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ESPN.com Updated Jan 3, 2013
J.J. Barea scored 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter while All-Star forward Kevin Love sat on the bench with a sprained finger, lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 101-97 win over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Savor the moment, veterans sayThe longer players are in the league, the more they realize how hard it is to routinely make it to the NFL playoffs.Upvote Share TweetThere have been many outstanding performances by Minnesota sports stars -- Kirby Puckett, Kevin Garnett, Alan Page, to name but a few -- but the Vikings' phenomenal running back is eclipsing them with his 2,000-yard season.Upvote Share TweetHis teammates aren't bothered by his absence, but his future in Purple will spark a lively post-playoffs debate.Upvote Share TweetThe center, a leader both for the offensive line and the entire team, says Vikings players have always believed.Upvote Share Tweet
Jordy Nelson has no doubts he’ll play on Saturdayprofootballtalk.com Jan 3, 2013Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that the team’s medical staff still had some doubts that wide receiver Jordy Nelson’s knee would be well enough to allow him to play on Saturday night against the Vikings. Nelson progressed to a full practiceUpvote Share TweetSetting the stage: For the third time already this season, the Wolves face the Nuggets on Thursday night in Denver. This will be the second game of a back to back and the Wolves will once again be without Ricky Rubio. The thin air of Denver for a team t…Upvote Share Tweet
Vikings prepare for cold, windy footballThe Minnesota Vikings players are preparing for the cold as they travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers in the first round of the playoffs.Upvote Share Tweet
NBA Insider Says Minnesota Should Trade Kevin Love Right Nowdimemag.com Jan 3, 2013From the weird injuries to his awful shooting numbers to the reports of his unhappiness to even Minnesota’s slow start, this year must be trying Kevin Love‘s patience. Coming off his best season, as well as his experience at the summer Olympics, pundiUpvote Share TweetThe Vikings need their veteran cornerback on the field in Green Bay to stabilize their pass defense. Finding ways to protect his fractured right hand has become a priority.Upvote Share TweetThe Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers have essentially wrapped up their practice weeks in advance of Saturday night's wild-card playoff at Lambeau Field. There is a relatively short list of significant injuries in play this week, and by far the mo…Upvote Share Tweet
Blair Walsh wins NFC special teams player of monthprofootballtalk.com Jan 3, 2013Vikings kicker Blair Walsh keeps not missing, so he keeps winning awards. The rookie was named NFC special teams player of the month for December. He was actually 11-of-12 on field goals for the month, but hit all five attempts from 50 yards or longer. …Upvote Share TweetThe Pups opened up an important back to back series against division rivals in Utah Wednesday night Andrei Kirilenko made his return to Utah for the first time since leaving the Jazz before last season’s lockout. The bad news for the Wolves was that RicUpvote Share Tweet
Jamarca Sanford's investment, rapid growth typifies Vikings' resurgenceThe fourth-year safety has come a long way this season. And he's seen the rewards of heightened preparation and dedication.Upvote Share Tweet
Packers-Vikings III: Limiting alcohol (?!)ESPN.com Jan 3, 2013Because I'm sure all of you make a daily habit of watching "Wonder Pets," as I do, I'm going to acknowledge I just said out loud: "This … is … serious." Is there any other way to react to the news that the Green Bay Packers have moved up last call atUpvote Share Tweet
Hayward helps Jazz snap 3-game losing skidESPN.com Jan 3, 2013Gordon Hayward scored 17 points, Enes Kanter had 15 and the Utah Jazz beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-84 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: A Tough Task AheadJan 3Episode 242: Chris Mortensen discusses which rookie quarterback will have a tougher task this postseason. Merril Hoge makes his pick for MVP. The NFL32 crew discuss Adrian Peterson's desire to play on special teams.
Countdown Daily Prediction: Vikings-PackersJan 3The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Minnesota at Green Bay
Battle of the North: Vikings vs. PackersJan 3Get ready for the Minnesota Vikings-Green Bay Packers wild card matchup with this "movie trailer."
Peterson Wants To Play On Special TeamsJan 3Adrian Peterson says he wants a shot to play on special teams.
Weekend Dime -- Mark Cuban's anniversaryJan 3As Mark Cuban celebrates his 13th anniversary as Mavericks owner, the team struggles to find a future.
2012 NFL playoffs -- John Clayton's First and Goal: Wild-Card RoundJan 3With the Ravens' wild-card game possibly being Ray Lewis' last at home, emotions will run high in Baltimore, John Clayton writes.
Mike James to sign with Texas Legends of D-League, sources sayJan 3In an attempt to convince the Dallas Mavericks that he can help them, veteran point guard Mike James is joining the D-League's Texas Legends in time for Saturday's game against Tulsa, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.
One-minute drill: Peter King's team-by-team playoff previewsJan 3One-minute drill: Peter King's team-by-team playoff previews