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  • 31 Jul
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Matt Asiata scored on a short touchdown run, Kai Forbath kicked four field goals and the Minnesota Vikings beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 25-16 on Sunday, winning for just the second time in nine weeks.Asiata had a chance to score three times, but he was stopped on a fourth-and-goal run in the second quarter and fumbled at the goal line in the fourth.Those mistakes hardly hurt against the hapless Jaguars (2-11), who dropped their eighth consecutive game and fell to 0-6 at EverBank Field this season.Minnesota (7-6) hadnt won on the road since Sept. 25 at Carolina. A loss to the Jaguars would have weakened their playoff chances.Sam Bradford completed 24 of 34 passes for 292 yards and a touchdown. His 3-yard TD toss to Kyle Rudolph with 2:13 remaining sealed the victory. Bradford did even more damage on deep throws early.Bradford connected with Rudolph for 44 yards on the first play from scrimmage and then found Adam Thielen for a 41-yard gain on Minnesotas second possession. Both set up field goals.Jacksonville had been really solid at preventing long passes all season.Before Sunday, the Jaguars had allowed just two pass plays longer than 40 yards all season. They gave up three in the first half against Minnesota.ZIMMER RETURNSVikings coach Mike Zimmer returned after a one-game absence and was on the sideline. Zimmer missed last weeks game against Dallas because of a detached retina and was unsure earlier in the week whether he would be on the field or in an upstairs box.Zimmer, who needed a doctors clearance to fly to Jacksonville, was wearing a patch over his right eye. He also had protective glasses on beforehand, but ditched those when the game started.BRIEF BENCHINGSMinnesotas Xavier Rhodes and Jacksonvilles Jalen Ramsey, who were nearly teammates at Florida State, both were benched following personal foul penalties.Rhodes was benched for two plays after yelling at an official in the third quarter. It came after he was flagged for defensive holding. Ramsey was penalized for body-slamming Stefon Diggs in the second quarter.Ramsey left the field for just one play following his unnecessary roughness penalty.JIMMY SMITH HONOREDRetired Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith was inducted into the franchises ring of honor at halftime. Smith cried as his name and jersey number (82) were unveiled inside the stadium.Smith captured part of the ceremony on his phone as more than 40 former Jaguars stood behind him. Smith joined offensive tackle Tony Boselli (2006), former owners Wayne and Delores Weaver (2012), running back Fred Taylor (2012) and quarterback Mark Brunell (2013) in the Pride of the Jaguars.The 47-year-old Smith, whose life has been defined as much by drug addiction as football production, is the franchises all-time leader in receptions (862), receiving yards (12,287) and receiving touchdowns (67).He still holds 11 team records, including most consecutive games with a reception (86). He helped Jacksonville make the playoffs four consecutive seasons (1996-99) and was voted to five consecutive Pro Bowls (1997-2001).Well, that journey has been tough and its not over yet, Smith said, referring to his personal struggles.A friend was talking to me and he mentioned that Im an All-Pro at getting back up and thats the message that I want to spread throughout -- to every kid, every Jacksonville fan, every adult, everyone. Be an All-Pro at getting back up because youre going to get knocked down.UP NEXTMinnesota stays in the AFC South and hosts Indianapolis.Jacksonville travels to Houston, which has won five in a row in the series.---For more NFL coverage: and Tristan Thompson Jersey .J. -- Marshawn Lynch said Thursday it will be good to get back to football after the Seattle quiet talking running back wrapped up his final mandatory media session of Super Bowl week. LeBron James Cavaliers Jersey . Houston won 3-0 to advance to face New York in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Last in the game, Di Vaio and Romero got into a shoving match with several Houston players. Romero appeared to elbow and kick Houston defender Kofi Sarkodie. . Badenhop was 2-3 with a 3.47 ERA in 63 relief appearances for Milwaukee this season. He is 18-20 in his career with three saves and a 3. LeBron James Jersey .35 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. Plouffe batted .254 with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs in 477 at-bats last season, his second as a regular in the lineup. Terrell Brandon Cavaliers Jersey . Just not the game. Kyle Palmieri scored two straight goals in the third period to rally the Anaheim Ducks past the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Tuesday night. RUMFORD, R.I. -- Norman Xiong took the third-round lead Thursday in the Junior PGA Championship and Mariel Galdiano topped the rain-shortened girls competition.The 17-year-old Xiong, from Canyon Lake, California, shot a 1-under 68 to reach 1-under 206 at Wannamoisett. Davis Shore of Knoxville, Tennessee, also 17, was a stroke back after a 68.I like my position, said Xiong, born in Guam. I am glad to be under par on a tough course like this, especially considering the wind, which switched a lot today.The 18-year-old Mariel Galdiano, from Pearl City, Hawaii, had a 4-under 67 for a two-round total of 11-under 131.I was playing lousy golf early, saiid Galdiano, playing her final junior tournament before beginning her college career at UCLA.dddddddddddd I was affected by the heat, but I put myself in some bad positions and posted some higher numbers. I had a good comeback birdie on 9, and ultimately I was able to post a much better score than I thought I could shoot earlier in the day.Sixteen-year-old Gina Kim of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was three strokes back after her second 67 in the competition that was cut to 54 holes after play was washed out Wednesday. ' ' '