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2013 In Review: Top Local Sports Stories

It was another eventful year in local sports with three local professional teams making the playoffs, a high profile coach getting dismissed and a football team having a turnaround season.

12/19/2013

Minnesota Vikings

Charges: Former Viking Jefferson Strangled Girlfriend

A former Minnesota Vikings defensive player is accused of strangling his girlfriend in an early-morning argument that was the result of ignored text messages, according to charges filed Wednesday by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

11/27/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 29: A.J. Jefferson #24 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during the second half of the game against the Tennessee Titans on August 29, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Release Jefferson, Further Thinning The Defensive Backfield

The Minnesota Vikings released A.J. Jefferson hours after he was arrested for a domestic assault claim. The Vikings are now down three healthy cornerbacks on their roster with one on their practice squad. Audie Cole made his start on Sunday and was impressive. He is likely to remain in the starting lineup. The Vikings filled their open roster spot by claiming offensive tackle Mike Remmers off waivers from the San Diego Chargers.

11/27/2013

Minnesota Vikings

‘Different From Player To Player’: Frazier On Dealing With Vikings In Trouble

For the second time this month another member of the Minnesota Vikings is in trouble with the law. This time the player, cornerback A.J. Jefferson, was released from the team.

11/25/2013

Minnesota Vikings

Vikings Release A.J. Jefferson After Monday Morning Arrest

The Minnesota Vikings announced the release of cornerback A.J. Jefferson after he was arrested for alleged domestic assault Monday morning.

11/25/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 27: Head coach Leslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings congratulates Christian Ponder #7 after a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers by Adrian Peterson #28 (not pictured) during the second quarter of the game on October 27, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Players Have Begun Criticizing The Play Calling

The Minnesota Vikings have already lost more games this season than they all of last, including three in the final minute of the game. Frustration is coming out as several players voiced their displeasure with play calling. The Vikings will honor the men and women who serve the country with their annual “Salute to Service” game Thursday against the Washington Redskins.

11/06/2013

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 3: Dwayne Harris #17 of the Dallas Cowboys scores a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Vikings 27-23. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Team Grades Drop In 3rd Last-Minute Loss For Minnesota Vikings In 2013

The Minnesota Vikings blew their third last-minute lead of the season. The Dallas Cowboys scored with 35 seconds remaining to send the Vikings to their worst start to a season since 1961 (the team’s inaugural year). Adrian Peterson ran for 140 yards and a touchdown in the 27-23 loss Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

11/04/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 27: Myles White #19 of the Green Bay Packers carries the ball while Josh Robinson #21 and Chris Cook #20 of the Minnesota Vikings chase on October 27, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Running Thin On Defensive Backs

The Minnesota Vikings have one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, but three of the four opening day starters in the secondary may not be available for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. The Vikings listed four players as non-participants, three players as limited participants and five players as full participants in Thursday’s practice.

11/01/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 27: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers on the line against the Minnesota Vikings on October 27, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Third Down Defense Is Killing The Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings have been able to get the opposing teams to third down, but haven’t been able to get stops. The Vikings have the worst third down defense in the NFL. The Green Bay Packers took advantage of the young and overmatched Vikings secondary by converting 72 percent of third down opportunities.

10/30/2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21: Quarterback Josh Freeman #12 of the Minnesota Vikings is sacked by defensive end Justin Tuck #91 of the New York Giants during a game at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Josh Freeman’s Concussion Keeps Him Out Of Practice, Ponder Re-Enters Minnesota’s Starting Lineup

The Minnesota Vikings will likely be without Josh Freeman for Sunday’s contest against the Green Bay Packers at Mall of America Field. That means third-year quarterback Christian Ponder will take the reigns of the first unit. The Vikings listed four players as non-participants, four as limited participants and four as full participants for Thursday’s practice.

10/25/2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Tight end Heath Miller #83 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by strong safety Mistral Raymond #41 of the Minnesota Vikings and free safety Harrison Smith #22 of the Minnesota Vikings during the NFL International Series game between Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium on September 29, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Safety Harrison Smith May Need Surgery

The Minnesota Vikings announced that safety Harrison Smith will not play in Monday’s game against the New York Giants because of turf toe. In fact, the team is checking with doctors to see if rest and rehab can heal the second-year safety or if surgery is required. Surgery would put Smith on the injured reserve list.

10/19/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 22: Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings reacts to a tackle by Phillip Taylor #98 of the Cleveland Browns on September 22, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Have Few Bright Spots, Many Underachievers

The Minnesota Vikings have only one win through the first quarter of the season, but Cordarrelle Patterson, Xavier Rhodes and Marcus Sherels have played well. The Vikings need Chad Greenway, Erin Henderson, the offensive line and Christian Ponder to step up to get the team back on the right track.

