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DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 23: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos drops back to pass against the San Diego Chargers during a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 23, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.

Five Things: Chargers Vs. Broncos Thursday Night Roundup

The Broncos take firm control of the AFC West with a win over the Chargers on Thursday Night Football.

10/24/2014

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 15: Head coach Leslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings watches from the sidelines against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 15, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Fmr. Vikings Coach Frazier Faces Old Team Sunday

The Minnesota Vikings’ bid for a win Sunday involves the past. Leslie Frazier was the head coach last year at this time. He is now the defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His return provides a mixture of memories and incentive. It’s not been great, but make no mistake — the Vikings defense has improved.

10/23/2014

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Vikings C Sullivan Returns From Concussion

Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan passed concussion testing and is expected to play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sullivan, the veteran leader of Minnesota’s struggling offensive line, left Sunday’s game at Buffalo in the first quarter. He missed Wednesday’s practice but returned on a limited basis Thursday.

10/23/2014

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Auditor Review: No Right Or Wrong In Hoffner Case

A legislative auditor’s report made no determination of right or wrong in the firing of Minnesota State, Mankato, football coach Todd Hoffner.

10/23/2014

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WCCO Radio Rally: Oct. 21

The Section Playoffs and the march to the Prep Bowl begin Tuesday night. Plenty of games Tuesdsay and several on Friday and Saturday as well. Here is the Radio Rally rundown!

10/21/2014

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5 Devastating Week 7 Losses

With many teams making big statements like the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts many teams failed to get an important that could come back to haunt them in the weeks to come. Here are five teams that suffered devastating losses in Week 7.

10/19/2014

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Gustavus Unbeaten For First Time In 27 Years

It is a picturesque day on the Gustavus Adolphus campus. The leaves are turning, telling the story of fall. That, by itself, makes if feel collegiate.

10/17/2014

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Formed Out Of Tragedy, Hopkins Family Of Ten Bonds Over Sports

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – You’ve got your Mannings. Your Harbaughs. Your Molinas, Gasols, and Earnhardts. Some families are sports super-families. And there is one such family in Hopkins, a family that is thriving, even if it was […]

10/17/2014

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Zimmer Expected Back Quickly After Kidney Stone Surgery

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has undergone a minor procedure, but he is expected back quickly. Sources told WCCO’s Mike Max that Zimmer’s surgery was for a kidney stone.

10/17/2014

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 12: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates after a reception against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 12, 2014 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Thursday Night Fantasy Starters: Tom Brady, Chris Johnson And Rob Gronkowski

While the Jets have fallen badly, the Patriots have picked it up with two stellar offensive showings in the last two weeks. Tom Brady has found his rhythm, while tight end Rob Gronkowski is growing more dangerous each week. Here’s a look at the key players on each side and which players belong in your fantasy line-up.

10/16/2014

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New Helmet Technology Could Help Curb Concussions

Concussions are a concern from youth football all the way to the pros. But a Twin Cities High School thinks they may have a method for keeping players safe and for cutting down on head injuries.

10/15/2014

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WCCO Radio Rally: Oct. 14-15

Most games this week are on Wednesday night as the final week of the regular season gets set to kick-off. There are a few conference crowns yet to be decided so some big games await and teams jockey for postseason position. Here is this week’s Radio Rally rundown!

10/14/2014

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Four Biggest Perfomances Of Week 6

Week 6 of the season provided a lot of upsets (Bye, Seattle) and included many big performances not just by an individual but by teams as well. Here are the top four biggest performances from Week 6 of the NFL.

10/12/2014

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Vikings, Lions Face Off With NFC North Tight Again

Like so much of the NFL, the NFC North is bunched together at the one-third mark of the season. The three-time defending division champion Green Bay Packers found a groove the past two weeks with victories over the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings by a combined 80-27 margin, but the Detroit Lions are still tied with them for first place.

10/10/2014

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High School Sports Rally: Oct. 10, 2014

There is just one regular-season game left after Friday night in high school football. David McCoy reported on the featured game — East Ridge vs. Mounds View — while Mike Max and Frank Vascellaro highlighted the best plays from other big games.

10/10/2014

HOUSTON, TX- OCTOBER 09: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts scrambles away from J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans in the first quarter in a NFL game on October 9, 2014 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Five Things: Colts Vs. Texans Thursday Night Roundup

The Colts went up 24-0 in the first quarter this Week 6 Thursday Night Football matchup. Could’ve been another blowout, but the Texans made of game of it.

10/10/2014

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Football Team, Community Backs Jordan Brothers And Ill Mother

Two brothers in Jordan are learning that the word “team” extends well beyond their fellow football players. Kenny and Ben Alexander’s mom, Sherry, had a stroke this past weekend and remains hospitalized. She is a single parent, raising both boys on her own.

10/09/2014

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WCCO Radio Rally: October 9-10

The top teams roll but some movement at the bottom of our poll this week as some perhaps surprising teams make appearances! Some huge games this week including a match-up of two of our top six! Here is this week’s WCCO Radio Rally!

10/09/2014

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Vikings To Wear Pink Shoes, Ribbons Sunday For Breast Cancer Awareness

Teddy Bridgewater and many of his Minnesota Vikings teammates will wear pink shoes and ribbons on Sunday in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To no one’s surprise, wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was wearing the most stylish looking pink shoes at practice Wednesday. But the cause itself is very personal for Bridgewater.

10/08/2014

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Bridgewater Says He Feels 100 Percent Healthy

Teddy Bridgewater wants to win, of course, a given when it comes to any NFL player’s public commentary. The other stated goal this week? To make that absence from the field a one-game blip. Bridgewater said Wednesday he feels 100 percent healthy after spraining his left ankle in the fourth quarter of his first NFL start, Sept. 28 against Atlanta. The Minnesota Vikings held their rookie quarterback out last week at Green Bay with only three days for him to heal.

10/08/2014

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 5: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos celebrates his 500th career touchdown pass to Julius Thomas #80 (not pictured) with head coach John Fox in the first quarter of a game against the Arizona Cardinals at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 5, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

4 Reasons Why We Love Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning is seen as one of, if not, the greatest quarterback to play in the NFL. After the five-time MVP’s performance against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, it is fitting to remember why Manning is so loved by fans, non-fans, and those within the league.

10/08/2014

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Vikings Lineman With Team Following Weekend Arrest

Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson practiced with the team as usual Tuesday, following his weekend arrest on misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct charges that his representatives said should be dismissed.

10/07/2014

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Programs On Stereotyping Planned For Washington Game At TCF

The University of Minnesota is announcing several days of programs to increase awareness of racial stereotyping ahead of next month’s Vikings-Redskins football game on campus. University officials have said they’re working with the Vikings to keep the Redskins’ name from being used when the two teams play at TCF Bank Stadium on Nov. 2. That situation hasn’t been resolved yet.

10/03/2014

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Against Packers, Vikings Just Got Run Over

The problems for the Minnesota Vikings with Christian Ponder at quarterback were obvious from the start. Their list of missing players on offense has grown long and increasingly conspicuous. Playing their primary rival on the road in the rain at night with only three days to rest and prepare was already an uphill climb.

10/03/2014

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Smith’s Ankle Injury Adds To Vikings’ List

Minnesota Vikings free safety Harrison Smith has an injured left ankle that had him with a walking boot and crutches Friday. Smith played through the injury Thursday at Green Bay, but he had the ankle taped several times throughout the night. Coach Mike Zimmer said Friday that Smith had an MRI test that showed no major damage but that it was too soon to determine his availability for the next game. The Vikings host Detroit Oct. 12.

10/03/2014

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