Reduced salary cap would present significant future issues for Vikings

The Vikings parted ways with several high-priced veterans over the offseason. That could happen again next year. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, NFL revenues are expected to significantly decrease this season. That means the salary cap could plummet, falling from $198.2 million in 2020 to perhaps as low as $175 million in 2021. And the …

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White House, Democrats trade blame on expiration of $600 weekly jobless benefits – Fri, 31 Jul 2020 PST

WASHINGTON – The White House and congressional Democrats traded blame on Friday for the expiration of enhanced unemployment benefits for millions of Americans, which have run out as negotiations over extending them stalled on Capitol Hill. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Democrats had rejected reasonable offers during talks at the Capitol late …

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St. Thomas’ decision to join CCHA yet another blow to reeling WCHA men

When St. Thomas officially joined the rebooted the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, Bill Robertson lost has last chance to add a Minnesota program to his shrinking conference. It was almost as if yet another team was leaving the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Bemidji State, Bowling Green, Ferris State, Lake Superior State, Michigan Tech, Minnesota State …

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St. Louis-Milwaukee game postponed after Cardinals employees test positive for coronavirus

NEW YORK—Friday’s game between St. Louis and Milwaukee has been postponed after multiple Cardinals employees tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the postponement in Milwaukee had not been announced. Two other games scheduled for …

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Virus rocks MLB: Cards-Brewers off; 2 St. Louis positives – Fri, 31 Jul 2020 PST

NEW YORK — The coronavirus forced another change in Major League Baseball’s schedule, bringing the league’s total to eight teams affected in the first nine days of the season. Friday’s game between St. Louis and Milwaukee was postponed after two Cardinals employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The league announced the schedule change hours before …

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Leaving Las Vegas? Gophers football recruiting efforts ramping up in Nevada

The Gophers football program’s recruiting strategy includes rolling the dice in Las Vegas. In particular, Minnesota has had success at Desert Pines High School, a strong program in one of America’s fast-growing states. The U’s 2019 roster had two players from that school, and the team hopes to parlay that into a trifecta in 2020. …

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Fauci optimistic COVID-19 vaccine will be widely available

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and MATTHEW PERRONE WASHINGTON (AP) — Once a coronavirus vaccine is approved as safe and effective, Americans should have widespread access within a reasonable time, Dr. Anthony Fauci assured lawmakers Friday. Appearing before a House panel investigating the nation’s response to the pandemic, Fauci expressed “cautious” optimism that a vaccine would be …

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A Grip on Sports: As July reluctantly melts away, August holds some hope for those who love sports – Fri, 31 Jul 2020 PST

A GRIP ON SPORTS • As July prepares to exit stage left, August is ready for its star turn. It won’t have to be all that locked in to look good, at least in comparison to the months that preceded it. In the sports world, August 2020 might even be considered a star. ••••••• • …

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