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On Saturday night, Tampa Bay Lightning forward and former Minnesota Duluth player J.T. Brown became the first NHL player to protest during the playing of the national anthem, a practice now happening with regularity in the NFL.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Duluthian C.J. Ham used last weekend's Minnesota Vikings rookie camp to work on a new position: fullback. The Duluth Denfeld graduate dabbled at fullback during the 2016 season on the Vikings' practice squad, but lined up ahead of second-round draft pick Dalvin Cook full-time during the three-day rookie camp, according to the Vikings team website. "I'm kind of playing a new position now," Ham told the website. "(I want to show the coaches) that I can learn it and be accountable."
Kevin King finally heard his name announced in the NFL Draft — on the first pick Friday. The Green Bay Packers traded up to the second round's top spot to select King, a cornerback from the University of Washington, with the 33rd overall pick in the 2017 draft. "I've been waiting for this for a long time, so being able to hear that call feels great," King said on NFL Network after going to Green Bay. King was the only attendee Thursday who returned to the draft site Friday, and he came wearing all black as a tribute to his hometown Oakland.
The Minnesota Vikings agreed to terms with quarterback Case Keenum on a one-year, $2 million deal, according to multiple reports Friday. The Vikings are bringing Keenum in to serve as the backup to Sam Bradford this season. The health of former starter Teddy Bridgewater remains in question after he broke his left leg and tore ligaments in August. Bridgewater is rehabbing the leg injury and it is uncertain when he will return.
Four people, including a police officer, died Wednesday in a series of shootings in central Wisconsin, authorities said. The Wausau Daily Herald, citing local law enforcement agencies, reported that an Everest Metro Police Department officer and three other people died in the string of shootings that took place at three scenes over the course of about an hour in the communities of Rothschild, Schofield and Weston, just south of Wausau. The incident started as a "domestic situation," local police told the Herald.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Pat Shurmur will have his interim tag removed as Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator. A source confirmed the move will be made, which has been expected. Shurmur who had been the tight ends coach, took over for Norv Turner after he resigned Nov. 2. Despite numerous injuries on the offensive line and injured running back Adrian Peterson playing in just one of nine games under Shurmur, the offense showed some improvement. In the final two games of the season, the Vikings averaged 31.5 points and 410 yards per game.
Nine people were shot, including one fatally, and a suspect was in custody after an incident at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida on Friday, MSNBC reported, citing unnamed law enforcement sources.
Department store giant Macy's Inc. announced Wednesday that it is closing 68 of its stores by the end of 2017, including its landmark store in downtown Minneapolis. The closings come amid financial struggles for the company. In a news release, Macy's said the closures are a part of an effort to streamline its store portfolio, intensify cost efficiency efforts and execute its real estate strategy. Macy's also will undergo a restructuring of its operations to reduce expenses.
Bernard Hopkins experienced a first in his last fight. In a career that spanned 67 fights, Hopkins never had been knocked out — until Saturday night against Joe Smith Jr...
Former Texas coach Charlie Strong has been hired to become the next head coach at South Florida, the school announced Sunday. Strong was fired by the Longhorns after going 16-21...