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Minneapolis To any Minnesota Vikings fans who have reserved rooms in Atlanta the first week of February, it would be wise to check if you can get your deposit returned. After Sunday's miserable performance in a 27-6 loss to the lowly Buffalo Bills at U.S. Bank Stadium, Super Bowl LIII should be the furthest thing from Vikings fans' minds. The Bills were so bad in going 0-2 during the first two weeks of the NFL season: • Some talking heads theorized they would lose to the Alabama Crimson Tide, college football's premier team.
PREP NEWSMAKER / BOYS SOCCER Jon Faynik, a then-unheralded sophomore, broke onto the Northland prep soccer scene in 2016 with 22 goals, a performance that inspired Duluth Denfeld to its first state tournament appearance in 12 years. But throughout his junior season, Faynik was a marked man. No longer was he an unknown commodity. Opponents defended him closely, and the end result was a drop in production down to 14 goals.
The Duluth natives on the St. Scholastica men's soccer team didn't return from their recent 10-day trip to England with an accent, but they did come back with a better appreciation of the sport. For the past couple years, the five current English players and their predecessors on the Saints have told teammates about the passion and intensity soccer plays in the lives of their countrymen.
Greg Cane has seen positive change occur during his 25 seasons coaching the Minnesota Duluth women's soccer team. But it hasn't quite been the evolution the Duluthian had hoped for when he moved across Kenwood Avenue from St. Scholastica in 1994 to build UMD's program from the ground floor. In the beginning, the Bulldogs practiced on a half-sized field near Bagley Nature Center and played their games on the rock-hard Griggs Field surface.
MINNEAPOLIS — League-wide, the third game of the NFL's four-game preseason is considered the only one of any real significance since the starters tend to play the entire first half and into the second. That doesn't always hold true as was the case Thursday night when the lowly Cleveland Browns blanked the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles 5-0 in a game in which even NFL Films would delete the footage.
When Cloquet-Carlton girls soccer coach Dustin Randall had his players run hills during practice earlier this week, there was no doubt who would lead the pack. Senior Kendra Kelley, defending Class AA state champion at 200 meters, was out front just as she usually is on the track. Kelley uses her speed as an asset on the soccer field as well. The forward scored a state-best 47 goals a year ago, leading the Lumberjacks to a 17-2-1 record and into the Section 7A championship game.
To say Corey Bachand stepped into a good situation as the new Duluth East boys soccer coach is stating the obvious. Bachand, a veteran of 33 years coaching at various levels of soccer, takes over a program that won 20 games and finished third at the Minnesota Class AA state tournament last season. As with Nick Bremer's final squad in 2017, the Greyhounds are loaded with upperclassmen.
MINNEAPOLIS — Kirk Cousins' home debut at U.S. Bank Stadium won't make anyone forget the "Minnesota Miracle" any time soon. The Minnesota Vikings' new $84 million quarterback looked unsteady in his quarter-plus during the Vikings' drab 14-10 preseason loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday. Cousins completed 3 of 8 attempts for 12 yards and was sacked once in a forgettable performance. But they play the preseason for a reason, right? It's to get the kinks out after an offseason of OTAs and film study.
Tyger Pederson has been aggressive when it comes to baserunning his entire first season as Duluth Huskies manager. So it was no surprise to see the Huskies continue to push the envelope in the decisive Game 3 of the Summer Collegiate World Series at Wade Stadium on Friday night. But the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders used that aggressiveness against the Huskies en route to claiming a 4-3 victory and their first Northwoods League title.
INSIDE • Duluth wraps up playoff spot with 6-2 win over Eau Claire, B2 When the Duluth Huskies debuted on the Northwoods League scene in 2013, the consensus of the News Tribune sports staff was that it would be another poorly run, fly-by-night operation that would last a couple seasons before fading into obscurity. After all, the Duluth-Superior area had had its share of indoor and semi-pro football teams that began with high hopes only to fold shop when the bills were due.