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Report: James Starks season could be over

Report: James Starks season could be over

profootballtalk.com Updated Dec 4, 2012
With running back Cedric Benson already lost for the season, the Green Bay Packers may be taking another hit to their backfield depth. According to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com, James Starks suffered a knee injury in the Packers win over the Minneso…
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  • Minnesota Timberwolves 105 — Philadelphia 76ers 88

    Minnesota Timberwolves 105 — Philadelphia 76ers 88

    timberpups.com ESPN.com Dec 4, 2012
    The Minnesota Timberwolves stormed into the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night and nailed a remarkable 13 three-pointers en route to a 105-88 victory on the first night of a road double-header. Alexey Shved led the way for the Wolves, contributing a ve…
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  • Gardy not worried about contract situation

    Gardy not worried about contract situation

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    The 2013 season is an important one for Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. Gardenhire has just one year left on his contract after telling general manager Terry Ryan he wasn't deserving of an extension after the club finished with the worst record in the Ame…
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  • Vikings first-round pick in 1970 passes away

    Vikings first-round pick in 1970 passes away

    startribune.com Dec 4, 2012
    John Henry Ward, who played six years for the Vikings, was a businessman in Oklahoma City.
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  • Report: Percy Harvin has torn ligament in his ankle

    Report: Percy Harvin has torn ligament in his ankle

    profootballtalk.com Dec 4, 2012
    We’ve known that Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin has been battling a sprained ankle for a while, but a report on Tuesday indicates it is a bit more serious than originally reported. Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com reports that Harvin suffered a complet
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  • The Vikings' Christian Ponder And ESPN's Samantha Steele Are En…

    The Vikings' Christian Ponder And ESPN's Samantha Steele Are Engaged

    It is confirmed, per Richard Deitsch. ESPN's newest star, the lady who worked her way from being a ESPN Zone hostess to college football sideline reporter, is getting hitched to the Vikings' second-year quarterback. Will Ponder's quarterbacking over the…
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  • Andrei Kirilenko Is Back - Maybe

    Andrei Kirilenko Is Back - Maybe

    dimemag.com Dec 4, 2012
    The Minnesota Timberwolves and their often-ridiculed general manager, David Kahn, signed Andrei Kirilenko this offseason for about $20 million for two seasons. After an incredible beginning to his career with the Utah Jazz during the inchoate millennium…
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  • All in the ‘do: Wolves-76ers Preview

    All in the ‘do: Wolves-76ers Preview

    howlintwolf.com Dec 4, 2012
    Andrew Bynum lookin’ fly as ever Where: Wells Fargo Center, Phildelphia When: 6:00 pm See it: FSN Hear it: WCCO 830 AM The story out of Philly this season? Andrew Bynum’s hair is just dominating headlines. It’s growing out of proportion and critics
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  • The 10-man rotation, starring Jim Petersen

    The 10-man rotation, starring Jim Petersen

    yahoo.com Dec 4, 2012
    A look around the league and the web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C: MinnPost. "Wolves color commentat…
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  • Rubio and Shved, a match made in heaven

    Rubio and Shved, a match made in heaven

    howlintwolf.com Dec 4, 2012
    Rubio and Shved, together at last I woke up to Jerry Zgoda this morning in a delightful way. Not like that. Take a look at this. Zgoda analyzes Ricky Rubio’s return to practice and the harmony that he and the Wolves’ new international star, Alexey Shv
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  • Go Figure: NFL's two worst passing attacks to square off at Mal…

    Go Figure: NFL's two worst passing attacks to square off at Mall of America Field

    startribune.com Dec 4, 2012
    This week's eye-opening collection of facts and figures looks at the sputtering Vikings offense as well as Adrian Peterson's bid for a 2,000-yard rushing season.
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  • They Caught The Vikings Fan Who Wore A Purple Sombrero And Knoc…

    They Caught The Vikings Fan Who Wore A Purple Sombrero And Knocked Out A 50-Year-Old Man Outside Lambeau

    deadspin.com Dec 4, 2012
    This is Mark Swanson, from Lakeland, Minn. He was involved in the big brawl outside Lambeau Field after the Packers beat the Vikings, but if you were there you probably don't recognize him from his mug shot. That's because, according to police, he was w…
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  • Playoff standings: Vikings drop to No. 10

    Playoff standings: Vikings drop to No. 10

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2012
    As we noted Monday night on Twitter, the Washington Redskins' victory over the New York Giants wasn't a great thing if you're hanging on to the Minnesota Vikings' fleeting playoff hopes. As ESPN.com's playoff standings indicate, the result buried the Vi…
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  • Rand: Fierce rivalries great for fans, but not when they turn v…

    Rand: Fierce rivalries great for fans, but not when they turn violent

    startribune.com Dec 4, 2012
    We love rivalries. We love good-natured trash-talking between educated fan bases -- groups that know that, at the end of the day, they really aren't that different.
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  • Video - Wolves Blow Out 76ers 00:54

    Wolves Blow Out 76ers

    Dec 4
    Kevin Love fails to record a double-double for the first time this season, as Timberwolves roll to 105-88 win over 76ers.
  • Video - Bears face 'must win' Sunday in Minnesota 02:37

    Bears face 'must win' Sunday in Minnesota

    Dec 4
    The ESPN Chicago crew looks back at what went wrong for the Bears against the Seattle Seahawks and discusses the importance of Sunday's game in Minnesota.
  • Video - Techin' In 01:38

    Techin' In

    Dec 4
    ESPN tech expert Katie Linendoll talks BCS, holiday gifts and RG3's fancy sleep technology.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Costly losses give Ravens, Bears something to worry about in ra…

    Dec 4
    Week 13 in the NFL had its requisite amount of 16 losers -- and, yes, we know the Rams and 49ers nearly tied once again -- but nobody in the league lost more ground than the Bears and Ravens, both of whom were upset at home on Sunday by six-win teams, d…
  • Peter King: Behind star trio, rookie QB class playing beyond its years; ma…

    Dec 4
    LANDOVER, Md. -- "It's all being ready to play at a younger age,'' Robert Griffin III said early this morning, putting those crazy striped socks on at his locker at FedEx Field. "I mean, look at how [South Carolina defensive end] Jadeveon Clow…
  • Clayton mailbag: Most disappointing teams of 2012

    Dec 4
    Before each season, experts try to pick the surprise teams. But these teams surprised us by being disappointing, writes John Clayton.
  • Peter King: RGIII helps overcome Giants as Redskins gain ground in NFC Eas…

    Dec 4
    LANDOVER, Md. -- A few minutes after Washington's 17-16 victory over the Giants on Monday night made the NFC East a competition instead of a rout with four games to play, the raucous crowd of 80,000 at FedEx Field couldn't get enough of its hero. "…