Sports Shorts 12.18.17 18 Dec 17

(Minneapolis, MN)  –  The Minnesota Vikings are NFC North Division champions.  Case Keenum finished 20-of-23 for 236 yards and two touchdowns as the Vikings blasted the Bengals 34-7 at US Bank Stadium.  Minnesota captured its second division title in three years.  Latavius Murray ran for 74 yards and a score for the Vikings, who improved to 11-and-3 and remain as the second-seed in the NFC.  The Vikes visit the Packers this Saturday before wrapping up the regular season hosting the Bears on New Year’s Eve.

(Minneapolis, MN)  –  Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater made his return to the field in Sunday’s 34-7 home win over the Cincinnati Bengals.  Bridgewater replaced starter Case Keenum in the fourth quarter with the Vikings up 34-0.  He threw an interception on his first pass and finished the game 0-for-2, but said it felt good to get back on the field.

(Chicago, IL)  –  The Wild opened up their four-game road trip with a 4-1 loss to the Blackhawks last night in Chicago.  Minnesota has dropped two in-a-row on the heels of a four-game winning streak.  The Wild continue their trek tomorrow in Ottawa.

(Minneapolis, MN)  –  The Timberwolves wrap up their five-game home-stand tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers at Target Center.  Minnesota is 2-and-2 on the stand so far after Saturday’s 108-106 loss to Phoenix.  The Wolves are 17-and-13 overall.  The Blazers have won three in-a-row to improve to 16-and-13.

(Minneapolis, MN)  –  The Golden Gophers are back in action on Thursday hosting Oral Roberts at Williams Arena.  Minnesota snapped its two-game skid with a 68-67 win over Drake last Monday.  The Gophers sit at 9-and-3 on the season.