2/22/22 Sports Update

(Eagan, MN) — The Minnesota Vikings are adding a handful of coaches to Kevin O’Connell’s staff. The team officially announced yesterday that Wes Phillips will be its offensive coordinator after reports of his signing leaked Sunday night. Additionally, Matt Daniels will be the Minnesota’s special teams coordinator. The 32-year-old Daniels served as an assistant special teams coach with the Rams from 2018 to 2019 before taking the same role with the Cowboys during the last two seasons. The Vikings also signed three other positional coaches and assistants yesterday. In other Vikes news, Dalvin Cook confirmed that he will be switching his jersey number from 33 to four in 2022.

(Eagan, MN) — At least one NFL team may be showing interest in Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Pro Football Talk reports that the Carolina Panthers called Minnesota asking about the availability of Kirk Cousins, although the initial phone call “went nowhere so far.” Cousins performed well in 2021, completing over 66-percent of his passes for 4,221 yards, 33 touchdowns, and seven interception. However, his salary cap hit for 2022 is currently around 45-million dollars.

(Ottawa, ON) — The Minnesota WIld play the second game of their four-game Canadian road trip tonight against the Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. The Wild are coming off a 7-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday that brought their record to 31-13-and-3. Their 65 points is good for second place in the Central Division.

(Jupiter, FL) — Major League Baseball and the Players Association are still making little progress in their effort to end the league’s lockout. ESPN reports the sides met Monday for nearly five hours and didn’t come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement. The lockout has already affected spring training, which was delayed until at least March 5th. The sides are still working to avoid moving Opening Day, which is scheduled for March 31st. There remain some big economic issues, such as a competitive balance tax, minimum salaries and revenue sharing, that have impeded negotiations.

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota Timberwolves are enjoying their All-Star break after a strong first half of the season. The Wolves went 31-and-28 in the first half, and they’re currently in seventh place in the Western Conference. Minnesota is just a game-and-a-half back of Denver for the sixth seed. The Wolves will start their second-half push when they host the Grizzlies on Thursday.

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota Gophers are gearing up for tomorrow night’s game against the number-12 Wisconsin Badgers. The Gophers have struggled in Big Ten play this season, but they did come up with a 77-60 win over Northwestern on Saturday that brought their conference mark to 4-and-12. Minnesota lost to Wisconsin 66-60 when the teams played in Madison on January 30th.