10/04/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 22: Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings passes the ball with pressure from Paul Kruger #99 of the Cleveland Browns during the fourth quarter of the game on September 22, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Browns defeated the Vikings 31-27. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Sore Ribs Put Christian Ponder’s Status For Vikings Game In London In Doubt

Christian Ponder injured his ribs in last week’s loss to the Cleveland Browns, which leaves his status for the Minnesota Vikings’ Week 4 contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers in doubt. Leslie Frazier would like to name his starting quarterback Friday. The Vikings had two non-participants, five limited participants and three full participants at Thursday’s practice.

09/27/2013

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Minnesota Vikings Not Looking To Make Immediate Changes

The Minnesota Vikings are not planning on making changes just to make changes. The Vikings have begun to be hit with injuries. Unfortunately, they coming to one position group. The offensive line may be the Vikings biggest disappointment through three games this season. Minnesota is getting a boost with the return of Jerome Felton from his suspension. Zach Line has been placed on injured reserve.

09/25/2013

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 05: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball in front of nose tackle B.J. Raji #90 of the Green Bay Packers in the second half during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Future Looks Bright For The Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings had a disappointing finish to an encouraging season. Jared Allen will undergo surgery on his shoulder after the Pro Bowl later this month. The Vikings now begin preparation for the draft in April and evaluating its 14 free agents.

01/07/2013

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 04: Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against cornerback Antoine Winfield #26 of the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field on November 4, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings CB Antoine Winfield Still Undecided For Saturday

The Minnesota Vikings believe they will have Antoine Winfield available for Saturday’s game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. However, the swelling in his hand could be the determining factor. The Vikings appear to have everyone except linebacker Tyrone McKenzie available for the game.

01/03/2013

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 16: Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans works out on the field prior to the start of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Face Tough Test In The Houston Texans

The Minnesota Vikings will have to earn a victory Sunday against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. The Vikings will have their hands full with wide Texans receiver Andre Johnson and defensive end J.J. Watt. Minnesota needs a win to improve its playoff chances while the Texans need a win to clinch home field advantage through the playoffs.

12/21/2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 9: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates his second touchdown in the first quarter of the game against the Chicago Bears on December 9, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Bears 21-14. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Honor Adrian Peterson With Courage Award

The Minnesota Vikings named Adrian Peterson as the team’s Ed Block Courage Award. Despite Peterson’s chase for the single season rushing record, head coach Leslie Frazier believes his focus remains on beating the Houston Texans. The Minnesota Vikings named Adrian Peterson as the team’s Ed Block Courage Award.

12/20/2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 25: Chris Cook #20 of the Minnesota Vikings makes a catch before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 25, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Injury Bug Is Testing The Minnesota Vikings Depth At Cornerback

The Minnesota Vikings enter its Week 15 contest against the St. Louis Rams with a long list of probable injured players on the injury report. While almost all of them are expected to play, Chris Cook remains on schedule to return in Week 16. Antoine Winfield was the only player listed with 50/50 chance of playing or worse.

12/15/2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 09: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball against the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field on December 9, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Fend Off Chicago Bears

The Minnesota Vikings held on for a 21-14 victory over the Chicago Bears Sunday at Mall of America Field. The offense was once again all about Adrian Peterson. He rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns.

12/10/2012

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 25: Workers inflate a bear before player introductions as the Chicago Bears take on the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on November 25, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 28-10. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Get Rematch With The Chicago Bears

The Minnesota Vikings face the Chicago Bears for the second time in three weeks. Both teams are coming off a heartbreaking loss that cost a place in the standings. The Vikings need to win to keep its playoff hopes alive.

12/07/2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 2: Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers looks for extra yardage after catching a pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the game at Lambeau Field on December 2, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers won 23-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Missed Opportunities Cost Minnesota Vikings At Green Bay Packers

The Minnesota Vikings had a chance to stay two games behind the Chicago Bears and move into a tie with the Green Bay Packers with a win Sunday at Lambeau Field. However, two red zone interceptions by Christian Ponder kept the Vikings from pulling off the upset. Adrian Peterson had another outstanding game with over 200 rushing yards.

12/03/2012

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Harvin Has Brief Return To Practice; Remains Doubtful

Percy Harvin returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant, but missed both Thursday and Friday’s practices. He is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Every other injured player is listed as probable.

12/01/2012

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 25: Shea McClellin #99 of the Chicago Bears knocks down Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on November 25, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 28-10. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Overmatched In Chicago

The Minnesota Vikings had an extra week to prepare for the Chicago Bears, but still provided little resistance. The Vikings scored first, but surrendered 25 consecutive points before falling 28-10 at Soldier Field. Adrian Peterson topped 100 yards for the fifth straight game.

11/26/2012

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 4: Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings is tended to on the field during a game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 4, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks 30-20. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Percy Harvin Remains Doubtful for the Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings may be without its leading receiver for a second consecutive game when it travels to Chicago. Leslie Frazier said that everyone else should be okay to go, even though two players are listed as questionable.

11/24/2012

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