EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings found a new offensive coordinator this winter, and they made one of the biggest splashes of the NFL offseason this week by giving quarterback Kirk Cousins a fully guaranteed $84 million contract. There was one more pressing need: a new defensive tackle to play next to two-time Pro Bowl pick Linval Joseph. Sheldon Richardson checked the last of those big boxes. Richardson, the 13th pick in the 2013 draft out of Missouri by the New York Jets who
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The leverage of free agency in his prime brought Kirk Cousins the market-setting contract with Minnesota. Now the Vikings have their latest franchise quarterback to try to secure that elusive first Super Bowl victory with. The Vikings wrapped up their welcome party with an $84 million, three-year contract for Cousins on Thursday afternoon, banking big time on the late-blooming former Washington Redskins prospect to finally stabilize a critical position that’s
ST. PAUL — Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche will be sorry not to see the Minnesota Wild on the schedule anymore during the regular season. MacKinnon scored his 33rd goal of the season, J.T. Compher had his first career two-goal game and Colorado dominated Minnesota on the scoreboard again during a 5-1 victory Tuesday night. Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves for the Avalanche. Nikita Zadorov and Tyson Jost also scored for Colorado, which has won the past three meetings this season
Adrian Peterson’s short stint in Arizona is over. Jordy Nelson’s long and productive stay in Green Bay has ended too. Meanwhile, Drew Brees is staying put in the Big Easy, Case Keenum is headed to the Rocky Mountains, and Kirk Cousins will make his first visit as a free agent to Minnesota. The Vikings long have been considered a natural landing spot for one of the most valuable quarterbacks available. One day before the league’s new year begins, veteran running back Peterson
MINNEAPOLIS — Kirk Cousins is predictably the top priority on Minnesota’s offseason shopping list. The free agent quarterback is on the verge of a big payday at age 29, his first time on the open market. Cousins will meet today with the Vikings once the new league year begins, his agent Mike McCartney said Tuesday. ESPN reported, citing unnamed sources, Cousins will sign a fully guaranteed, three-year $84 million contract with the Vikings, but McCartney said no deal was in place
CHICAGO — Federal authorities on Tuesday charged three men from rural central Illinois with the bombing of a Minnesota mosque last year and said one of the suspects told an investigator the goal of the attack was to “scare” Muslims out of the United States. A statement from the U.S. attorney’s office in Springfield, Illinois, says the men also are suspected in the attempted bombing of an abortion clinic. The Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, was
OCALA, Fla. — Authorities in North Florida say a Minnesota man died two days after killing his girlfriend from western Wisconsin and their young child. The Marion County sheriff’s office said Monday that 27-year-old Kevin B. Olesen Farias of Waconia, Minn., died along with 32-year-old Jessica L. Johnson of Holmen and the couple’s 1-year-old daughter, Gabriela Farias, A motorist found the family Saturday morning in the middle of a clay road in Ocala National Forest.
MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns helped Minnesota stop a season-longest three-game losing streak with 31 points and 16 rebounds, and the Timberwolves powered their way past Golden State down the stretch for a 109-103 victory on Sunday to hand the Warriors their second straight defeat without Stephen Curry. Kevin Durant had 39 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors, who left Curry at home from this road trip to rest an injured right ankle and lost 125-108 to Portland on Friday.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Patients who were treated for breast cancer or lymphoma are more than three times at risk for developing congestive heart failure, compared with patients who did not have cancer. Congestive heart failure is when the heart muscle does not pump blood as well as it should. This research is being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th annual Scientific Session. The risk of increased heart failure occurred as early as one year after cancer
MINNEAPOLIS — Fifteen students in one Florida school district are facing felony charges and prison time for making alleged threats since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre. Meanwhile, an autistic Minnesota high school student whose alleged threat led to a six-hour lockdown is in juvenile court and has received an outpouring of sympathy. The Feb. 14 killings of 17 people in Parkland, Fla., have ignited a wave of copycat threats, as happens after nearly every high-profile