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ST. PAUL — Minnesota United will play host to an international friendly match against Deportivo Saprissa, a top club in Costa Rica, at 7 p.m. July 11 at TCF Bank Stadium, the club announced Friday, June 1. “It’s exciting,” United Sporting Director Manny Lagos said in a statement. “It’s going to be a great matchup for everyone involved. We get to test ourselves against, historically, the biggest and most well-known club in Costa Rica. We are honored to be able to host Saprissa at our home stadium.”
ANTLER, N.D. — A woman died Sunday, May 27, after another motorcyclist clipped the back wheel of her motorcycle just south of Antler in north-central North Dakota. Judith L. Brown, 64, of Macoon, Sask., died when a 2013 Harley-Davidson struck the back of her 2015 Indian motorcycle while slowing to make a left turn on Highway 256.
ST. PAUL — Despite a nation-leading 11.8 percent statewide pay increase, South Dakota’s teachers continue to be among the least compensated educators in the country.
CHANHASSEN, Minn. — Prosecutors have decided to not press charges in the 2016 overdose death of pop icon Prince. Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, was 57 when found unresponsive in his estate in Chanhassen on April 21, 2016. An autopsy showed he died from an overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic drug that has caused several deaths across the Upper Midwest in the past few years. Carver County Attorney Mark Metz told the media Thursday, April 19, Prince's death was an accidental overdose.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings have finalized their preseason opponents for the 2018 season. The opening week will feature a reunion of sorts, with the Vikings traveling to Denver to face quarterback Case Keenum and the Broncos, to be played sometime between Aug. 9 and 13. Minnesota follows up with home matchups against Jacksonville (Aug. 16-20) and Seattle (Aug. 23-26), finishing with a road date at Tennessee (Aug. 30) for their final tune-up game.
MINNEAPOLIS — A hundred days out from X Games Minneapolis 2018, ESPN has announced the pinnacle of extreme sports competition will remain in the Twin Cities through the end of the decade. Already booked for this summer, Minneapolis' U.S. Bank Stadium will host the yearly event in 2019 and 2020, ESPN said Tuesday, April 10. "Following the success of the ESPN X Games in Minneapolis in 2017, we're excited to announce the X Games will stay in Minneapolis through 2020," said Melvin Tennant, executive director of Sports Minneapolis and Meet Minneapolis president and CEO.
MINNEAPOLIS—A 61-yard connection from Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs as time ran out gave the Minnesota Vikings a 29-24 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Jan. 14, in what will go down as the most memorable game in the U.S. Bank Stadium's short existence. While under pressure, Keenum threw off towards a streaking Diggs on the home sideline. Diggs leaped high to make the catch and used his hand to keep his balance while tip-toeing along the sideline en route to the winning score as the clock expired.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins on Wednesday, Oct. 18, informed closer Glen Perkins they will not pick up the $6.5 million option on his contract, making the left-hander from Stillwater a free agent. Perkins, 34, will be paid a $700,000 buyout.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Minnesota Vikings moved into first place in the NFC North on Sunday, Oct. 15, with a 23-10 win over the Green Bay Packers. The Packers took an even bigger blow than a divisional loss, losing star quarterback Aaron Rodgers midway through the first quarter after a hit from linebacker Anthony Barr. Rodgers reportedly fractured his collarbone and could miss the rest of the season. The Vikings defense held the Packers to just 227 yards of total offense, shutting down the Green Bay offense with fourth-year backup Brett Hundley under center.
MINNEAPOLIS — The NFL is a passing league, but that doesn't make setting your wide receiver slots easy in fantasy. Some of the league's big-time fantasy contributors — Julio Jones, Michael Crabtree, DeVante Parker, etc. — have missed playing time due to injury, while others have seen roles diminish thanks to the emergence of pass-catching running backs.