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Notebook: Gophers DT Ekpe out for season

Minnesota lost a number of defensive linemen to injuries in Thursday's win over Eastern Illinois, and the one to junior Scott Ekpe is season-ending.

Even as head coach, Vikings' Zimmer still a hands-on teacher

Though he can appear to be a red-faced shouter, at his core Mike Zimmer is a teacher, and Vikings defenders say he still coaches with a hands-on approach.

Gray returns to Minnesota, this time as a member of the Vikings

Former Gophers quarterback MarQueis Gray, now a tight end, will get the chance to campus and TCF Bank Stadium with the Minnesota Vikings, who claimed him on waivers from the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Mauer has 4 RBI to lead Twins over Orioles, 6-4

Joe Mauer drove in four runs, Phil Hughes held Baltimore without an earned run over eight innings and the Minnesota Twins beat the Orioles 6-4 Monday to avoid a four-game sweep.

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