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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, quarterback Kirk Cousins cherish weekly meetings

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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, quarterback Kirk Cousins cherish weekly meetings

Thursday was Thanksgiving. It also was third-down day for Mike Zimmer and Kirk Cousins, the day the Vikings’ head coach and his quarterback watch video of third downs.

“It gives us a chance to talk football, for me to ask questions, learn from him from a defensive perspective,” Cousins said Wednesday. “I think it’s been really interesting to learn from him in a more structured way every week.”

Entering Sunday’s game at San Francisco, Cousins is having one of the best seasons of his 10-year NFL career. In 10 games, he has thrown for 2,775 yards with 21 touchdowns and just two interceptions. His interception percentage of 0.5 is on pace to the best of his career, by a longshot, and way better than last year’s 2.5. His passer rating of 106.3 is on pace to be the second best of his career.

Cousins is playing his fourth season in Minnesota.

“I think our relationship has changed quite a bit in the fact that we sit there and talk about a lot of different things,” Zimmer said. “It might be 45 minutes or an hour.”

Zimmer said he’s not suggesting the conversations are “the reason (Cousins) is playing good,” but he believes it has helped. Offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak agreed.

“I think their relationship has grown through those meetings. … It’s very important,” Kubiak said. “Two leaders in our organization getting together, being on the same page, there’s a lot of value in that.”

Of course, there are limits to how much the two agree on things. Zimmer has been urging Cousins to be more aggressive in recent games, saying on Monday, “He can’t second-guess himself. If he throws an interception, that’s life. But you keep going for the jugular.” Cousins responded on Wednesday by saying, “Well, I don’t want to throw picks even if the coach gave me the green light to.”

In last Sunday’s 34-31 win over Green Bay, Cousins threw what were initially ruled two interceptions by safety Darnell Savage. The first, in the second quarter, was nullified by a roughing-the-passer penalty. The second, with just over two minutes remaining and the score tied 31-31, was overruled when replay determined Savage had dropped the ball.

“You understand when you hold the football, you hold much of the organization in your hands, so you want to take that seriously,” Cousins said.

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1 injured after home explosion in St. Louis County

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3 students killed, 6 others wounded at Michigan school, authorities say

SHREWSBURY, Mo. — One person was taken to the hospital Tuesday night after an explosion at a home in St. Louis County, according to authorities.

Firefighters were called to a home on Lenox Ave in Shrewsbury around 7 p.m. after neighbors reported hearing a loud boom.

The Red Cross and Spire both responded to the scene. Authorities said the person taken to the hospital did not have serious injuries. No one else was hurt.

FOX 2 will continue to update this story with more information as it becomes available.

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Rockies give Daniel Bard a one-year, $4.4 million contract

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Rockies give Daniel Bard a one-year, $4.4 million contract

With a lockout by Major League Baseball owners looming Wednesday night, the Rockies took care of some business Tuesday, signing right-handed relievers Daniel Bard and Tyler Kinley to one-year deals to avoid arbitration.

Bard’s deal is worth $4.4 million, while Kinley will get $1.025 million, a source confirmed.

Bard, 36, whose comeback to the major leagues has been well documented, got the first big payday of his career in his third and final year of arbitration eligibility. His 67 appearances were the second-most on the Rockies and his most since pitching in 70 games with Boston in 2011. His 20 saves and seven wins were both career highs.

However, his eight blown saves this past season tied for the most in the majors and he was scored upon 11 times in 30 appearances in the second half, going 3-3 with six saves in nine opportunities while posting a 6.75 ERA.

Interestingly, Bard was very good at Coors Field (3.48 ERA in 41 1/3 innings) but struggled on the road (8.14 ERA in 24 1/3 innings).

Kinley, 30, has been hot and cold for Colorado, posting a 4.88 ERA in 94 innings over the past two seasons, including a 4.73 mark in 2021.

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Video shows semitrailer dragging car down Illinois highway

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Video shows semitrailer dragging car down Illinois highway

COOK COUNTY, Ill. (WGN) – Video captured a tractor-trailer driving down an Illinois highway Tuesday with a car lodged sideways underneath it.

The wild footage, obtained by Nexstar affiliate WGN, was recorded by another driver near the Tri-State Tollway outside of Chicago.

In the video, smoke can be seen emanating from the black sedan’s tires as they slide sideways over the pavement, the semitrailer apparently having no trouble keeping up with the flow of traffic.

Halfway through the video, you can see the driver inside the sedan wave to the camera.

Police responded to the incident just after 11:40 a.m. near mile marker 30 on I-294.

Illinois State Police said no injuries were reported. Two lanes were closed for around 15 minutes as police investigated.

It wasn’t known as of publishing time whether or not there would be any charges tied to the incident.

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