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Minnesota Sports Briefs: Vikes' sign Keith, Thielen

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings signed offensive tackle Brandon Keith and wide receiver Adam Thielen yesterday and released receiver Nicholas Edwards.

Keith spent three seasons in Arizona but was out of the NFL last year. Thielen was invited to the rookie mini-camp over the weekend for a tryout. He posted 74 catches for 1,176 yards and eight touchdowns last season at Minnesota State University.


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Big Ten conference schools can expect a record $25.7 million-dollar payout from the conference this year. The Big Ten distributes more money to its schools than any conference in the nation. Schools are expected to receive $19 million dollars in TV revenue. The University of Minnesota athletic department is a member of the Big Ten.


The WNBA Minnesota Lynx have a late morning workout scheduled at their practice area at the Target Center. The defending WNBA Western Conference champs tipped off training camp on Sunday. Lynx rookie Lindsay Moore says it has been a privilege to practice alongside her girlhood role model Lindsay Whalen, of Hutchinson. Minnesota opens the preseason slate against Washington on May 18th in Bismarck, North Dakota. The regular season opener is set for June 1st at the Target Center against Connecticut.


The Minnesota DNR will have a new tool this summer to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species -- three zebra mussel-sniffing K-9 teams to detect aquatic hitchhikers for the first time during this weekend's fishing opener. Minnesota will become the second state in the U.S. to use detector dogs to find zebra mussels and other non-native aquatic species. Conservation officers and their K-9 partners demonstrate their detection skills today at Fort Snelling State Park. It is illegal to transport any aquatic species or plants or to launch a boat or trailer with them attached.


After an exciting race at Talladega this weekend, NASCAR is shifting its focus to Darlington Raceway in South Carolina for this weekends Southern 500. David Ragan came out of two big wrecks to take the checkers at Talladega, but Jimmie Johnson still holds the points lead. He's up 41 points on Carl Edwards and 59 points on Dale Earnhardt Jr.


Kentucky Derby winner Orb will be coming to Pimlico in Baltimore next week in advance of the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes. Trainer Shug McGaughey says Orb should arrive in town a week from today. The Derby's third betting choice, Goldencents, arrived last night while Oxbow and Will Take Charge will also race at the Preakness.