prep history before he takes his heavyweight prowess to the University of Minnesota.
DETROIT — The Vikings found a way to rid themselves of those pesky Lions, cold turkey. Stick a fork in Detroit. The NFC North is the Vikings' to lose after their 30-23 closing argument Thursday on the national stage at Ford Field. They are hunting bigger game now, like a first-round postseason bye and potential home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. Feast on Case Keenum playing with the guts and moxie of a big-moment quarterback thanks to innovative and prescient play calling by offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.
MANKATO, Minn. — The "No Fun League" has been downgraded in 2017 to the sometimes fun league after rules governing on-field celebrations were relaxed to allow NFL players to show a little more leg. As usual, how much leg depends on how far players push the envelope. Players can celebrate in groups and on the ground now while also using the football as a prop. But any celebration "deemed offensive, violent in nature or that uses any other object as a prop" can still draw a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The suddenly No. 1-ranked Gophers softball team was so certain it would be among the 16 schools to host an NCAA regional this weekend that travel plans were nonexistent — until Sunday night's selection committee snub. "Shame on us for assuming anything," Minnesota coach Jessica Allister said Wednesday, May 18. The Gophers scrambled to book their flight and hotel rooms for Tuscaloosa, Ala., where they arrived Tuesday night.
MINNEAPOLIS — Roger Goodell presenting the Vince Lombardi Trophy to Robert Kraft and Tom Brady on Sunday would be the photo-op of the millennium if the New England Patriots owner and quarterback win Super Bowl LI a year after the NFL commissioner punished both for a ball-deflating scandal. Unless the upstart Atlanta Falcons upset the dynasty and let the air out of that bloated narrative once and for all.